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Back to School

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Another school year, and it’ll be a good one! Here are some helpful tips to start the school year. right and stay strong Create a daily routine. Whether in person or virtual, it’s important to create a daily routine for the school week. An “early to bed, early to rise” routine along with a consistent

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The Middle is Open!

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

The Middle has re-opened with guidelines to make sure that everyone can have fun and be safe. What can you do in The Middle? Meet up with friends, play board, card, and video games, use art cart supplies, and check out Tom’s reading recommendations specifically for middle school students. If you’re in 6th, 7th, or

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Red, White, and Whole by Rajani Larocca

Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American Student, and home, with her family and community. But Reha’s parents don’t understand.  She feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma. Although their names are linked – Reha means “star” and Punam means “moon” they are a universe apart. Then Reha finds out that

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Change

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Change is constantly happening, not only in our lives, but around the world. Homework, after school activities, new games to play, people traveling more, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.  It can be a struggle keeping up with all of it!One challenge is knowing when and where to wear a mask. Just have one handy at

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Volunteering Update

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

It is great to see COVID-19 restrictions relaxing. Right now, we still can’t have volunteers in the library, but that shouldn’t stop you from volunteering! Our volunteering options are activities that you can do at home at anytime.  Your activities will count if you need volunteer hours.    If you have questions, please let me

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Programs

  • Creepy Story Contest
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:00 am to 12:00 am
    Virtual Program
    Do you love scary stories? Write and submit a creepy story or poem to reference@gepl.org and library staff will choose winners from grades 3-5 and grades 6-8 to receive prizes. ...
  • Hispanic Heritage Storytime
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    Youth Program Room
    September 15 - October 15, 2021 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and...
  • First Chapter Friday
    Friday, October 1, 2021 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
    Virtual Program
    Looking for new reading suggestions? Get a taste of some great books by listening to the first chapter read by a Youth Librarian. For grades 3-8
  • DuPage County Health Department Care Van: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
    Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Library Parking Lot
    The Care Van is a walk-up, free, mobile clinic traveling throughout DuPage County to administer COVID-19 vaccines to persons 12 years and older, including those who do not have health...
  • Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca
    Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Virtual Program
    In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Kinga Lipinska, Art Consultant and Editor of the Prairie Review, a laboratory for reading, writing, and publishing the works of grassroots poets and...
  • Living with Autism: A Different Way of Thinking
    Saturday, October 9, 2021 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Virtual Program
    Cody Clark Magic’s renowned performance combines magic, comedy, and storytelling to share what living with autism is like. This show encourages “a different way of thinking” about autism and acceptance,...
  • First Chapter Friday
    Friday, October 15, 2021 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
    Virtual Program
    Looking for new reading suggestions? Get a taste of some great books by listening to the first chapter read by a Youth Librarian. For grades 3-8
  • Fall Fun Fest
    Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Library Parking Lot
    Enjoy a free, outdoor family-friendly event for adults and kids of all ages, with giant games, live music, and food and beverages from local food vendors available for purchase. Performing...
  • Cookie and Canvas
    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    Virtual Program
    Discuss painting styles like modernist and abstract, and paint something using the supplies provided. Enjoy a cookie from The Cafe as inspiration. This activity has supplies in a special free...
  • Paint to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
    Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    North & South Meeting Rooms
    Local artist Guadalupe Juarez will facilitate a celebration of the culture and history of Día de Los Muertos by painting a scene related to this Mexican multi-day holiday when people...
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