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Accessibility and the Library

By: GEPL Staff

Making the Library Accessible to People of All Abilities Libraries play an important role in making books, technology, and services universally accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including those who may have visual or hearing impairments, or who have sensory issues or other challenges. With increasing reliance on digital technology, it is

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Are Graphic Novels Real Books?

By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

If your kids are really into graphic novels, they aren’t alone. The market for graphic novels is exploding with popularity. It’s even become a billion dollar industry. Graphic novel titles for middle grade readers even hit bestseller lists. Readers are always asking us for Dogman, The Baby-Sitters Club, Hilo, or for Rania Telegemier’s stuff. Even

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Early Intervention Screenings

By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

You are your child’s first teacher. You are the expert on your child. You know them best. Although children are known to grow at different rates, most follow certain milestones. It’s normal to be concerned if your child doesn’t hit a milestone on time. So how do you know if your instincts are just a

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Have You Heard About Next Chapter Book Club?

By: Sarah Kleiva, Outreach Librarian

Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), which was awarded the “Innovations in Reading Prize” by the National Book Foundation in 2016, has clubs throughout North America and in other parts of the world. The clubs are designed for teens, young adults, and adults with developmental disabilities. They meet in third places, like libraries, cafes, and book

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How GEPL Serves Kids of All Abilities

By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Libraries are more accessible than ever before. The Glen Ellyn Public Library offers innovative programs, services, and materials to make the library a friendly place for individuals of all abilities. Adaptable resources are beneficial to the entire community because they ensure that everyone can utilize the same spaces and services equally, regardless of physical, intellectual,

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Is This Book for Me?

By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Recently, I helped a family looking for Vox[1] books. I showed them our selection and watched as they perused the available options. I pointed to one book on the opposite side of the display, titled Hey Black Child, indicating that it was also a Vox book. The parent considered it quickly and said, “Oh, that

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What Does the Vox Say?

By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

Over the past few years, we have had more and more people telling us they no longer own a CD player at home, and new cars often don’t come with one, either. Playaways are available at the library for adults and older kids, and we also have apps to check out books on a mobile

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