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National Hugging Day

By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

Today, January 21, is National Hugging Day. If you are like me, you might be surprised to find out that hugs have their own day. Now this doesn’t mean hugs are only good to give or receive one day a year. Did you know that hugging has both physiological and psychological benefits? Actual Scientific Benefits

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GEPL’s Mock Caldecott Awards

By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Every year, we are excited to see which children’s books will earn coveted nominations for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King book awards. The American Library Association announces the winners at their midwinter meeting on the last Monday in January, and children’s librarians across the country shout with glee when their favorites are chosen!

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New Year, New Decade: How Will You Embrace the Year(s) Ahead?

By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

JANUARY Expand your reading choices Make a resolution this year to read more diversely in 2020. Sure, check out those well-loved favorites, but add some new genres and authors, too. From board books to older fiction, there are great authors to be discovered. Here are just a few (ask at the Youth Desk for more

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2020: The Year of Frida

By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

I love living near Chicago. We’re so lucky to be a frequent stop on world tours for popular artists and performers. My favorite thing to do is experience Broadway in Chicago—Hamilton, anyone? Chicago’s home to famous museums and other historical landmarks. In 2020, I’m looking forward to seeing world famous art right here in Glen

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Programs


  • OneInMath
    Sunday, January 26, 2020 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    North & South Meeting Rooms

    OneinMath is a free program run by volunteers. Its goal is to create a custom process for every child while reducing anxiety and building confidence in math. This program is not a substitute for your child’s school curriculum but strives to strengthen the basic math foundation critical for long

  • Together Time
    Monday, January 27, 2020 9:30 am to 10:00 am
    Youth Program Room

    This dynamic session will promote bonding through creating, singing, playing, and sharing stories together. For kids of all ages and their grownups.

  • Toddler Tales
    Monday, January 27, 2020 10:30 am to 11:00 am
    Youth Program Room

    Join this interactive class with songs, movement, and activities designed just for toddlers. For 18 to 36 months and their grownups. Available to the first 20 children to request a nametag.

  • Stay 'n Play
    Monday, January 27, 2020 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    Youth Program Room

    Stay after storytime or just drop-in for an open playtime. Play with toys, listen to music, and have fun with friends. For kids of all ages and their grownups.

  • Kindergarten Readiness
    Monday, January 27, 2020 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Whether your child is five years old or just learning to be independent, equip yourself with the right information to support them as they transition off to kindergarten! St. James The Apostle School, St. Petronille Catholic School, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Community Consolidated School District 89, and Wheaton Christian Grammar School will host a panel of teaching professionals to provide insight on kindergarten expectations, a typical school day, curriculum, and the enrollment process. Catherine Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian, will also talk about the 1K Club at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
  • Together Time
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:30 am to 10:00 am
    Youth Program Room

    This dynamic session will promote bonding through creating, singing, playing, and sharing stories together. For kids of all ages and their grownups.

  • Toddler Tales
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:30 am to 11:00 am
    Youth Program Room

    Join this interactive class with songs, movement, and activities designed just for toddlers. For 18 to 36 months and their grownups. Available to the first 20 children to request a nametag.

  • Stay 'n Play
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    Youth Program Room

    Stay after storytime or just drop-in for an open playtime. Play with toys, listen to music, and have fun with friends. For kids of all ages and their grownups.

  • Ready, Set, Code!
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Youth Program Room

    Learn software programming concepts like Boolean logic, sorting, automation, variables, sequencing, and loops by solving puzzles and playing games. For grades 2-3.

  • Book Babies
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:30 am to 10:00 am
    Youth Program Room

    This interactive class features stories, songs, bubbles, and playtime. For birth to 18 months and their grownups. Available to the first 20 children to request a nametag. 

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