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Time to Travel!

By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Assistant Director and Youth Technology Librarian

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s cabin fever, but around this time of year I start getting antsy and wishing to go on vacation. I begin planning my camping trips and other excursions. It appears I’m not the only one—the library processed nearly 200 passport applications in January. (Yes, GEPL can accept passport applications! Click

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A Little Bit of Kindness Goes A Long Way

By: Kelli Rolston, Youth Associate

Winter…the season of love and kindness. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but if your kids are anything like mine, they may not have been showing the love at home, especially with the recent snow and record low temperatures keeping everyone inside. So how do you teach your kiddos to be a little more

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ALA Book Awards

By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Last week was an exciting one—not just with the bitter cold, but also with the ALA Book Awards announcement, including the Newbery and Caldecott winners. So, what won? Merci Suárez Changes Gears won the Newbery Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature. It tells the story of 6th grader Merci who is having some friend trouble

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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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Programs


  • Google CS First
    When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:00 PM
    Ends on: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 8:00 PM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    CS First is a program created by Google to help people explore computer science. Use it to animate a wave, make a Google logo, and go on a coding adventure. For grades 4-6.
  • Hello, Neighbor!
    When: Friday, February 22, 2019 4:00 PM
    Ends on: Friday, February 22, 2019 4:30 PM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Hear stories and enjoy activities that showcase diverse cultures and languages within our community.  Guest readers will share a favorite traditional story in the featured language: Spanish, French, Croatian, and Chinese. For kids of all ages.


  • Movie Makers
    When: Monday, February 25, 2019 4:30 PM
    Ends on: Monday, February 25, 2019 5:30 PM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Want to make a movie? Direct your own live-action or stop-motion short film during this four-week course and then show it off to the world. You and your guests can dress up and enjoy refreshments during the world premiere of your short film. For grades 4-8.
  • Movie Makers Reception
    When: Monday, February 25, 2019 6:30 PM
    Ends on: Monday, February 25, 2019 8:00 PM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Want to make a movie? Direct your own live-action or stop-motion short film during this four-week course and then show it off to the world. You and your guests can dress up and enjoy refreshments during the world premiere of your short film. For grades 4-8.
  • Smart Starts
    When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:30 AM
    Ends on: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 AM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Smart Starts is a hands-on, interactive environment where adults help children develop early reading, writing, math, and science skills through play. Several craft s, games, and experiential activities are focused around a weekly theme and are designed to engage children ages 2 to 6. 

    The week of February 26, travel to space and learn all about stars, planets, and comets through cosmic crafts and activities.
  • Smart Starts
    When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:30 AM
    Ends on: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:00 AM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Smart Starts is a hands-on, interactive environment where adults help children develop early reading, writing, math, and science skills through play. Several craft s, games, and experiential activities are focused around a weekly theme and are designed to engage children ages 2 to 6. 

    The week of February 26, travel to space and learn all about stars, planets, and comets through cosmic crafts and activities.
  • Smart Starts
    When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 PM
    Ends on: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 5:00 PM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Smart Starts is a hands-on, interactive environment where adults help children develop early reading, writing, math, and science skills through play. Several craft s, games, and experiential activities are focused around a weekly theme and are designed to engage children ages 2 to 6. 

    The week of February 26, travel to space and learn all about stars, planets, and comets through cosmic crafts and activities.
  • Smart Starts
    When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:30 AM
    Ends on: Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:00 AM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Smart Starts is a hands-on, interactive environment where adults help children develop early reading, writing, math, and science skills through play. Several craft s, games, and experiential activities are focused around a weekly theme and are designed to engage children ages 2 to 6. 

    The week of February 26, travel to space and learn all about stars, planets, and comets through cosmic crafts and activities.
  • Baby Play Group
    When: Friday, March 01, 2019 9:30 AM
    Ends on: Friday, March 01, 2019 10:30 AM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at Youth Program Room

    Meet other caregivers and babies at our open playgroup featuring our collection of developmentally appropriate toys.  For birth to 24 months.
  • OneinMath (Registration required through their site)
    When: Sunday, March 03, 2019 3:30 PM
    Ends on: Sunday, March 03, 2019 4:30 PM
    Where: Glen Ellyn Public Library at 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-term success. For k-grade 3.