What's Happening in Youth Services

Don't forget, the library is a great place to come to cool down and regroup during Sidewalk Sale. We are just a short walk south of all the action.

Feel free to kick back on one of our many comfy lounge chairs or window seats, use our bathrooms, or refill your water bottle at our icy cold drinking fountain. Take a longer break and share a book with your child, then have your child stop by our Summer Reading table and tell us about the book and get a prize!  Haven't signed your child up for Summer Reading? Don't worry. It isn't too late. Forgot your library card? That doesn't matter, your child can read a book in the library and report on it without checking it out. Not a Highland Park resident? That doesn't matter either. Residency is not a requirement for participants in our Summer Reading Programs.

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Post date: Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:14pm

Our summer reading programs have reached the half-way point, but don't worry, it's not too late to sign up, read and earn prizes!

Coming in to the library and reporting on one book before the program ends on August 2nd will earn your preschooler through entering 9th grader a prize. The more books your child reads and reports on, either in the library or online, the bigger the prizes they can receive.  See our prizes for grades K - 5. See our prizes for grades 6 - 9. Residency is not a requirement, so if you have children visiting from out of town they can participate and earn a small memento to bring home! Register for summer reading here.

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Post date: Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:45pm

Everyone who comes to the June 23rd Stories Under the Stars is eligible to win four tickets to the Tom Chapin & Friends concert at Ravinia Festival on July 2, 2011 at 11am. 

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Post date: Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:51am

Everyone who comes to the June 16th Stories Under the Stars is eligible to win four tickets to Seussical the Musical @ the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. 

The tickets are good for performances July 5-July 13.

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Post date: Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:26pm

There's going to be a Robot Rodeo at the Highland Park Library!  You will be shown how to program mini-robots by the high school's fantastic Robotics Team! 

Come on Tuesdays, July 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 4-6 p.m.  The exciting Robot  Rodeo will be held on the last day.  There's lots to learn so you need to come all the days.  If you're 9-13 years-old, sign up here

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Post date: Wed, 05/28/2014 - 6:37pm

Want something to do this summer? The Youth Services Department is looking for students who will be entering grades 6 through 9 next fall to become Junior Page Volunteers. 

Our Junior Pages help out with the summer reading games, shelving and other things. If you are interested, call the Youth Services Department (847-681-7030) or stop by to sign up. Students should sign themselves up. New volunteers must attend an orientation session on either Thursday, June 12 or Saturday, June 14.  Click here for more information about Junior. Page Volunteers.

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Post date: Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:01pm

You are invited to participate in the library's reading awards program for children. Come and celebrate the summer with the furry, feathered and scaly creatures of the animal kingdom.



This year's summer reading program, Paws to Read, begins June 9th and runs through August 2nd. There are programs for children from babies to graduating 8th graders. Read books, earn prizes!

 

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Post date: Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:33am

Did you know that studies have shown that learning to play a musical instrument increases a child's memory, mathematical, and reading comprehension skills?

Bring your child to our Instrument Petting Zoo this Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and the family can have fun trying out various instruments from drums to strings. Perhaps your child will find the instrument he wants to learn!


young boy playing oboe with assistance

Registration is not required for this event so just drop by.

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Post date: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 5:16pm

Rain or shine, be sure to check out this month’s art project in the Reading Readiness area. The spotlight book for April is “Raindrop, Plop!” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.

This counting picture book is a great way to say hello to the rainy season. With rain comes puddles to jump in, and we have all the supplies to make a paper lace up rainboot (see below). Glue on a googly eye and you will have one just like in the book.

 


photo of art area april

The art table is just one of the activity stations in the Reading Readiness area designed for helping your child develop early literacy skills through play, so come explore!

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Post date: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:04am

This week Miss Deena's storytime theme is "Gardens". She will be reading books, singing songs, doing fingerplays, and more all about gardens and plants. The highlight is when the children learn how dandelions re-seed themselves and then get to spread their own "dandelion seeds".


dandelion seeds on storytime rug
Dandelion Seeds Everywhere!

closeup of seeds
So Many Seeds

If you missed today's drop-in storytime be sure to join us for Storytime Live for ages 3 1/2 - 6 this Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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Post date: Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:58pm

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