What's Happening in Youth Services

Well, we didn't do too well in our predictions of Newbery and Caldecott winners this year. We gave the Caldecott to Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.  In real life Sam and Dave were a Caldecott honor book but the winner was The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. 

cover of book

We chose Brown Girl Dreaming for our Newbery winner and, although it won the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award and was a Robert F. Siebert honor book, it was also only a Newbery honor book as well. The Newbery winner was The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

book cover

Other award winners for 2015 were:

Coretta Scot King (Illustrator) Book Award-- Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award--When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Michael L Printz Award--I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Schneider Family Book Award--A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
Laura Ingall Wilder Award--Donald Crews
Mildred L. Batchelder Award--Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Talk, translated by Laura Watkinson
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award--Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Pura Belpré (Author) Award--I Lived on Butterfly HIll by Marjorie Agosin
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award--The Right Word: Roget and His Theasaurus by Jen Bryant
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award--You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

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Post date: Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:52pm

The winner of the Youth Services Department's Mock Caldecott vote was Sam & Dave Dig a Hole.


sam and dave dig a hole

Our runners up were


the girl and the bicycle


where's mommy?




extraordinary jane


We'll find out how we did in February when the real Caldecott awards are given out.

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Post date: Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:17pm

The Youth Services staff held their annual Mock Caldecott vote today. Each year they choose some books which they believe will be contenders for the real Caldecott award and then they discuss the illustrations. 

Here are some of the points they consider for each book.

1. Do the illustrations represent the story in a way that increases the understanding or appreciation of the story?
2. Do the illustrations match the story?
3. Are the illustrations a good example of artistic technique?
4. Are the illustrations appropriate for children?

Sometimes the staff members disagree about the books, sometimes they agree. Everyone makes their points and then the vote is held. The books chosen this year were:

Breathe by Scott Magoon
Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
Gravity by Jason Chin
Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis & Gary Kelley
Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Where's Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

We'll let you know how the vote turns out.

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Post date: Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:49pm

The Youth Services Department is happy to announce a new educational collection for kids and their families. Each of our STEM kits contains a fun science, technology, engineering or math activity for families to try at home.  With these kits your family can play fun math games, experiment with simple machines, build and launch stomp rockets, make solar powered robots and much, much more!

Our STEM kits can be found on the shelves by the chess board and can be checked out for two weeks. Due to demand, the kits are limited to Highland Park residents only and you may check out one kit at a time per card. See what kits are available here. Happy exploring!

shelves of stem kits

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Post date: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:50am

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