What's Happening in Youth Services

Have you explored all of the Youth Services Department's Reading Readiness areas? We have many special activities to help your child develop early literacy skills through play.  Learn more.

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Post date: Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:06pm

Today is the first day to register for Spring Storytimes with Miss Deena. Attending storytime is just one step you can take to ensure that your child becomes an avid reader in later life. Being a strong reader enriches all areas of learning. Learn more about our classes here.

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Post date: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:55am

  The American Library Association announced its 2014 youth media award winners today. We didn’t do too badly with our Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott nominees, although we did not pick either of the winners.

As you may remember our Newbery nominees were:

Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
and
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The official Newbery Medal went to Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. We have to admit that while that book was considered by our staff it did not make the final cut. 

However Doll Bones by Holly Black, One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (our winner), and The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes all won honors.  Paperboy by Vince Vawter, which was considered but did not make our final cut, also won an honor.

Our Caldecott nominees were:

Bluebird by Bob Staake
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Sead
If you Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
Journey by Aaron Becker
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
The Mighty LaLouche byMatthew Olshan
and
The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

The official Caldecott Medal went to Locomotive by Brian Floca.

Journey by Aaron Becker (which was one of our honor books) won an honor as well as Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner (both of which were considered but didn't make our cut). Our winner, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown was overlooked.

Other award winners you may be interested in reading are:

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Award for Author
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina won the Pura Belpré Award for Author
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales won the Pura Belpré Award for Illustrator
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

For a complete list of awards, winners and honors go here.

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Post date: Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:36pm

  The Youth Services staff held their annual mock Newbery book discussion and vote this week.  The books discussed as potential Newbery nominees were

Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
and
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

After some animated discussion a vote was taken and the staff unanimously chose

This historical mystery follows Georgia as she tries to find out what happened to her sister, Agatha, in nineteenth century Wisconsin.

Far, Far Away and The Year of Billy Miller were the two runners up.

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Post date: Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:34pm

On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the library is hosting the iRead (read-a -thon) kick-off in conjunction with the 112 Education Foundation from 9am to 3pm

What better place to kick-off the iRead program than the Youth Services Department with over 60,000 books to choose from? Our staff will be happy to help you choose books or you can just browse on your own. Staff will also be available for library card sign up.

District 112 teachers will read aloud from their favorite books in locations around our department, and several local authors will be here to sign books & talk to you! There are reading-rich activities for you all day! (See author schedule at bottom of this post).

Nationally-known family entertainer Chris Fascione brings children’s stories to life with his high-spirited and innovative performances. Full of energy, humor, and imagination, Chris creates colorful characters through his unique combination of acting, storytelling, comedy, and juggling. Adults and children alike have fun participating in the show. Shows at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

If you are participating in the Read-A-Thon, stop by the 112 Education Foundation table in the lobby & get your log stamped for 30 minutes reading credit!

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Josh Schneider (You'll Be Sorry, Meanest Birthday Girl, Tales for Very Picky Eaters, Bedtime Monsters)
John Madormo (Charlie Collier: Snoop for Hire series)
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rebecca Dudley (Hank Finds an Egg)
Liesl Shurtliff (Rump: the True Story of Rumplestiltskin)
Tom Watson (Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog)
Todd Hasak-Lowy (33 Minutes)
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Jenny Meyerhoff (Third Grade Baby, Queen of Secrets, Sami's Sleepaway Summer, The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger)
Kat Falls (Dark LIfe, Rip Tide, Inhuman)
Nancy Grossman (A World Away)
T. M. Goeglein (Cold Fury, Flicker & Burn)

For more iRead information, visit the 112 Education Foundation's iRead website.

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Post date: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:56pm

We'd like to thank the  following generous donors who contributed to the Youth Services summer reading program.  Without their support we could not have the program that the children of Highland Park enjoyed this year.  Please let them know how much their support is appreciated when you patronize their businesses.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Alberto’s Rides and Rags
Arriva Dolce
BBQ Pit
Beanstalk
Bergie's Sports Card Dugout
The Bootery
Campus Colors
Chelsea's Beads
Chicago Bears
Confection Connection
The Cooling Station
Country Kitchen
Dairy Queen
ENAZ
Fired Works
Foss Swim School
Fuddruckers Restaurant
Goodies Etc.
Heal n Cure
Higher Gear
Highland Park Bank & Trust
Highland Park Theatre
H.P. Tops
Highland Pop
Il-Forno Pizza & Pasta
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Just 4 Friends
La Petite Day Spa
Legoland
Little Szechwan
Lotus Nails
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
McDonald's
Once Upon a Bagel
Paper Source
Pet Supplies Plus
Rainforest Café
Real Urban Barbeque
Stash's Restaurant and Grill & Guido's Pastaria
Sunflower
Target
Trek Bicycle Store of Highland Park
Walker Bros.

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Post date: Tue, 07/31/2012 - 4:00pm

The month of April brings daffodils, tulips and bumble bees.  But did you know that in the month of April, our lights changed to BLUE?

Starting on April 2nd, the Highland Park Public Library is participating in Autism Speak's Light It Up Blue program to promote awareness and rasie funds for autism.

Started in April of 2010, Light It Up Blue has grown to having 120 US cities and 30 countries around the world pledge their support to this wonderful program.  Since we love to share information with our patrons, we wanted to bring awareness to the entire city of Highland Park by lighting it up blue for the entire month of April.  Please come by the Library at night and check us out in blue or go to the Gerbil's Facebook Page to see more photos of the Library all lit up.  You can follow the library and light it up blue too, by visiting lightitupblue.org.

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Post date: Tue, 04/03/2012 - 2:47pm

Two brand new iPads loaded with twenty early literacy, reading readiness, and interactive e-book applications are now mounted in the literacy area, next to the game computers. Several of the apps are specifically designed for children with special needs, but all of the apps can be played and enjoyed by anyone. If you look on our Facebook page, you can see more pictures of Miss Deena having a ball playing her favorite game.


The iPads were purchased thanks to funding from the Trillium Foundation.  We hope you stop by soon to check out these brand new additions to our library.

 

 

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Post date: Wed, 03/14/2012 - 4:19pm

Our librarians have just held their annual Mock Newbery discussion

What's a Newbery, you ask? It's an annual award for the author of the most distinguished book for children, given by the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

What's a Mock Newbery discussion, you wonder? A fun way for librarians to predict which book will be given the award. (Two years ago, our clever librarians were right -- When You Reach Me won the "award" in the library and in real life!).

This year, we selected six books to discuss.  They are:

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Mark Aronson

Jefferson's Sons:  A Founding Father's Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Junonia by Kevin Henkes

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente

After discussing each book as related to the official Newbery criteria, the librarians took different colored M&Ms to mark their first, second, third, and fourth place choices for the award. Three rounds of voting were held. Fourth place votes were awarded one point, third place votes were awarded two points, second place votes three points, and first place votes five points. (Unlike the real Newbery voting, it was much more delicious.) Each book's votes were tallied after each round of voting.

Round 1 Results:
Trapped: 4 votes
Jefferson's Sons: 18 votes
Junonia: 20 votes
A Monster Calls: 72 votes
Bluefish: 34 votes
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making: 16 votes

 

Our clear winner was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - so we held three rounds of voting for Honor spots.

Honor voting round 1:
Trapped: 1 vote
Jefferson's Sons: 54 votes
Junonia: 39 votes
Bluefish: 54 votes
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making: 38 votes

Honor voting round 2 was held between Jefferson's Sons and Bluefish which had tied for our first place honor with 54 votes each. The winner of our first place honor, with 33 votes, was Bluefish. Jefferson's Sons took our second place honor with 31 votes, and after a third vote for the third honor, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland took the spot with 36 votes over Junonia's 28.

Our three honor finalists:

 

Congratulations to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness for overwhelmingly winning the Highland Park Public Library Youth Services Department Mock Newbery Award!

ALSC will announce the official winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals this coming Monday, January 23. Stay tuned for a post about the real winners!

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Post date: Tue, 01/17/2012 - 3:15pm

Yesterday, our librarians held a Mock Caldecott discussion.

What's a Caldecott, you ask? It's an annual award for the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children, given by the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

What's a Mock Caldecott discussion, you wonder? A fun way for librarians to predict which picture book will be given the award. (Last year, our clever librarians were right -- A Sick Day for Amos McGee won the "award" in the library and in real life!).

This year, we selected nine books to discuss.  They are:

Me... Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Grandpa Green written and illustrated by Lane Smith

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead

Where's Walrus written and illustrated by Stephen Savage

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures written by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Pamela Dalton

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes

Tiny Little Fly written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Cookiebot: a Harry and Horsie Adventure written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew

After discussing each book as related to the official Caldecott criteria, the librarians took different colored M&Ms to mark their first, second, and third place choices for the award. Three rounds of voting were held. Like the official Caldecott committee, third place votes were awarded one point, second place votes three points, and first place votes five points. (Unlike the real one, it was much more delicious.) Each book's votes were tallied after each round of voting.

Round 1 Results: Me...Jane: 32 votes
Brother Sun, Sister Moon: 22 votes
Grandpa Green: 21 votes
Where's Walrus: 21 votes
Swirl by Swirl: 19 votes
Cookiebot: 13 votes
Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat: 6 votes
Balloons Over Broadway: 3 votes
Tiny Little Fly: 2 votes

The four books receiving the lowest amount of votes were then eliminated.

Round 2 Results:
Me...Jane: 26 votes
Where's Walrus: 24 votes
Grandpa Green: 19 votes
Swirl by Swirl: 17 votes
Brother Sun, Sister Moon: 13 votes

The lowest two books were eliminated, and the final round of voting began.

The book with the highest number of votes (and it had to win by five, as per the official committee rules) would win the Highland Park Public Library Youth Services Department Mock Caldecott Medal, and second and third place the HPPL YSD Mock Caldecott Honor Award.

Round 3 Results
Me...Jane: 39 votes
Where's Walrus: 33 votes
Grandpa Green: 23 votes

Congratulations to Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell, Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage, and Grandpa Green by Lane Smith!

 

Stay tuned for a Mock Newbery post next week.

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