What's Happening in Youth Services

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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Post date: Wed, 01/11/2012 - 10:18am

One of Highland Park Public Library's favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, thought up All Hallows Read last year - a new literary Halloween tradition of giving someone a scary book. On the All Hallows Read website, Gaiman, publishers, and assorted blogs around the web have provided some recommendations (including our blog post from last year, which will only remain on the web until January), but we have a few new suggestions:

Picture Books:

Poultrygeist by Mary Jane Auch

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet

Boo, Bunny! by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

Easy Readers - JP:

The Flat Man by Rose Impey

This Book is Haunted by Joanne Rocklin

In a Dark Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

A Dark and Noisy Night: A Silly Thriller with Peggy the Pig by Lisa Thiesing

Juvenile Books - J Fiction or Nonfiction:

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs

Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger

The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Wait til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories

Young Adult Books - JY:

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Bonechiller by Graham McNamee

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories by Vivian Vande Velde

Malice by Chris Wooding

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories

 

As always, a display of Halloween books is in the Youth Department hallway, and you can ask our librarians for other suggestions by coming in to visit, or using our IM Reference services linked on our main kids' page.

If you have any favorite scary kids' reads, please recommend them in comments!!

Spooky reading!

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Post date: Wed, 10/26/2011 - 11:06am

The Youth Sevices Department continues to prepare for the new Book Match season.  Staff has written twenty-five questions for each of the thirty-three new Book Match titles. 

Book Match readers continue to read their way through the fifty book list.  Many have checked out one of the Youth Services eighteen Book Match Nooks.  Using the Nooks, some kids have managed to read three or more Book Match titles during the three week loan period.

At participating schools Book Match preparation is in full swing as students and coaches meet to practice for the winter season.

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Post date: Thu, 10/20/2011 - 1:55pm

The model trains will be rolling again on Saturday, Oct. 22nd form 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..  The guys from the North Central O Guagers Railroad club spend hours creating all those fantastic Halloween scenes.  I'm sure that many of the old favorites will be back and I bet there will be some great additions.  Lots of people have been asking about this event already.  It's become a Halloween traditon in Highland Park.

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Post date: Wed, 09/28/2011 - 5:08pm

Hear ye! Hear Ye!

A wonderful time was had by all at the Renaissance Faire hosted by the Highland Park Public Library on Sunday, June 5th.  The faire was the grand kick-off event for the Youth Services summer reading program, “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.”  

On a picture perfect day, in the clearing behind the library, faire goers met knights, ladies-in-waiting, a royal falconer with hunting falcons and hawks, and the court jester.  The faire was made possible by The Friends of the Highland Park Library.

For more pictures of the faire go to The Library Gerbils' Facebook Page.

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Post date: Thu, 06/09/2011 - 7:54pm

There's a lot more coming in May than warm weather and flowers.  For the first time some of the Book Match titles will also be available on Nooks.

Starting May 1st anyone aged 8 and up can check out one of the Youth Services Nooks for three weeks.  Look for the display on the side panel of the Book Match book shelf.

The Nooks and the Book Match e-books were generously funded by the Trillium Foundation.

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Post date: Tue, 04/05/2011 - 4:38pm

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