What's Happening in Youth Services

Rhyme and rhythm are great tools for boosting literacy at any age. From Mother Goose to Jack Prelutsky to Emily Dickinson, poetry helps us use and understand language in new and interesting ways. National Poetry Month in April gives us a great opportunity to introduce kids to all types and styles of poetry, and there's poetry aplenty in the Youth Services department all month long!

Pick up a hunt sheet for our Poetry Scavenger Hunt at the Youth Services desk and begin your search for great poems. Turn in your completed sheet for a chance to win a magnetic poetry set. One entry per kid, ages 5-14.

Memorize and recite a poem for staff at the Youth Services desk to enter a drawing to win a magnetic poetry set. Kids ages 5-14 are eligible when they recite a poem with 3 lines or more. Memorize and recite another poem for another entry! One entry per poem per person. Pick out your poem from one of the books in our hallway display or from our "Poem in Your Pocket" wall!

Kids 4 and younger can pick up a Nursery Rhyme Bingo card and hunt for nursery rhyme characters in the murals in the Inger Boye room to get “bingo” and win a prize!

Big kids in 4th to 8th grades are invited to our Blackout Poetry Party on April 18, where we'll use markers and recycled books to make amazing poems! No poetry experience required. Refreshments will be provided. Click here to register.

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Post date: Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:02pm

We're partnering with the Highland Park Public Works Department for an Egg Drop program tomorrow! Registered students will learn about parachutes and then build a device designed to safely transport a raw egg from 10ft, 20ft, and then 30ft in the air. Our friends from the Public Works department will be dropping the student devices from a bucket truck beginning at 11:30am on Wednesday, March 29th. We'll be stationed right outside the front entrance to the Library (parking spaces will be blocked at this time) and everyone is welcome to watch. Come join the fun or check out photos and videos on Facebook following the event! 

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Post date: Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:38pm

Don't be a bystander! Pledge to stand up to bullying and injustice by decorating a shoe and adding it to the STAND UP wall in Youth Services. We are all in this together. 

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Post date: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 9:34am

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered or voted!


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Post date: Fri, 11/18/2016 - 1:23pm

Come to the Library from 3:30-5pm on Monday Nov. 14th - Wednesday Nov. 16th and we'll take your BookFace and help you submit it to our contest on the spot! 

Our BookFace contest ends on Family Reading Night! Don't forget to come vote for your favorite BookFace, meet Bad Kitty, and make a Harry Potter wand from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 17th! 

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Post date: Fri, 11/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Book your face at the Library... win prizes and acclaim for your best BookFace! Submit your entry, and see some of the competition here. The last day to enter is November 17th! 

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Post date: Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:04am

We know most students have tons of activities and homework to do, so we're starting a club where they can talk about books and enjoy the company of other readers without having the time commitment of reading a particular book by a certain day. 

Students can talk about whatever books they want in an open environment (with snacks ;)) We'll also have games and other book-related activities each month! As an added bonus, book club participants will have first crack at some brand new books each time we meet.

Please sign up for each session you are able to attend at kidsevents.org

3rd - 5th graders are invited to participate in Book Buzz on Wednesdays, October 26th and November 30th @ 4pm. ​

6th-8th graders are invited to join Fully Booked on Wednesdays, October 19th and November 16th @ 4pm.

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Post date: Fri, 09/30/2016 - 5:04pm

We're always celebrating master storyteller Roald Dahl at the Library, but this week marks his hundredth birthday and even more reason to celebrate! Find out more about his amazing life in one of his autobiographies or check out one of the creative works that made him famous. You can also enter our Wonka-licious contest for the chance to win a Roald Dahl tote! 

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Post date: Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:04pm

Celebrate Brown Bear's 50th Birthday with us at the library. Drop by the Youth Services Department to play Brown Bear Bingo and make a Brown Bear puppet to take home at the following times:

Tuesday Sept. 6th 11:30am-12:30pm

Wednesday Sept. 7th 1pm-2pm

Thursday Sept. 8th 9:30am-10:30am

Friday Sept. 9th 12pm-1pm

Sunday Sept. 11th 2pm-3pm


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Post date: Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:42pm
Did you participate in our summer reading & learning program Library Camp this year? 
Kids and their grown ups can fill out a survey and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a mystery prize pack! Follow the Trail on Beanstack to get the surveys for kids and grown-ups or come to the library to fill one out. All kids who complete the Trail by August 19 will be entered in the drawing. The lucky winners will be contacted Thursday, August 25. 
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Post date: Thu, 08/04/2016 - 1:22pm