What's Happening in Youth Services

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

The last day to do an in-person report is Saturday, July 30th.

The last day to redeem online points/tokens and buy prizes is Sunday, July 31st. 

Teen prizes have all been marked down to half price for this week only, don't miss out! 

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Post date: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 5:23pm

Come to the Library or click on KIDS and SUMMER READING to get started.                                                                                                                          

Kids 0-14 can earn tokens or points to exchange for prizes until July 30th! We have a lot of amazing Highland Park sponsors this year - see all the exciting reading rewards that are available for elementary school students and middle school students - while supplies last.

We can't wait to see you at the Library! 

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Post date: Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:16am

We're getting everything ready at the library for a summer full of fun reading, workshops, performers, storytimes, and clubs! This year's summer program combines our traditional summer reading game with our new program Library Scouts to form Library Camp, which starts Monday, June 6!

Kids can log books online and come to the library to talk about the books they read to earn prizes. We're also offering a dozen Library Scout badges this summer in everything from Magic to Animals, and a full roster of workshops and programs to help kids learn, create, share, and earn badges!

You can start logging books and doing your in-person reports on Monday, June 6, but we'll celebrate the start of Library Camp this Saturday, June 4 at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Hope to see you at the library soon!

Click here for more information (including a downloadable Library Camp program guide).

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Post date: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:20pm

Are you a bookworm? Do you love making the community a better place by volunteering your time? Will you be entering grade 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9? Then consider being a Jr. Page at the Highland Park Public Library.

Jr. Pages will have an active role in handling library materials, tidying up busy program and library spaces and working on various library projects.

For more information and to fill out an application, please visit our Everything You Need to Know About Being a Junior Page page.

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Post date: Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:49am

We're excited to be launching a new program called Library Scouts!

Kids ages 6-14 participating Library Scouts will follow "Trails" to earn badges in 3D Printcraft, Bookcraft, and Stitchcraft. Hike over to the Library for an Orienteering session this Saturday, February 27 and learn more about the Library Scouts and get started on your Trail! Come for one, two, or all three sessions!

On each Trail, kids will:

  • LEARN about or EXPLORE the topic,
  • MAKE or DO something related to the topic, and then
  • TEACH or SHARE what they've learned or made with someone else.

3D Printcraft: 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn to use software to create your own 3D printed design!

Bookcraft: 12:30-2 p.m.
Turn an ordinary book into something extraordinary using scissors, glue, pencils, and your imagination!

Stitchcraft: 3-4:30 p.m.
Learn how to make yarn out of plastic bags and take home a pattern to crochet a sleeping mat!

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Post date: Tue, 02/23/2016 - 4:28pm

Thanksgiving break is almost here and soon perhaps your relatives will be too.  Are you looking for some fun family activities for Thanksgiving week? Be sure to swing by the Library and check out more than books, dvds, music, STEM kits, and magazines. We have tons of special events planned for the week.

  • Weather permitting, cross the bridge over our ravine and take a story walk through the Highland Park rose garden on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Remember, we close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and are closed all day Thursday.)
  • Stop by the BigTouch computer screen in the front lobby at 3:00 p.m. on Monday or at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday to see a Ukulele demonstration, then check out a ukulele and instruction book to bring home.
  • Anyone from nine to twelve years old can join us for Minecraft: Block by Block and help build a virtual Highland Park starting with the Library on Monday at 4:00 p.m. (Register here)
  • Third graders through seniors in high school are invited to drop by and work on their National Novel Writing Month project at our NaNoWriMo: "Come Write-In" Space from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Drop by Panera Bread at 1853 N. 2nd Street at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday for a Milk and Cookie Storytime.
  • Join us on Black Friday any time from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for Stitchcraft: DIY Gift Making and learn how to knit, crochet and finger-weave. We'll have projects and patterns at all skill levels for ages 6 through 14.
  • All ages can swing by for Drop-In Chess on Saturday from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. A chess expert is there to help you improve your game.
  • Kids from six to eight can sign up for Saturday's Minecraft Jr. and play on our private server from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. (Register here)
  • If you know anyone from age nine to twelve tell them to come to Minecraft Club and play from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. (Register here)

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Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

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Post date: Tue, 11/17/2015 - 4:28pm