What's Happening in Youth Services

Halloween is in full swing in the youth department!


Halloween events coming up:

Halloween Railroad

Saturday, October 24: 9am-4pm

Model trains will run through Spookytown.

More info


Halloween @ the Library

Saturday, October 31 9am-5pm

Special activities throughout the day:

9am-5pm: decorate masks, take a story walk, play an "I-Spy Game" (Ages 8 and under), or do a mysterious scavenger hunt (Ages 9-12).

11am-12pm: Makey Makey an Electronic Graveyard. Registration required. For more info and to register click here.

12:30pm: Join us as we parade through the library trick-or-treating at each department or desk as we go. Registration not required. Come in costume!

2pm: Watch a Halloween movie! Registration not required.

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Post date: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:08pm
The first day of school is just around the corner and there's so much to do. To make life a little less complicated, the Highland Park Public Library will be on location taking applications for a library card at Peek Kids at Northbrook Court this Thursday, August 20 from 12-3 p.m.
Library Cards are free to residents living in Highland Park. Bring proof of address to get a library card right in the shop! We will share what is going on at the library, and answer questions as well. We hope to see you there!
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Post date: Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:43pm

We want to hear from readers who participated in the Summer Reading program and their parents, too! Click here to take the survey and enter to win a prize!

The survey will be open until August 15. Five winners will be selected randomly from survey respondents who enter their name and valid email address in the drawing. Winners will be notified on Monday, August 17 and should come to the Library to claim their prizes no later than August 31.

Thanks for another great summer, readers! We're already looking forward to planning a fun program for next year!

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Post date: Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:38pm

Did you know that one out of every four elementary students in Highland Park and Highwood qualify for the federal lunch program?

Unfortunately, during the summer there is no access to school lunches for most of those kids. This year Moraine Township launched a program to provide bags of breakfast and lunch items to qualifying students during the summer. They plan to distribute over 225 bags of of food every two weeks to kids in need for the entire summer vacation. They could use the community's help however in procuring that food. From now until August 15 the Library will be one of the places where you can drop off food donations. How about bringing something by the next time you come in to give a summer reading report?

Food Pantry Sign

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Post date: Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:05pm

On Tuesday morning staff and library visitors made fossils in the lobby! They turned out great:


If you missed out, tomorrow morning (Thursday June 11) at some point before noon we'll be making them again--our addition to the Jurassic World hype!!

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Post date: Wed, 06/10/2015 - 8:39pm

For over a decade the Youth Services Department has been providing a special bilingual book check out, Para el niño, to local low-income preschools. For most of the year Youth Services staff members bring a special book collection to the preschools and the children are allowed to pick one title to borrow and take home for a week. The weekly Para el niño visit is always a fun time, but in the summer it becomes even more of a treat because the children get to come to the Library so that they can participate in our Summer Reading Programs.

Today was our first Para el niño visit of the summer.

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Post date: Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:53am

Summer Book Buddies and Read to the Rhythm, our summer reading programs for infants through entering 9th graders, started on Monday. Over 300 kids have already signed up and over 100 books have already been logged online!

book buddies display
As children in our infant to age 3 program complete activities they get to put a musical note with their name on it on our soffits. It looks like we are going to have a very colorful department this year!

Read books, report on them in person, on line, or, new this year for those of you who will be out of town and off the grid...by postcard and earn fun prizes. Click here for more information.

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Post date: Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:25pm

Let the instructors from the Music Institute of Chicago demonstrate instruments for you and then let you try them out. There will be strings, percussion, guitar/bass, keyboard, and wind instruments. From 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. there will also be a Musikgarten class ideal for children birth through age three. No tickets are required for this free drop-in event!


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Post date: Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:21pm

Have you driven by the Library after dark recently? If so you probably noticed that there is a blue glow. That is because we have have joined the "Light It Up Blue!" autism awareness campaign.

blue lit library

If you'd like more information about Autism Speaks, Light It Up Blue or Autism Awareness Month, click here.

blue light

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Post date: Thu, 04/09/2015 - 5:11pm

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