What's Happening in Youth Services

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

The winner of the Youth Services Department's Mock Caldecott vote was Sam & Dave Dig a Hole.


sam and dave dig a hole

Our runners up were


the girl and the bicycle


where's mommy?




extraordinary jane


We'll find out how we did in February when the real Caldecott awards are given out.

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Post date: Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:17pm

The Youth Services staff held their annual Mock Caldecott vote today. Each year they choose some books which they believe will be contenders for the real Caldecott award and then they discuss the illustrations. 

Here are some of the points they consider for each book.

1. Do the illustrations represent the story in a way that increases the understanding or appreciation of the story?
2. Do the illustrations match the story?
3. Are the illustrations a good example of artistic technique?
4. Are the illustrations appropriate for children?

Sometimes the staff members disagree about the books, sometimes they agree. Everyone makes their points and then the vote is held. The books chosen this year were:

Breathe by Scott Magoon
Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
Gravity by Jason Chin
Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis & Gary Kelley
Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Where's Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

We'll let you know how the vote turns out.

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Post date: Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:49pm

The Youth Services Department is happy to announce a new educational collection for kids and their families. Each of our STEM kits contains a fun science, technology, engineering or math activity for families to try at home.  With these kits your family can play fun math games, experiment with simple machines, build and launch stomp rockets, make solar powered robots and much, much more!

Our STEM kits can be found on the shelves by the chess board and can be checked out for two weeks. Due to demand, the kits are limited to Highland Park residents only and you may check out one kit at a time per card. See what kits are available here. Happy exploring!

shelves of stem kits

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Post date: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:50am

Everyone who comes to the June 23rd Stories Under the Stars is eligible to win four tickets to the Tom Chapin & Friends concert at Ravinia Festival on July 2, 2011 at 11am. 

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Post date: Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:51am