What's Happening in Youth Services

Want something to do this summer? The Youth Services Department is looking for students who will be entering grades 6 through 9 next fall to become Junior Page Volunteers. 

Our Junior Pages help out with the summer reading games, shelving and other things. If you are interested, call the Youth Services Department (847-681-7030) or stop by to sign up. Students should sign themselves up. New volunteers must attend an orientation session on either Thursday, June 12 or Saturday, June 14.  Click here for more information about Junior. Page Volunteers.

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Post date: Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:01pm

You are invited to participate in the library's reading awards program for children. Come and celebrate the summer with the furry, feathered and scaly creatures of the animal kingdom.

This year's summer reading program, Paws to Read, begins June 9th and runs through August 2nd. There are programs for children from babies to graduating 8th graders. Read books, earn prizes!


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Post date: Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:33am

Did you know that studies have shown that learning to play a musical instrument increases a child's memory, mathematical, and reading comprehension skills?

Bring your child to our Instrument Petting Zoo this Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and the family can have fun trying out various instruments from drums to strings. Perhaps your child will find the instrument he wants to learn!

young boy playing oboe with assistance

Registration is not required for this event so just drop by.

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Post date: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 5:16pm

Rain or shine, be sure to check out this month’s art project in the Reading Readiness area. The spotlight book for April is “Raindrop, Plop!” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.

This counting picture book is a great way to say hello to the rainy season. With rain comes puddles to jump in, and we have all the supplies to make a paper lace up rainboot (see below). Glue on a googly eye and you will have one just like in the book.


photo of art area april

The art table is just one of the activity stations in the Reading Readiness area designed for helping your child develop early literacy skills through play, so come explore!

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Post date: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:04am

This week Miss Deena's storytime theme is "Gardens". She will be reading books, singing songs, doing fingerplays, and more all about gardens and plants. The highlight is when the children learn how dandelions re-seed themselves and then get to spread their own "dandelion seeds".

dandelion seeds on storytime rug
Dandelion Seeds Everywhere!

closeup of seeds
So Many Seeds

If you missed today's drop-in storytime be sure to join us for Storytime Live for ages 3 1/2 - 6 this Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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Post date: Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:58pm

Take a look at some fun stuff that happened at our paper airplane STEM workshop last weekend.

The kids learned some of the basic science behind flight and then created a variety of paper airplanes which they then tested for accuracy, distance and control by trying to hit specific targets in our meeting room and auditorium.  Finally they had a chance to create their own paper airplane and test the design.

You can check out the Library Gerbils' Facebook page to see a few photos of this fun event and be sure to check our calendar for future special events and STEM activities.



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Post date: Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:30pm

Kids in grades 5 through 8 enjoyed an afternoon of activities based on the factions from the hit young adult series and new movie, Divergent.

As they arrived the participants were assigned to one of four groups which rotated through the library trying activities which would appeal to each of the five Divergent factions. The Abnegation faction made cards and filled tote bags with books for the North Shore Health Center's young patients. Dauntless tried their hands (and feet) at Krav Maga with Krav Maga Illinois. Candor used theater games to explore feelings and honesty.  Amity learned the basics of yoga and Erudite received chess lessons. At the end of the event everyone met back in our auditorium and chose what faction they felt most comfortable with. Not surprisingly, many decided they were most likely to be Divergent.  Go to the Library Gerbils' Facebook page to see photos of the event, or their YouTube channel to view some short videos.

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Post date: Fri, 03/21/2014 - 2:42pm

Have you explored all of the Youth Services Department's Reading Readiness areas? We have many special activities to help your child develop early literacy skills through play.  Learn more.

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Post date: Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:06pm

Today is the first day to register for Spring Storytimes with Miss Deena. Attending storytime is just one step you can take to ensure that your child becomes an avid reader in later life. Being a strong reader enriches all areas of learning. Learn more about our classes here.

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Post date: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:55am

  The American Library Association announced its 2014 youth media award winners today. We didn’t do too badly with our Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott nominees, although we did not pick either of the winners.

As you may remember our Newbery nominees were:

Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The official Newbery Medal went to Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. We have to admit that while that book was considered by our staff it did not make the final cut. 

However Doll Bones by Holly Black, One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (our winner), and The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes all won honors.  Paperboy by Vince Vawter, which was considered but did not make our final cut, also won an honor.

Our Caldecott nominees were:

Bluebird by Bob Staake
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Sead
If you Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
Journey by Aaron Becker
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
The Mighty LaLouche byMatthew Olshan
The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

The official Caldecott Medal went to Locomotive by Brian Floca.

Journey by Aaron Becker (which was one of our honor books) won an honor as well as Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner (both of which were considered but didn't make our cut). Our winner, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown was overlooked.

Other award winners you may be interested in reading are:

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Award for Author
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina won the Pura Belpré Award for Author
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales won the Pura Belpré Award for Illustrator
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

For a complete list of awards, winners and honors go here.

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Post date: Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:36pm