What's Happening in Youth Services

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

  The Youth Services staff held their annual mock Newbery book discussion and vote this week.  The books discussed as potential 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

After some animated discussion a vote was taken and the staff unanimously chose

This historical mystery follows Georgia as she tries to find out what happened to her sister, Agatha, in nineteenth century Wisconsin.

Far, Far Away and The Year of Billy Miller were the two runners up.

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Post date: Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:34pm

On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the library is hosting the iRead (read-a -thon) kick-off in conjunction with the 112 Education Foundation from 9am to 3pm

What better place to kick-off the iRead program than the Youth Services Department with over 60,000 books to choose from? Our staff will be happy to help you choose books or you can just browse on your own. Staff will also be available for library card sign up.

District 112 teachers will read aloud from their favorite books in locations around our department, and several local authors will be here to sign books & talk to you! There are reading-rich activities for you all day! (See author schedule at bottom of this post).

Nationally-known family entertainer Chris Fascione brings children’s stories to life with his high-spirited and innovative performances. Full of energy, humor, and imagination, Chris creates colorful characters through his unique combination of acting, storytelling, comedy, and juggling. Adults and children alike have fun participating in the show. Shows at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

If you are participating in the Read-A-Thon, stop by the 112 Education Foundation table in the lobby & get your log stamped for 30 minutes reading credit!

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Josh Schneider (You'll Be Sorry, Meanest Birthday Girl, Tales for Very Picky Eaters, Bedtime Monsters)
John Madormo (Charlie Collier: Snoop for Hire series)
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rebecca Dudley (Hank Finds an Egg)
Liesl Shurtliff (Rump: the True Story of Rumplestiltskin)
Tom Watson (Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog)
Todd Hasak-Lowy (33 Minutes)
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Jenny Meyerhoff (Third Grade Baby, Queen of Secrets, Sami's Sleepaway Summer, The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger)
Kat Falls (Dark LIfe, Rip Tide, Inhuman)
Nancy Grossman (A World Away)
T. M. Goeglein (Cold Fury, Flicker & Burn)

For more iRead information, visit the 112 Education Foundation's iRead website.

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Post date: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:56pm

We'd like to thank the  following generous donors who contributed to the Youth Services summer reading program.  Without their support we could not have the program that the children of Highland Park enjoyed this year.  Please let them know how much their support is appreciated when you patronize their businesses.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Alberto’s Rides and Rags
Arriva Dolce
Bergie's Sports Card Dugout
The Bootery
Campus Colors
Chelsea's Beads
Chicago Bears
Confection Connection
The Cooling Station
Country Kitchen
Dairy Queen
Fired Works
Foss Swim School
Fuddruckers Restaurant
Goodies Etc.
Heal n Cure
Higher Gear
Highland Park Bank & Trust
Highland Park Theatre
H.P. Tops
Highland Pop
Il-Forno Pizza & Pasta
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Just 4 Friends
La Petite Day Spa
Little Szechwan
Lotus Nails
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Once Upon a Bagel
Paper Source
Pet Supplies Plus
Rainforest Café
Real Urban Barbeque
Stash's Restaurant and Grill & Guido's Pastaria
Trek Bicycle Store of Highland Park
Walker Bros.

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Post date: Tue, 07/31/2012 - 4:00pm

The month of April brings daffodils, tulips and bumble bees.  But did you know that in the month of April, our lights changed to BLUE?

Starting on April 2nd, the Highland Park Public Library is participating in Autism Speak's Light It Up Blue program to promote awareness and rasie funds for autism.

Started in April of 2010, Light It Up Blue has grown to having 120 US cities and 30 countries around the world pledge their support to this wonderful program.  Since we love to share information with our patrons, we wanted to bring awareness to the entire city of Highland Park by lighting it up blue for the entire month of April.  Please come by the Library at night and check us out in blue or go to the Gerbil's Facebook Page to see more photos of the Library all lit up.  You can follow the library and light it up blue too, by visiting lightitupblue.org.

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Post date: Tue, 04/03/2012 - 2:47pm