Month: June 2020

Kids at Home with MPPL Blog

Trivia Tuesday: Sports

Exercise your brain and maybe learn something new. Each Tuesday, we will send you on a knowledge quest and you can email us your answers for a chance to win a prize. As always with Library trivia, the good news is that if you don’t know the answer, there are ways to find out! Try using MPPL’s Kids Web Resources, searching online, or calling Youth Services at 847/253-5675 for book suggestions. You may also discover other topics of interest to you with these resources. 

name the sport

Send your answers to  KidsTrivia@mppl.org  with your name and age by Monday, July 6 for a chance to win a $5 gift card to a local business. Participants with correct answers will be eligible for each weekly drawing. 

Join hundreds of readers of all ages in the Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race! Get started here.

STEAM Saturday: LED Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day by coloring fireworks and adding some technology to make them light up!

Complete this project at home by requesting a Tech Take Home Kit from Youth Services or South Branch and scheduling a pickup time. MPPL cardholders can request 1 kit per child, while supplies last. (Please be aware that the kits will come with small pieces, which are a choking hazard to small children.) Best for ages 6 and up.

Here are the supplies and instructions if you’d like to try it on your own!

Supplies:

  • Firework coloring page   
  • LED light           
  • 3V coin cell battery (CR2032) 
  • Black electrical tape 
  • Crayons
  • Scotch tape

Instructions:

  1. Color the fireworks coloring page. 
  2. Select which firework to light up and punch a small hole in the middle with a crayon. 
  3. Take the battery out of the packaging and un-tape the LED light. 
  4. Slide the LED light onto the battery so that one leg of the light is on each side of the battery. The longer leg on the LED light must be on the side of the battery with writing on it.  
  5. The LED light will turn on. 
  6. Secure the light by wrapping the battery and the LED light legs together with electrical tape.  
  7. Place your light in the hole in the coloring sheet to make your firework light up. You can secure it with a piece of scotch tape.  

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Trivia Tuesday: Worldbook Timelines

Exercise your brain and maybe learn something new. Each Tuesday, we will send you on a knowledge quest and you can email us your answers for a chance to win a prize. As always with Library trivia, the good news is that if you don’t know the answer, there are ways to find out! Try using MPPL’s Kids Web Resources, searching online, or calling Youth Services at 847/253-5675 for book suggestions. You may also discover other topics of interest to you with these resources. 

Use the web resource worldbook timelines: Find Margaret Hamilton's timeline. What was she put in charge of in 1965?

Send your answer to  KidsTrivia@mppl.org  with your name and age by Monday, June 29 for a chance to win a $5 gift card to a local business. Participants with correct answers will be eligible for each weekly drawing. 

Then visit our Summer Reading website to get started logging your reading in Beanstack for your chance to win prizes. The Spectacular Reading Race goes until August 31– join in the fun!

June 19 is Juneteenth

The holiday of Juneteenth is to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. Across the country, family and friends gather to celebrate and learn more about the history and experience of African Americans before and after slavery.

Watch this short video from PBS to learn more about Juneteenth, and then create your own Juneteenth flag from the instructions below. Thank you to the OMI Show for the craft idea.

Juneteenth Events for Chicago Families – Chicago Parent
Juneteenth Book Festival on YouTube

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Celebrate Juneteenth

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Trivia Tuesday: Insects

Exercise your brain and maybe learn something new. Each Tuesday, we will send you on a knowledge quest and you can email us your answers for a chance to win a prize. As always with Library trivia, the good news is that if you don’t know the answer, there are ways to find out! Try using MPPL’s Kids Web Resources, searching online, or calling Youth Services at 847/253-5675 for book suggestions. You may also discover other topics of interest to you with these resources. 

name these insects

Send your answers to  KidsTrivia@mppl.org  with your name and age by Monday, June 22 for a chance to win a $5 gift card to a local business. Participants with correct answers will be eligible for each weekly drawing. 

And don’t forget to check out the Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race! Count the days you read and do fun activities to earn digital badges and chances for prizes. Get started by visiting our website.