Kids at Home with MPPL

Kids at Home with MPPL Blog

Be Our Pen Pal

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We would love to hear from you! Email us at to get some letter writing practice, share stories, and ask us questions. Ask Youth staff for a book recommendation, or about their favorite school subject, color, dessert, animal, or anything that you would like to know. Share a story you read or even one that you wrote! Tell us a joke or attach a picture that you drew.

Send emails to Youth Services at and we’ll respond within a day or two. We love to hear from everyone and see what you have been up to!

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Art for Alden Gardens

Try this activity to create art at home and also brighten someone’s day! MPPL is partnering with Alden Gardens, an assisted living facility in Des Plaines, to help kids and senior citizens connect through art. Here’s how it works:

pick a coloring page and print 2 copies, color one page and leave one blank
send both pages to alden gardens, staff will distribute the pages to residents to enjoy and color on their own

Pages will be held until safe to distribute. Coloring page ideas:  Every Child a Reader Coloring PageCrayola Coloring PagesHello Kids Coloring Pages

If you would like service credit for this project, please contact the Volunteen Coordinators, Claire ( or Amy (

Maker Monday: Create Your Own City

3-D city made of paper
Image by Foster + Partners

Be the engineer and architect of your very own paper city with activities from architecture studio Foster + Partners. Download and print templates to create your own skyscrapers, houses, and more. Color them and add details to give your city your own special flair. Young makers are encouraged to share their creations on social media: #architecturefromhome.

Engaging in engineering projects has so many benefits, including problem solving skills, fine motor skills, spatial skills, and innovative thinking. Read more about the benefits here.

For more fun learning ideas, go to MPPL’s Activities from Home page.