Kids at Home with MPPL

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At-Home Challenge: Everyone Counts!

everyone counts/todos contamos

Information for the 2020 Census is being collected right now. Do you know what the Census is? It is a way of collecting information about everyone who lives in the United States to make sure everyone is counted. Information about who lives where is used to provide services in your community, like the schools, parks, and your library. There are activities and even a book that explore the Census for kids, available here.

Try this activity: Choose a few questions and keep track of the answers you get from the people who live with you, as well as from friends, family, and neighbors by phone, text, or in person from a safe distance. We did this with Library staff and have their answers below. 

kids questions and votes census chart

Here’s a trickier question: How many books do you have in your house? Can you estimate (or make a smart guess on) the number? 

It’s fun to learn more about people and see how we are similar. How can we use this information? Asking people about foods they like can help you decide what to have for dinner. Knowing the languages that people speak at home can help to make sure that information is available in those languages too. 

If you’d like to share what you learn, and see how other people in Mount Prospect answered, take a survey here.

Maker Monday: Newspaper Animals

What’s your favorite animal? Explore animal features by drawing your own.


  • Photos or drawings of animals,
  • newspaper pages,
  • construction paper,
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • markers or crayons


  • 1. Choose an animal to make. Get inspiration from books and photos. Try one of these resources: National Geographic Kids, World Book Kids, animal books on our e-Library: Overdrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital.
  • 2. Look at the shapes in the animal’s body. Draw the shapes on the newspaper. You can draw the whole animal as one piece, or separate pieces for the head and body parts. 
  • 3. Cut out all pieces of the animal and glue them together.
  • 4. Draw and color in the features of the animal. What do the eyes, nose/beak, mouth, ears look like? Does the animal have fur, feathers, or skin? What colors do you want to use?    
  • 5. Glue the animal onto a piece of paper. 
Miss Amy and her newspaper cat

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Magic Tree House Home Adventures

Magic Tree House-Home-Adventures book cover

Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures with animals in strange lands, battling warriors across time, or playing alongside famous sports heroes. Magic Tree House Home Adventures will run from April 27 to May 22. Each week you’ll find new activity packs with crafts, family trivia, recipes, writing prompts, and more.

The author herself, Mary Pope Osborne, will also join in the fun by reading from her books and answering questions from readers! She said that these weekly adventures are “my way of connecting with readers, parents, and educators during this challenging time. Random House and I have worked together to create fun, new ways to learn and play with Jack and Annie. I’ve always loved hearing from my readers and can’t wait to interact with them in this brand-new way.”

This week she reads from the very first Magic Tree House book, Dinosaurs Before Dark.

Check out the audiobooks and e-books in English and Spanish with your MPPL card on Overdrive or with the Libby app.

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Maker Monday: Paper Mosaic

Miss Amy and her paper mosaic

Mosaic is the art of decorating a surface with pictures and patterns made of little pieces of stone, glass, or tiles of different colors. Mosaics are sometimes used outdoors on pavements.

Watch Miss Amy’s video to see how to make your own mosaic out of paper!

Supplies: scissors, paper, glue, markers or crayons


1. Draw a design on the paper. Think about what sized little pieces you will use between lines.    

2. Choose the paper you will use for the tiny mosaic pieces, and rip or cut them into little pieces. Tearing paper into small pieces can be fun and satisfying! The act of tearing encourages useful finger and co-ordination skills.  

3. Glue on your many tiny pieces between the lines, thinking about your design plan and if you would like to make a pattern.    

For more at-home activity ideas, visit this page!

For more mosaic fun, check out these free printable LEGO mosaics.