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Family Friday: Cook Together

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Cooking together as a family can be a learning and a bonding experience. Kids can practice following directions, the math of measuring, and the science of combining ingredients, all while learning about their family’s heritage or food from other cultures.

Gather your ingredients and get ready to add your special seasoning to your favorite dish. Need ideas? Check out a cookbook, website (such as RaddishKids), or the recipe database AtoZWorld Food.

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Cook something together to earn the Family Time badge in the Summer Reading program. Just mark the activity in your Beanstack account!

Not registered for Summer Reading? Get started here!

For more information, visit our website. Questions? Call 847/253-5675 or email

Notes from Storytime

KidLit TV

Check out this fun website that reinforces an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. It is produced by diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to experience children’s literature.

KidLit TV

Staff Picks For Kids

Pride Reads for Families

Read the Rainbow! To celebrate Pride Month this June, Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books that feature diverse families, identities, and ways of living. Everyone needs to see themselves reflected in books (and the world around them), and we also grow when we learn about people who are different from us! 

Ms Claire’s rainbow filled message for everyone

Pride books for families to enjoy together (picture books)

Pride books for 2nd-4th graders

Pride books for Tweens (4th-6th grade)

Stonewall award winning books for children

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