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Kids at Home with MPPL

Maker Monday: Build a Braced Tower

Photo of John Hancock Center by Drew Hays on Unsplash February’s STEAM at Home program featured Awesome Architecture and fun building activities. We learned that x-bracing (seen here on the John Hancock Center in Chicago) is one way that helps keep buildings straight and tall when wind blows on them. X-braces and shear walls collect wind forces and carry them to the foundation. Build your own braced tower at home… Read more »

Staff Picks For Kids

Book review: Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade book cover

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi Cabrera   J B BROOKS, G.  Discover the life and legacy of this famous Chicagoan in a biography that is beautiful to read and look at.  Gwendolyn Brooks grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a family that didn’t have much money, but was rich… Read more »


Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL Zoey and Sassafras Science Celebration

When: Monday, March 08, 2021 at 4:00 PM
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For grades K-2. Tag along with us virtually as we explore the fantastic and scientific world of the Zoey and Sassafras book series by Asia Citro. We will share part of a story, show off our snacks, and do a fun science experiment! The library will supply materials, which will be available for pickup the week of March 1. This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must re[...]

VIRTUAL Bilingual Play and Learn / Jugar y Aprender Bilingüe

When: Tuesday, March 09, 2021 at 11:30 AM
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Join us for a virtual Play and Learn Program via Zoom.  Parents and their children ages 2-5 are invited to enjoy exercise, stories, and music in English and Spanish.This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive the login information. If you do not have an email address, please call the library at 847-590-4090. ma[...]

VIRTUAL I Survived Book Series: The Sinking of the Titanic

When: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:30 PM
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For grades 2-5. Explore the terrifying and thrilling stories in the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. This month we will embark us on the Titanic as we sail through pages of the book with exciting, interactive activities. How did anyone survive? Could you have survived? Let's bravely commemorate this event in history, together. Each participant will receive a copy of a book from the series[...]

Outdoor Goin' on a Bear Hunt

When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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For ages 3 and up and their families. Bundle up and join us outside for a bear hunt at Pocket Park, located at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue. We will read We're Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and "hike" through the park as we act out this classic story. We will add some rhymes and songs to help keep us moving and warm! Participants will receive teddy bear crafts to[...]

Outdoor Goin' on a Bear Hunt

When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:00 PM
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For ages 3 and up and their families. Bundle up and join us outside for a bear hunt at Pocket Park, located at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue. We will read We're Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and "hike" through the park as we act out this classic story. We will add some rhymes and songs to help keep us moving and warm! Participants will receive teddy bear crafts to[...]

VIRTUAL Together with Baby Storytime

When: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:30 AM
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For children 0-23 months old with an adult. Oh, baby! Connect with caregivers and library staff for an interactive and engaging three-week storytime session. Enjoy 20 minutes of rhymes, books, songs, and fun ideas to help your little one learn and grow. Each session will include time to chat with other adults and share what's happening with your baby. This program will be presented using[...]

VIRTUAL Super Saturday: "A Tiny Spark" featuring Firefly Family Theatre

When: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM
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For all ages. Get your wings ready for this live interactive performance by Firefly Family Theatre. Meet Spark the Firefly, the tiniest firefly in all of Firefly Grove. Determined to find her light, Spark sets out on a journey through the forest where she encounters other bugs and creatures. The original music, colorful puppets, and opportunities to get up and move will be sure to get you "flyin[...]

VIRTUAL Family Storytime

When: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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For ages 6 and younger with their families. Children learn naturally when they read, sing, write, talk, and play! Your friendly library presenters are here to bring you special interactive storytimes at home, combining books, songs, and rhymes. Perfect for the whole family. This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must register and provide a working email address to r[...]

VIRTUAL Bilingual Play and Learn / Jugar y Aprender Bilingüe

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:30 AM
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Join us for a virtual Play and Learn Program via Zoom.  Parents and their children ages 2-5 are invited to enjoy exercise, stories, and music in English and Spanish.This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive the login information. If you do not have an email address, please call the library at 847-590-4090. ma[...]

VIRTUAL STEAM at Home: Out-of-this-world Technology

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:00 PM
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For grades 1-5. Take a trip to the moon from the comfort of your home! We'll explore the moon using Google EarthT and make a cool light-up optical illusion. Some supplies will be available for pickup the week before the program, limited to one set per family, while supplies last. Additional suggested supplies from home include markers (crayons or colored pencils), scissors, and tape. Thi[...]

VIRTUAL Mini Movers Storytime

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM
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Join us for a fast-paced musical storytime for toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. With music, songs, and dramatic movement, we'll shake our sillies out and have lots of fun! Bring a scarf and shaker if you have them. This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive the login information.[...]

Outdoor Storytime at Pocket Park

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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For ages 3 and up and their families. Put on your masks, bring a blanket or chairs, and join us for a storytime at Pocket Park, located at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue. We will read stories, do action rhymes, and have fun! All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. To help keep everyone safe, space in this program is limited. Families will be positioned 6 feet from eac[...]

Outdoor Storytime at Pocket Park

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM
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For ages 3 and up and their families. Put on your masks, bring a blanket or chairs, and join us for a storytime at Pocket Park, located at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue. We will read stories, do action rhymes, and have fun! All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. To help keep everyone safe, space in this program is limited. Families will be positioned 6 feet from each o[...]

VIRTUAL Minute to Win it Games/Minuto para ganar

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM
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For all ages.Join us to play virtual Minute to Win it games and enjoy a fun evening with family and friends. The games are challenging enough for older kids and adults, but still easy enough for younger players. It's a laugh a minute playing this popular party activity. The clock is ticking so be sure to register to have a blast! This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants mu[...]

VIRTUAL Pajama Storytime

When: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM
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For ages 6 and younger with their families. Cuddle up in your pj's and let the library tuck you in with cozy stories and rhymes. What better way to get ready for bed than with your favorite stuffed animal and some wonderful books shared by your friends at the library. This program will be presented using Zoom. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive[...]