New Services

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Be Our Pen Pal  

We would love to hear from you! Email us at penpal@mppl.org 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 penpal@mppl.org 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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Storytime Bundles

Missing Storytimes? Not sure what books to request for your preschooler? Call Youth Services to request a Storytime Bundle to be included in your Parking Lot Pickup. Each bundle includes 5 books and 1 paper activity. Choose from these 11 themes: ABC, Adventure, Animals, Counting, Dinosaurs, Diversity, Funny Stories, Let’s Pretend, STEAM, Transportation, and Under the Sea. 

Trivia Tuesdays—Posted every Tuesday on the Kids at Home blog from June 9 through August 31

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 the Library for book suggestions. You may also discover other topics of interest to you with these resources. 

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

Crafts-To-Go Kits

Make a craft with instructions and supplies from the Library. MPPL cardholders can request 1 kit per child from the Youth Department or South Branch and schedule a pickup time with our new parking lot pickup service. Crafts may require some basic household items, such as scissors, glue, or crayons. Look for more Crafts-to-Go kits periodically throughout the summer. Available while supplies last. 

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Tech Take Home Kits – beginning June 27 

Explore simple technology at home with instructions and supplies from the Library. MPPL cardholders can request 1 kit per child from the Youth Department as well as the South Branch and schedule a pickup time with our new parking lot pickup service. Kits may require some basic household items such as tape and crayons. Available 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.

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Parking Lot Printout Service

The Library is offering to make free copies/printouts for patrons (up to 20 pages).  To request a printout, please call us at 847-253-5675, email us at reference@mppl.org, or contact us via LiveChat.  We will make the copies and and then schedule a time for you to pick them up via parking lot pickup.