Month: July 2020

Staff Picks For Kids Blog

Learn About Eid al-Adha

“Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid!”

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Today is Eid al-Adha, the second most important holiday for Muslims. The holiday celebrates a story of sacrifice in the Qur’an, as well as the end of Hajj, a five-day pilgrimage that many Muslims make to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The holiday is a joyful one, with families normally getting together for a feast and sharing with neighbors and the poor. 

Look up information about Eid al-Adha using the database, World Book Student.

Checkout a book to read from our Eid al-Adha Stories booklist.

And if you’re interested in other stories about what it is like to grow up Muslim, check out these lists: 


Beginning Chapter Books Booktalk

Becca is here with some great beginning chapter book recommendations! Beginning chapter books are also known as “transitional” chapter books. They are chapter books with more illustrations and shorter chapters that are great for kids who are transitioning from beginning readers to chapter books.

If you’re interested in any of the titles Becca talked about, you can place them on hold here.

New E-resources for Kids

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added some great new digital resources for the new school year. All of these resources can be accessed from our Homework Help page, along with many other great resources.

PebbleGo by Capstone

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From PebbleGo: “PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. Your students will love exploring PebbleGo time and time again.”

Bookflix from Scholastic

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From BookFlix: “Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles are designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.”

StoryCove from August House

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From StoryCove: “There is nothing like a good picture book to stir a child’s imagination and create excitement about reading. Over the years, August House has published an extensive collection of award-winning children’s picture books with stories from the world’s great oral traditions. Now, many of these folktales are available online as animated stories with read-to-me versions, as well as read-along narratives supported by differentiated lesson plans aligned with the Common Core Standards.”

E-books from RBdigital

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We’ve added a number of new e-books to our RBdigital platform, including titles in the Who Was? series and much more!

Explore More Illinois

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While most venues are currently on hiatus, check back to see when venues resume in person visits. From RAILS: “Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues.”

If you need help with any of these resources, please reach out to the Youth Services department and we’ll be happy to assist you!