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Diverse Books for Your Classroom

We recently held a program titled Diverse Books to Share With Your Classroom for educators in our community. Thousands of books are published every year, making it hard sometimes to keep with all the great new titles that could be used in classrooms. Library staff are happy to help by narrowing down the choices and sharing the best of the best with teachers.

We have booklists and curriculum resources for you to keep and use and share with your colleagues. Clicking that link will automatically download a zip file with all the resources.

This program was actually suggested to us by a member of the school community. If you have any other ideas for ways we can support you in your teaching, please get in touch and let us know!

September Storytime Bundles

Missing Storytimes? Not sure what books to request for your preschooler? Choose one of our Storytime Bundles the next time you’re at the library. You can also 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 10 different themes. 

September storytime bundle themes: ABC, dinosaurs, farm, friends and family, health and wellness, manners/character counts, nature, people in our neighborhood, staff picks, STEAM, and under the sea.

National Moon Day

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, is National Moon Day and the 52nd anniversary of when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The day is also to celebrate future launches into space, which you can learn about on NASA’s website here.

astronaut on the moon with U.S. flag
 Photo by NASA on Unsplash

To celebrate National Moon Day, try one of the activities on the blog, STEMsational. They have links to activities like making moon dust and learning about the phases of the moon.  

To make a mission like Apollo 11 a success, many people worked hard to come up with the right space suit, rocket, and more. You can learn about this in many books in the library including:  

Moon's First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship book cover

Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship by Susanna Leonard Hill; pictures by Elisa Paganelli. 

Meet Children’s Author Angela Joy

Zoom program: Colorful Culture with children's author Angela Joy, Thursday July 29 at 7 p.m.

Register now for this exciting virtual event with Angela Joy, the author of the picture book, Black is a Rainbow Color. Join us on Zoom on Thursday, July 29 to learn about the historical messages embedded in this beautiful book. Angela Joy is an author, substitute teacher, Girl Scout Cookie manager, Troop Leader, fifth grade book club moderator, and music lover. We are so excited to meet her! This event is co-hosted by Mount Prospect Public Library and Des Plaines Public Library.

To learn more about Angela and her book, visit her website here: Angela Joy Books

Books are available to check out from the library, or for purchase from a local bookstore, including Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago.