News from Youth Services Category: Reading

October 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. 

October storytime bundles: dinosaurs, farm, food/cooking, friends and family, health and wellness, manners/character counts, nature, nursery rhymes, staff picks, STEAM, and travel

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.

It is Time for Summer Reading!

Starting June 1, register for Reading Colors Your World to discover a whole world of fun! The program runs through August 15. You can join by visiting our Beanstack site or by coming into the library, starting Tuesday.

For kids entering grade 5 and younger.

Count the days you read or when someone reads to you. Each family who registers will receive a copy of the book Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus (while supplies last). Every child who reaches 30 days will receive an additional book as well as a chance to win a Grand Prize, like a Nintendo Switch Lite. Keep reading beyond 30 days to earn extra prize entries and contribute to our goal of reading for 30,000 days! Participants can also explore how reading colors their world with activities for the whole family.

Go to our Summer Reading Challenge webpage for more information and to get started!

Star Wars Day Activities

May The 4th Be With You! 

Today is a day where Star Wars fans celebrate everything about their favorite fandom. The website, StarWars.com has many resources for all ages including an activity book with crafts coloring pages, and puzzles.  

StarWarsKids.com also have some great online games and other activities that will introduce young fans to the “galaxy far, far away.” 

For off-screen time, check out one of the many books the Library has on Star Wars. To keep your place, you can make your own Star Wars Corner Bookmark.  

To make a bookmark, you will need: 

  • Craft paper 
  • Ruler  
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons 

Then, follow the directions on the Instructables’ website.  

star wars corner bookmarks

Photo and craft credit to Advaym. 

April is National Poetry Month

artist paints the word poetry on a wall

Photo by Trust “Tru” Katsande on Unsplash

Try one of these ideas to celebrate!

Write a Dada poem.

For this, you will need a collection of random words, ideally written on little slips of paper. You can put these slips in a bag or mix them up in a pile. Pull words one at a time and write them down in the order that you pull them. You can also use an online word generator such as this one. Keep in mind that you might want to throw in a couple connecting words, like and, with, at, the, and a. You could also take an article from a newspaper and cut up those words to make into a poem. The lines of the poem and the poem itself end whenever you decide. Here is our dada poem:

“Could you grass?”

said light green cat,

Tired and smooth.

“Stop, try candy fluff.”

Write a poem using your five senses.

shades of yellow paint samplers

Take an object and describe how it feels, looks, sounds, smells, and even tastes (as long as it is something that’s okay to taste!).

Paint Sample Poetry

Write a poem on a paint sample slip like you can get from a home improvement store. The poem can be about the main color, or inspired by the names of the colors.

Write a borrowed poem.

Borrowed poetry is created by borrowing lines or phrases from another source, such as an article or another poem.

We learned about this from Kwame Alexander, a poet and educator (on the At Home with Kwame page). He uses the poem, This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams, which is basically about asking for forgiveness for something you aren’t really sorry for doing. Once you think of a time like that in your life, you can replace words in the poem to reflect your experience. For example:

This is just to say

I have no

homework

to turn in today.

Which you were

probably expecting

to count towards my grade.

Forgive me

I played outside instead

the sun was warm

and my friends were there.

The library has poetry books for every kind of person. Here are some of our favorites!

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice book cover
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets book cover
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems book cover