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Who, What, Where!

If you love easy to read chunks of nonfiction about people, places, and events, you need to stop by our Who HQ section in Youth Services! For your convenience, we’ve shelved all the Who Was/Is, What Was/Is, and Where Was/Is books in one section. You can learn about Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Great Chicago Fire (was it really started by a cow?), and the Mississippi River, all in the same section!

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many families wish to learn more about her life and her work. Check out our resource list or come see our display in Youth Services.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You get a bundle! And YOU get a bundle!

To save time and effort for our patrons, we offer several bundles of materials that make it easy for you to grab, go, and discover new materials!

Board Book Bundles

For our youngest readers we have board book bundles: five board books for babies and toddlers that are sure to delight you. These can be found on display above the board book shelves.

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Storytime Bundles

For slightly older children (2-7) we have Storytime Bundles. These are books on a theme and include an extension activity. Currently we offer these themes to choose from:

  • ABC
  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Counting
  • Dinosaurs
  • Diversity
  • Funny Stories
  • Let’s Pretend
  • Staff Favorites
  • STEAM
  • Transportation
  • Under the Sea
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Leveled Reading Bundles

Finding a good book at your child’s reading level isn’t always easy. You can get started quickly by grabbing one of our pre-made bundles. But don’t forget, we can always give you personalized recommendations for a book your child is sure to love and will be able to read successfully! For personalized suggestions, you can stop by the Youth desk or send us an email at kidsread@mppl.org. But when you’re short on time, grabbing a leveled bundle is a great option.

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Binge Bundles / DVD&BluRay

When you’re ready to enjoy some flicks with the fam, grab a themed DVD or BluRay bundle! Why endlessly scroll through Netflix or search through our vast collection when you can just take home a ready made film festival? Whether you have a preschooler who is obsessed with trains or the whole family wants to catch up on blockbusters you might have missed, we have you covered. Current themes include:

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Book Films (Weston Woods and Dreamscape titles)
  • Feature Films
  • Funny
  • Princess Power
  • Sports
  • Staff Picks
  • Throwback Movies
  • Superheroes
  • Exercise & Dance
  • Transportation
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To request these special items for Parking Lot Pickup or for the hold shelf, you can email youthserv@mppl.org or call 847/253-5675 and ask for Youth Services.

Audiobook Roundup

Video of Ms. Becca talking about three audiobooks for kids

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler by Steve Sheinkin

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler book cover

When Abraham Lincoln overhears school, kids say in history class that history is so boring he warns them not to do it again or they will not like what happens! In this time travelling novel Doc and Abby are transported to 1860 to help save history! This is a first book in the Time Twister Series, check out Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean next! 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

Slacker by Gordan Korman 

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When Cameron Boxer almost burns the house down because he was playing video games his parents give him an ultimatum. Join an activity or lose your video game system. Cameron decides to make a fake club at school. Cameron soon finds out how much work his new fake club is and learns maybe there is more to life than video games. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook

The Candy Caper by Tom Watson 

Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper book cover

Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper is the first book in this illustrated early chapter book series. Join Molly and her group of friends as they scheme to get into the Principal office to count how many candies are in the Principal’s candy jar. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons & Marshmallows by Asia Citro

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Zoey discovers a secret when her mom leaves on a work trip. She can see magical animals! So can her mom, who helps sick magical animals in the barn behind their house. Since her mom is away, Zoey steps in to help when a baby dragon shows up at the barn. Zoey uses the scientific method and runs an experiment to figure out what the dragon likes to eat, which includes marshmallows. You can read Dragons & Marshmallows as an e-book on Libby/Overdrive.