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Meet Chicago Author Amy Alznauer

Join us for a fun evening with Chicago author Amy Alznauer! Amy has written several books for children, but this event will focus on her book The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity. This book tells the story of Ramanujan a boy who lived in India in the 1800s and loved math but didn’t enjoy school, but he ended up having a huge impact on modern mathematics. You’ll have to read the story to find out how! During the zoom event, we’ll hear about Amy’s writing process, play some fun math games, and answer questions that you have for Amy about her book or what it is like to be a writer!

You can read or listen to the book on Hoopla! There is a read-along version, a movie version, and an audiobook version!

Make sure you register! We can’t wait for you to meet Amy!

Inauguration Day Resources

The entry on Inauguration Day from Britannica Library for Children

Inauguration Day in the United States is the day when the person elected to be president officially takes office.

Learn more about the history of this event and the incoming president and vice-president by checking out this list of resources. You can also find lots of information in our online resources, like Britannica Library for Children.

There will also be a live stream of the event on YouTube designed for young people, hosted by Keke Palmer, which you can watch here.

Youth Services staff have also gathered some resources that might be helpful if your children are asking you questions about recent current events.

GoNoodle’s post addresses how to talk about tough topics overall.

While this Teaching Tolerance post about talking about complicated subjects is directed at classroom teachers, it is also useful for parents and caregivers.

National Public Radio has a piece on how to talk to kids specifically about the riot at the Capitol, as well as a more comprehensive post about talking about civics and current events more broadly.

Youth Services staff are here for you. If you need resources or information about any topic, please reach out to KidsRead@mppl.org or call the library and we’ll be happy to help.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1986, and by 2000 all fifty states made it a state government holiday. In 1994, Congress designated it as a day of service, and since then Americorps has led the effort to connect people with volunteering opportunities on this day.

pebblego Martin Luther King, Jr. bio
screen shot of PebbleGo, an online resource for beginning readers

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr’s life and work by looking him up in one of our many online resources, including PebbleGo for the youngest learners, and Bookflix, which pairs fiction titles with nonfiction titles to fully explore a topic.

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screenshot of Bookflix, a resource that pairs fiction with nonfiction titles for children

We also have plenty of print materials available! See some of them here, place a hold, and schedule a parking lot pick-up appointment!

You can also check out books that have won the Coretta Scott King book award. From the American Library Association’s site: “The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.”

Find Coretta Scott King author award winning books here, and illustrator winners here.

Fresh New Storytime Bundles for a New Year!

stuffed animals with books

The Youth Services puppets have been busy helping the librarians assemble more storytime bundles, including ones with new themes! These themed bundles are geared towards two to seven year olds and contain five picture books handpicked by Youth Services staff and an extension activity. Why not cuddle up during this cold weather season and enjoy some fantastic stories together?  Contact the Library today at kidsread@mppl.org or 847-590-3320 to request any of these thrilling themes listed below:  

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Diversity
  • Holidays/Winter
  • STEAM
  • Funny Stories
  • Jungle
  • Construction
  • Pets
  • Sports
  • ABC
  • Dinosaurs
stuffed animals with books

Next in Series and Sequels December 2020

If you have a favorite author or series, there are a lot of new books out for you to enjoy! If you’d like to place any of these items on hold, please do, and make sure to schedule a Parking Lot Pickup appointment to come and get your next read!

(Oh, and if you love books in series, you need to know about KDL What’s Next–it will give you all the books in every series you like to read, in order! It’s very useful!)

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If you’re a Dav Pilkey fan, you’ll definitely want to read the latest book in the series, Fetch-22.

Jerry Craft’s book New Kid won the 2020 Newbery award, and his new book, Class Act, is a companion title that features Jordan’s friend Drew as the main character.

And of course, if you love the Babysitter’s Club graphic novels, then you’ll definitely want to read Baby Sitters Little Sister, and the latest book is Karen’s Roller Skates.

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Fly on the Wall is the newest book from the author of Pie in the Sky, so if you love illustrated, funny novels, you’ll enjoy both of these titles!

Chris Grabenstein has another hilarious entry in the Mr. Lemencello’s series called Mr. Lemencello and the Titanium Ticket.

And a new Stick Dog adventure is always a reason to celebrate.

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The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem is the latest book in this perfect beginning chapter book series for any kid who loves equal parts humor and adventure.

Goodbye, Mr. Terupt is the fourth book about Mr. Terupt and a group of kids who bonded in fifth grade. Now in eighth grade, this emotional book explores friendship and growing up with warmth and humor.

Three Keys by Kelly Yang is a sequel to Front Desk and continues the story of Mia Tang and her family as they run a motel and try to fit in and make friends in their new community.

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Unicorn Bowling is the latest book in the Phoebe and her Unicorn series. If you love unicorns, friendship, or used to read Calvin and Hobbes, you need to start reading this series.

Logan Likes Mary Anne! is the latest graphic novel adaptation of the super popular Babysitters Club series.

If you enjoyed Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell, you enjoy his newest title, Doodleville, which also features a group of creative kids who end up making art that’s more than they bargained for.

So if you’re excited for a sequel, next in series, or a new book by a favorite author, go here and place a hold today!