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Happy Diwali!

Shubh Diwali! Happy Diwali! Diwali is a holiday that is celebrated in Southeast Asia and all around the world at the end of the Hindu calendar. This year, that falls on November 1st-6th. At the Mount Prospect Public Library, we love learning, so we invited two members of the community, Trisha and Gina, to tell…

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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, has many resources for all ages including an activity book with crafts coloring pages, and puzzles. 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…

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tissue paper cherry blossom craft

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day is on Friday, April 30. It is an annual holiday encouraging people to plant and care for trees. It was initiated by Julius Sterling Morton, President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture in 1872. The Arbor Day Foundation's Kids Corner is full of printable activities, digital games, and resources. Leaf ID Game: Can you…

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April is National Poetry Month

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…

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Monty the MPPL duck with his winter reading badges

Winter Reading Badges

Look at all those badges! Monty the Mount Prospect Duck has been busy reading and doing activities for Winter Reading. You have until February 28 to try to earn as many (or more) badges than Monty! Which ones are your favorites? Attend a virtual event Chill out & read Listen to a story Warm up…

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, Seollal, Tết, or the Spring Festival, is a holiday celebrated in many east Asian countries, as well as in the United States. According to the lunar calendar, a year is the amount of time it takes the moon to go around the Earth 12 times. The Lantern Festival is the last day of celebrations.   Lanterns are a way…

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Maker Monday: DIY Eco-Friendly Confetti

This activity is a great way to create confetti for your New or "Noon" Year's Eve.  Image by Penny Whitehouse What you need: Lots of colorful leavesHole punch Then, make the confetti by using the hole punch to punch out pieces of the leaves. For other eco-friendly activities and crafts, check out these books:  Amazing Cardboard Tube Science by…

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Make a Holiday Card for Alden Gardens

Help brighten the holidays for seniors by sending a handcrafted holiday card. The Mount Prospect Public Library has partnered with Alden Gardens in Des Plaines to send holiday cards to their residents. All you need to do is have your child create a card using any art supplies you have at home, making it as simple or…

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Full Steam Ahead with Miss Claire

STEAM Saturday: Chromatography

Chromatography is the process of separating mixtures. Combine science and art and learn about how colors are made with this fun project presented by Miss Claire. You will need: Coffee filtersMarkersPencilWater + containers…

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paper wolf craft

El Día de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated primarily in Mexico and Latin America, though there are versions in places like Ireland, India, and the Philippines. Día de los Muertos can take place over several days, with families and friends getting together to celebrate their loved ones who have…

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