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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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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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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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Maple Syrup Season

Beginning in the middle of February and stretching into mid March, the Sugar Maple trees begin to prepare for spring by sending sap up to their branches to fuel the spring growth.  This is one of the first signs of spring in the forest and marks maple syrup season.  On days where the nights are freezing and the days are…

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Introducing Dial-a-Story

Looking for some new stories to listen to at bedtime? Need some quick entertainment for your child in the car or store? Look no further than our new service, Dial-a-Story. Just call 847/232-8600. Available 24/7! Listen to stories, jokes, songs, and more. Some items are read by your librarians, and some by other great narrators,…

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Learn New Languages with Little Pim

During these winter days, stay cozy and learn a new language with the Library’s web resource, Little Pim. This language learning database uses fun short videos and covers Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic, and Russian. Also, enjoy coloring the Little Pim Panda in New York City in this coloring sheet. LittlePim_NYC-2020Download…

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Netflix Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices Netflix has created a collection of twelve 5-minute episodes of celebrities reading children’s books. The featured books are by Black authors and they highlight the Black experience. The videos are available for free without a subscription on the Netflix Jr. YouTube. Here is the Netflix Bookmarks playlist. Visit the Netflix Bookmarks website for links…

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Star Wars Reads Month

READ. THIS IS THE WAY.  Celebrating its ninth year, Star Wars Reads month is all about reading and learning about your favorite “galaxy far, far away.” The Star Wars Reads webpage has activity sheets, reading logs, and other fun ways to celebrate. Create your own reading buddy by making your own Desktop Porg!  Supplies Needed:   white copy paper or…

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Visit with Children’s Author Christina Soontornvat

Today we are sharing a special booktalk to introduce you to children's author Christina Soontornvat. We'll meet her virtually this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and there's still time to register! Kids can ask her questions about what it is like to be a writer, or tell her how much they like her books. Watch this…

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Be Who You Are

Todd Parr is the author of over 50 children's books that are full of fun, positive messages. Be Who You Are Day on September 30 includes activities that help kids celebrate what makes each of them special. Here are some ways to celebrate! Tune in at 8:00 a.m. on September 30 for a live…

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