Missed Storytime This Week? Check out these tips, songs, and crafts about Farm Animals

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Take a look at this week’s Storytime theme, including a paper plate chicken that you can make! Also check out our Early Literacy Tips on our expanding Early Literacy page. Also, you can subscribe to our newsletter to get up to date information on our programming and information that we provide! Enjoy! http://lincolnwoodlibrary.org/kids-events/earlyliteracy/

“Baby Put Your Pants On”

Tip: this is a great way to add purposeful language during the time you help your little one get dressed. This song is great for learning articles of clothing as well as learning body awareness language.

“baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on

baby put your pants on 1, 2, 3”

(Repeat section)

Leg to the left, leg to the right

wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight

“baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on

baby put your pants on 1, 2, 3”

(Repeat with any article of clothing you would like)

Missed Storytime this week? Check out these activities and tips about Picnics

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With the official start of summer, check out these activities, rhymes, and fingerprint ant activities! Also, check out our videos and Early Literacy tips so you can continue the Storytime fun at home!

Tip: This rhyme can help babies feel the rhythm of the words, which in turn will help them learn to make words on their own. Rhythm, words, and literacy go hand in hand, which is why we incorporate different music and songs into every storytime. 

“A Rough Road”

A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road

A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road

A rough road, a rough road, a rough road

A hole!!!

Repeat 2X 

New Book Tuesday 6-25-19

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Check out the latest items added to our collection!

Big Sky: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies
Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.
Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network-and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

Lost and Found: A Novel by Danielle Steel

What might have been? That tantalizing question propels a woman on a cross-country adventure to reunite with the men she loved and let go, in Danielle Steel’s exhilarating new novel.

It all starts with a fall from a ladder, in a firehouse in New York City. The firehouse has been converted into a unique Manhattan home and studio where renowned photographer Madison Allen works and lives after raising three children on her own. But the accident, which happens while Maddie is sorting through long-forgotten personal mementos and photos, results in more than a broken ankle. It changes her life.

Spurred by old memories, the forced pause in her demanding schedule, and an argument with her daughter that leads to a rare crisis of confidence, Maddie embarks on a road trip.  She hopes to answer questions about the men she loved and might have married—but didn’t—in the years after she was left alone with three young children. Wearing a cast and driving a rented SUV, she sets off to reconnect with three very different men—one in Boston, one in Chicago, and another in Wyoming—to know once and for all if the decisions she made long ago were the right ones. Before moving forward into the future, she is compelled to confront the past.

As the miles and days pass, and with each new encounter, Maddie’s life comes into clearer focus and a new future takes shape. A deeply felt story about love, motherhood, family, and fate, Lost and Found is an irresistible new novel from America’s most dynamic storyteller.

She-Ra and the Princess of Power: Island of Magical Creatures by Tracey West

Her mission is to protect Etheria. But she can’t do it alone. After the battle of Bright Moon, the Horde army has retreated. But Adora knows they’ll soon be back. Now the Princess Council is searching for a way to make the Rebellion stronger. Then they discover a First Ones mural that shows an island full of animals with magical powers. Are these magical creatures real and will they help the Rebellion? Adora and her friends set out on a quest to investigate. But they aren’t the only ones on Etheria looking to strengthen their cause

Fans of the Princess of Power will be thrilled with this original story set in the world of the She-Ra series from Dreamworks on Netflix! With illustrations throughout, and packed full of humor, magic, and friendship, these chapter books are the perfect way for a whole new generation of She-Ra fans to get to know the Princess of Power and her band of heroic friends!


Dumbo

From Disney and director Tim Burton, the grand live-action adventure Dumbo expands on the beloved classic where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. A struggling circus makes an incredible comeback with a baby elephant that can fly, but when they attract a new investor they soon discover his new plans conceal dark secrets.


The Aftermath

When a woman (Keira Knightley) rejoins her husband in Hamburg after the war, she returns to an atmosphere charged with enmity and grief that soon gives way to passion and betrayal.

New Book Tuesday 6-18-19

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Inspired by our butterfly friends that we released yesterday, enjoy the latest items added to our collection!

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

The Body Lies by Jo Baker

A dark, thrilling new novel from the best-selling author of Longbourn: a work of riveting psychological suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world–or in the pages of a book–when the stakes are dangerously high.

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote English countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the bustle of London and the scene of a violent assault she is desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of her new life and the demands of single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative-writing class. When a troubled student starts turning in chapters that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognizes herself as the main character in his book–and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it’s too late? At once a breathless cat-and-mouse game and a layered interrogation of the fetishization of the female body, The Body Lies gives us an essential story for our time that will have you checking the locks on your doors.

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

From the Whitbread and Los Angeles Times Prize-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a stunningly ambitious, fantastical novel about the theft of female agency by rapacious men and the ways in which archetypal stories can warp history and the present

Mark Haddon’s breathtaking novel begins with a harrowing plane crash: Maja, the pregnant wife of the unimaginably wealthy Philippe, is killed, but their daughter Angelica survives. Philippe’s obsession with the girl’s safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque as she grows into a beautiful teen. A young man named Darius, visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelica and intuits their secret — he decides to rescue her, but the attempt goes awry and he flees England by sea.

This contemporary story mirrors the ancient legend of Antiochus, whose love for the daughter of his dead wife was discovered by the adventurer Appolinus of Tyre. The tale appeared in many forms through the ages; Apollinus becoming the swashbuckling Pericles in Shakespeare’s eponymous play. In The Porpoise, as Angelique comes to terms with a life imprisoned on her father’s estate, Darius morphs into Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world. In a bravura feat of storytelling, Haddon recounts his many exploits in thrilling fashion, mining the meaning of the old legends while creating parallels with the monstrous modern world Angelica inhabits. The language is rich and gorgeous; the conjured worlds are perfectly imagined; the plot moves forward at a ferocious pace.

But as much as Haddon plays with myth and meaning, his themes speak deeply to the current moment. As profound as it is entertaining, The Porpoise is a major literary achievement by an author whose myriad talents are on full, vivid display.

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…

As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?

Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changedin New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical novel

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. 

In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.

Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts get twisted against her.

Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California…

Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken . . . Also how does one go home after seven years away? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep.

Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.


Wonder Park

Buckle up for a fun-tastic family adventure where anything is possible! Future inventor June discovers her dream amusement park is real. But when trouble hits, she takes her misfit team of animal friends on an unforgettable journey to save the park.


Hotel Mumbai

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves.



Killing Eve: Season 2

Killing Eve is a story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act.



Us

The visionary behind Get Out returns with an original nightmare, pitting an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

YTS Program Wrap-up: Junior Justice League

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With the school-year wrapping up, we will be taking a look at a few of our recurring Youth & Teen programs. The first one is our Junior Justice League

This school year, our Junior Justice League completed 7 service based projects. Kids in Grades 3-8 learned about a variety of different organizations and ways to get involved in the Lincolnwood community, including voting, the environment, and animals. In total, kids amassed hundreds of volunteer hours, while learning about issues that impact them on a daily basis. Here, you can find out more about some of the organizations and people that worked with the Junior Justice League heroes.

Get Out The Vote Signs (with the Niles Township Government)
Get Out the Vote cards
Kindness Bingo (through the Niles Township Kindness Campaign)
Making dog toys for Chi Town Pitties Rescue
Writing thank you notes to the National Parks Service and Deputy Chris Obrochta (for saving animal in a kennel fire)

IF you are interested in earning volunteer hours or learning more about getting involved in issues that impact the Lincolnwood area, talk to librarian Eti Berland (eberland@lincolnwoodlibrary.org ) or stop by the YTS department! We can’t wait for another year of working for Justice!

http://lincolnwoodtogether.org/ – Lincolnwood Together (Get Out the Vote Project)

http://nilestownshipgov.com/officials/bonnie-kahn-ognisanti/ – Bonnie Kahn (Get out the Vote Project)

http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/ – Cards for Hospitalized Kids (National Movement)

https://www.nps.gov/index.htm – National Parks Service (Letters to National Park Service)

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190202/dupage-recognizes-sheriffs-deputy-who-saved-dogs-in-kennel-fire – Deputy Chris Obrochta (thank you cards for saving animals in a kennel fire)

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glenview/community/chi-ugc-article-niles-township-unveils-kindness-campaign-sec-2019-02-12-story.html – Niles Township Kindness Campaign (Kindness Bingo Cards)

https://www.ipositive.org/ – Institute for Positive Mental Health (Kindness Bears Project)

https://chitownpitties.org/ – Chi Town Pitties Rescue (dog toy making for donation)

YTS Program Wrap Up: Books & Bites

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This year in Books & Bites exposed kids to lots of different books in our collection, as well as the major ideas in those books! Take a look at some of the selections below to check them out from our library. They also got to talk with author Jerry Craft, the author of the acclaimed graphic novel New Kid. Furthermore, kids learned and practiced giving their own book talks and promoted their own favorite books at the end of the year. In talking with some of the participants, kids felt that “my voice was heard about the books and their ideas” and that they “learned about a lot of great books that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever heard about.” We are already planning on the summer and next school year’s selection, so be sure to check out the calendar and join us soon!

The Witch Boy – Ostertag

All’s Faire in Middle School – Jamieson

Brave – Chmakova

Lowriders in Space – Camper; illustrated by Gonzalez

Cardboard Kingdom – Sell

New Kid – Craft

Smile – Telgemeier

Free Comic Book Day Celebration
Jerry Craft, author of New Kid
All’s Faire in Middle School!

Missed Storytime This Week?Celebrate Father’s Day with these Storytime songs and tips!

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Take a look at our Father’s theme in storytime this week, just in time for Father’s Day. Also, we are beginning to debut our E.L. tips and videos, which will be coming out on Fridays. Take a look on our website to see new videos that you can use at home! Also, we have included the lyrics and tips for all of our songs to make it easy to follow along! Enjoy

Title: “Tiny Little Babies Love Bouncing”

Age: babies (approx. birth-18 months)

Tip: It is good for baby/child to be facing you – they can see the words you’re forming with your mouth, which will in turn help them when they begin speaking. 

Lyrics:

Tiny little babies love bouncing, bouncing

Tiny little babies love bouncing, YEAH! (on YEAH, lift or tilt baby)

Tiny little babies love bouncing, bouncing

Tiny little babies love bouncing, YEAH! (on YEAH, lift or tilt baby)

Bounce to the left, bounce to the right 

Now hug your baby nice and tight! (end with hug or snuggle)

New Book Tuesday 6-11-19

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Learn about the newest items added to our collection!

Mrs. Everything: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. 

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

The Ditch: A Novel by Herman Koch

The bracing and inventive new novel of suspicions and secrecy from Herman Koch, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner

When Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, sees his wife toss her head back with laughter while chatting to one of his aldermen at a New Year’s reception, he immediately suspects the worst. Despite their long and happy marriage, Robert is convinced that Sylvia is cheating on him–with the respectable alderman who is dedicated to the environment, no less. The man who wants to spoil the capital’s skyline with wind turbines.

The New Year’s reception marks the end of the “happy family” era that the mayor has enjoyed for so long. His wife and their daughter, Diana, however, are not aware of his suspicions and carry on as usual. Robert starts spending a lot of time and energy “behaving normally.” Naturally, his normal behavior is far more suspicious. Normally Robert’s not really present when he’s at home–he’s preoccupied with his phone, the newspapers, and his own thoughts. But now Robert is so sure he’ll miss the clues if he doesn’t pay attention that he starts to be almost alarmingly attentive and interested–ultimately losing himself in increasingly panicked and paranoid trains of thought.

Written with Herman Koch’s trademark originality, playfulness, and edge, The Ditch is a wildly clever–and guttingly familiar–story of a man whose sadistic skill for undermining himself and his marriage comes to cost him nearly everything.


Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel takes you on a spectacular adventure from the 1990s, tracing the path of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. When a galactic war reaches Earth, she meets young agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at the center of a maelstrom, leading to her ultimate destiny as an Avenger!


Captive State

An extraterrestrial force has occupied Earth, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, forcing a Chicago neighborhood to confront both sides of the conflict.


The Mustang

Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in prison who struggles to escape his past, rediscovers his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang, Marcus.



Orange is the New Black

Created by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”), ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is a women’s dramedy based on the acclaimed memoir of the same name. Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with a drug runner, Alex (Laura Prepon), results in her arrest and a 15 month detention in a federal penitentiary. Piper must trade her comfortable New York life, for an orange prison jumpsuit.


YTS Program Wrap-Up: Girls Who Code

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This year, Lincolnwood Public Library partnered with the Girls Who Code organization, to expose girls to coding and teach critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills that they can use (whether or not they go into coding). LPLD is now part of the over 180,000 girls who have participated in the program. Here are some of the benefits that the program offers:

Overview

Girls Who Code offers free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. These are our core values:

Sisterhood

Join a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.

Code

Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages.

Impact

Work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real world problems the girls care about.

This year, girls focused on creating games and songs to help get others involved with coding and describing the principles of coding for other kids who are interested.

If you’d like to find out more about Girls Who Code, or get involved, please check out some of the promotional materials explaining the program in more detail. Also check out the founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, discuss the overall philosophy of the program, or check out some of what the company is doing now. Also, feel free to contact Kevin Wonch (kwonch@lincolnwoodlibrary.org) for more information about Girls Who Code at Lincolnwood Public Library.

YTS School Year Program Wrap-Up: Dungeons and Dragons

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When Dungeons and Dragons started, it’s main purpose was to expose kids to different facets of the game, as well as create a space for kids to come together to go through an epic campaign! This program evolved throughout the year. Kids were able to take ownership of the game. One frequent player said, “It’s become a big part of my life, and the library played a large role in that.” Kids now have formed groups outside of the program and play D&D at the library frequently. “It’s a great way to meet and hang out with friends, as well as just be creative and have fun in a way that’s unlike anything else” said one participant. The program still continued on a monthly basis, bringing in outside experts, and introducing new kids to the world(s) that D&D can offer.

D&D Meetup became a way for kids to meet with other plays and learn from them.