Missed Out on Storytime this week? Check out these tips and activities about the Moon

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Help us celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing with our Storytime Moon week! Also – if you missed out on our Mini Makers, take a look at our I-spy bottles that you can do at home! Also, check out our Mini Moon that you can make at home with aluminum. Hope to see you soon!





Criss Cross Applesauce – Tickle Rhyme

EL Tip: 


This tickle rhyme has a lot sensory elements (blowing on the neck). Babies are just beginning to explore their senses. 


criss cross apple sauce
spiders crawling up your back (w/hand movement up the baby’s up back) 
cool breeze
tight squeeze
and now you got the shivers!!!

New Book Tuesday! 7-16-19

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See the latest items added to our collection!

The Second-Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith

In this delightful sequel to the best-selling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, Paul Stuart’s travels take him to a French village, where the local restaurant’s haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired.

Renowned Scottish cookbook writer Paul Stuart is hard at work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food, but complicated domestic circumstances, and two clingy cats, are making that difficult.

So when Paul’s eccentric cousin Chloe suggests that he join her at the house she’s rented in the French countryside, he jumps at the chance. The two quickly befriend the locals, including their twin-sister landladies, who also own the infamous local restaurant known to be the second-worst eatery in all of France. During their stay, the restaurant’s sole waitress gives birth mid-dinner service and the maître d’ storms off after fighting with the head chef. Paul is soon drafted to improve the gastronomy of the village, while Chloe, ever on the hunt for her next romance, busies herself with distracting the handsome but incompetent chef. Could he be husband number six?

With all this local drama to deal with, Paul finds it next to impossible to focus on his writing, and that’s before he learns that Chloe’s past is far more complicated than he’d ever imagined. Paul will have to call upon al his experience—with food and with people—to bring order back to the village. And he may just learn something about family—and about himself—along the way.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.”
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. 
The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself—and her passions—in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Jenna Boltz’s life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce from her surgeon husband nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive-care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can’t help but wonder what her future holds.

Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna’s newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they’ve been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life’s other great adventure—dating—Jenna still isn’t sure she’s ready to let love in . . . until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind.

When Jenna’s elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she’s more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna’s children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected—before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.

The New Girl by Daniel Silva

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva comes a stunning new thriller of deception, betrayal, and vengeance.

She was covered from head to toe in expensive wool and plaid, the sort of stuff one saw at the Burberry boutique in Harrods. She carried a leather bookbag rather than a nylon backpack. Her patent leather ballet slippers were glossy and bright. She was proper, the new girl, modest. But there was something else about her …

At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful raven-haired girl who arrives each morning in a motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. In truth, her father is Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Once celebrated for his daring social and religious reforms, he is now reviled for his role in the murder of a dissident journalist. And when his only child is brutally kidnapped, he turns to the one man he can trust to find her before it is too late.

What’s done cannot be undone …

Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, has spent most of his life fighting terrorists, including the murderous jihadists financed by Saudi Arabia. Prince Khalid—or KBM, as he is known—has pledged to finally break the bond between the Kingdom and radical Islam. For that reason alone, Gabriel regards him as a valuable if flawed partner. Together they will become unlikely allies in a deadly secret war for control of the Middle East. The life of a child, and the throne of Saudi Arabia, hang in the balance. Both men have made their share of enemies. And both have everything to lose.

Filled with dark humor, breathtaking twists of plot, and an unforgettable cast of characters, The New Girlis both a thrilling, page-turning tale of entertainment and a sophisticated study of political alliances and great-power rivalries in a dangerous world. And it is once again proof that Gabriel Allon is “one of fiction’s greatest spies” (Kirkus) and Daniel Silva is “quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today.


Shazam!

Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam. His powers soon get put to the test against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

Missed Storytime This Week? Check out these activities about Homes

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Interested in more crafts, fingerplays, and songs that you can do at home? Check out these activities and a paper bag D.I.Y City that you can easily do from anywhere. And if you’re interested in more D.I.Y activities, check out our Mini-Makers Make and Take Group on the first Saturday of the month!

Hurry Scurry Little Mouse




Tip: This is a great rhyme for older kids because it has a small element of story to it. Also, for learning body parts, knees are an unusual body part to encounter in rhymes. 


“Hurry Scurry Little Mouse”



Hurry scurry little mouse
starts down at your toes
Hurry scurry little mouse
past your knees he goes
Hurry scurry little mouse
past where your tummy is
Hurry scurry little mouse
comes up for a mousey kiss!

New Book Tuesday! 7-9-19

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Two new books and two new movies this week!

Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray (Elements of Genius #1) by Jess Keating

“Let the official record show that, I, Nikki Tesla, did not intend to destroy the world.”

There are only so many times a kid can invent an instrument of global destruction without getting grounded. So when Nikki’s death ray accidentally blows up her bedroom (if you can call a pet ferret with an itchy trigger finger an accident), she’s sent to the only place that can handle her. Genius Academy is a school for history’s greatest brains. Leo da Vinci? Charlotte Darwin? Bert Einstein? All extraordinary. Yet even among her fellow prodigies, Nikki feels like an outsider thanks to a terrible secret she can’t let anyone discover. Ever.

But when her death ray is stolen, Nikki must stop worrying about fitting in and learn to play nice with her new classmates. Because it doesn’t take a genius to track a thief around the world, outwit the authorities, and keep a French fry-fanatic ferret happy. It takes all of them.

Dragonfly by Leila Meacham

From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes a gripping new novel about five young spies embedded among the highest Nazi ranks in occupied Paris

At the height of World War II, a handful of idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the government, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds-a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer-all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of her or his own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly. 

Thus begins a dramatic cat-and-mouse game, as the group seeks to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But…is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

Little

Jordan Sanders, a fierce tech mogul, wakes up one morning in her 13-year-old body before a pivotal presentation. She must rely on her assistant as everything is on the line.


High Life

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter, last survivors on a spaceship, hurtle to the oblivion of a black hole.

ALA Conference Recap, Part I: Book Talks

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The 2019 ALA, or American Library Association, Annual Conference is always a big event for librarians. This past year the conference took place in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25.

Here is how the ALA describes the conference:

One of our librarians, Eti, attended the conference. There was indeed, lots of great networking, updates, and opportunities to connect with authors and materials. The Lincolnwood Public Library wanted to share and discuss some of the books we are most excited about. Take a look below and stay tuned for our ALA book haul that we will assuredly talk more about later. Enjoy and be sure to take a look at any of these books in our collection by clicking the links!

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
I Am the Night Sky by Various
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Missed Storytime this week? Check out these activities for Stars/Fireworks!

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Take a look at our activitiy sheet in celebration of the 4th of July with activities, songs, and crafts dealing with Stars and Fireworks. We also have lots of new programs beginning this month, so if you would like to be in the know, make sure to subscribe to our Early Literacy e-mail list!



“The Moon is Round: A Bath Time or Diaper Changing Rhyme” 


Tip: this is a great bath time or diaper changing rhyme. It is great for learning body parts as well as creating bonding moments.


-You can use a washcloth to add sensory elements to this rhyme as well. 


The moon is round (use washcloth or hand)
As Round as can be
With two eyes, a nose, and a mouth like me


You can add in other body parts if you’d like

Enjoy!



New Movie Tuesday!

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Okko’s Inn

Okko moves to the countryside with her grandmother who runs a traditional Japanese inn. While she prepares to be the next owner of the inn, Okko can somehow see friendly ghosts.



The Best of Enemies

Based on a true story, Ann Atwater, a fearless and outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local KKK leader, blaze the way for school desegregation in Durham, North Carolina, in 1971.



The Public

On the coldest night of the year, a Cincinnati librarian is caught between a group of homeless patrons staging a sit-in and a face-off with the local police and media.