An Evening with Francisco X. Stork

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We were honored to virtually host beloved author Francisco X. Stork in a collaboration between Lincolnwood Public Library & Skokie Public Library on Thursday, September 24. Jarrett Dapier, a teen librarian at Skokie Public Library, hosted a thoughtful heart-to-heart conversation that showcased his longtime appreciation and in-depth knowledge of Stork’s work and its impact on young readers. I am so grateful for the opportunity to hear Francisco share his journey as a young adult writer and the craft of creativity. We were joined by people around the country, which makes our author visit even more special, knowing we’re connecting our communities far and wide. We also partnered with our local independent bookstore, Booked, to sell copies of Francisco’s books. You can order them here.

One of the things I like about Young Adult Literature is that it’s okay to give hope – Francisco X. Stork

We are grateful that Francisco has given us permission to record and share his author visit.

Resources

We shared a variety of resources during our program, as well as collected in preparation for our visit. We hope you will find them useful as you read and share Francisco X. Stork’s work.

Francisco’s Journal

Writing Without Anxiety (Francisco’s Journal)

Francisco’s Website

Writing About Migrant Justice and Asylum for a YA Audience by Francisco X. Stork (Diverse Books Blog)

Speak on It with Francisco X. Stork (YouMediaChicago)

Beyond Borders: Power of Story Presents Speaker Series: Featuring: Aida Salazar (Author, Land of the Cranes), Francisco X. Stork (Author, Illegal), and Kelly Yang (Author, Three Keys) with guest speakers Dr. Carla España & Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen (Scholastic)

Beyond Borders: Immigrant Experiences in Kidlit Further Reading

Sims Bishop, R. (1990). Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. Perspectives, 1(3), ix–xi.

We hope you will join us next for An Evening with Kelly Yang & Jessie Ann Foley on October 15 at 7pm CST. You can register here.

Program Review: Tips for Better Sleep

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy, Uncategorized, Youth & Teen.

What would be the first thing you would do after a good night’s sleep? That was a question that was recently posed at our Early Literacy Event. Recently, Katie Guzan, a certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, gave a presentation on how both young children and their caregivers can get better sleep. It was beneficial for both kids and adults alike. Please enjoy some of these tips below, or check out more from Sleep Wise Consulting.

Discussing the impact of sleep props for young people

Discussing the importance of a bedtime routine!

Join Junior Justice League to Get Out the Vote

Posted & filed under Blog, Youth & Teen.

Join Lincolnwood Library’s Junior Justice League, a virtual youth community activism program seeking to make a difference in our world while staying connected to your community. Friends who need service hours, this is your opportunity to both complete your requirements AND help support our community!

They will be hosting a special National Voter Registration Day JJL session on September 22 at 3:30pm CST on Zoom for families to Get out the Vote together. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring kids, teens and caregivers together to discuss how to raise your voice. Register with your email address here today!

Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti & local community group Lincolnwood Together will join us to share the importance of civic engagement and participation in our democracy.

We will create our own Get out the Vote Postcards to encourage people in our lives to vote. You can pick up JJL Postcard Kits in the youth department Lincolnwood Library, while supplies last, or make/use your own postcards. Bring whatever art supplies you like to use to our program.

You can also pick up a Get Out the Vote Postcard Kit to participate in this activity at your own convenience. Feel free to bring your postcards back to the library for us to mail.

Pick up your own Get out the Vote Postcard Kit. Postcard art made by Kate.
Yes, there are stickers in the kits.

Junior Justice League has participated in several Get out the Vote projects in the past, during the mid-term elections in 2018, village, school and library elections, and the spring primaries. Gain inspiration from our young people by checking out these videos showcasing their creative Get Out the Vote postcards!

How delightful is this poster about the 2020 Illinois primary that young JJL friend, K., made? It makes me smile every time I see it.

Lincolnwood Library will provide lots of resources and information about voting throughout the fall to help you find the information you need about registering, researching candidates, finding your polling place, and more.

You can check our Voting page at https://lincolnwoodlibrary.org/vote.

Check out our Voting display now & borrow some fantastic books to learn more about raising your voice for all ages.

Program Review: Manga Drawing with the Artistic Dragon

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In September, we had Addie from the Artistic Dragon teach a workshop on Manga Character Drawing. Here are some helpful tips and highlights from the program.

1.Draw light! Don’t be heavy handed when you draw

2. Start Simply with circles and basic shapes

3. Break things down to simpler shapes if you’re attempting to draw something hard

4. Don’t overlook simple things like a nose – they can frame the face since they’re in the middle of the head.

We have another drawing workshop next month with author Jarod Rosselo, so be sure to register if you missed this one.

Also be sure to check out our drawing books such as The Master Guide to Drawing Anime by Christopher Hart

Books & Bites, Jr. – Back to School

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy.

Join us for our brand new book club, Books & Bites, Jr., specially designed for families to explore and share books together. Our first session will be about back to school. It will take place on Wednesday, September 16 at 6-7pm on Zoom! You can register here. No library required & all are welcome.

We have created FREE PROGRAM KITS that you can pick up at the library or schedule curbside pick-up. We have included our program hand-out, snacks, supplies for our craft, and of course, book swag. Feel free to give us a call at the library to reserve your kit, which supplies last. You can also pick up your kit after the event.

We will be discussing The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, & Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly. You can borrow these books from our library or put them on hold in Overdrive.  You can also watch out the videos below before or after the program and continue the discussions with your children.

But, wait, there’s more!

Sign up for our next Books & Bites, Jr, when we’ll celebrate Superheroes on October 14 at 6pm!

We are also honored to welcome back Saadia Farqui to our virtual library on October 28 at 3:30pm and celebrate her middle-grade books, A Place at the Table (co-written by Laura Shovan) and A Thousand Questions! You can register here.

Additional Resources

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

The King of Kindergarten Crown Craft

The Day You Begin Lesson Plan

Meet Yasmin! Activities

Read Aloud Revival Podcast