Get Out the Vote 2021

Posted & filed under Blog, Youth & Teen.

For several years, Lincolnwood Public Library’s Junior Justice League, our community activism program for young people, has participated in Get Out the Vote projects to inspire our community to vote, which included posting signs and/or sending out postcards for the 2018 midterm elections, village, school and library elections, the 2020 spring primaries and the 2020 fall election.

Civic engagement and participation in our democracy is something we’re passionate about all the time! This spring our library will support our community in voting on April 6 for the 2021 consolidated elections for mayor, school board, library board, etc. Local elections often do not get as much attention as national or state elections – but they are incredibly important to every community.

Join Lincolnwood Library’s youth Junior Justice League, our virtual community activism program seeking to make a difference in our world while staying connected to our community, for our Get Out the Vote initiative to promote voting in the upcoming local elections. This program will take place on March 16 at 3:30pm CST on Zoom. This is a fantastic activity to do together as a family. You can register here

You can pick up a free Get Out the Vote Grab & Go Postcard Kit at the library on our Voting Displays and in our Great Green Box to participate in this activity on your own time, while supplies last. Our all-ages Get Out the Vote Postcard Kit (with art made by Kate) can offer a fun, engaging opportunity for families and friends to come together to talk about civic engagement and democracy, whether in person or virtually. You could even host your own postcard writing activity on Zoom! You can also use your own postcards. All you need are some basic art supplies. Middle school and high school friends, you can even get service hours for making and sending out postcards!

Get Out the Vote Postcards Directions

Using your own style, decorate the postcard and write a personal message to inspire others to vote, such as “Raise your Voice,” “Every Vote Matters,” “Make a Plan to Vote.” You can watch the video above for inspiration from our JJL kids!

Address the postcard on the right side of the postcard. You can attach a stamp or if you bring the postcard to the Youth & Teen Librarians, we can mail the postcard for you. Make sure to mail your postcards before the election. 

Treat yourself to a Voting sticker for a job well done.  

Make a plan with your family to vote this spring. Remember you can always register to vote by mail.

You can access our Get Out the Vote Postcard templates and directions here.

Voting Resources

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

You can check our Informed Voter page at

School District 74 Candidate Videos

Check out our Voting display in the library & borrow some fantastic books to learn more about raising your voice for all ages. You can also easily put them on hold to get through curbside pick-up.

Magic by Randy Show and Teaching Program

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

If you missed out on our Magic by Randy show and magic teaching program, you can visit his website. Here’s some highlights of what you missed in both programs!

Some magic cards Randy showed participants how to use in his magic teaching program
  1. In the teaching program Randy showed everyone how to use math in a magic trick that will get the same number every time
  2. How to make cards move in mysterious ways
  3. how to craft your own magic trick

in the performance, Randy

  1. moved objects and made objects move inside a glass (Without touching it)
  2. Pulled all sorts of objects from his mouth
  3. Did card tricks with the help of audience participation

You can also check out some of his videos from other performances on his website.

The library has other magic books for all ages and skill levels that you can check out to build upon Randy’s teaching program.

Mathemagic: Number Tricks – Lynda Colgan

Magic Tricks with Coins, Cards, and Everyday Objects by Jake Banfield

Simple Slight of Hand by Paul Zenon

OEB Magic Handbook: Paper Tricks by Jon Tremaine

Best Books of 2020

Posted & filed under Blog, Book Discussions, Youth & Teen.

We have several different lists and ways you can access some of our staff’s favorite picks of the year. Included are books for all ages, from infants to adults! Check it out and check back regularly for more recommendations.

On YouTube, we have regularly occurring book talks, including some that wrap up all of 2020 in books!

Here is a record set for some of the staff’s favorite Youth books that the library owns!

Our newsletter featured some of the staff’s favorite titles, which you can search below.

Rich – Youth and Teen Services

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

Paula – Information Services

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Emily – Youth & Teen Services

The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke, Jens Rassmus (Illustrations), Belinda Cooper (Translation)

Barbara Friedman – Information Services

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Brian – Information Services

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Kevin – Youth and Teen Services

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo 

We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Mejia 

The New One by Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein