Missed Storytime? Check Out What’s happening!

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Check out some of the themes above, including crafts you can do at home!

Interested in our upcoming programs? Take a look at our newsletter and programs for September and October. We have several special all-ages storytimes as well as a new time for our Musical Storytime.

Interested in reading recommendations? Check out our bookmarks that you can take when you’re in the library, or ask one of the librarians for more options!

In-Depth Program Look: Pet Sitting 101

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This month, we will be taking an in-depth review for one of our more unique library programs: Pet Sitting 101. The program was an hour long and was a combination of presentation, interactive question and answer, and activities. It took place early on in Shark Week, so we could use this program to promote a week’s worth of shark and animal themed programming!

Program Outline:

We began the program by having kids talk about their own pets. Most were excited to share information about their animals and it was a great way to get them engaged.

We then went into general information about pet sitting – both techniques to use as well as some things on the business side (resume, how to market yourself). This was pretty brief (about 10-15 minutes) so as not to lose kids attention. Since all the information was researched, we briefly talked to kids about where the information came from and where to look for more info on their own time.

We then went to a multiple choice game where kids had to run and stick a post-it note on the answer they thought was correct. This got them moving and more interested and focused on the information being presented.

Kids were then able to take the last 15-20 minutes to make different toys for dogs and cats as well as a type of natural dog treat. This allowed them to learn about activities to play as well as what types of foods most animals ate. Items that kids did not want to take with them we donated and provided them with more information about organizations in Lincolnwood and the surrounding areas so that kids could volunteer and gain more experience. Donating the items is also an easy entry point to establishing positive community relationships.

Program Benefits:

Kids got an early introduction to some basic business skills

Share and celebrate a love of pets

Encouraging kids to be proactive in getting things done and working

The goal was not to have kids fall in love with business, but they were able to hopefully gain some basic tips and tricks that they can remember when it comes time for them to start earning money.

Program Quotes:

“I don’t think I knew any of this before!”

“I could talk about my pet all day”

“I didn’t know you could donate things to animals, that’s such a good idea”

“My dog is going to love this!”

This is a great program to provide kids and teens an introduction to work skills in a low pressure, non-formal environment, while still exposing them to important ideas they can use later in their life!

Celebrating Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

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It’s no secret that we’re super fans of comics/graphic novels at Lincolnwood Library. Just ask any of our librarians to suggest titles for young readers and we’ll light up with excitement. Earlier this year, in order to make our juvenile comics collection more accessible, we moved it so that it’s the first collection you can find when you walk into the Youth and Teen Services Department, with plenty of space in front of it to sit down and explore the books. We leveled up in July by celebrating our appreciation for this medium for storytelling all month during Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month.

We curated several displays for readers to discover comics that are perfect for them because there are graphic novels for readers of all ages. Here are some lists of great graphic novels (and comics-related titles) from our display!

Great Graphic Novels: Early Readers

Great Graphic Novels: Middle Grade

Great Graphic Novels: Teen

Some of these comics were even selected by young readers to add to our display. And we often had to add more comics to the display due to them frequently being checked out.

We also provided resources for caregivers to learn more about the power of graphic novels, including Raising a Reader from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Toon Book’s Reading Comprehension Poster, A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love by Scott Robins & Snow Wildsmith, and Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea by Elisa and Patrick Gall.

As part of our display, we asked young readers to answer two questions: 1. Why do you love comics? 2. Which comics do you recommend? on word bubbles to then add to the display. They, of course, received free comics swag for participating. Adding the word bubbles had the unexpected result of making the books look like they’re speaking, as though the display is a comic come to life. I could talk all day about the benefits of reading comics related to self-selection and lifelong reading, visual literacy, comprehension, increasing the volume of reading and promoting book joy but… I think it’s incredibly valuable to listen to young people and their reasons for reading comics. One of our fantastic CAT volunteers transcribed the kids’ comments and I’ve made some minor spelling/grammar corrections.

I like to read graphic novels because they are really easy. My favorite comic is The Baby-Sitter’s Club. 

I like to read because it is fun.

Comic books are more entertaining.

I love Iron Man.

I like to read because it’s interesting.

I love Superman.

I love graphic novels because they are very detailed and fun to read. I recommend Brave.

I like comics because they are very expressive when it comes to characters, so you get a feel of what they are like.

Because of the word bubbles.

I love comics because of the interesting pictures and [they’re] easy and fun to read. Comics I recommend: Be Prepared, All Summer Long, Babymouse series, Amulet, Cardboard Kingdom.

I like comics because they’re not novels. 

I love comics because it has words and pictures. I recommend Sisters.

Jokes.

Graphic novels can show how authors see their characters and how the characters feel. I would recommend El Deafo.

My favorite comic and graphic novel is Roller Girl, mainly because it inspired me to join roller derby myself. Graphic novels and comics are good to read because they incorporate two different types of art which exposes kids to new things.

I like comics because they are a fun mix between watching TV and reading. It’s a way to watch the action without actually watching. My favorite comic is Sunny Side Up.

I love graphic novels because they have so many meanings and [they’re] really funny. My favorite book here is: Sunny Side Up, Owly, Pix: One Weirdest Weekend.

I like reading comics because of my superheroes like Flash and Batman.

Because it is fun. [I recommend] Superman and Spider-man.

I like graphic novels because they let you see how the author sees this world.

Comics have a lot of expressions that make the comics fun. I recommend All Summer Long, Lumberjanes series, Be Prepared and many more!

I like comics because it is an easy to read. Also, when you’re looking for the evidence, you can find it easily. I recommend Razzle Dazzle Unicorn!

I like reading graphic novels because they are quick reads. There are many kinds of graphic novels, fantasy, history, and realistic fiction. I recommend: Be Prepared, Smile, Guts, El Deafo, The Tea Dragon Society, Cardboard Kingdom, Best Friends.

I like reading because some books are nonfiction and they teach you something you never knew.

I like comics because they are fun and easy to read.

I like graphic novels because the feelings that the authors want the reader to have are easier to get. Graphic novels are more explained and dramatic. [I recommend] Amulet.

I like to read graphic novels because I find them more appealing than novels. A teen graphic novel I would recommend is Spinning.

I love comics because of the heroes and the action! Some comics I recommend are: Ms. Marvel, My Hero Academia.

I like comics because they are short.

Because they are easy to read. I recommend Wallace the Brave.

I like reading comics because it’s less complicated with the pictures and speech bubbles. My favorite graphic novel is Sisters.


These young people’s powerful insights about their experiences reading comics tell us that they are getting so many different things when they read comics. Try asking a young person in your life about comics and which ones they recommend and you’re certain to have an eye-opening, thoughtful conversation. And if you’re looking for books to share with them, check out the kids’ recommendations! And you can always come to the library for a personalized suggestion. While Graphic Novels in Libraries month may be over, we celebrate comics & choice every day at Lincolnwood Library.

ALA Wrap-Up, Part II: Book Haul Videos

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Here are parts I and II of our book haul videos, which you can check out on our social media page!

We have also included links to all the discussed ALA Haul books (although some are forthcoming and not in the catalog yet). This can serve as a great reading list for all ages (adults included) and genres! It also includes both seasoned and new authors, so it will fit your interest no matter whether you’re interested in something new or something familiar! Or you can stop in to hear more about these in person!

They Called Us Enemy – George Takei

Black Mage – Daniel Barnes

Activist – Lauren Hog

Chickasaw Adventures Series

The Ghost Collector

Baby Sitters Little Sitter – Katy Farina

Unplugged and Unpopular – Mat Heagerty

Mighty Jack and Zita The Spacegirl – Ben Hatke

Best Friends – Shannon Hale (also a Books and Bites selection)

The Crossover: Graphic Novel (also a Books and Bites selection)

Red Panda and Moon Bear – Jarod Rosello (for fans of Dog Man!)

I Am the Night Sky – Various (Created by teens themselves)

Indian No More – Charlene McManis

Light It Up – Kekla Magoon

The Year We Fell From Space – A.S. King

I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day

I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day

The Jumbie God’s Revenge – Tracey Baptiste

All the Day’s Past, All the Days to Come – Mildred Taylor

Missed Storytime This Week? Check out tips and activities about Sharks!

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To celebrate Shark Week, check out our shark related Storytime activities! If you are interested in more crafts beside the Feed the shark alphabet game, check out Mini Makers program.

Tip: This rhyme good for waking up in the morning. It is especially good to touch the body parts as you sing the song so the child can better associate the body parts.

“Wake Up Feet”


wake up feet
wake up feet
wake up feet and wiggle wiggle wiggle
wake up feet
wake up feet
wake up and wiggle in the morning
(can repeat with as many body parts as desired)

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!!!

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!

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!



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)