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
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:
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:
Join a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.
Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about Girls Who Code at Lincolnwood Public Library.
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.