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!

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)

YTS Program Wrap Up: Books & Bites

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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

Cardboard Kingdom – Sell

New Kid – Craft

Smile – Telgemeier

Free Comic Book Day Celebration
Jerry Craft, author of New Kid
All’s Faire in Middle School!

YTS School Year Program Wrap-Up: Dungeons and Dragons

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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.

D&D Meetup became a way for kids to meet with other plays and learn from them.