For several years, Lincolnwood Public Library’s Junior Justice League, our community activism program for young people in 3rd-8th grade, 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, and the 2020 spring primaries.
This year, we hosted a special National Voter Registration Day session on September 22 on Zoom to Get Out the Vote together. We were joined by Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti, Assistant to the Supervisor, Jen Steiner, & local community group Lincolnwood Together founder Caren Ex, who shared the importance of civic engagement and participation in our democracy. We created a short version of this program below that you can watch at your convenience.
You can pick up a Get Out the Vote Postcard Kit at the library 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.
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,” or “Make a Plan to Vote.”
Address the postcard on the right side of the postcard. You can attach a stamp or if you bring the postcard to the Youth Librarians, we can mail the postcard for you. Make sure to mail your postcards.
Treat yourself to a Voting sticker for a job well done.
Make a plan with your family to vote this fall.
You can access our Get Out the Vote Postcard templates and directions here.
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 pick up a sample ballot at the library, as well as a special mailer with informative resources to help you do your research.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 FREEPROGRAM 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.
Since we can’t host in-person Slime programs, which we often do over the summer, we created lots of easy-to-access virtual Slime resources. In addition to three YouTube videos, we also have Slime Kits that you can pick up at the library. These include call numbers to our Slime Books that are also available in the library for more recipes and tips. you can also access the description sheet for more information about our Slime Kit and resources here!
If you want some supplies to participate in our virtual programs with us, stop by the Youth & Teen Services department and take a program takeaway kit. We have kits for a wide variety of programs and for all ages, from a cookbook to follow along with our Summer Picnic Cooking Series, to custom bingo cards, to STEM building and crafting. You can also download some of our program takeaway kits below. Take a look at what we have right now, register for our upcoming virtual programs, or view our YouTube channel for a variety of other offerings.
It’s no secret that comics are our favorite thing. But what we love more than comics is geeking out about them with our community. It was a dream come true to host our first Comics Fest at Lincolnwood Library, which we reimagined to offer a variety of live and asynchronous virtual programs to engage patrons of all ages in our celebration of comics, creativity, and art!
Here’s a recap of our 2020 Comics Fest that took place this June.
Teen Comics Club
We made our monthly programs part of our Comics Fest, which added to the excitement and fun – and also enabled our attendees to win our gift card raffles. Our Teen Comics Club, which was started by local teen, Sofia, has grown over the months, drawing in (get it?) new friends to hang out, sketch, and share the latest memes they’ve created or enjoyed. I especially like how this program transforms based on the young people attending it, offering whatever they’re interested in creating or discussing.
Books & Bites: The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
We hosted our usual Books & Bites Book Club with a discussion of The Cardboard Kingdom to prepare for our visit with Chad Sell. It was so fun returning to this magical world, especially reading it during this summer as we all seek out ways to connect, collaborate, and imagine with our community. We talked about which characters we would be in the kingdom, finding affinity with the Robot and the Animal Queen. Who is your favorite Cardboard Kingdom character? I will always have a special place in my heart for Seth, the Gargoyle.
Boom! Smash! Pow! Cartooning Workshop with Mark Anderson
We hosted an entertaining and informative cartooning workshop with talented cartoonist Mark Anderson who helped us draw our own superhero cartoons with clear step-by-step instructions that also provided lots of space for creativity and customization. Our participants came up with the most incredible, imaginative, and hilarious takes on the characters we were drawing! One of the benefits of hosting this program on Zoom is that we were able to spotlight the artists when they were sharing their art, so everyone could see their creations. Mark did an excellent job of pacing instruction, taking questions, giving each kid a chance to shine, and making drawing fun! After the success of this class, we will definitely be offering more drawing classes in the future.
Author Visit with Chad Sell
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell and friends is one of the few graphic novels we’ve discussed several times in Books & Bites over the past years. It is just that good! We were thrilled to be able to host Chad Sell at our library close to the release of his newest book, Doodleville. Since our program was virtual, we had attendees from all over, including Texas, New Jersey, and even Senegal! Chad took us behind-the-scenes into creating The Cardboard Kingdom, showing how creativity is magic. He showed us the early stages of the art or the “doodle drafts,” revealing that it’s messy at the beginning and takes a while to figure it out. I especially loved learning about kids cosplaying as characters or making their own original characters out of cardboard. Chad led our group in discussing and sharing the characters we would be, which was a wonderful way to engage our patrons.
Chad then shared his latest book, Doodleville, introducing us to the delightful cast of characters and doodles, who are sure to be fan favorites. (I can’t wait to see Doodleville cosplay!) Chad showed us that what we create as young people stays with us throughout our life. I especially appreciated Chad’s attention to our social and emotional needs, talking about doubt and insecurity in creating art and ways we face these feelings. He then led us through a drawing demonstration to help us learn to draw some of the characters in Doodleville, which was so fun and hands-on! My favorite is KittyBunny. I’m still figuring out how to draw the ears – but that’s the whole point. Our group had many questions for Chad and everyone had a chance to share during the Q&A. Our group did not want our visit to end! It was truly a magical and wonderful author visit!
We have partnered with our wonderful local independent bookstore, Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of Chad’s books. You can buy them here.
Author Visit with MK Czerwiec
We were honored to host MK Czerwiec, aka the “Comic Nurse,” a nurse, cartoonist, educator, and co-founder of the field of Graphic Medicine in a live, interactive virtual visit. It was exciting to welcome attendees who had been fans of MK’s research and writing – and new people who had just discovered her work. MK shared her experiences that led her to write Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 and the process of creating autobiographical comics. She provided insights about the field of Graphic Medicine and how it has developed over time. She shared the definition of graphic medicine coined by Dr. Ian Williams “refer[ing] to the interface between the medium of comics and the discourses of health, illness, disability and caregiving.”
It was fascinating to learn about the work of the Graphic Medicine community to collect and curate COVID-19 comics, which has been invaluable in sharing vital information and facilitating conversations – and continues to grow. I especially appreciated the many examples of Graphic Medicine texts that she shared, which is always helpful for finding new books to read and add to our collections.
She also shared some of the behind-the-scenes process of editing Menopause: A Comic Treatment, which comes out August 17, 2020 from Penn State University Press. (You can attend the virtual book launch hosted by local indie bookstore, Women and Children First, on August 20!) We then hosted an engaging Q&A where MK answered our audience’s many questions. Our audience also had the chance to add to the great conversation together in the chat. I am so grateful that we were able to facilitate this important discussion and advocate more for the power of comics in health.
We have partnered with Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of MK’s books. You can buy them here.
We also wanted to make sure to offer virtual programs you could enjoy at your convenience. You can watch our Box City and Autobiographical Comics videos below at any time to join our programs. Feel free to share your results with us on social media or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Share your creation with us to be entered into our Comics Fest raffle.
Anyone who attended our Comics Fest programs was able to receive a free swag bag. A HUGE thank you to Lion Forge/Oni Press and Scholastic who provided the giveaways. We still have limited supplies left if you stop the library. Feel free to let us know if you made any of the crafts in the bags and share your creations with us.
Comics Fest Resources
We have collected Comics Fest Resources, which includes information about our author visits, resources for reading comics, making comics, teaching with comics, Graphic Medicine, comics publishers, more virtual comics events, and more! Feel free to let us know how you use this resource. Our Comics Fest displays are also now available to browse in the library to Lincolnwood residents, so feel free to stop by and check out our comics.
We want to hear from you!
Did you know that one of our Summer Reading challenges is to make a comic and share it with us? We’d love to see what you make! We’ve already received some amazing comics that we’ll post soon.
What has been your favorite part of Comics Fest? What would you like us to do at our next Comics Fest?
Once again, our
Council of Awesome T(w)eens hosted an after-hours program zombie night. Teens
and T(w)eens can come to the library after hours on a Saturday for playing
zombie tag, games of Mafia and capture the flag.
Everyone was broken
up (somewhat randomly) into four separate teams. While not everyone could be
with all of their friends, it did allow kids to be social, which is one of the
primary goals of Zombie Night. Kids often make new friends, and get to talk with
kids that they might not already know. We split 2 random teams to go and play
mafia, and other teams to play capture the flag. The lights were dimmed and the
library was decorated. This was beneficial because it allowed for smaller
groups, and kids felt more comfortable to participate.
Also, the capture the
flag game had time limits, with the final minutes being jail free and forcing
people to go onto the opposition’s territory, which also encouraged
participation and action. We only used the Youth & Teen area of the
library, and the small space allowed for a more action-packed game of capture
the flag! This also allowed for different versions of capture the flag,
including versions with spies, multiple flags, and even a sudden death version!
Kids could also switch after games, which gave kids multiple options.
We finished the night
with pizza and snacks and conversation. This program is also an opportunity to
showcase how one can volunteer and be a part of an active library, and see
first-hand how much fun our volunteers have planning programs. Be sure to check
back soon for more programs!