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.
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 email@example.com. 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?
Ever since we celebrated Graphic Novels in Libraries Month last July, librarians at Lincolnwood Public Library have been dreaming about ways to take your comics fandom to the next level. We know that readers often self-select comics, that they make imaginative, powerful original comics (which we can add to our collection), and they love talking about their favorite graphic novels. With this in mind, we have created our first Comics Fest at Lincolnwood Library, full of engaging and fun virtual programs for all ages, offering something for everyone.
But wait, there’s more! We will have giveaways and comics swag!
Attendees will receive a swag bag with program kits and publisher merch while supplies last. We will arrange a curbside pick-up appointment to get your bag. Anyone who attends a program will be entered into a raffle for a gift card from our local indie bookstores, Aw Yeah Comics & Booked.
A huge thank you to Katie at Lion Forge/Oni Press and Lizette at Scholastic who provided giveaways for our swag bags!
We thought we’d offer an overview of the programs and what to expect at our Comics Fest. We hope you will then register for our programs and join us. No library card needed. Please remember to include your email address to receive instructions on how to join the Zoom events.
Learn how to draw your own superhero cartoons and then watch them come to life with cartoonist Mark Anderson on Zoom. 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!
Inspired by The Cardboard Kingdom’s Megalopolis, watch our video for tips on how to create your own box city at home. This program is offered to all using YouTube; you can subscribe to us on YouTube to watch the video premiere at the date/time listed above, or watch any time afterward; this video will remain online. Feel free to share your results with us on social media or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who shares their creation with us (picture or video) will be entered into our Comics Fest raffle.
Meet author Chad Sell in a live virtual visit as he discusses his award winning graphic novel, The Cardboard Kingdom, and his latest book, Doodleville. A drawing demonstration, and Q & A will follow. Our Books & Bites Book Club have discussed The Cardboard Kingdom several times – and always shared new insights about this incredible book. Chad’s books are delightful and imaginative, bursting with color and creativity, expressing his keen understanding of young people’s emotional lives and experiences.
Good news! We have partnered with our wonderful local independent bookstore, Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of Chad’s books. You can buy them HERE!
Join 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. Registration required; no Lincolnwood Library card needed. This program is offered using Zoom and will be live at scheduled time with no post-recording available. Please include your email address to receive instructions on how to join the Zoom event.
Thanks to the generosity of Penn State University Press, we have a FREE advance reading copy of Menopause: A Comic Treatment, which MK edited, and will be published in August, which we will give away at the program.
Tell your story in a new way through this autobiographical comics workshop. Watch our video for tips, then get creative on your own. This program is being offered to all using YouTube; you can subscribe to us on YouTube to watch the video premiere at the date/time listed above, or watch any time afterward; this video will remain online. Feel free to share your results with us on social media or via email at email@example.com.
Anyone who shares their creation with us will be entered into our Comics Fest raffle. It’s also one of our Summer Reading challenges to make a comic! We love the comics we’ve received so far – and will add them to our collection.
We created several displays for readers to discover comics that are perfect for them because there are graphic novels for readers of all ages. We can pull any of these books for you to pick up during a curbside appointment.
We have collected these lists of fantastic graphic novels (and comics-related titles) that you can use to discover your next favorite comic – and put them on hold or contact us to put them to pull them for you.
We also curated a Graphic Medicine display as we prepare for our highly-anticipated author visit with MK Czerwiec. Coined by Ian Williams in 2012, Graphic Medicine “denote(s) the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare.” Graphic Medicine focuses on the use of comics to tell stories of illness and health. You can also put these titles on hold or we can pull them for you.
We want to hear from you! We want to know how you feel about comics. Why do you love comics? Which comics do you recommend? Let us know on social media or via email – and then we can share your brilliance.
Hello, Friends! It’s Eti, one of the Youth and Teen Services Librarians here at Lincolnwood Library. I’ve been thinking a lot about all of you and hope you’re doing well and staying safe.
A frequent question we’ve received during this time is how to access ebooks and eaudiobooks while the physical library is closed. Did you know our library provides access to digital resources 24/7? Whether you’re looking for a book for a reading genre, independent reading, an audiobook to listen to while you’re cooking, or a read aloud to share with a loved one, we have resources to help you find your next great read. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance using these resources.
Lincolnwood residents who do not currently have a library card can now request a temporary card. Your temporary card ensures you are able to access eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming movies, databases, online learning tools, and more, from anywhere, 24/7. Request your temporary card by completing this form.
If a title is available, you can click BORROW and check it out. If a title is checked out, click PLACE A HOLD to request to read it next. If we do not own the title, click RECOMMEND to let us know that we should purchase it – and you’ll be the first to borrow it. Recommendations are often how we purchase items, so it helps us to know what you want to read.
Hoopla provides online and mobile access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies and TV shows on your computer or mobile device. To use Hoopla on the go, install the free app from Google Play or the Apple App store. To use Hoopla on a computer, visit the Hoopla website.
There is no need to place holds on Hoopla. Every title in the collection is always available to check out 24/7. Lincolnwood residents can check out up to 8 items every month. Hoopla has also curated collections of Bonus Borrows titles that don’t count against your monthly limit.
TumbleBooksisa curated database of children’s ebooks including story books, read-alongs, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction, books in Spanish and French, and National Geographic videos.
But wait, there’s more! Thanks to the generosity of TumbleBooks and their commitment to promote literacy during this time, they are offering free access to their other databases, TeenBookCloud, TumbleMath, and AudioBookCloud until August 2020! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly.
We know you rely on our librarians to help you find books you’ll love, so we’ve created some curated collections of titles by genre or list that we know are available as ebooks and eaudiobooks to help you start reading today. If something isn’t available in the Digital Library of Illinois Overdrive collection, remember to put it on hold or recommend it for purchase – and then you’ll get it next. Titles in Hoopla are always available, so you may want to check out those first.
If there’s a genre list you think we should make, feel free to let us know and we’ll try to make it for you. To find more good books, you can always check our Great Reads for Kids, Great Reads for Teens, and Early Literacy lists. You can then check if they’re available as ebooks from the resources above. You can also access curated Overdrive kids lists and teen lists.
We also have a database called NoveList that can help you find book suggestions based on appeal factors, mood, genre, readalikes, etc. This is a fantastic resource for caregivers and educators to help match readers with books they’ll love.
We know you often seek out our reader’s advisory help to match individual readers with the just right books, so feel free to email us at YouthServices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org to get a personalized recommendation for you by sharing what you’ve read previously and what you’re in the mood for right now. Make sure to also check out our social media channels where we spotlight books we recommend.
Right now our local independent bookstores need our support more than ever, so if you are able to purchase books from them, they are still ordering and shipping books. Our local indie bookstore, Booked, who you may remember from partnering with us at our fantastic Kyle Lukoff, Jasmine Warga, and Saadia Faruqi author visits, is open for online sales and always available to help you find the perfect book. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have gift cards available for purchase. Interested in audiobooks? Check them out on Libro.fm, which is an excellent resource for audiobooks that supports indie bookstores.
Even More Digital Resources Many educational companies have made their reading resources available to schools and caregivers for free for the remainder of the school year.
Epic!’s digital library includes many of the best kids books, popular ebooks, and videos. Epic is offering Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation. Share this link with your child’s teacher to help get your child access to Epic.
Time for Kids Digital Library is free for the rest of the school year. Caregivers & educators can subscribe for our grade-specific digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine.
Audible has curated a collection of audiobooks to read for free. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Please feel free to contact us to let us know how we can support you – and to ask your own question for a potential future blog post. I’d love to know if you found any of these resources helpful. Read something you loved? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
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!
This month, we hosted an introductory sound editing program.
This program is unique for many reasons. First, it engaged kids who were not as
interested in other, traditional programs, and had a greater interest in music
than other mediums. Kids were able to pick their own music, record their own
voices, or they can use pre-downloaded audio that was pre-loaded. Second, it
accessed a unique combination of traditional creativity combined with modern
technology. Most kids had never explored these types of technology pieces, and
it was done in a low pressure environment. Third, they were able to have
something complicated and their own as a finished piece of audio that was all
Attached is a list of the effects that we worked with. After
briefly going over different effects and how to implement them, kids were able
to use their own creativity and explore what they wanted. It was both polished
and, indeed, wacky. Be sure to check out our upcoming programs for February!
See you there!