Kids at Home with MPPL

Kids at Home with MPPL Blog

National Moon Day

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, is National Moon Day and the 52nd anniversary of when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The day is also to celebrate future launches into space, which you can learn about on NASA’s website here.

astronaut on the moon with U.S. flag
 Photo by NASA on Unsplash

To celebrate National Moon Day, try one of the activities on the blog, STEMsational. They have links to activities like making moon dust and learning about the phases of the moon.  

To make a mission like Apollo 11 a success, many people worked hard to come up with the right space suit, rocket, and more. You can learn about this in many books in the library including:  

Moon's First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship book cover

Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship by Susanna Leonard Hill; pictures by Elisa Paganelli. 

Meet Children’s Author Angela Joy

black is a rainbow color book cover
Zoom program: Colorful Culture with children's author Angela Joy, Thursday July 29 at 7 p.m.

Register now for this exciting virtual event with Angela Joy, the author of the picture book, Black is a Rainbow Color. Join us on Zoom on Thursday, July 29 to learn about the historical messages embedded in this beautiful book. Angela Joy is an author, substitute teacher, Girl Scout Cookie manager, Troop Leader, fifth grade book club moderator, and music lover. We are so excited to meet her! This event is co-hosted by Mount Prospect Public Library and Des Plaines Public Library.

To learn more about Angela and her book, visit her website here: Angela Joy Books

Books are available to check out from the library, or for purchase from a local bookstore, including Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago.

Explore the World with Food

family cooking
family cooking

We can learn about what foods are grown and eaten all over the world by trying new restaurants or recipes. Cooking together as a family can be a learning and a bonding experience. Kids can practice following directions, the math of measuring, and the science of combining ingredients, all while learning about their family’s heritage or food from other cultures.

Gather your ingredients and get ready to add your special seasoning to your favorite dish. Need ideas? Check out a cookbook, website (such as RaddishKids), or the recipe database AtoZWorld Food.

Try a food from a different culture to earn the Food badge in the Summer Reading program. Just mark the activity in your Beanstack account! Not registered for Summer Reading? Get started here!

Questions? Call 847/590-3320 or email KidsRead@mppl.org.

It is Time for Summer Reading!

box of happy crayons

Starting June 1, register for Reading Colors Your World to discover a whole world of fun! The program runs through August 15. You can join by visiting our Beanstack site or by coming into the library, starting Tuesday.

For kids entering grade 5 and younger.

Count the days you read or when someone reads to you. Each family who registers will receive a copy of the book Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus (while supplies last). Every child who reaches 30 days will receive an additional book as well as a chance to win a Grand Prize, like a Nintendo Switch Lite. Keep reading beyond 30 days to earn extra prize entries and contribute to our goal of reading for 30,000 days! Participants can also explore how reading colors their world with activities for the whole family.

Go to our Summer Reading Challenge webpage for more information and to get started!

Cicadas

Magicicada septendecim (cicada)

You may have been hearing a lot about the emergence of periodical cicadas this year.  It is an exciting year for those in the range for this year’s emergence. Here is a little info about these unique insects.  

What is a periodical cicada? 

Periodical Cicadas have a life cycle that lasts either 13 or 17 years, and all of them in an area emerge as adults at once.  These cicadas emerge in difference parts of the country at different times, and each group is given a brood year.  The brood in the news this year, brood x, does not reach into northern Illinois, so we will not be seeing them this year.   

Periodical Cicada:  

Magicicada septendecim

Feeling left out? 

Not to worry, we will get to see some periodical cicadas soon!  Northern Illinois should see periodical cicadas in the early summer of 2024.  Get your recipes ready! 

What? RECIPIES!?! 

Cicadas are edible! They taste like almonds (I have read).  Every year many people try them (although, try them with caution as they can trigger shellfish allergies).  They also cause a bit of a boom in forests as many animals have more babies in years when the periodical cicadas emerge due to the increase in insects to eat.  In the years following a large emergence, even tress grow more because of the increase in nutrients from the cicada bodies that decompose on the forest floor.  

Aren’t there cicadas every year? 

Yes! Every summer cicadas emerge, but those are annual cicadas, also known as dogday cicadas.  They have also have a long lifespan, usually living underground for 2-5 years before emerging as adults.    

Dogday Cicada: 

Neotibicen linnei

For more information, visit:  https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cicadas/index.html

For some great photos, including the ones above, check: https://www.cicadamania.com/

To read about cicadas, check out these books: