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Finding the Right Fit: Preschool and Child Care Information

Stephen Early Childhood Outreach Librarian Even at nearly 40-years-old, I still remember the smell upon entering my preschool classroom: a singularly comforting mix of crayons, fingerpaints, books, and surface cleaner. It’s remarkable to me how much of my own preschool experience has stuck around as core memories. I remember my first preschool teacher, Ms. Jan,…

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The Margin Project cart by the window.

Please Write in These Books

Is your third-fifth grader looking for a fun reading activity? Would they love to talk about the book they are reading with other kids without having to get out of their pajamas? Then bring them to the library to borrow a book from the Margin Project! With a Margin Project book, you don't need to…

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A father and his daughter paint a playhouse made of cardboard.

Build and Play Together

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. At various times, play is a way to cope with life and to prepare for adulthood. Playing is a way to solve problems and to express feelings. In fact, play is the real work…

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Family Reading Night poster.

Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night is coming to MPPL! On Thursday, November 16, 2023, make a plan to spend time as a family reading!  Mount Prospect Public Library is joining the statewide event, Family Reading Night, with Family Reading Night Kits. These kits will be available while supplies last at the Youth Services Department’s desk starting Monday,…

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Two toddlers play outside among fall leaves.

Growing Gratitude

Storytime Thoughts from Ms. Sydney I am grateful for October. On chilly October mornings, I look forward to seeing my little Storytime friends arrive at the library in all varieties of adorable cold weather gear. I like to stand at the door to welcome everyone in, giving each child a chance to show off their…

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A group of people laugh under falling confetti as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, cultures, and contributions of Americans with Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central, and South American ancestry. We’re here to connect you with books and learning experiences celebrating Hispanic heritage throughout the year. You’re invited to join us at a program, check out books by Latin American and Hispanic authors, and delve into resources that explore the achievements of Hispanic communities across the United States.

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A young woman places a book at the very top of a bookshelf in a library. Black and white.

The Secret Life of Librarians

If your child visited the Mount Prospect Public Library recently, they might have learned about the secret lives of librarians. This VIP experience includes a tour of restricted zones in the library. There are a lot of myths about what it’s like to work in a public library, but none of them come close to capturing what it's like working in a library.

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A girl and a younger boy experiment with vials of colorful liquid.

New STEM Programs For You

Like many of today's young whippersnappers, for a time my kids hoped to make it big as professional YouTubers. During that phase, their favorite activity involved planning and recording videos around their unique cooking theme "Gross to Good." The idea was just like it sounds, except for the "good" part.

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A father reads a children's book with his daughter.

Fall Storytimes Begin Soon!

Storytime Thoughts from Ms. Sydney I know every word of Margaret Wise Brown’s story Goodnight Moon by heart. You might assume that’s because I’m a children’s librarian, but this is not the reason. Goodnight Moon was *the* book for my youngest child—grown-ups, you know what I’m talking about... ...That one story, song, silly little bouncing…

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A child wearing a plastic astronaut helmet holds a paper-crafted rocket.

One Small Step…

“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast off!”   I glanced, smiling, at my 4-year-old, whose expression showed the same intensity and focus of a real Mission Control staffer. “Pshhh!” The explosion sounds were impassioned, and there was the spit to prove it. Noah slowly lifted the space shuttle into the air…

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