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New STEM Programs For You

Contributed by Sally What's happening in Youth Services? 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…

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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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July Dial-a-Story Featured Readers: Miss Anne, Miss Sydney, Miss Megan, Miss Becca. Call 847-232-8600.

July Dial-a-Story

Listen to stories, jokes, songs, and more. Some items are read by your librarians, and some by other great narrators, but all have been carefully selected by library staff. Our menu selections vary and change monthly.

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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…

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by Rob Harrell JF HARRELL, R. Middle School can be a little rough for anyone, but for Ross, it's especially rough. He's just been diagnosed with cancer of his eye! So not only does he have to go for radiation treatments, he also has to go to school wearing an eye patch (like a pirate!), and  he has to keep putting some…

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The Rhino Suit

by Colter Jackson E JACKSON, C. The author describes how her feelings overwhelm her, especially when seeing the world, or people, or animals in pain. “Everywhere she looked there were beautiful things. But there were sad things too. She felt so much, sometimes her feelings overwhelmed her.” So she made herself a thick-skinned rhino-suit, where she lived…

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