Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: current events

Inauguration Day Resources

The entry on Inauguration Day from Britannica Library for Children

Inauguration Day in the United States is the day when the person elected to be president officially takes office.

Learn more about the history of this event and the incoming president and vice-president by checking out this list of resources. You can also find lots of information in our online resources, like Britannica Library for Children.

There will also be a live stream of the event on YouTube designed for young people, hosted by Keke Palmer, which you can watch here.

Youth Services staff have also gathered some resources that might be helpful if your children are asking you questions about recent current events.

GoNoodle’s post addresses how to talk about tough topics overall.

While this Teaching Tolerance post about talking about complicated subjects is directed at classroom teachers, it is also useful for parents and caregivers.

National Public Radio has a piece on how to talk to kids specifically about the riot at the Capitol, as well as a more comprehensive post about talking about civics and current events more broadly.

Youth Services staff are here for you. If you need resources or information about any topic, please reach out to or call the library and we’ll be happy to help.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

pebblego Martin Luther King, Jr. bio

Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1986, and by 2000 all fifty states made it a state government holiday. In 1994, Congress designated it as a day of service, and since then Americorps has led the effort to connect people with volunteering opportunities on this day.

pebblego Martin Luther King, Jr. bio
screen shot of PebbleGo, an online resource for beginning readers

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr’s life and work by looking him up in one of our many online resources, including PebbleGo for the youngest learners, and Bookflix, which pairs fiction titles with nonfiction titles to fully explore a topic.

screenshot of Bookflix, a resource that pairs fiction with nonfiction titles for children

We also have plenty of print materials available! See some of them here, place a hold, and schedule a parking lot pick-up appointment!

You can also check out books that have won the Coretta Scott King book award. From the American Library Association’s site: “The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.”

Find Coretta Scott King author award winning books here, and illustrator winners here.

October is Star Wars Reads Month!


Star Wars Reads

Celebrate the ninth year of this event by reading about Jedi Knights, Sith Masters, and more. 

For ideas on what to read, check out our booklist.

For more activities, go to: 

Also, test your knowledge at our Star Wars Family Trivia night on Friday, October 23. Presented by Baig of Tricks, this event is a Live YouTube Stream starting at 7 p.m. 

Baig of Tricks Star Wars Trivia with Mount Prospect Public Library 10/23/20