Back to School


It feels like we just celebrated the first day of summer, it’s practically the first day of school So that means looking forward to a new year of learning, meeting new friends and most fun, shopping for new school supplies!

For Kids:

STEM Study Tips

Study Tips for Kids

Your First Day of School Outfit

Pack a Healthy Lunch


For Parents:

Help Your Child Get Ready for School

First Day of School Checklist

Stay Organized

Healthy After School Snacks

Help Your Child Make New Friends



The STEM Garden

stem logo

Our library has always wanted to create a garden in our lovely unused outdoor space. We received a grant from The Illinois State Library to incorporate STEM principles to foster a love of nature and healthy self-esteem in our young patrons and made our dream come true. We had a special garden-themed story time and then spent the afternoon outside planting with the kids.

The Public Library Association published the story in their magazine PLA Online.  You can read it here. Thanks in advance!

Every Hero Has A Story!! Summer Reading Kickoff June 13, 2015 @ 11 – 1pm


Join us in kicking off our 2015 Summer Reading Program with our annual block party! Free food, music, face painting (provided by Morton West High School Service Club, photo booth and petting zoo! Special guests The Pocket Circus will be providing entertainment at 11am! Captain America will make a special guest appearance at 12pm, and local garage band New Generation will play at noon as well! Haunted Trails will be here with a prize wheel, too! Andy’s Frozen Custard will be giving away 200 free mini custards to the first 200 people! Sign up for Summer Reading, too! This event will be held outside. The Library will be closed on this day.

Come Help Plant Our Garden!

This Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm please join us to plant our vegetable garden! Please remember sunscreen and or a hat if it’s sunny and help us transform our garden space into a lush harvest once again. See you there!




Be a superhero and sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Come to our kickoff party June 13, 2015 from 11-1 pm and have a whole day’s worth of fun in two hours; you can visit the animals in our petting zoo, get your face painted and have a bite to eat.

The Pocket Circus will perform at 11:00 am, Captain America will stop by at noon and the awesome band New Generation will provide great music at noon as well.

Haunted Trails will be here with a prize wheel and Andy’s custard will provide free frozen custard to the first 200 people!

Come Join Us!

#ThrowBookThursday: Forget Me Not

BookAWeek: A Challenge to Read 52 Books in a Year


Scrolling through my emails, I saw one (from I think) with the hashtag #ThrowBookThursday and I thought that would make a fun ‘meme’ where I thought about books from my past which had made an impact on me. I’d love other book bloggers to join me (or maybe you’re doing it already and I’m behind the curve) so please comment and link me to your blog if you’re doing it too!


First up is a book from my past that has recently become part of my present; Forget Me Not by Paul Rogers, illustrated by Celia Berridge. As you can see above I received it for Christmas when I was about two and a half, and it became a firm favourite. It’s a lovely rhyming story of a forgetful lion who goes on a day trip to visit his cousin and leaves something behind at every stage of the…

View original post 76 more words