The STEM Garden

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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!

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

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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!

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SUMMER READING IS ALMOST HERE!

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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

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Scrolling through my emails, I saw one (from AbeBooks.co.uk 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!

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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…

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World Book Day Guest Post: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

World Book Day Guest Post: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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Today I’m bringing you a special guest post. In celebration of World Book Day, today’s review is by my 7 year old daughter Lucy. She dressed up as Lucy Pevensie from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C S Lewis and wrote about the book for her homework.

I think it’s good to give children tasks with a real result and she was excited by the idea of ‘real’ people reading her work so we decided to let her do today’s post.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an emaginative and creative story.

The story is about 4 children going into a magical world. Narnia is ruled by the White Wich. She is crule to evryone. She looks pale and she has a tall crown and with a white wand. The children are on a quest to defeat the White Wich and take…

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Eight Essentials – You’re Never Too Old to Read Young Again

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Little Golden Book - InteriorI loved a recent post by Tom Burns on Yahoo’s The Good Dad Project about books every child should own. If you’re like me and your response to lists of what’s good/bad, best/worst, in/out, hot/not, is, “Who says?” then you will appreciate Burns’ list. It recommends no specific books but broad and self-defined categories that help parents give children a diverse reading experience – so much more evolved than letting someone we don’t know dictate what book will resonate with us or our children.

Children will certainly benefit from the types of books Burns suggests: board books, mythology, books you loved as a kid, books that suit their personality, poetry, non-fiction, books that are too old for them and brilliantly, blank books. As I read through his list I thought adults should use this list too!

When we mature as readers and settle on specific types of books we love, we sometimes forget the eclectic array of books that made us love to read…

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