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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Books Bring Me Joy!

Winter Reading  begins December 1st!!

We are so excited in Youth Services and I bet you know why!  Yes, it's Winter Reading season again!  Many of you must be excited too because you have been stopping by the YS Desk to ask us if you can sign up.  Miss Stephanie has been visiting many of the area schools telling all of our faithful readers about our wonderful winter reading program.  Mo Willem's characters, Elephant and Piggy, are celebrating the joy of books as our winter reading mascots. 

Children from birth to grade 5 can sign up starting on December 1st.  The program has children read for 9 hours from December 1 through January 31.  For every three hours children read, they receive a prize. 

I hope to see lots of children on December 1st and after to sign up for our winter reading program.   I love when the upstairs gets decorated with our participants' names on the wall.  It will be so much fun to have elephants and piggies hanging on the wall.  Books bring me so much JOY!!

Mo Willems books

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Celebrate the Season

It's that time of the year where we gather together and celebrate what we are thankful for with family and friends.  We may share a meal delicious meal together and reminisce about old memories with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

This time of year is a magical one for children.  They make their gift list for Santa and try to behave for what seems like an enormous amount of time.

The library is going to help kick off the season by hosting our annual "Celebrate the Season" on Saturday, November 26th.  Join us at 1 PM for some wonderful holiday music performed by Wendy Morgan.  Then gather outside of the library for the arrival of Santa at two o'clock and the lighting of the village tree in Elm Court with Mayor Smolinski.  Santa will make his way into the library along with Roselle's very own Rose Queen, Grace Biernacki.  Inside children can visit and take pictures with both of our special guests.

At 3 PM, Santa will continue the celebration as he leads the Cocoa Crawl along Main Street.  Each
participant will receive a Cocoa Crawl passport sheet to have stamped at the participating businesses.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is nationally known as "Small Business Saturday," so help celebrate the wonderful small businesses that call Roselle home and make some new holiday memories with your family and the Roselle Public Library!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Movie and Story Time

Do you ever feel a little bored on the weekends?  Looking to do something that doesn't cost any money?  Well you are at luck if you come to Roselle Public Library on Saturday, November 19th.  The Youth Services department will be hosting a Family Movie Matinee at 2 PM in our downstairs library meeting room.  It is always great to be able to view a newly released movie on the big screen.  What newly released movie will we be showing?  It is.........

It's one you don't want to miss.  Just check out the trailer to see how funny it looks.

On Sunday, the Sister Cities Group will be presenting a special Polish story time.  The story time begins at 1:30 PM upstairs in Youth Services.  Please join Laura Kaczmarcyk for a fun filled time listening to some great stories in Polish. 

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Presidental Election

With the President Election about a week away, it is something children may notice, either through campaign signs on neighborhood lawns or in front of schools, television commercials, news coverage or activities at school.  Children may start to ask questions about the process.  Below are some questions they may ask and how you can respond to them.

What is voting?
A way to explain voting is that it's a way for a group to make a decision.  Many times at school, students cast votes for electing classmates to student council.  In lower grades, students may vote on a favorite book, such as in the Monarch or Bluestem nominees.

Who can vote?
People who can vote must be 18 years old and a citizen of the United States.  You must register to vote.

Why can't kids vote?
 Explain to kids that in order for them to vote in this country, they need to learn more about  how our country was formed and the democratic system our government follows.  Remind kids that they still have many opportunities to vote in school, with their families or  their sport teams.

Why should people vote?
It's important for people's voices to be heard.  The sad truth is that only a small number of citizen's enact their right to vote so many elections are determined by small margins.

Can I become president?
Such a great question!  Tell your future world leader that, according the the U.S. Constitution, a person must met these three requirements to become president.

1.  be a citizen who was born in the United State
2.  have lived in the United States for fourteen years
3.  be at least 35 years old

What does the President do?

Many children may understand that the President leads the nation, but you may also explain that the
President also serves as the head of the military, deals with the leaders of other nations and selects people to other important government jobs such as the Supreme Court justices.  This may be a good time to introduce children to the three branches of government and how they also have to work together with the President to lead the country.

Be a great example to children and get out to vote. You'll see many people voting here at the library on November 8th having their voice heard.

PBS Kids Reference
Picture Books on Voting
Presidents and the Executive Branch


Monday, October 31, 2016

In Memory of...Leann Skeens

                                              In Memory of
                                              Leann Skeens
                           November 20, 1960 - October 25, 2016

In the library world, there are many bags, especially at a conference.  I have one special tote bag with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy on the sides.  It was a gift from a dear friend and colleague, Leann Skeens.  Normally, I would just use it as a place to put my coffee mugs, current chocolate supply, and craft supplies for work.  All three are required during a typical day in Youth Services.  However, with Leann gone, I have new things to carry around.

Leann was really special for us.  When finding books for someone, she was professional and personal.  She was great at seeing the immediate need and sensing other personal things to share.  Her commitment to children's materials and Readers' Theater for school age readers was just one of her passions.  The kind of detail and integrity behind her thoughts and actions in life was hard to miss.

Leann fought cancer for the last four years.  After treatments, she would come in to take care of the next item on her list.  With the different medicines, she would adjust her diet again, and then use her mental energy to advance the needs of the Youth Services Department or the library as a whole.  That kind of determination and courage was amazing to witness.  She had a deep well of faith to fuel her positive outlook on life.

When her car is not in the library lot, I will look in my bag for the memory of her devotion, professional attitude, bravery and humility.  These memories will help lessen the sadness that we as a staff are feeling.
Elizabeth Larimer


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fall and Halloween

You know, Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I just love the excitement in the air when it approaches.  There are so many things to do with your family during the fall season.  One of my favorites is going to the pumpkin farm.  People of all ages love going to the pumpkin farm. Going into the pumpkin field to actually pick out the perfect pumpkin to take home and then carve into a jack-o-lantern is just so much fun.  Plus there is always wonderful pumpkin baked goods at those farms - pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, roasted pumpkin seeds!  I'd better stop or I'm going to gain ten pounds just talking about it!  Then there are the hayrides that jostle you around or the corn mazes.  No wonder people love going to farms!

The library has some great books about the pumpkin life cycle for little ones.  It's always interesting
how these big pumpkins come from such a small seed.  Stuck on how to carve your pumpkin?  We have several books with different designs or decorating ideas to help creating the perfect pumpkin.  It's always fun to design a pumpkin based on your favorite book character!

Along with pumpkins come parties.  Halloween parties are always so enjoyable to plan.  Thinking about having a Halloween party?   We have lots of books on crafts for Halloween parties and for making fun Halloween inspired foods.  We've all had grape "eyeballs" before, right?  Love the brain jello!  Don't forget about the perfect costume.  We have some books that will give you ideas on that as well.  I'm still trying to figure my costume out for this year.  Plus the library is having a Halloween Fun event for children ages 18-months to 5 years.  Families get to wear costumes, hear stories, dance to music and have a good time celebrating Halloween.

I almost forgot "Boo at the Zoo."  Every October, the Brookfield Zoo helps celebrate fall and the Halloween season by hosting this event.  The zoo is decorated and you see animals enjoying the delectable taste of pumpkin.  Plus lots of visitors wear their costumes to the zoo.  It's such a good time.  I went last year with some friends and had a blast.  Don't forget that the library offers Museum Passes which help get two people into the zoo for free.  These get checked out fast during this event, so call or stop by to see if there are any available.  The passes cannot be reserved and there is a limit of one per family.  The passes are good for seven days, so you can plan ahead. 

Finally, the Halloween season brings out the desire to hear ghost stories or visit haunted houses.  While I can't help with haunted houses (I really don't like these), I can help point you in the direction of some spooky tales you can check out.  Also, if you enjoy Halloween movies (remember I work in the children's department), I can offer you some great Halloween movies that are appropriate for families.  One of my favorite movies is Hocus Pocus.  I laugh every time I see that movie. 

So enjoy the beauty and family time that Fall brings.  I've given you a few ideas of ways to celebrate fall, but I'm sure I've missed a some.  I'd love to hear your fun ideas on how your family celebrates fall and the Halloween season!

Halloween DVDs
Halloween Easy Readers 
Halloween NonFiction
Boo at the Zoo
Halloween Fun Program

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

On the Same Page

Once a year, the Roselle Public Library (RPL) partners with the Bloomingdale and Itasca Public Libraries to offer programs to all area patrons.  That means patrons from Roselle can go over and join in on programs being held at the other two libraries and their patrons can come and visit our fabulous library.

During the week of October 17th, the Youth Services Department is offering some fun programming to all three communities. For youth in grades 2-5, RPL is offering Books and Popcorn where participants will be discussing the book Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.

For the younger crowd, (ages 6 months to 5 years), Shape Escape storytimes will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, no registration required. 

Don't forget on Wednesday, Wa*ka*doodle Wednesday is open to all ages.  Stop by and do a fun craft from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Finally, Thursday is a super day with the Kreative Kids program, Eye Spy...Color and Shape.  Registration for this program begins, Monday, October 3.

Be sure to participate in this annual On the Same Page week.  It's always good to have guests in our library and for RPL patrons to visit Bloomingdale and Itasca and partake in their program offerings!


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