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Monday, June 3, 2019

Summer Programs for Families

Looking for fun ways to keep the kids occupied this summer?  The library is here to help!  New this year is a program called "Morning Explorers."  We are excited to invite your family to this hands-on program which provides you with unique experiences both inside and outside the library. Some topics will include dinosaurs, fire trucks, tower building challenges and many more.  Registration for this program is required, so don't delay and sign up today!

On Monday afternoons beginning June 10th, come in and enjoy
making a craft project.  Each week will feature a different craft from 2-4 PM.  So bring in your creativity and craft the afternoon away.  This is a drop-in program, so everyone is welcome!

We are not done yet!  Entertainment galore is available on Thursday afternoons!  Robin's Dog Stars will join us on Thursday, June 13 from 1-2 PM.  These canines will amaze and astonish you with the tricks they can do!  Kids love animals so why not bring them on June 20th for the program, Incredible Bats!  Meet live bats and leave a bunch of facts about these nocturnal creatures!  Then on June 27, come watch a puppet show by Melikin Puppets on "Slightly Fractured Fairy Tales."  Please register for these programs as seating is limited.

Events Page for registration


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Monday, May 27, 2019

Summer Reading Program - It's Showtime at Your Library!

This is an exciting time of the year for us because summer is just around the corner and you know what that means....Summer Reading time!  On Sunday, June 2nd, we all will have some fun at the annual Rose Parade where we will kick off the summer reading program by showing off our float.  During the parade this year, we will be passing out special bookmarks.  If you bring the bookmark in during the first week of summer reading, you will have a chance to win a special prize.  So even though candy is fun to get, make sure you take a bookmark too as we pass by you on the parade route.

Summer reading begins on Monday, June 3 and we look forward to greeting your smiling faces as you register for the program.  Don't forget you can also register online.  As long a child attends a school district the library serves in grade pre-K-5, they can sign up for the reading program and win prizes, even if the child does not have a library card.  What a great way to keep up reading skills!

So walk, peddle, hover board, skate, or drive on over to the library to participate in the summer reading program.  We will be ready to register you and make some great recommendations for some exciting summer reading titles.  My book list has already started to get quite large!!

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Introducing... Literacy Kits!!

We are so excited to introduce a new collection at the Roselle Public Library - Literacy Kits!  What are Literacy Kits, you ask?  I'd love to tell you about them because we are really excited to add this new addition for our early childhood patrons.

Parents are their child's first teachers.  Research has shown that in households where parents read to their children every day and talk about what they are reading together promote a love of reading and enhances children's literacy skills as they enter school. These kits will make it easy for parents to do this with their kids at home!

There are eight bags which feature different themes:  Numbers and Counting, The Alphabet, Families, Potty Time (Boy), Potty Time (Girl), Farms, Colors and Shapes, Amazing Machines.  Each kit contains a theme-based collection of books and related interactive activities all housed in clear plastic bags with handles.

It is our hope that the new collection provides the following benefits:

  • Strengthen the family-library partnership
  • Help parents to become more aware of the literacy expectations their child needs to have as they enter Kindergarten
  • Allow all parents to feel that they are involved directly in their child's learning
  • Establish a regular family reading routine
  • Make reading fun and interactive, igniting an enthusiasm for literacy
  • Stimulate conversations around reading

The new collection will be housed in the play area of the library, so the next time you are in Youth Services, please ask us about them and we will be happy to show them to you.  If the kit you would like to take home is not there, ask us to put a hold on it for your family.  It is our hope that the community will enjoy this new collection so much that we will have the opportunity to create additional ones for everyone to enjoy in the future.  We would love to hear your ideas and feedback about the literacy kits!

Literacy Kits



Monday, May 13, 2019


School is starting to wind down and parents are beginning to look for ways to keep their child's reading skills up for the summer.  Did you know that on average, children lose about two months of grade level equivalency in reading and math over the summer?  This loss is typically referred to as "summer slide."

The librarians at Roselle Public Library are a great resource to help
prevent "summer slide."  READ-2-GETHER is an amazing program which we offer during June for children going into grades 1-3 in the fall who may not be reading at grade level and need to practice to maintain or improve their reading skills.  Children are paired up with teens who are instructed on how to work with the younger children while being supervised by our wonderful Youth Services staff.

READ-2-GETHER is held for four weeks in June from 6:30-7:30 PM.  There are two nights to choose from - Monday or Thursday.  The program begins on June 3 and runs through June 27.  Children will read together with their teen buddies for 20 minutes, then receive a snack and participate in a fun activity.  Spots in the program are limited and registration began on May 6, so stop by or call us at 630-529-1641 *351 to register.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

And the award goes to....Mom!

As Mother's Day nears, it's time to reflect on how much Mom deserves our appreciation, respect and admiration.  After all, she is the one who takes care of us when we get hurt, who we turn to when we need help with our school work and our biggest cheerleader when we accomplish something wonderful.  If she was up for an award, you know she'd be the top pick!

One of the great things my mom did for me is take me to get my own library card.  Getting my library
card helped me feed that insatiable hunger I had for reading.  I read anywhere and anything.  You know that cereal box that sits on the breakfast table?  Yep, I read it.  Reading opens up new worlds for me and provides me much pleasure.  Thanks, Mom!

The library is a great place to get ideas to celebrate how great Mom is.  You can check out the many different cookbooks the library has and then plan a great meal for Mom.  (Moms enjoy having a day off from cooking!)  Perhaps you are the creative kind.  There are numerous books filled with great crafts that you can choose to make for her.  Don't forget the drawing books and poetry books.  Moms do really love those homemade cards.  So on May 12, don't forget to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her.

Mother's Day Picture Books


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Get Caught Reading

May is Get Caught Reading month, which is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages of the joys of reading.  Reading nursery rhymes, fiction and nonfiction books, magazines and graphic novels all stimulate our brains.  When children are read to daily, it gives them a huge advantage when they start school.  You can take advantage of our wonderful Youth Services librarians and ask them to recommend a good book.  

There are so many materials to "Get Caught Reading" with at the Roselle Public Library.  You might catch us reading one of the 2020 Monarch, Bluestem or Caudill nominees.  Plus we have so many cool animal books, tons of book series and some awesome graphic novels.  There are so many wonderful books in Youth Services - you may just want to find a cozy chair and read the day away.  We'd love to catch you reading in the library!

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22.  It was founded by Gaylord Nelson, who was a Wisconsin senator.  In 1969, there had been a terrible oil spill in California and Senator Nelson wanted to encourage people to work together to protect the environment.  Now people all over America come together on Earth Day to clean up parks and waterways, plant trees and clear off invasive plants off of public lands.

This year the focus of Earth Day is on protecting the world's many species of plants and animals.  There are millions of species we know and love and many more to be discovered.  Unfortunately, humans have upset the balance of nature so much that the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago.

All living things have a value and play a unique role in the complex web of life.  We can help endangered and threatened species by learning more about them.  Bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects and whales are just some of the species facing this danger.  Make every day Earth Day by doing what you can to help protect life on our planet.

Endangered Species
Earth Day

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