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Monday, September 26, 2016

Time for a good story

In my world, it's always time for a good story.  I love reading aloud to children.  It is so much fun to
see children engaged in a story especially as I become more animated or the plot thickens.  

Reading to children has so many positive aspects.  It helps build reading skills, relationships and hopefully a love of books.  It is important to read regularly to children.  At home, parents should aim to read 10-15 minutes a day to their child.  Reading before bedtime helps to bring a peaceful end to the day.

Ask your child to participate in choosing the book and be prepared to read their favorite book over and over again.  If it's your turn to choose, bring in a variety of genres such as nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, etc.  With younger children, have some fun and see if they can make rhymes up for certain words or finish the rest of a sentence if there is a pattern to the story (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. has repeating text).  Be sure to stop and look at the illustrations and talk about what's going on in them to deepen their comprehension of the story.  Also, children love when you create different voices for the characters (you should hear them giggle when I use different voices).

Need a few suggestions?  Here you go!

Biblioburro:  A True Story from Columbia by Jeanette Winters
What if the library came to your neighborhood on the back of a donkey?  This is a true story of a Colombian schoolteacher's traveling library, which brought books to children in remote

Just a Second  by Steve Jenkins
In just 1 second, a bumblebee flaps its wings 100 times and the earth travels 18-1/2 miles.  This nonfiction book will help your child think about time in new ways.  Different methods of measuring time will also be discovered.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
When a little boy discovers that dragons like to eat tacos, he decides to host a taco party for them.  But if a fire-breathing dragon accidentally gets a bite of spicy salsa, look out! 


Monday, September 19, 2016

World Rhino Day

Rhinoceros are gigantic, prehistoric looking beasts.  They are also the second largest land mammal after the elephant.  Unfortunately the species is threatened to become extinct, which is why World Rhino Day was created in 2010 to raise awareness of the need to protect the five existing types of rhinos:  white rhino, black rhino, Indian rhino, Javan rhino and Sumatran rhino.  These rhinoceros have been hunted by man for their horn, which was thought to have medicinal purposes but in reality it has none.  Due to poaching, the population of rhinos is in serious trouble.  Let's learn a little more about the five different kinds of rhinos.    

Javan Rhinoceros - This rhino is almost extinct as there is thought to only be 60 left in the world.  It lives in the Asian rain forests and has a single horn.
Javan Rhinoceros
Sumatran Rhinoceros - Resides in Sumatra.  Because Sumatra is cold, this rhino has the most fur of all the rhinos but is also the shortest.  It is critically endangered with around 300 left in the world.
Sumatran Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros - This rhino isn't really black, rather it is light grey.  It comes from Africa and can weight as much as 4,000 pounds.  It has two horns and is also critically endangered.
Black Rhinoceros
Indian Rhinoceros - This animal resides in, you guessed it, India.  It can weigh over 6,000 pounds and has one horn.
Indian Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros - This is the Black Rhino's neighbor in Africa.  It isn't really white, but grey.  This rhino is the second largest land mammal after the elephant.  There are around 14,000 white two horned rhinos left on earth, making it the hardiest population of the species.
White Rhinoceros
 Some fun facts about Rhinos are:

  • They can run up to 40 miles per hour.  Better get out of their way!
  • Rhinos like mud because it helps to protect their sensitive skin from the sun's rays.  Keep them out of the house or you'll get in trouble for tracking in muddy hoof prints!
  • The word rhinoceros comes from the Greek words for "nose" and "horns."  How clever were those Greeks?!
  • Rhinos have good hearing, but poor eyesight.  Another reason to get out of their way if they are running.
  • These giant beasts are herbivores or plant-eaters.  If asked, it's in your best interest to share your salad with them.
The Youth Services Department will be offering an opportunity to learn more about these mighty
creatures on September 22nd at 4:30 PM with the Kreative Kids program.  Children in grades K-2 can participate in activities to learn more about the rhinoceros and  create a special project.  Even if you can't make it to Kreative Kids, learn more about the rhinoceros and ways it can be protected from extinction by checking out books on the species and visiting the various sites below.  I cannot image a world without rhinoceros, can you?

Kreative Kid Registration Link
Picture Books with Rhinoceros characters
Rhinoceros Informational Books
World Rhino Day website
Save the Rhino website


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Roselle Public Library District is proud to present the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is open to Roselle Public Library Cardholders and is for babies through preschoolers. This program encourages families to read together! Sign up at the Youth Services Ask Me desk.

1,000 books = 1 book a day for 3 years OR 1,000 books = 3 books a day for 1 year 

Once you sign up you will receive a reading log and an information packet full of goodies.
Track the books that you read and check in after every 100 books. Once you have read 1,000 books your child will have earned a book of their very own.

Why participate? 

Young children learn language from the speech they hear.

Reading aloud builds pre-reading skills necessary for learning to read.

By reading together, young children are learning to value books and reading.

It's a program you can do at home, at your own speed.

Reading every day gets kids school ready.

It's a great way to spend time together and you can do it anywhere.


Monday, September 5, 2016


Grandparents are special people.  They take us to our favorite places, play with us, buy us things and spend time with us all because they love us.  Grandparents make you feel like you are the most precious thing in the world. Although we don't always treasure the time we have with them; they treasure the time they have with us.

This was my grandmother, "Gram" as we called her, and I miss her all the time.  She passed away a few years ago while in her late nineties (although she looked much younger than 90.  I hope I have those genes!)  She had such a positive perspective on life and a great sense of humor.  Take the photo for example; she never had driver's license but she sure had to have her picture taken in this sport's car pretending she was going out cruising.  It's one of my favorite photos of her.  Luckily my own children got to know her and had a relationship with her even though it was a long distance one.  My grandmother loved to write and receive letters via the post office.  She was hip enough to use email and Skype or Facetime, but there is nothing like getting a handwritten letter from someone, especially now a days.  It tells you a person took time out of their day for you and when you receive that handwritten letter, it is like holding a piece of that person in your hands.  My grandmother's letters were a piece of history as she shared what life was like for her as a teenager growing up during the Depression, stories that I never knew.  To me and my daughter, these letters are priceless and whenever we miss her, we take them out and hear her voice and laugh at her sense of humor. 

Sunday, September 11th is  Grandparents Day.  I encourage you to let your grandparents know how special they are to you.   Take time out of your day to make a phone call, Facetime, Skype or even better, go visit them if they live nearby. If they have past on, share stories with your children about them.  Many happy memories can be derived from this and it's a way to find out more about your heritage if old family photos and stories are shared.  Or maybe learn how to make a recipe that has been in your family for years.  For my family it was learning how to make Gram's Swedish Pancakes or her chocolate chip cookies. 

Grandparents are special people and it's important that we show them how much we love them.  Celebrate your grandparents.  It will make their day and your day too!

Grandparent Picture Books
History behind Grandparents Day


Monday, August 29, 2016

What's That in Your Pocket?

I'm hoping it's a Roselle Public Library Card.  If you don't have one, don't worry.  September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.  Did you know that it is easy to get a Roselle Public Library Card?  All you need to do is bring in proof of residency and identity (photo ID with current address).  For children, a parent or guardian must accompany them.  Once you have a Roselle Library card, most Illinois libraries will let you check out materials as long as you don't have fines on your card.  How cool is that?

You can put that new library card to work by checking out books to celebrate National Read a Book Day on September 6th.  It's a day where book lovers and non-book lovers alike find a book they enjoy and spend the day in a relaxing spot to read for a bit.  It's a day to disconnect from technology (unless you are reading an e-book) and spend time reading with friends and family, sharing a fantastic piece of literature. 

Reading is a good way to learn about different places, famous people, other eras or learn how to do new things.  It's also a very affordable means of entertainment by either making a movie in your mind or having beautiful illustrations!

Let's take a moment to travel back in time learn about early books:

  • Book pages were made from used parchment or vellum (calf skin).
  • Covers of books were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • Clasps or straps held books together.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • To prevent theft, books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf.
Moving into more modern times:
  • Books are printed digitally using toner rather than ink.
  • Books can be printed on-demand. 
  • E-books (electronic book)
My advice to you is to make everyday "Read a Book Day" and if you don't have a library card, what are you waiting for?  I'm ready to set you up with a great read and in the infamous words of Dr. Seuss: 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School and Back to Programs!

It's that time of year again! Whether you go to public school private school, or home school Back to School season is upon us!

And with school, comes homework! (I know, I know--nobody wants to hear about homework yet)


But I have a secret to share with you: the library offers FREE homework help online! Through you can reach a real live person from 4pm-10pm every day.

We also have a wide variety of online tools available through our website. Just look under the Kids section and you will see the Homework Help tab.

If your homework is all squared away and you are looking for a place to try out some new skills, we have the return of our Mad Science Lab on for grades 3-5 and our STEAM Sundays for grades k-5. Registration is required for these events.

Bridge Building Challenge Sunday, October 16

Robot Lab Wednesday, September 21

 If you are more into arts & crafts, check out our Wa*Ka*Doodle Wednesday--a drop in arts & crafts program from 4:30-6:30.

Wa*Ka*Doodle Wednesdays are September 14, October 19, November 16, and December 14.

Of course you can always come to the library to check out our latest books, play board games, put together puzzles, or just hang out with your friends. We love to see your smiling faces!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

American Adventure Month

August has so much going for It! It's National Lawn Games Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, National Back to School Month, Peach Month, Sandwich Month, and American Adventures Month.

Out of all of these nifty designations, I'm going to talk about American Adventure Month.
This is to celebrate all of the cool places to visit and things to do in America.

National Geographic lists their top five places as:
  1. Learning to base jump in a wing suit in California
  2. Heli-ski the Ruby Mountains in Nevada
  3. Climb the Shawagunk Mountains in New York
  4. Camp out on the Outer Banks in North Carolina
  5. Learn how to whitewater paddle at Natanhala Outdoor Center in North Carolina
If jumping off mountains, climbing up mountains, and riding in a tiny boat down whitewater rapids isn't your idea of a family vacation, take a look at these options closer to home. Illinois has over 140 state parks and recreational areas. Whether you are looking close to home in Cook County or further abroad, there's a little something for everyone in Illinois.

Chain O'Lakes State Park
 Chain O'Lakes State Park
Located in Spring Grove, Illinois this park's features are mostly water-based. There are also trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Horses are available to rent May through October. There are areas for boating and fishing as well as boat and bicycle rental. If you want to spend the night there are campgrounds available.

Illinois Beach State Park
 Illinois Beach State Park
Located in Zion, Illinois this state park is the place to go if you want to swim in Lake Michigan. The park also offers trails for hiking and biking, camping areas and picnic grounds. There is also a hotel on site if tent-sleeping is not for you.

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park
This park can be found along Interstate 80 in Utica, Illinois. This park has 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater and stream erosion. There's hiking, fishing, boating, and hunting in season. The historic lodge offers all the amenities of a hotel in a stone and log construction circa 1930. There are also cabins available to rent within the park.

Kickapoo State Park

Kickapoo State Park 
Located in Oakwood, Illinois boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. This state park has hiking, canoeing, trout fishing, hunting, scuba diving and camping.

Piney Creek Ravine

Piney Creek Ravine
Found in Chester, Illinois Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area has the largest body of prehistoric rock art in the state. As this is a state nature preserve, the only activity available is hiking.

Fort Massac State Park

Fort Massac State Park
Located in Metropolis, Illinois this park hosts year-round events including an annual encampment that recreates life in the United States in the 1700s. The Fort Massac Visitor Center is open year-round and offers a variety of exhibits for the history enthusiast.

For a full listing of Illinois State Parks, try the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

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