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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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Monday, August 8, 2016

Farm Fresh Reads!

It's Farmer's Market Week and we have a barrel of Farm Fresh Reads for you here in Youth Services!

These books explore where food comes from, the people who grow it, and taking trips to the Farmers Market. Connecting kids to where their food comes from is a great way to introduce them to making healthy food choices. 

Just look at these beautiful, delicious peaches!

 If you have never visited the Farmers Market now is the time to go! The USDA has a website where you can locate markets near you.

You can eye-spy a rainbow of food!

 There are many benefits to shopping at the Farmers Market, from the full flavored experience of eating freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to introducing your kids to the people who grow the food we eat. To learn more about the benefits of Farmers Markets, check out these top ten reasons from

Enjoy your week of Farm-Fresh eating and reading!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

2016 Summer Olympics

On August 5th through the 21st, the 2016 Summer Olympics begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Over 8,000 athletics representing 207 countries will be competing in the summer Olympics.  Twenty-eight different sports will be played this summer including:  archery, traditional athletics, boxing, canoeing/kayaking, cycling, diving, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling, swimming, fencing, gymnastics, badminton, basketball, volleyball and rugby.
I thought it might be fun to share a bit of history about the Olympics, so here it goes...

  • The modern Olympic Games were revived in 1859 by a Greek-Romanian man named Evangelis Zappas and were held in Athens.
  • The International Olympic Committee was created in 1890. 
  • The 1896 Olympics hosted 14 nations, 241 athletes and 43 different events.
  • The first event of the Olympics is the Opening Ceremony.  The ceremony begins with the host country's flag and national anthem followed by a performance that represents the host country's culture.  Athletes, grouped by their country walk in a parade and the torch is passed between athletes to light the Olympic cauldron.
  • The final event of the Olympics is called the closing ceremony.  All the flags of all the
    countries are brought in followed by the athletes.  Three flags - one for Greece, the host country and the next host country) are hoisted and the national anthems for each are played, a speech is given and the Olympic torch is extinguished.
  • The five colorful rings represent the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe).  They are linked together to show unity.  The color of the rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red because every country has at least one of these colors in its national flag.
  • The Olympics have a Motto and Creed.  The motto is in Latin, "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means "faster, higher, stronger."  The creed says, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.  The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." 
Hopefully you learned something new about the Olympics from these fun facts and will enjoy cheering on your favorite athletes and countries as they compete to be the best in the world.

Olympic Bibliographies
Olympic Nonfiction books
2016 Olympic website
NBC Olympic website


Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Week of Summer Reading and Boredom Busters

Can you believe July is almost over? The last day to turn in your Summer Reading Log is THIS SUNDAY, JULY 31. Prize winners will be notified the first week of August.
 Did you know that more than 500 kids have signed up for Summer Reading? If everyone completes their Summer Reading, Roselle's kids will have read 360,000 minutes this summer. That's amazing!

Coming in August we will have two weeks of Grandparents Got Game, on Wednesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 10. Bring your grandparent or grandfriend to the library for an afternoon of games, crafts, and snacks!

Looking to wrap us your summer with something fun? Here's an ABC of activities for August!

A: Airplanes! Make paper airplanes and see which style flies the farthest.
B: Blow Bubbles!
C: Camp Indoors!
D: Donate Food (or other supplies) to an Animal Shelter
E: Explore a New Park
F: Fly a Kite
G: Go to a Farmer's Market
H: Hide and Seek--play a giant game of hide-and-seek with friends
I: Ice Cream--have ice cream from somewhere new
J: Journal--make a journal
K: Play Kickball
L: Visit the Library
M: Check out a Museum Pass
N: Go on a Nature Walk
O: Watch a Movie Outdoors
P: Picnic in the Park
Q: Make a Fort with Quilts
R: Have a Relay Race
S: Make S'mores
T: Taste of Roselle on August 6, 7, or 8 and stop by the Roselle Public Library booth for a chance to win prizes.
U: Unplug for a day--No TV, Computer, Tablet, or Cell Phones)
V: Visit a Relative or Neighbor
W: Eat Watermelon
X: Play Tic-Tac-Toe
Y: Play with a Yo-yo
Z: Go to the Zoo

Have a great last week of July and remember to TURN IN THOSE SUMMER READING LOGS!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cold Blooded Creatures

There is a buzz in the air around here.  Next week the library is being visited by reptiles.  That's right, live cold-blooded reptiles.  It's all very exciting.  Lucky for us, Jim Nesci, an experienced reptile handler and educator, will be handling and teaching us about reptiles.  I thought you might like to learn a little bit about the reptiles who may make an appearance at the library.

Snakes are always popular reptiles.  Personally, I am very apprehensive around these creatures.  Jim has an Albino Burmese Python that he brings to his shows.  These snakes are native to Southeast Asian jungles and grassy marshes and are among the largest snakes on Earth as they are capable of reaching 23 feet in length and may weigh up to 200 pounds.  They also are excellent swimmers and can stay under water for up to 30 minutes.

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is one of the largest tortoises in the world.  A male can be 48 inches in length and weigh up to 200 pounds.  That's one large reptile!  The giant tortoise is mainly a herbivore, which means its diet consists of grasses, leaves and woody plant stems.  In the tortoises' natural habitat, there is very little fresh water so they obtain most of their moisture from their food.  These giants can live up to 200 years!  Now that's a lifetime.

One of the most famous reptiles is the alligator and Jim Nesci has
one named Bubba.  I did not realize that alligators are native only to the United States and China.  I also learned that Louisiana has the largest alligator population as reported by the 2005 Scholastic Book of World Records.  I would have thought Florida had the biggest population but I guess the Gator Boys were in Louisiana rescuing gators a few years ago so it makes sense. The average alligator reaches the length of 13.1 feet and weighs 790 pounds.  Lucky for us, Bubba is 8 feet and over 200 pounds (but that's still not a small alligator in my books!)  While I never personally want to meet up with an alligator in the wild, I still find them intriguing and enjoy learning about them.

Hopefully you'll be fortunate enough to meet these cold-blooded visitors but if not, the library has some great books and DVDs available so that you can learn more about these amazing (if somewhat intimidating - my opinion only) creatures!

Reptile books
Jim Nesci


Monday, July 11, 2016

We ALL Scream for Ice Cream on July 16th

Just about everyone I know loves ice cream.  You don't have to ask me twice if I want any.  Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor.  So lucky for you the Roselle Public Library is having an Ice Cream Social this Saturday, July 16.  While the ice cream we serve probably will be vanilla, we'll have some great toppings to add to it.  I am getting such a taste for ice cream right now.

Ice cream has been a favorite of our United States Presidents as well.  During the summer of 1790, a merchant from New York kept records of President George Washington spending $200 for ice cream.  That was a pretty pricy treat back in those days.  After Washington's death, inventory records of Mount Vernon revealed "two pewter ice cream pots."  Now there was a man with a sweet tooth!  I wonder if that's why he had wooden teeth?

President Thomas Jefferson had a favorite 18-step recipe for a dessert that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska.  Want to try his recipe?  Check it out here.  If you do try it, I'd love a sample!

Even in 1813, the wife of President James Madison, Dolley, served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at his second inaugural banquet at the White House.

During World War II, FDR made sure each branch of the military served their troops ice cream to keep up morale.  Each branch tried to outdo the others.  In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific.  When the war ended, America celebrated its victory with ice cream.  Over 20 quarts of ice cream was consumed by Americans in 1946.

While I don't think we'll consume that many quarts here at the library, you have to admit it would be fun trying.  So come in and celebrate summer and reading on Saturday, July 16 from 12-2 PM.  You'll get to create your own ice cream sundae masterpiece while you are here.  Plus there are fun games, face painting and prizes to be had.  Bring your sweet tooth!
How to Make Ice Cream for Kids
History of Ice Cream
Books about ice cream


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