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Monday, July 16, 2018

New Polish and Spanish Titles

The library recently received a grant that has allowed us to purchase more Spanish and Polish titles.  If you have been up in the Youth Services Department recently, you may have seen our rapidly expanding Polish and Spanish collection.  I'm excited that we have been able to get some popular children's titles in both languages.  Let's hear it for Elephant and Piggie now being available in both
Polish and Spanish!  It is truly exciting.

While we also purchased favorite tales originally told in Poland, we also updated our collection to have titles by other internationally renowned authors such as Dr. Seuss, Andy Griffith, Roald Dahl and Mary Pope Osborne.  We have also been looking to add more nonfiction selections, especially about animals.  Children love to learn more about animals.

To our Spanish collection we have added Sarah Weeks' Counting Orejas, along with a classic of Mother Goose Tales, La Madre Goose.  The Spanish nonfiction collection is also increasing in size with the addition of counting books and information titles about animals.  The ever popular series, Eerie Elementary by Jack Chabert also has been purchased along with the 2019 Caudill Nominee, Magisterium:  La Prueba de Hiero by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

We are always looking for ways to best serve our bilingual population, so if you are aware of titles you think our collection should have, please let one of our librarians know so that we can pursue the request.  In the mean time, please enjoy our new books.  They are here waiting for you to take them home and read with your family!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Kanopy Kids

Did you know the library offers free streaming of movies?  Kanopy is a streaming service the Roselle Public Library offers to its cardholders.  While it has movies for all ages, it just started to offer a child friendly version on May 1 called Kanopy Kids.  Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that help children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos.  The site uses Common Sense Media to determine which films are age-appropriate.  Kanopy Kids also features parental controls to help keep kids safe.  Once logged into the Kids mode, children are unable to exit Kanopy Kids to watch any videos meant for viewers aged 12+.  Another option is to create a 4-digit PIN to ensure that kids only have access to age-appropriate videos.

Where might you find this cool service on the library's website?  Look for it on the library's main page, on the top menu under "Books and More."  Pull down the menu and select "Find Movies."  You will see "Streaming Movies" and then the Kanopy link (or click right here).  You will need to register and provide your email address in order to get the link to join.  Once activated, here is what happens:

10 free videos per month

3 days to watch a video as many times as you'd like without using another credit

Resets back to 10 on the first of every month!

Works on any device:  iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

The site offers thoughtful content for kids such as those listed below:
  • PBS Kids favorites:  Between the Lions, Nature Cat and Dinosaur Train
  • Beloved characters:  Babar, Franklin, Little Bear, Curious George and Caillou
  • Oscar nominated family films
  • Literacy classic adaptations:  Where the Wild Things Are, Johnny Appleseed and Little Red Hen
  • Award-winning animated shorts
  • Diverse videos from around the globe
We can't wait for you to give Kanopy Kids a try!

Here's how it works:

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Family Programs in July

I hope you have been enjoying the Thursday family programming we have been hosting in June.  I'd like to share our upcoming July programs  and suggest that you register early because seats have been going fast!

On Thursday, July 5 at 1 PM, put on your dancing shoes and come join us to "shake your groove thing."  Whether you know the Macarena, Funky Chicken, the Carlton or the Floss, we want you to join us for some dancing fun.  This program does not require any registration, so feel free to drop in with your friends and strike a pose!

Attention all Minecraft fans - we have a show for you.  On Thursday, July 12, Brent Allen will present an interactive show with puppets, magic and of course, lots of laughter.  Registration began on June 25th, so please call 630-529-1641 *351, to find out if  seats are available. A BIG thank you goes out to Salerno's Rosedale Chapels for sponsoring this wonderful program for us.

I don't know if you love learning about reptiles and amphibians, but I sure do!  Come meet The Frog Lady on July 19th.  She will share over twenty live animals for kids to meet and touch (I'm staying far away from the snake, though!).  Your animal knowledge will increase as she teaches you about the differences between reptiles and amphibians in a fun and safe environment.  Registration for this event begins on July 2nd.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle?  On July 26th, Mike Vondruska from the Illinois Juggling Institute will perform for you and then give you a chance to try juggling for yourself.  I saw Mike last year and he was just amazing.  Registration for this program begins July 9th.

And just when you were getting used to coming to the library on Thursdays to enjoy the shows, we are going to mix things up a bit and offer PaleoJoe on Monday, July 30th at 1 PM.  Joe is an archaeologist who will introduce you to animals, plants, and creatures which have been extinct for millions of years.  If you want to learn more about fossils, think about checking out the Simply Science Dinosaur kit before the show.  Maybe you can amaze PaleoJoe with your fossil knowledge.  Register starting July 16th.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Let's hear it for some reading!

Last week we shared with you some book trailers from some of our Read-2-Gether participants.  This week we'd like to showcase some of our readers sharing a little of their stories with us.  Sit back and enjoy!

The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

Quest for the Heart - Disney

Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long

I Will Try by Marilyn Janovitz


Monday, June 18, 2018

Great Books Suggestions From Kids!

Every summer we have a wonderful program called Read-2-Gether.  During the month of June, children entering Grades 1-3 meet once a week and read for 30 minutes with a teen.   Our friends have worked together to come up with a trailer about the books they read during their time together.  I think they've made some great picks!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

June Family Programs

I just love Thursday afternoons around the library in the summer.  You know why?  The library has free family shows, sponsored in part, by local businesses in the area.  Talk about giving back to the community!  Spaces are limited for these events, so please call to reserve seats or register online through our website.

On June 21 at 12 p.m.(NEW TIME), Mystic Drumz will perform "The Legend of Marshmallow Island."  Marshmallow Island is an interactive show that aims to make music education fun and exciting for the entire family by blending multicultural music themes and audience participation.  Come and join us for the joys of music from other cultures.  I can see your foot tapping already so I know you want to be at this show!  A huge thank you to Itasca Bank and Trust for helping to sponsor this program.

I don't know if you have ever seen a Mad Science program before, but I can honestly tell you, it never disappoints.  This show calls for an audience who loves science (or just to have fun too)!  Families will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity.  The world of chemistry will be introduced through didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions.  If I were you, I would totally be calling to reserve my seat now (what's stopping you!)  Call 630-529-1641 *351 to register today.    A shout out to All Points Property Services, Inc. for bringing this program to the library.

All shows are about 45 minutes long and begin at 1 PM.   We hope to see you on a Thursday afternoon this summer!

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Reading Takes You Everywhere!

I just cannot believe it is that time of year again!  The Roselle Public Library's summer reading program is just about ready to begin.  I'm here to give you a sneak peek at what the summer holds for you when you come to the library to visit us.  Your child might  even be begging you to take them to the library to sign up for summer reading due to Miss Stephanie spreading the word through her school visits.  Unfortunately your child will have to wait a bit longer because the first day to sign up for this epic program is Monday, June 4th, the day after the Rose Parade.

On June 4th, we hope to see the whole family here at the library.  We will have a one stop sign up table downstairs the first week so that everyone can register at the same time.  Or you can even do it from the comfort of your own couch with online registration.  We've got you covered!

But don't go away yet!  Youth Services has a jammed packed schedule of events to help make the summer interesting and entertaining.  Story times begin the week of June 11 and run through the week of July 19th.  Drop by on Monday mornings starting on June 11th  through July 23rd for Krafty Kids.  But that is not all!!  On Thursday afternoons there will be special family programs starting at 1 PM.  The amazing part - all these are absolutely free!  All you need to do is register.

There are many other fun activities I will share with you over the next few weeks.  Please stop by and pick up one of our handy brochures or browse the library events calendar to learn more.  This is my favorite time of the year because I get to see so many of you enjoying books!  If you are ever in a pickle as to what you should read, stop by the "Ask Me" Desk and talk with our well-read staff.  We can suggest some great titles.  And don't forget to let "Reading Takes You Everywhere!"

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