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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Kids - Spring Break - RPL

It's Spring Break time again!  A week off of school.  Hip, Hip, Hooray!

That sentiment might last the weekend, but then by Monday you'll probably be hearing, "I'm bored!"  Parents will be thinking, "What can we do that isn't going to cost us a lot of money?"  Well, RPL has an answer for you - come join us for some fun activities at the library!  The best part is that it won't cost you a dime!

On Monday, we are offering a great science show from the Mad Science Team.  It's entitled "Fire and registration is required. 
Ice."  Have you ever seen paper being burned but leaving no ash?  How about levitating a beach ball without using your hands?  Volunteers will be asked to join in on the demonstrations of spectacular chemical reactions and cool special effects.  The show starts at 1 PM and

Tuesday brings about Grandparents Got Game or as we fondly call it - GGG.  Bring a grandparent or a special adult to GGG for some fun spring time activities, snacks and games.  The fun happens from 1:30 until 3 PM.  Drop on by!

Brick by Brick happens on Wednesday upstairs in the Youth Services story time room.  Create magnificent designs with our mounds of Legos from 12-2 PM.  Then leave your masterpiece to be displayed in Youth Services for all eyes to admire.

On Thursday it's Make-and-Take Day!  Come join us to make Moon Sand.  It's a fun, sensory dough that you can make and use your own creativity to mold it into almost anything.  And it's yours to take home to keep! 

Not sure what to do on Friday?  Don't forget that RPL offers the Museum Adventure Pass.  Take your family to the Brookfield Zoo, Legoland, Illinois Train Museum or Chicago Botanic Gardens.  These are just a few of the places the museum pass will let you in for free or a reduced rate.  Hurry in to get these passes.  There is a limited amount that can go out each week.   You can always call to see if they are available but passes cannot be held, you must come into the library to request them. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Who is...Part 3 - The Ending Saga

Welcome back for the final chapter in our compelling Youth Services Department series.  The last two ladies are well worth the wait.  You'll see them as the stars of our daytime story times.  Let's meet our final Youth Services members.

I'll bet you didn't know that I am originally from Kansas; that's right the Kansas of Dorothy fame ("There's no place like home!").  My early experience as a librarian was at Medinah Christian School.  The library was only open on Mondays and I saw all eight grades in one day!   I was in charge of collecting fines, checking in-and-out books, and putting new books into the collection (I can definitely multitask).

At the Roselle Public Library, you'll find me leading the Tots & Tykes and Toddler Tales.  I love to create craft projects for parents and children to do together, recite fingerplays and get my guitar out to sing favorite children songs.  With older children, I work on publishing our What's Up With Kids newsletter.  We meet every few months, brainstorm ideas and then children bring their writing and illustrations back to me and their work gets published into a newsletter for our patrons to enjoy.  If you know anyone in grades 2-6 who love to write, tell them to join What's Up With Kids.

My favorite author is C. S. Lewis of Chronicles of Narnia series.  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite of the series.  I also enjoy singing and once I sang a duet with Canada's famous tenor, Ben Hepner when he was a young man just out of college.  I remember back then thinking he wasn't very good, but wow is he good now.

If I could change careers, I think that I would like to be a truck driver.  I cannot think of anything more exciting than traveling all over the country in an 18-wheeler.  All that open road, no responsibilities, meeting new people, sleeping in a different place very THAT'S living!

10-4 good buddy; over and out!

Mrs. A.

I have been a Youth Services Assistant for almost six years in Roselle.  In the land of books, I have many favorite authors spread among the picture book collection.  While Mo Willems tops the list, I like other silly picture books such as Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, the tales of Willy and Wally Wolf by Margie Palatini, and anything by Bob Shea.  Readers will discover that unicorns are pretty overconfident in Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great.  

That said, nonfiction books are also interesting.  In the Wednesday Preschool and Thursday Family Drop-in morning story times, there is at least one fact filled book with high quality photos to share with the preschool readers.  I will be blogging about these and other longer chapter books as Willems Fan on our Blogger Bookclub page.

While I read chapter book series such as The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, I prefer to listen to them.  A good, engaging reader is a reason to stay in the car just a little longer.  If you have questions about books on CD or Playaways for your audio needs, I would love to see what we can find through borrowing an item from another library or adding a new title to the collection.  With summer around the corner, I hope to share this format with the community.  Additionally, I look forward to sharing books on CD or Playaway versions of the 2018 Caudill and Monarch nominees.

Yours in reading and Listening,                                       

Miss Liz

I hope you've enjoyed these segments on our Youth Services staff and you've learned a little more about each of us (I know I learned a few new things).  Stop by and say hi.  We love to get to know our patrons and be on a first name basis with them.  Please join us for our upcoming YS programming as well! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Who is - Part 2 of the Youth Services Trilogy

Welcome back for Part 2 of our compelling Youth Services Department series.  I am a huge fan of trilogies, so it's perfect that there will be three installments on getting to know your fabulous Youth Service Department staff.  So let's not delay and meet our next two staff members!

My little sister likes to tell people that when I was a little girl, I wanted to be a princess -  specifically,
Xena, Warrior Princess.  I wanted to be a princess; the kind of princess who has excellent adventures and saves the day, but also has really awesome clothes.  Which, I mean, who wouldn't?  So I love books about princesses (you better believe I love Merida, Rapunzel and Mulan oh so very much!).

My favorite princess book is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, which is about a princess who decides she doesn't want to marry a boring prince, instead she wants to go off and have adventures.  So she does.  I also like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, which is about a school where girls can learn to be princesses.  I also love all of Tamora Pierce's books, some of which have princesses and others that have girls who want to become knights and have adventures (which is basically the next best thing to being a princess if you ask me).

When I was a teenager, I fell in love with graphic novels.  I love superheroes (Captain Marvel is my favorite!  I also like Ms. Marvel and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), but I also love a lot of the stories about the daily life of kids, like Sisters by Raina Telgemeier or Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (2018 Rebecca Caudill nominee by the way).  The last few years, I have really enjoyed reading books by Terry Pratchett and the new retellings of fairy tales.

When I'm not reading, though, I am usually at the Roselle area schools, daycares, or park districts doing Outreach programs.  That means I go to schools and tell students and teachers about the programs we have going on at the library, help schools to find books they need for their students, do storytimes and presentations, and much more!  One of my favorite things to do other than read is to talk about libraries and library services, so this is a really cool opportunity for me to let people know what we do here.  I also like to visit other libraries to see what kind of programs and displays they  have to see if there's anything I should be doing at the Roselle Public Library.

In my free time, I like to knit and I am trying to learn to garden.  I have been reading lots of different gardening tips and am trying to grow a bunch of food in my backyard this Spring!  One day I would like to grow my own strawberries and then make them into strawberry jam.  I am a pretty good cook, but I want to get even better, so I also spend a lot of time thinking about food and cooking.  I also have two cats who think I spend way too much time reading and cooking and not nearly enough time petting them.

If you catch me at the desk in Youth Services, feel free to say hi!  If not, maybe I will see you at an Outreach visit.  Either way, I am super excited to help people find the materials they need!

Royally yours,
Miss Stephanie (or you can call me Princess Stephanie)

I have always loved books!  As a child, I remember my mom taking me to the library for storytimes and then getting to check out books.  I would ask her to read to me constantly, but with two younger siblings, she didn't always have the time.  So I learned how to read in Kindergarten so that I could read books anytime I wanted.  Curious George was my favorite series.  As a tween, I would ride my red Huffy bike up to the library, fill my backpack up with books, and then ride home - only to return a few days later.  Back then I loved to read mysteries (loved Agatha Christie) and biographies.  Kids are so lucky today to have the Who is/was series!  

When I saw the job opening in Youth Services four years ago, I was so excited.  You see I am a teacher during the day (guess what I teach - you're right if you guessed teaching kids how to read) and I thought how cool would it be to be able to work in a library too!  These are both dream jobs in my world because I am surrounded by BOOKS EVERY DAY!!  I love my jobs because I get to match children to good fit books.  Maybe you have seen me running, uh I mean walking up the aisles showing kids great titles that they just have to read!  A really great part of my job is getting to read new books and then writing blogs about them.  I read so many middle school and young adult books that are just so fantastic!  My favorites right now are the inventive retellings of the fairy tales.  Liesel ShurtliffChris Colfer, Michael Buckley, and Megan Morrison write some great series featuring popular fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Jack (from beanstalk fame) and many more.  Some of my all time favorites novels are Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (love Gary's books), Holes by Louis Sachar,  Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.  Recently I've gotten into science fiction too (which used to be my least favorite genre), but The Giver by Lois Lawry, Masterminds by Gordon Korman (2017 Rebecca Caudill nominee), and the Maze Runner series by James Dashner  have now got me hooked.

Part of my job is to host programs for children.  Books and Popcorn is one of my favorites because I get to sit around discussing a pre-selected book and eat popcorn while doing it!  Then we usually do some kind of fun project, experiment or game.  Another great program is Kreative Kids.  Children in grades K-2 come and join me for a storytime where science and art are incorporated into the program.  It is so much fun!

I'm a pretty busy person when I'm not at the library.  I enjoy walking my two dogs, exercising when I have time, and spending time with my two children and husband.   I also like learning a lot, so I take classes when I am able.  I think it's fun to learn about new things.

So the next time you are at the library, come and visit me in the Youth Services Department.  I will be happy to take you on a tour and discuss our favorite books together.  Thanks for reading!

Wandering in the stacks,
Miss Tammi

Monday, March 6, 2017

Who is....Youth Services Series!

You may have noticed two new faces joined the Youth Services Departments.  We are excited to have Kristen Lawson join as the new Youth Services Manager and Loretta Morris as a Youth Services Assistant.  I thought you might like to get to know our new staff a little better, so I asked them to share a bit about themselves.  In the next coming weeks, you'll learn a little more about all of us in Youth Services as our other wonderful staff members will share some interesting facts about themselves with you! I just cannot wait to learn more about Youth Services staff!

Growing up, I loved reading anything that made me laugh.  Novels by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary were perennial favorites and I would read them over and over again.  As I got a little older, I also loved the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

I also loved reading books that exposed me to exciting new ideas, so speculative fiction like Madeline L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series and Ruth Chew's Witch books were also big winners for me.  My reading tastes haven't changed much as an adult; you'll frequently see me reading John Scalzi or Connie Willis novels so I can get both sci-fi/fantasy and humor in one fantastic story.  I'm also a huge Harry Potter fan and will re-read the series every 2-3 years for pure enjoyment - but I don't think very highly of the movies!

Another, more academic interest of mine is the new field of media mentorship for Youth Services librarians.  I've also read a couple of books about how kids are growing up in our increasingly digital environment and all the new opportunities and challenges that presents.  Two I would recommend are Screenwise:  Helping Kids Thrive (And Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner and Born Reading:  Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age by Jason Boog.

Looking forward to meeting you soon,
Kristen Lawson

The very first book I ever checked out of the library with my own library card was Gertie the Duck.  I remember asking my parents to read it to me over and over.  When I learned what the word "renew" meant, I couldn't wait to go back to the library so I could bring it home again (and again, and again).  That was a long, long time ago, and there's probably not a copy of Gertie the Duck to be found anywhere, but that little book marked the beginning of my love of reading.  As I grew up, I found that i really enjoyed historical fiction and biography.  In fact, the book The Miracle Worker by William Gibson (which I read in 4th grade), had such an impact on me that it led to my becoming a teacher.

As an adult, I devoured big epic fiction by Leon Uris (my favorite:  Trinity), Ken Follett (favorite:  The Pillars of the Earth), and Larry McMurtry (favorite:  Lonesome Dove).  The book at the very top of my list is The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak.  More recently I've been reading historical fiction set in World War II - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr, which are in my opinion, must-reads!

When I was a teacher, I always enjoyed reading the Rebecca Caudill books to my students.  They loved it too!  One of my goals as a Youth Services Library Assistant is to get caught up reading all those wonderful award winning books.

A passion of mine that goes hand-in-hand with reading, is writing.  I write fiction and memoir.  Several of my short stories have won honorable mention awards in writing contests.  I'm a member of the Naperville Writers Group, and was honored to win The Richard Eastman Founder's Prize for Prose, their highest award, in 2015.  I'm currently writing a novel based on my father's experiences growing up in Depression Era Chicago, which I hope to finish this year.

A few years ago I decided to act on a bucket list item of mine and I started taking American Sign Language (ASL) classes.  Although I am not a fluent signer, it felt great to learn something new and step outside my comfort zone to take on a new challenge.  If you know any ASL and want to practice, come up to the Youth Services Department and we can "chat" a bit.

I love to travel and I get away as often as I can.  Everywhere I go becomes my favorite place, so there are too many favorites to list.  Last fall I went on a wonderful trip to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.  Since I am a Sound of Music fanatic, visiting Salzburg, Austria, was a dream come true.  I hope to go back to Europe some day.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Youth Services Department at the Roselle Public Library.  I look forward to meeting our patrons and learning, growing, and sharing with them.

Yours in reading,
Miss Loretta

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

It's time again to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss!  The hero of many early readers!  During this time of year, many schools celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.  But how did it all begin?  So glad you asked!  It all began in 1997, when a small reading task force at the National Education Association were sitting around brainstorming ways to have kids get excited about read.  After all, there are pep rallies and tailgating to get people excited about football, so why not create a celebration about reading?  So from that small seed, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen, began on March 2, 1998.

So why am I telling you this?  Because the Roselle Public Library has lots of Dr. Seuss picture books and easy readers. These books offer families ways to come together and celebrate their favorite silly tales created by the masterful writer. 

Did you know that you can find many activities to go along with these books?  Some range from cooking, to art, to science.  Let me offer you a few suggestions.

One of my favorite activities (and I guarantee it will be a kid's favorite too) is based off the book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. It's a story about Bartholomew Cubbins, who creates a sticky greenish substance that comes down from the sky when the King orders him to create something other than rain, snow, sun or fog.  Get ready for the fun science part!  Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid.  Say what?  What that means, is it acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force is acting on it.  (Oh, that makes sense now!)  Grab some with your hand and it will ooze out through your fingers.  How awesome is that!  Come in and check this book out.  Then check out the recipe!

"That Sam-I-Am, that Sam-I-Am, I do not like that Sam-I-Am!"  "Do you like green eggs and ham?"  Well do you?  This fun book of rhymes is still one of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss books.  There are so many things to do with this book.  Reading Rockets has some wonderful activities for this book which expose children to fiction and nonfiction text.   If you have not gone to this website, you need too.  It's a FABULOUS resource for parents on the benefits of reading.  Then after visiting the site, come on over to the Roselle Public Library to pick up one (or two, three, four....) of their wonderful book suggestions.  Of course, one idea that just screams to be answered is:  Do you like green eggs and ham?  So of course I found you the recipe!  If you enjoy that recipe, there are plenty of other recipes to create together based off of a variety of Dr. Seuss books or characters. 

The Cat in the Hat  is probably Dr. Seuss's most famous character.  His antics were so crazy, another book was created about him!  Well, you can have some fun antics of your own that include the science of gravity.  How about making the cat's hat?  How high do you think you can stack cups without having them fall?  This idea from the website,  It has several other science ideas to go along with other Dr. Seuss books that are available at our wonderful public library. 

While this week begins Read Across America celebration, remember it's always a celebration of reading at the Roselle Public Library. 


Monday, February 20, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

I thought I'd time some time to remind you about a special program that the Roselle Public Library offers.  It's the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  As a mom, I wish this program had been around when my children were small.  I began reading to my children by the time they were three months old.  We'd sit in the rocking chair at night, with that bedtime bottle and they'd (hopefully) fall asleep while I was reading some classic childhood story.

Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted showing the connection between reading and early stimulation for brain development.  Early reading helps children acquire key literacy and language skills which does help with future academic success.  Even the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read aloud to their children daily.  The goal of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is to help guide parents and children to develop and sustain daily reading.  For small children, hearing a healthy dose of reading aloud age-appropriate literature is vital.
Here are some questions you may have about our 1,000 Before Kindergarten Program:

Q:  1,000 books is a lot!  How can we read so many?
A:  If you read 1 book a day for 3 years, you will have read 1,095 books?  Or you can read 3 books a day for 1 year!

Q:  How long do we have to read 1,000 books?
A:  Until the day your child starts kindergarten.

Q:  Do the books we read for Summer Reading or Winter Reading count?
A:  YES!

Q:  Do the books we hear at storytime count?
A:  YES!

Q:  What if we don't finish? 
A:  That's okay.  The point of the program is to expose your child to a variety of books and new vocabulary.

Q:  Do the books have to come from the Roselle Library?
A:  No.

Q:  What if we read the same book twice?
A:  It counts as two books!  Repeated readings are a part of early literacy!

Please stop by the Youth Services "Ask Me" Desk to sign your child up today.  It's a great investment in your child's future and it's free!  Plus it is quality time you get to spend with your child that will hopefully lead a lifetime of loving to read!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website
Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Let's See That Beautiful Smile

It's always important to take care of your teeth!  As a child, they fall out and we get those great visits from the Tooth Fairy.  But that is the only time we want our teeth to fall out.  Did you know that American students miss 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems?  This means children are missing critical instruction time and can lead to lower literacy skills and grades. 

The American Dental Association and the National Education Association are joining together to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health.  Parents and children are encourage to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes to help build good oral health and literacy habits. 

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller presents information about the care of teeth and discusses what to expect at a dental visit, all told in a picture book format.  The fun part is that the teeth are the students!

 There are some fine science experiments you can conduct at home too around dental health.  One shows how much sugar are in sugary beverages such as soda.  A new one to me is on flossing using peanut butter.  Check them out. 

Here are some fun facts about dental health:

1.  If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, you will brush your teeth for about 24 hours each year, or 76 days over the course of your life!  All this brushing will use about 20 gallons of toothpaste.

2.  In China, they celebrate national "Love Your Teeth Day" each year on the 20th of September.  To
promote dental health, a Chinese dentist used 28,000 teeth to build a giant tooth-shaped tower.

3.  If you had a toothache in Germany in the Middle Ages, you would have been told to kiss a donkey to cure your toothache!

4.  Most Americans did not brush their teeth every day until after World War II.  In WWII, the military required soldiers to brush their teeth twice a day in order to keep healthy teeth.  The soldiers brought home that habit after the war.

5.  Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in China and India.  Ancient toothpastes included ingredients such as soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox hooves (YUCK!).  In 1873, Colgate released the first commercially prepared toothpaste, which had the minty taste we know today.

Come in and check out some great nonfiction books about dental health.  Or it's always fun to read a good picture book  or easy reader with a healthy message about good dental hygiene. 

Books about Oral Health
NEA Dental Health Resources
American Dental Association Resources

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