Monday, July 28, 2014

The Graveyard Book: Book Club Edition! FAQ

Who: Hopefully you, a copy of The Graveyard Book (available for our book club at the circulation desk), and Librarian MD. (Well, hopefully there will be other people there, too.)

What: A Book Club. No, not the cheesy ones in novels. We're cooler, and have food. And possibly tea and hot cocoa, if I remember my kettle. 

Where//When: Next Thursday, August 7th @4p.m.//Youth Service Meeting Room//Oak Brook Library

Why: If you haven't read any Neil Gaiman books yet (tssk), or if you are looking for a memorable read, please give this story a try. It begins on a darkened night, with a chilling opening scene in a family home where a young boy is left an orphan at the hand of a mysterious killer. Still a child, he wanders, searching for company, until he comes across a graveyard; a graveyard filled with all sorts of spirits beyond the grave, who come to raise the young boy into adulthood. 

So, with my book sales-pitch/summary out of the way: 
At book club meetings we discuss the material we read in a fun way (I'm not about to pull an English prof. on you), and because Librarian MD is hosting this time, we may have tea. Or we may not. Depends if she remembers her tea kettle. 

Best, and if you want to come, pick up a copy of The Graveyard Book at the circulation desk.

For further, pressing inquiries:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Scales and Tales 2014

On Friday, July 18, Oak Brook Public Library patrons enjoyed meeting, playing with, and learning about a number of animals from Beth Wagner's Scales and Tales program!

We met: Snow White the Hedgehog, Squealer the Potbellied Pig, Buo the Barn Owl, Charlotte the Tarantula, a herd of chinchillas, a chattering of baby chicks, an anteater and Xena the Two-Toed Sloth!

Meeting Xena the Two-Toed Sloth!

Enjoy some more pictures from our event after the break!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2014!

On Tuesday, July 15, local kids dropped off their favorite stuffed animals for a sleepover at the Oak Brook Public Library! The animals were in for a night of fun, games, and reading -- and even a little mischief along the way!

Stuffed animals tucked in for the night!

Check out more pictures from our fun night in the library after the jump!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bricks For Kidz: A Lego STEM Event

We were so glad to have such a large turnout at one of our latest youth service program, Bricks 4 Kidz. At this event well-over 60 kids and parents took part in this lego crafting extravaganza, which promoted learning and promotion of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) careers. To have so many kids come out for this program was great, and we are hoping to host more events like this in the future. 

Here are some pictures of this event: 

Above: Students at the event choosing their legos from one of a few massive lego bags.


Above: Students at the workshop building an electronic lego spinboard. 


Upcoming Youth Service Calendar:
Winter in July, Frozen Movie Event: Saturday July 12, @ 1P.M. 
Paws to Read Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Tuesday, July 15 @ 5:30P.M. Drop off
Scales and Tales, Friday July 18 @2P.M.  

As always, call to sign up at our Youth Service Line: 1-(630)-368-7733  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Reading Program -- Window Painting Kick-Off!

Last Saturday, May 31st, we had a blast with some local kids painting our windows by the youth services area in order to kick off our Summer Reading Program -- "Paws to Read." Here are the results!

Now our windows are fun and festive!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What I Learned from Maya Angelou

"I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. " Maya Angelou

I remember when I was seventeen, I found a great many authors, via my "internet explorations." Or, at least, that's what I call a dark-period of two years, marked decidedly by too much time on the internet, which--despite any effort from me--yielded some unexpected gems. One of the best discoveries of that time was the incredibly articulate, wise, and forgiving Maya Angelou. I found her poetry on a website. Then, (like most haphazard searches on the internet), that led me to youtube, which in turn led me to learn the indisputable fact that Maya Angelou must have the most soothing voice of any living human. Ever. (Ask science. I am sure it is fact.)

I think what drew me to her, as an author and person, was I felt that Maya Angelou was someone who understood me, and a great many people. And now, as it is Maya we have lost, here are a few things I have learned from a favorite author of mine, in her own words:

“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...” 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” 

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” 

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” 

And my favorite Angelouism: 

“I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” 

Hope you learned something from her, as I did. She was a brilliant, wonderful woman. Her words remain with us,