Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Fresh Look in time for Summer Reading!

As you walk in to the Youth Services area, one of the first things you will notice is how quickly the Read for the Win Olympic Rings are filling in!

Summer Reading, Read for the Win kicked off June 1st! Readers have been running in to sign up and receive their prizes! There is still plenty of time to sign up if you haven't already!!


Just before the kick off of Summer Reading, Read for the Win, we made a few changes around Youth Services. We were able to change some of the shelving behind the Youth desk to utilize the space better, which opened up a few more ideas. 

The first step was moving DVD's! They are now right outside the Program Room, behind the Youth desk. Right along with the Youth DVD's are the Youth Magazines! Be sure to check out the latest from American Girl, Cricket, Dig, Faces, and more!


Next, we switched out our New Book shelving, including New Nonfiction and New Fiction.

On the back side of the New Books, you will find the J Graphic Novels.

With a few shelves opened up, we moved the American Girl books, and the Caudill Awards and Bluestem Awards between the Youth Services desk and the start of the J Fiction.

Let us know what you think of the changes! Stop in and check it out if you haven't already!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pete the Cat

On Thursday, Pete the Cat visited Oak Brook Public Library! Pete danced along as Miss Theresa read three Pete the Cat books. Afterwords, participants were able to make a Pete the Cat craft and take pictures with Pete himself!

Miss Stephanie, Pete the Cat, Miss Theresa

We were so happy Pete could join us for this special storytime! 

Summer Reading Bookmark Contest

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Submit your design for our Summer Reading Bookmark Contest! Winners will receive a small prize and their bookmark design will be available for everyone all summer long.

Download a design page here!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Oak Brook Library Used Book Sale

Now is one of my favorite times of the year at the library. It's the annual used book sale. 

This book sale only takes place because of dedicated volunteers. Mary Ann (left) is one of those volunteers, and she is here every week, all YEAR, preparing for the book sale. Her hard work and dedication gives back so much to our library. 

Thank you to all of our volunteers. You make this library great, and you provide so much support for our future. 

And with that thank you, here is a schedule of upcoming book sale days:

There will be thousands of books available at very affordable prices: amazing children’s books, mysteries, novels, cookbooks, self-help, art, travel, histories, biographies, as well as CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.

Thursday, April 21st
Free from 4-8pm
Free all day to Friends of the Library members
$5.00 charge per person from 12pm—4pm
$10.00 charge if using an electric scanner

Friday, April 22nd
9:30 am-4:30 pm

Saturday, April 23rd
9:30 am-3:00 pm


Saturday, April 9, 2016

DIY Banks: Financial Literacy Month

Today we had a great maker's workshop that goes along with this time of the year. This month of April is Financial Literacy Month. It's a month to help kids learn about savings and money. One way we want to encourage learning about savings is through a story. To encourage kids to save money, we followed the story time with some personalized bank-making.

We started with small, wooden banks. Next we we used acrylic paint, and blow dried that paint to speed up the process. Once the paint was dry, students in the class chose gems, stickers, and decals that made their bank their very own. 

Here's the awesome results:

^Etsy-style skill

Thank you guys for coming!

We hoped you learned something of value about finance.

Okay, that was a bad pun. I'm done here.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Celebrating the Life of Albert Einstein in Books

Today is Albert Einstein's Birthday!



Let's celebrate Einstein's contribution in the way librarians know best: in book form.

Picture Books

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein
By Don Brown

Like the title suggests, this picture book focuses on Einstein as an outcast, in his early years. This picture book is geared for readers ages 4-8. With some reading help from a guardian, this would be a good picture book to teach children about bullying, and isolation.


On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
By Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky

There is a truly unique art vision for this book. Paired with accessible text for young readers, this is a definitive Einstein picture book, sure to be enjoyed by a variety of readers.


Juvenile Books

Who was Albert Einstein?
By Jess Brallier

There is a reason why Who Was books are so popular with kids. Quirky illustrations paired with solid, interesting writing make these biographies great picks for kids interested in nonfiction, or kids who struggle to find books that interest them. Who Was Albert Einstein is no exception, and delivers in the series' great reputation.


Giants of Science: Albert Einstein
By Kathleen Krull

The Giants of Science series by Kathleen Krull is another solid choice for any kid looking for good nonfiction books. Her installment on Albert Einstein is aimed at kids grades 3-7.


Genius: A Photobiography of Einstein
By Marfe Fergusen Delano

If a child connects to narrative though images, this Einstein biography is a wonderful look into the visual world of Albert Einstein. Don't let the slim look of this book be deceiving: this photobiography is intended for grades 5-8.


Adult Nonfiction

Einstein: His Life and Universe
By Walter Isaacson

Isaacson is no stranger to covering tricky biography subjects. From his biography covering the life of Steve Jobs, to some of the most influential visionaries and innovators of our time, this thick Einstein brick is sure to satisfy all questions, while adding some of its own.


A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein

Covers everything from Einstein's work on gravitational waves, to quantum theory. This book is geared towards the true Einstein devotee, who wants to more than biographical overview. The (rather hefty) volume is an appreciative look into Einstein's most important discoveries, with commentary from Stephen Hawking.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Winter Reading Program-Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to our grand prize raffle winners: Aaman Izhar, Yamen Laban, and Natalie Chang.

Come in to pick up your raffle prizes at the youth service desk. Congratulations on all of your reading this winter.