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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Please remember that you can check out museum passes at the Oak Brook Public Library. These passes offer free museum entrance, or substantial discounts. Please go to our youth service desk to check out a pass today. Passes last one week from the date of checkout.

Museum Passes Available

(Taken from Museum Adventure Pass site 2/10/16)

Air Classic Inc. Museum of Aviation

Get up close and personal with an A-7E Corsair II Navy Attack Bomber, combat veteran from Desert Storm that flew from the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy. Be the pilot of a Huey helicopter of Viet Nam fame.
44W546 US Route 30
Sugar Grove IL, 60554-9886
Hours: We are now closed for the winter. We are scheduled to reopen 2 April 2016.
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid adult admission Saturday and Sunday only, plus 10% off in gift shop. One Pass per family/group.

Bronzeville Children's Museum

First and only African American children's museum in the nation.
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago IL, 60617
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm (Hourly guided interactive tours for children ages 3-9. Tour hours are 10, 11, 12, 1, and last tour is at 2:00 pm) CLOSED: Sunday and Monday for Special Events
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family)

Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)

A world leader in animal care, conservation, and education, Brookfield Zoo is celebrating 75 years of fun this year!
First Ave. and 31st St.
Brookfield IL, 60513
Hours: Open Daily 10 to 5.
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children's Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)

Cantigny Park

In addition to vast formal gardens and picnic and camping grounds, Cantigny offers two history-rich museums: the Robert R. McCormick Museum and the Cantigny First Division Museum, fascinating for children and researchers alike.
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton IL, 60189
Hours: 10am - 5pm (May-October); 10am - 4pm (November-April) NOTE: WINTER HOURS. *CLOSED - ALL of January and Monday-Thursday in February. Also closed - November 27, 28, December 24, 25 and 31.
Admits 1 vehicle - Limited to one car per use.

Chicago Botanic Garden

With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, it is one of the country's most visited public gardens and preeminent center for learning and scientific research.
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe IL, 60022
Hours: 8 am - sunset, everyday. Extended hours early June - Labor Day 7 am to 9 pm. Christmas Eve - close at 3pm.
Admits 1 car at 50% off per pass

Elgin History Museum

Housed in an 1856 landmark building and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum brings to life Elgin's rich heritage.
360 Park Street
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12-4 p.m. (Now open year-round) CLOSED: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Admits 4

Elgin Public Museum

Offers exhibits and educational programs with natural history and cultural themes for families, school groups, scouts, clubs, organizations, homeschoolers, and anyone who wants to have fun while learning!
225 Grand Boulevard
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: CLOSED: ALL of January. Starting February- May 25th - Open Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4 pm. Summer Hours (May 26th thru Labor Day: Tuesday thru Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Fall, and Winter Hours: Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4pm;
10% Discount on all museum store purchases

Illinois Railway Museum

America’s largest railway museum, featuring many pieces of historic railway equipment on display, and regular operation on our demonstration railroad. Take a ride on one of our many restored trains and experience a museum in motion.
7000 Olson Rd (Mailing: PO Box 427)
Union IL, 60180
Hours: CLOSED: Museum is closed until April 2014. Weekend operations: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, grounds 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Weekday operations: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, grounds 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Blackout Dates - August 16 & 17, 23 & 24 - Saturdays & Sundays - Day Out With Thomas™
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1

Lake County Discovery Museum

Offers the fun of a big city museum, close to home with its permanent and temporary exhibits including an 11-foot Mastodon and the world's largest collection of picture postcards.
27277 N. Forest Preserve Road
Wauconda IL, 60084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Open daily except for: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Admits 2 (passes are valid for general admission only. Not valid for use during public programs and special events where special admission rates apply)

Legoland Discovery Center

Your passport to a LEGO® world of color, creativity and fun. Attractions include; Miniland, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, LEGO Factory Tour, 4D Cinema, LEGO City Construction Site, Model Builder Workshop, Build and Test area and more! All attractions are included in general admission price. Recommended visit time: 1.5 – 3 hours.
601 N Martingale Rd #130
Schaumburg IL, 60173
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm) Mon – Fri 12pm – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm)
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $18.00. Children 2 and under are free. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age...the Center is geared toward families with children 3-10 years old.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to sharing with others the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings. Other displays include animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones and geologic phenomena. Browse through the unique gift shop. Free parking is available.
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst IL, 60126
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
1/2 off admission passes for General Museum Admission Only -Discount not available on Fridays.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.
3001 Central Street
Evanston IL, 60201
Hours: T, W, F, Sat. 10 AM to 5 PM; Th. 10 AM to 8 PM; Sun. Noon to 4 PM; Closed Mondays
Admits 2 free for regular museum admission

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited outdoor museum located in downtown Naperville, Illinois. The museum maintains 30 historic buildings on a 12 acre site with over 50,000 objects. Museum staff and volunteers interpret life from the 19th century to today, while wearing period-correct costumes.
523 South Webster Street
Naperville IL, 60540
Hours: Winter Hours (Nov-Mar) Tuesday-Fri 10am to 4 pm - Closed Sat, Sun, Mon. Spring, Summer, Fall Hours (Apr-Oct) Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm; Sun 1pm to 4pm - Closed Mon.
1. Buy One Ticket: Get 1 Free; Maximum of Two (2) free tickets per coupon. Free ticket(s) will be lowest value item(s). 2. Valid for General Admission only – April 1 – October 31, 2015 3. Not Valid for special events, or events sponsored on the museum grounds by others with an entry fee.

Oriental Institute Museum

Presents informative and engaging exhibits and programs on ancient Egypt, Nubia, Israel, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. Come to the museum store, the Suq's holiday sale, December 1 - 9! Nonmembers receive 15% off and members receive 20% off entire store.
1155 E. 58th Street
Chicago IL, 60637
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM; Wednesday: 10 AM - 8:00 PM CLOSED: Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
One free Kid's i-Pod tour of the Egyptian Gallery per pass. General admission is free (donation suggested).

Pleasant Home Foundation

Pleasant Home is a landmark prairie style house museum, designed in 1897 by George W. Maher. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of prairie school architecture. Pleasant Home is the only Maher building open to the public as a museum.
217 Home Avenue
Oak Park IL, 60302
Hours: Tours Thursday through Sunday 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm or by appointment. CLOSED: Major Holidays
Buy 1, Get 1 free Tour Admission

St. Charles Heritage Museum

Exhibits highlight early settlers, agriculture, industry, education, the Richard's Riot, millionaires and tourism in the Roaring Twenties.
215 E. Main Street
St. Charles IL, 60174
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm CLOSED: Sundays (Sept-May), Mondays and Major Holidays
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.

The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

5100 Museum Drive
Oak Lawn IL, 60453
Hours: Tues - Sat: 9:30am to 5:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Evenings: 2nd and 4th Friday until 8:00pm CLOSED: Mondays, Major Holidays and September 8-12, 2014 for cleaning and maintenance
Pay for one adult and the child gets in free. If additional people are with you, each of them pay the regular admission price. Limit 1