Saturday, November 21, 2015

December Programming

Here are some upcoming programs we have scheduled for December. Call us at 1-630-368-7733 to register. We hope to hear from you!

Maker's Workshops

Snowman Luminary Candle
Saturday, December 12 @1 pm
Looking for a great winder gift for a family member, or friend? Need the space and supplies to do it? We are happy to announce another maker's workshop, where we will be creating a snowman luminary candle holder.
Registration required. Ages 5 and Up.

Create a Craft
Drop in and make winter-related crafts to take home. All ages welcome.
11:00-2:00pm on December 21, 22, 23, and 28
Youth service program room. Walk-ins welcome.


Toddling Twos and Threes
Thursdays @ 10:30 am
December 3, 10, and 17

Your two year old will surely enjoy this interactive storytime that includes marvelous books, flannel boards, music, and a simple craft. Children must be age 2 by November 1, 2015. Parents accompany child in this program.
Registration required.

Grades K-2 Storytime Art
Wednesdays @ 4:30 pm
December 2, 9, and 16
Are you nuts about books and art? then join us for this creative story time. We will read a story and then do an art/craft project inspired by the book,
Registration required.

Book Club
Thursday, December 17 @ 4:30 pm
Book discussion and snacks.
This month's book: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead.

Tuesday, December 29 @ 3pm
Bingo session with some great prizes.

All ages. Walk-ins welcome.

And if you want to save these dates to your phone calendar, check the google calendar of events on our sidebar!

YS Staff

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Let your creativity run wild

New Program! 

Lego League

Tuesday, December 15th
Ages 4 & Up

Registration required.
Sign up in groups of 1-4 people. 

We are excited to announce our new Lego League. This monthly program will allow participants to build, create, and grow. Each month will have a new theme with resources available for building ideas. This program will help build STEM skills, creativity, and group thinking.

Posted by Stephanie.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween Party, 2015

Our annual Youth Service Halloween party is a highly-anticipated event. And because of that, us youth service librarians spend a lot of time thinking about it, and preparing for it. 

To give you an idea, here is a picture of me, pre-party:

The excitement was real. 

In kicking off the party, we had some games, crafts, and some excellent volunteers:

Next we had another Halloween party favorite. Wrap-A-Librarian.

Here Miss Theresa is showing strategic methods in making a mummy:

And so, the wrapping commenced: 

What is that....? Our mummy is coming alive?

Balloons were released, and then there was trick-or-treating around the library. 

Special thanks to our volunteers who made this event possible, and master of events, Miss Theresa. Also, special thanks to Librarian Melissa, who took on the highly claustrophobic task of being our resident librarian mummy. Your bravery made for some fun times. 

This is a photograph of me, at the end of the party:

To Good Times, 

Librarian MD. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mad Science Workshop

Last weekend we had a mad scientist come to the library. Students of the workshop learned about electricity, and were able to have some electrifying experiences for themselves!

Here are some pictures from the event:


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pumpkin Decorating Contest: The Thrilling Finale

In youth services last weekend, we had our annual fight to the death.

The. Pumpkin. Decorating. Battle.


From your votes both in house and online, our winner is Miss Frizzle, The Witch!

Our lucky winner gets a $20 Micheal's craft store for some continued creative fun. 

And, I had to post this:

Our runners up get these awesome grow-Halloween pieces. For example, you can put one of these Halloween pieces in water, it will expand 600% the size. 

I am envious of the kid who gets the severed hand. 

It's beautiful. 

Congrats to all who participated!

"Wonderstruck" Meeting My Childhood Hero, Brian Selznick

If you are anything like me, being excited is not good for you. I am sure many people can keep their excitement to a reasonable level, but I am not one of them. When it comes to excitement, I either feel nothing, or I am 10/10 on the excitement scale, and slowly exhaling into a paper bag. 

There weren't paper bags in the bus to meet Brian Selznick. But there were lovely clouds outside the window. I hoped this was the universe's sign that I would not need a paper bag. Or, I would find a very nice paper bag in Milwaukee, the sturdy kind that can hold hoagie sandwiches. 

I was first introduced to Brian Selznick's drawings by my grade school librarian. She knew I loved to draw, and I did not take art lessons. I remember one day I came into the library and she told me she had a surprise waiting for me. I was confused, but when I opened the book, I saw it was called The Invention of Hugo Cabret. You can imagine my surprise, and my joy.

Here's what I saw:

From that moment on, I had a new art teacher. His name was Brian Selznick. My art teacher named Brian Selznick did not even know he had an art student, but it still worked all the same. I would look at his drawings for hours. I tried to recreate eyes, poses, hands, landscapes. His art taught me how to draw. After my aunt passed, he became the art teacher I so desperately needed. 

He also became a voice that told me it was okay to be different. It was okay to make your own family. 

When I met Brian Selznick, he came up to me and said, "Hi, I'm Brian."

I think I just stared at him and said, "I know...."

*Forty seconds later, my brain began to work, and we ended up having a lovely conversation. Our heroes are just people, after all. It was just a wonderful feeling to know my hero was a good person in real life.

Photo credit: @MrSchuReads--I stole this from you! 
I was able to ask him how he made his excellent dragon in his book trailer for The Marvels. I was also able to tell him that he was my art teacher when I did not have one, and that his books meant a lot to me. It felt good. It was the gift of thanks, ultimately, I wanted to give him. Books have a massive impact on the lives of kids. Somewhere, when I talked to him, I still felt like that small kid who is learning it is alright to be me. Today, I still feel like I am learning it is worthwhile to search beyond the ordinary. Why?

Well, there's extraordinary people and life experiences waiting for me.

And for you, too.

Thank you, Brian Selznick,


P.S. Special thanks to Mr. Schu (@MrSchuReads) and Scholastic for this opportunity. 

*Approximately; could have been longer. Real-time does not exist on the 10/10 excitement scale. Ex: Youtube search "sloth lady on the Ellen Degeneres show."