Thursday, August 14, 2014

Read to a Dog, 2014

It appears that the tradition has stuck. The tradition of our program Read to a Dog, that is. I know at first the concept may seem a bit strange. (Reading? And to a dog?) But I assure you, it makes sense. At least, it does when you see the confidence and fun young readers experience when participating.

Read to a Dog is a program developed by careful dog handlers and volunteers, and their trusty therapy dogs. The program focuses on building confidence in reading. By having children read to dogs and their handlers, they are allowed a calming atmosphere, and most importantly for kids with reading difficulties: freedom from criticism. As a library we have loved working with the individuals from the Hindsdale Humane Society, and their dogs trained especially for therapy.

Here are some of the pictures of this great program in action:













Look for our fall program schedule, about to be released soon!

LibMD. Photo creds: Theresa


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Daydream



The Daydream is a music group for kids consisting of Scott and Cathy Liebenow and their kids, McKenna, Mark, and Mia.  Their Monday evening show was highly energetic, interactive, and enjoyed by all! 













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.


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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.





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





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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