Tuesday, July 12, 2016

True Balance Karate Class

Last week we hosted True Balance Karate for a karate class. 
Paul Helsdon, the Chief Instructor from True Balance Karate taught a variety of age groups some of the basics in karate. By the end of the class, everyone was able to break through a board!! 

Everyone looked like they were having a lot of fun and able to take away something new from course. True Balance Karate has also donated one of our coupons for Summer Reading prizes. Readers have the chance to earn a coupon for a FREE month of karate lessons, a free private introductory lesson, and a free karate uniform. There is still plenty of time to sign up and participate in Summer Reading! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Who can make it to Home Sweet Home first?

The Youth Services Staff has been busy these past few weeks with Summer Reading and summer programs! It's not too late to sign up for Summer Reading! Stop by the desk to sign up and pick up a log; you will earn prizes along the way!

Life Size Candy Land 

Life Size Candy Land was a huge success last week! Participants were able to make their way around the Candy Land board multiple times, getting candy along the way.

A huge thank you to our volunteers for helping out! They were able to take smaller groups around the game board to avoid long waits during game play! 
No worries! If you were stuck on the wait list or didn't get a chance to sign up, we plan on bringing the program back in the future! 

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.