Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Yoga for Kids

This week we had Gina Marie come in with yoga for kids. Her program had music, yoga techniques, storytelling, and some dancing. Here are some pictures from the event:

(Pictures by Theresa.)

Read to a...Cat?

Now, we've been known to host dogs for our Read to a Dog program. But cats?

Well, Bob the cat has been specially trainedjust like the dogs in the Read to a Dog programto offer a calm, non-judgmental listener. These programs are based on the idea that in order to gain confidence while reading, young people should be allowed to make reading mistakes, in an environment where the young person will be guided to continue their storytelling.

Here are some photos of Bob the cat getting prepped for his Read to a Cat session:

Special thanks to Bob and his handler who offered reading help, and a non-judgmental ear. 

(Pictures by Stephanie). 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Topping the Charts - Summer Reading

Have you checked out our record breaking readers?!

Summer readers are off to a great start Readin' to the Rhythm! It's not to late to sign up for Summer Reading, earn some awesome prizes, and add your records to the wall. We can't wait to see how full the wall is in August!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

World Music Explosion

This Saturday at the Oak Brook Library we had a musician bring us some music from around the world. Tom Sharpe was a one-man show, with a killer sound:

 Thank you for the rockin' performance, Tom!

Artists Workshop

We've had some great Youth Service programs, lately. The first program we had this past week was an artist's workshop. Students of the workshop were able to work with different mediums of materials to create their own original art piece.

Here's some students hard at work:

Windows are good for tracing, if you didn't know:


And here *drum roll* are the final results!

Special thanks toTerri Murphy for such a great program. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tadpole's Promise

MD's Saturday book reviews, given in-between trips to settle mischief-making in the back of the youth section of the library.

Today isn't a Saturday, but I have had to settle mischief in the back of the library several times already. In any case, this book review comes a day early because Saturday will be another busy day in Youth Services.

Today's book is a picture book titled:

The story book begins with caterpillar meeting tadpole. Caterpillar is immediately enamored with tadpole and tells him she loves everything about him, and that he should never, ever change. 

"I love everything about you," said the caterpillar. "Promise you will never change."
"I promise," he said.

You may think you may know where this story is headed. The story revolves around a caterpillar and a butterfly, after all. But as the tadpole grows into a frog, and as the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, what happens is perhaps a little more sinister, a little more true to real life. 

"Yes, but you are not my shiny black pearl. Goodbye."

Enveloping the dark humor of current, classic picture books such as I Want My Hat Back, the story Tadpole's Promise is a good look into a world that we all know is not always quite fair, or quite just in its workings. Written by British author Jeanne Willis, and illustrated by the very talented Tony Ross, this is quite a funny, serious, and definitely memorable cautionary tale.

"Excuse me," she said. "Have you seen my shiny black..."

Have a great weekend, MD