Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cross Country Reading

Our winter reading club, Cross Country Reading, will begin January 2nd and go until March 2nd. Beginning, Emergent, and Proficient readers can earn incentives for reaching different reading milestones throughout the program! Come in to sign up ASAP so you can take part in this celebration of reading!

January-February 2013 Youth Programs

2012 is quickly coming to an end and now is the perfect time to make a resolution to take advantage of all the awesome resources offered at the Oak Brook Public Library for 2013!

We have some wonderful and exciting new programs being offered, along with storytimes for children ages 2 - 8 years old. Stop by the Youth Services desk (or call in!) to register.

Here is our current brochure for Youth Services Programming in January and February 2013. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events! Click on any of the photographs to enlarge them for easier reading.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Picture Books December 20, 2012

"It snowed. And snowed. And snowed. After it snowed, everyone bundled up and went outside to play.
You come too!" Carin Berger's exquisite collages illuminate, from dawn to dusk, the perfect winter day.

Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He's even got a big mean car that he drives around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows how big and tough he is - which is just the way Mike likes it. Then one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike puts it on the sidewalk and drives away before anyone can see. But the bunny keeps coming back - with friends! - no matter how many times Mike tells them to scram. Big, mean dogs do not hang around with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute...
From best-seling author Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Scott Magoon, here is a laugh-out-loud funny story about not worrying what other people think - even if you are big and tough and your friends are tiny and adorable.

A long time ago and far away - although it could be here, and it could be now - a boy threw a stone and injured a girl. For as long as anyone can remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as well, so it was no surprise that something bad had happened. Hate had happened. Revenge had happened. And that inspired more hate and more calls for revenge. But this time a young girl decided to try something different...
Inspired by the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon, and the movement that has grown up around it, Lauren Thompson has created a timeless parable for all ages that shows readers a better way to resolve conflicts and emphasizes the importance of moving forward together.

Meet Spike! He's pointy. He's scary. He has a spikey crown. He has mean teeth. He is a monster... no bigger than a lily pad. What will it take for Spike to make a friend?

Meteor is a hardworking and friendly mouse, and has all the qualities that a space mouse should have. But Meteor is very small. Teeny-weeny. Itsy-bitsy. And so whenever mice are needed to go up into space, the bigger mice are chosen and Meteor is left behind.
When the day finally does come and Meteor is chosen and is sent and is sent off to outer space, it's up to Meteor and the power of small to save the mission and earn his wings and his new title - MOUSETRONAUT!
Astronaut Mark Kelly, a four-time veteran of the space shuttle, tells a story based on his experience and imagination. Come along on Moustronaut's first mission. You'll be glad you did.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Coming Soon to the Youth Services Department - December 2012

Looking for something fun to do over your winter break? Here are some of the exciting programs we have coming up in Youth Services Department!

Blockbuster Book Club
Out of the Dust - By Karen Hesse
December 18, 6:30PM
Do you like reading a good book and then sharing it with others? We will meet once a month to discuss and learn fun facts about the book and author. See the Circulation Desk for a copy of the book. Snacks will be provided.   

Winter Break Bingo 
December 28 and January 4
Bring your family and friends for fun and prizes! All ages welcome! This program will take place in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room, no registration is necessary. 

Create a Craft
December 26 and 27
January 2 and 3 
Feeling creative? Come to the Youth Services Department and make crafts to take home! All ages welcomed.

We hope to see you in the library this winter break!

Any individual who is in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a disability should contact the library at least 24 hours in advance of the program. Photographs and/or video may be taken at our programs for possible use in library promotions, including the Library Beacon newsletter and the Oak Brook Public Library website. Please notify staff if you do not wish to be photographed.

New Holiday Picture Books 2012

Here is a sample of some of the new holiday picture books we have in the Youth Services Department of the Oak Brook Library!

Santa from Cincinnati - By Judi Barrett and Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (JE BARRETT - Holiday) 
A little baby whose first words are 'ho, ho, ho' is born in Cincinnati. This story is about the life and times of the little boy who grew up to be Santa Claus, the jolly fellow who makes children look forward to December 25th every single year. A fun twist on the Santa Claus story that adult and children can enjoy together. 

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - By Eric Litwin and Illustrated by James Dean (JE LITWIN - Holiday) 
In this rockin' new spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do. A must read for fans of Pete the Cat!


The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Came to New York City - By George Matteson and Adele Ursone and Paintings by James E. Ransome (JE MATTESON) 
A New York Harbor tugboat captain and his family take the tug up the Hudson River to pickup and tow the barge carrying the enormous Christmas Tree that will be displayed at Rockefeller Center. With lyrical language and beautiful paintings, this picture book tells the heartwarming story of a real tug trip and the girl who was at the wheel as police and fire boats, helicopters and tourists welcomed this world-famous tree into New York Harbor.

Dinosaur VS. Santa - By Bob Shea (JE BOB SHEA - Holiday) 
It's almost Christmas and Dinosaur is decorating, making presents and trying to be extra good. Nothing is too much for our fiesty friend - until he bumps into the man in the red suit. If you liked Shea's other books in the Dinosaur Vs... Series you will want to add this to your holiday reading list! Ho! Ho! Ho! Roar! Roar! Roar!


Together At Christman- By Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Bin Lee (JE SPINELLI - Holiday)
It's Christmas Eve, and a family of ten mice shiver in the snow. One by one, each mouse finds a place to stay warm, only to discover that they'd rather huddle together on this holiday night. With gently rhyming text and charming illustrations, this picture book is a wonderful read-aloud!

Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: a Christmas Story- Written by Gloria Whelan and Illustrated by Stephen Costanza (JE WHELAN- Holiday) 
In Ireland in the Middle-Ages, young Brother Cuthbert, known for making mistakes and giving up easily, is chosen through a miscommunication to serve as scribe for an illuminated manuscript of the Nativity Story, through which the Abbot hopes to make the monastery famous.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? - By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (JE YOLEN)
Even during the holiday, little dinosaurs sometimes misbehave. It's tempting to peek at brightly wrapped presents, snatch a dreidle, or grab all the gelt! Children and their parents will laugh out loud at this playful glimpse at the sometimes mischievous antics as the family gathers, and fresh latkes are served. How do dinosaurs celebrate Chanukah? With and abundance of love, joy, memory, and gratitude!

The Staff of the Youth Services Department hopes you enjoy these books this holiday season!