What Does Memorial Day Mean to Kids?

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Kids may think that Memorial Day is only about a day off from school, barbecues and parades, but with these picture books, you can introduce the meaning of this special holiday that honors people who have died in service to our country. In Memorial Day Surprise, Pablo is watching for a surprise his mother told him would appear […]

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Ebertfest, the Legacy

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We lost Roger Ebert in 2013, but the movie critic's film festival carries on the legacy of this legendary Chicagoan by exposing audiences to some of his favorite films. Ebertfest takes place in Champaign from April 15-18, but if you can't make it to the festival, you can still celebrate by watching a few past selections. Richard Linklater […]

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April Fools’ for Kids

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Hey kids, April Fools' Day is coming! Be prepared this year with the many great resources the library has for pranks or jokes you can play. Pranklopedia is a fun illustrated guide to pranks from classics like the fake sneeze or garlic breath mint to more modern tricks like causing computer desktop confusion. With lists of required items […]

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Girls Can Do Anything! Female STEM Pioneers

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March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to celebrate women's contributions to the sciences. You never know where keeping your eyes open, and a nature journal handy, will lead. Here are some female heroes beyond Marie Curie who demonstrate the power of observation and imagination. Women were not historically encouraged to pursue the sciences. The pioneering naturalists […]

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Super-Real: Real-Life Heroes for Kids

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This year's One Book, One Chicago selection asks us to look at the creation of the American superhero. But what really defines a hero? Is it someone who has a magical power? These real-life role models for kids made do with courage and ingenuity. Malala Yousafazi does not have super strength or X-ray vision, but what she does […]

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Beyond Superheroes: Comics for the Youngest Readers

One of the great side effects of the growth of the library's comic collection is the availability of titles for even the youngest patron. Beyond the widespread superhero readers, here are some books that can be enjoyed by beginning readers: Dragon Puncher: Don't discount the abilities of the Dragon Puncher simply because he's an adorable kitten; […]

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Never Fear, B-Fest Is Here

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If you dare to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies (January 23-24 in Evanston), here are some titles to give you a taste of what you're in for. In Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the people of Mars decide to bring joy to their planet by kidnapping Kris Kringle. Complete with an undeniably […]

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Happy December…Dark Seasonal Reads

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I'm probably not the only contrarian who gets a little blue in dreary December. To satisfy your inner miserablist streak, why not try some of these dark reads to match the rapidly encroaching darkness outside? Tenth of December is a bleak but often hilarious collection of short stories blending the mundane and the surreal. George Saunders […]

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You Can’t Catch Me…

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Celebrating the holidays wouldn't be complete without decorating gingerbread men. Just be sure your gingerbread men don't run away before you slide them into the oven or you won't have any to frost on December 13 for Gingerbread Decorating Day. This classic story of the runaway cookie is so loved that there are many different flavors of […]

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Happy Turkey Day (Not That Kind Of Turkey)

The day after Thanksgiving, some film nerd friends I have get together to celebrate Turkey Day, except their "turkey" is defined by bad taste rather than good. These movies, however, are just so bad they may be good when enjoyed in witty company. If you need some fine examples of B-roll entertainment to go with […]

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