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Roden Branch Makes Kids Informational Books Easier to Find

At the Roden Branch, we recently rearranged our informational books for kids to make it easier for our younger readers to find something good to check out. We've separated these books into three different areas based on reading level: Early, Beginning Reader and Elementary. Now it's easy to find nonfiction picture books. Our new arrangement…

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Books Meet March Madness

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March is almost upon us, and that means spring is just around the corner. For many that means the NCAA is gearing up for its big annual single-elimination basketball tournament. Not into basketball, you say? Not to worry. The online news magazine The Morning News has cleverly put together a friendly competition that has, for […]

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Find Parenting Books at Jefferson Park Branch

The Jefferson Park Branch has books for parents on child development, sleep habits, healthy eating, crafts for preschoolers, nursery rhymes and many other topics. We also have picture books on becoming an older sibling, going to the doctor, coping with death and other firsts. The books are in the Mother Goose Corner, near the Children's…

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Tournament of Books: Pre-Tournament Playoff Round

The Tournament of Books is gearing up for what’s promising to be a lot of fun. Before the opening round we are treated to a pre-Tournament match up to decide who will go on in the competition. This match was judged by none other than Geraldine Brooks who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel March. […]

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Fall Into Books…and TV

I love books…just as much as I love television. Sure, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book, but its also just as comforting to flop on my couch and watch a rerun of The Cosby Show. Just my luck fall TV programming is in full swing, and many of today’s actors […]

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Illinois Kids and Teens Pick Winning Books

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Each year, across Illinois, children in kindergarten to 12th grade get the chance to vote for their favorite books in four levels. Sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association, the Monarch Award, the Bluestem Award, the Rebecca Caudill Award and the Abraham Lincoln Award are selected from a master list of books chosen by […]

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Great Books and Great Ideas at Roden Branch

The Roden Branch has sponsored a Great Books discussion group since its construction in 1968, with Peter Amberson as moderator. Peter has been a devoted reader of Latin since he was in high school. He reads broadly, with great enthusiasm. We begin in September and meet every other Thursday into May. Since September we've been…

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Caudill Club Celebrates Kids Books at West Belmont Branch

State book awards offer a great way to discover excellent new reads. The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is the Illinois children's choice award for kids in grades four through eight. What is significant about this award is that kids actually nominate their favorite books published during the previous five years—and kids choose the winner. Caudill…

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Tournament of Books: Championship

Toy rooster

We’ve come to the end of yet another tournament. What a whirlwind it’s been! With a roster of titles that ranged from the critically acclaimed to those flying under the radar, it was a real toss up as to who would emerge victorious and take home the Rooster. I certainly do not want to outrage […]

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