Turkeys Say “Please Don’t Gobble, Gobble Us!”

Large male turkey

If you ask a group of preschoolers what Thanksgiving is all about, they will happily shout, "Turkey!" Most of us love a tender, juicy bird as the centerpiece of our holiday table. This year, try to see things from the turkey's view of the table. For the turkeys in these playful picture books, Thanksgiving means just one […]

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Bunny Fun at Blackstone Branch

Story time was filled with a Runaway Bunny, a funny bunny and bunny ears. Children and parents listened to stories, including The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, at a recent preschool story time at the Blackstone Branch. Later, they completed a bunny ear craft. Two of our young bunnies were so excited about the craft […]

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The Importance of Play at Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch

big legos

"Play is the highest form of research." —Albert Einstein Children learn through play—and if play is research, then your kiddo is a researcher. To support our researchers, libraries have been busy making spaces ready and accessible so children may engage in active learning. Active learning involves the whole self interacting with our environment and reflecting on […]

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Little Leprechauns

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After a long, cold winter, St. Patrick's Day brings the prospect of spring just around the corner. Enjoy these humorous picture books about leprechauns, luck, and legends while learning more about the holiday with your preschooler. The Night Before St. Patrick's Day is a rhyming romp through two siblings' plans to catch a leprechaun. Tim and […]

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Celebrating African American History with Young Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. monument

Gently Introducing Difficult Topics African American History Month gives us the chance to dive into the rich heritage and successes of African Americans with young children. Unfortunately, the injustices from African American history often seem to overshadow the triumphs. Let's take a look at some picture books that help parents and teachers bring African American History Month to […]

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Register for February Kids Programs at Roosevelt Branch

Registration for the Roosevelt Branch's February early childhood programs is now open! Stop by the children's desk or call us at (312) 746-5656 to register for Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to 35 months) or Book Party! for Preschoolers (3 to 5 years). Don't wait! Our programs begin the week of February 4 and will fill […]

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Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch Welcomes Miss. Lori’s CAMPUS

The WTTW Readers are Leaders Library tour comes to our branch at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 5! We are lucky to have this fun-filled, interactive program open to all kids, and we hope you all will join us. Miss. Lori will share stories, songs and activities fun for the whole family. Be sure to wear comfortable […]

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Independence Branch Story Time

O, the weather outside’s turning frightful, but hearing stories is delightful. So if you have a child between 2 and 5, join us for our preschool story time! Come for stories, songs and rhymes at 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the Independence Branch. While you're here, you may want to pick out some purrfectly good cat […]

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Fall Story Time Begins at Roden Branch

It's time to fall into reading again at the Roden Branch. Our fall story time is 10:30 a.m. Mondays; this series runs November 11 until December 23. This program is designed with 3- to 5-year-olds in mind, but older and younger children are welcome. Registration is not required; come as often as you can. Each […]

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