What's Up at the Library?
January 19–February 22 / Kids World DeskStop by the Kids' World Desk to pick up a Winter Reading Bingo Card. Complete 1–2 rows and choose a sticker or bookmark. Complete three or more rows and choose a prize. For infants–grade 8. To visit the What's Up at the Library blog homepage, click here.
Did you know that we now have an eNewsletter called Just for Kids? You get it in your email at the beginning of each month, and it has all our kids’ program information. It’s a great timesaver because you can immediately register for programs you think your child would enjoy.
You can also get all the details and sign up for these great upcoming programs in the February Just for Kids.To visit the What's Up at the Library blog homepage, click here.
Date and time: Wednesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. Location: Mariano's Fresh Market, 802 E. Northwest Highway
Come to a fun-filled storytime sponsored by the Library and hear If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Plus, there will be songs and activities and a special treat for everyone who attends. Register in person at Mariano's Fresh Market's Customer Service Counter or call 847-253-5439 to register. For kids ages 3–6 with a parent.
While you're at Tales for Tots, be sure to sign up for an Arlington Heights library card. Cards are issued free of charge to residents of incorporated Arlington Heights. Please bring an Illinois driver's license or Illinois ID card to register for a card. For more information on obtaining a library card, click here or call the Library at 847-392-0100.
Kids' World manager Yvette Johnson reports that 5,000 kids registered in this summer's reading program at the Library. Another 215 middle school students served as junior library volunteers (JLVs) and contributed 2,239 hours of service assisting with the summer reading activities and with the Library's July 4 Parade float.
Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading.
"The benefits to young readers participating in a summer reading program are lasting," says Paula Moore, Executive Director at the Library. Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, encourages family fun, and can generate interest in reading as a lifelong habit through games, events, and skill-building activities coordinated by the Kids' World staff and volunteers.
Also instrumental to the Library's summer reading program success are the Friends of the Library. The Friends contributed funds for t-shirts, Arlington Theater gift certificates, and a wrap-up pizza party for the JLVs. The Friends generate funds through their quarterly used book sales to support items like summer reading incentives, that are not included in the Library's annual operating budget. The Friends' next sale is their Fantastic Fall Sale on the weekend of October 30-31 at the Library. More information about the Friends and their sales.