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Posted by Mrs. T. on 05/15/13
We're having an open house just for you. Come learn about  the resources the library has for you. Tour the new areas of this beautiful library. Meet other families. One of the fun things will be getting a tour of The Studio where you can learn about making movies, editing photos, recording music and more. We will also tour the new Teen space - The Hub.
So please come. No need to sign up. It's 2-4:00 on Monday, May 20th.
Hope to see you there!
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Posted by Ms. L on 04/27/13
During our storytime break, be sure to check out our Music Makers program for ages 3-5.  Sing, dance, and make music in this lively preschool storytime. 
 
Tuesdays, May 7 and 21 from 1:30-2:15 in the Lindsey Room.  Register beginning May 1.
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 04/17/13
Considering the tragedies this week in Boston, we all worry about the children in our lives and how they cope with what seems like an endless stream of fear and sadness. There are books about how adults can help children cope with stress and anxiety and we have put together a list of titles. I also found that the National Association of School Psychologists website also has helpful information. If you would like more information about this topic please don't hesitate to contact the library.
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 03/21/13
To encourage reading with your kids, we're hosting book discussions for children and their parents. Grandparents and others are invited too. Come join us for Desserts, Books and More on March 28 when we'll be discussing Because of Winn-Dixie, a well-loved book by Kate DiCamillo. The next discussion will be held on April 18 when The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd will be discussed. Snacks and activities will be planned to go with the theme. You can pick up a copy of the book at the Kids' World Desk. Call to register or register online. Hope to see you there!
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Posted by Ms. L on 03/13/13
Join us for Stranger Danger Awareness Training on Saturday March 30 from 1:30-2:15 (ages 4 and up).
 
Visit Tammy Town Safety, where kids will practice scenarios to learn how to stay safe in the community, at home, and going to and from school.
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 02/21/13
You may have heard that the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has an attractive new section called The Marketplace. Interesting subjects from Travel to Politics are arranged in a convenient, engaging way - face out. You don't need to look for the Dewey number to find your way. One day when you are dropping by Kids' World turn left by the new cafe. Walk towards the back and you'll see the Parenting section. Everything is there for every stage - newborn to the teen years. Here's a brief sampling. Come and visit. Let us know what you think!
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Posted by Ms. L on 02/12/13
Getting ready to read involves many skills.  One of the skills is naming letters.  There are lots of fun ways to help children learn letter names and their shapes.  Many of these activities can be done throughout your day;
 
Point out shapes of toys and other objects and talk about how they are alike and different.  Comparing and contrasting shapes helps children notice the differences between letter shapes.
 
Help your child notice environmental print such as names on food cartons, or words on road signs. 
 
Talk about letters that are most interesting to your child, like the beginning letter of his or her first name.  Help your child find that letter throughout the day. 
 
Use alphabet books.  Point to pictures and talk about letter names with your child. 
 
Write letters in shaving cream on the shower wall, or help your child point to letters on a keyboard. 
 
Most importantly, learning about letters should be fun!  Children learn best through play. 
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 01/28/13
Today was a big day in libraries. The prestigious Youth Media Award Winners were announced this morning. The Newbery winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.and This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. Earlier in the month Kids' World staff held our own Mock Newbery/Caldecott contest. The 2 books we chose as winners were Wonder by R.J. Palacio for the Newbery and Oh No! by Candace Fleming for the Randolph Caldecott Medal. Both of the actual winners came in second for our mock vote. The important thing is not the ranking - it's that we all care about quality literature for our kids - you as parents and teachers and we as librarians. Here's a list of the other medals and winners presented today. We'd love to hear what you think!
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 01/15/13
Are you having a hard time getting your child to read after the holidays? All they want to do is play with their LEGOs? The library has fascinating books about these creative, wonderful toys. Check these out - Amazing LEGO Books - They may just get your child reading!
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Posted by Ms. L on 01/15/13
It’s not too early to start looking for the right preschool or child care for your child.  Join us at Preschool Information Night on Wednesday, January 16 from 7:00-8:30 PM.  This is a great opportunity to meet teachers and providers from over 30 local programs. (Hendrickson Room, Open House)
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