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Posted by Kidbrarian on 05/03/12
Are you interested in learning about homeschooling your children? On Tuesday, May 15, we will be hosting an Open House for parents and children who want to find out more about homeschooling. You will have a chance to network with other families and examine the materials the library has to offer. Children are welcome to attend
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 04/19/12
In our busy lives sometimes it's easy to forget about the fun, enriching things. Enewsletters are a great way to remind yourself about upcoming library programs for children or even new chapter books that have just been purchased by the library. If you have a young child you may be interested in literacy tips and new picture books. The library has over 30 eNewsletters for all ages and interests that appear in your e-mail as a gentle reminder to sign your child up for that program or  grab a good book for your child - or yourself. Just sign up for any that interest you. To see a list of all that is offered click here and enjoy!
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Posted by Ms. L on 04/11/12
Can’t seem to pull your kids away from all those screens? Are they glued to the TV, a laptop, their favorite video game? Try turning the gadgets off and getting your kids tuned-in to the outdoors instead. Use A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play for inspiration. This book of poetry celebrates classic childhood activities such as playing in the sprinkler, riding a skateboard, and running races across the yard.  Remember when?
 
Skateboard races,
pigeon chases,
running bases.
Backyard dashes,
racecar crashes,
puddle splashes.
Everything’s a blast
when you do it really fast!

 
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 04/04/12
As a kid, I often heard these words from my mom. Now that spring has arrived, we have the perfect books filled with ideas for your children when these words cross your lips. Whether its an old standard or a new-to-you activity, these books explain the games in a simple and straightforward ,manner. So, get the iced tea and lemonade ready. It's time for an outdoor get-together.
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Posted by Mizz J on 03/21/12
Hi Parents,
Your youngster will soon be able to sign-up for this popular summer program.  Just a reminder that students must be completing grades 6, 7, or 8 to participate as a Junior Library Volunteer this summer.  This is a dynamic program where the volunteers help to run the summer reading program and assist the library behind-the-scenes. Pick up an application at the Kids' World Desk or download it at www.ahml.info/kids. 
Registration deadline is May 14 at 10PM.  All completed applications must be returned to Kids' World.
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Posted by Ms. L on 03/14/12
I was in line a few weeks ago and observed a mother keeping her young daughter entertained as they waited by singing Jim Gill songs. The little girl danced along, doing all the actions the lyrics called for. It reminded me to check out his latest CD, Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes. My favorite songs on the CD are “It Takes Some Friends” and “Bananas.” Chicago Parent gave the CD a rave review but WXRT perhaps put it best when they said simply, “No one does it better than Jim Gill.”
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 02/29/12
In our hectic day to day lives, help is always appreciated, especially when it comes to our childrens' homework. On Thursday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. come to the library for a special program demonstrating how the library can assist your child with their homework using our online resources.This will be a hands-on experience with useful handouts. Students in grades 4-8 are welcome to attend as well.Please call the Kids' World Desk at 847-506-2620 to register
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Posted by Mizz J on 02/22/12
Years ago someone told me that one of the greatest things parents can do for their children is to raise them to be polite. He reasoned that in so doing, adults (other than their parents) would want to help them along in life.  I thought that was quite insightful. "Please" and "Thank you" go a long way to endearing a youngster to other adult "helpers." Toward that end, here is a list of materials you might find useful. Good luck, Mom and Dad!
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Posted by Ms. L on 02/08/12
Here’s an app that will keep your child entertained, and it’s free! Check out this link to Talking Tom Cat brought to you by iTunes! He responds to touch and repeats everything your child says in a funny voice. Besides being hilarious, this app has educational benefits as well, especially for children with special needs. If your child is reluctant to talk, this app can help develop language skills by encouraging your child to speak more.
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 02/03/12
One of the simple joys of childhood is creating your own pictures.With the IPad app DoodleCast, a child can make a picture, narrate the story and upload it all on YouTube using just one finger.This app was recognized by the 2012 Kids At Play Interactive (KAPi) jurors as the best app for younger children.

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