Reads, recommendations and updates from the River Forest Public Library Children's Room Staff.

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Celebrate Summer Reading Success!

THURS., 7/31, 6:30PM – ALL AGES

Join us in our front garden as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a live concert! Jeanie B!’s upbeat shows are jammed-packed with dancing, sing-a-longs, and rockin’ music that kids and parents both love. This is an all ages, family-friendly, musical event you won’t want to miss.

Music with Jeanie B 7

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Early Literacy Tip of the Month–Parents Read for Pleasure


As the dog dreading-hammock-largeays of summer approach, there is nothing quite as relaxing as lounging in a hammock or beach chair reading a good book!  Parents of young children, however, often wait do to their own reading at night after the kids are tucked in or they have difficulty finding any time to read.  Make your own reading part of the day and you will be modeling a valuable lifelong habit for your children.  Show them that reading is not just work or school-related, but is a pleasurable part of every day for everybody in the home.

Next time you visit the library with your children, take them upstairs to browse the adult collection and check out your own wonderful, engaging books.  If you are looking for some reading suggestions, take a look at RFPL Reads http://rfplreads.wordpress.com/

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Summer Reading is Here!

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo Primary StackedThere is still time to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!

Our “Fizz, Boom, READ!” summer reading programs include babies through children entering 5th grade. Kids who sign up and read (or are read to ) will earn new books to take home and the chance to win other great prizes. We’ll also have weekly programs for kids of all ages including art and science activities and story times.

Stop by the Library to sign up!

Summer Reading runs through July 31.

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Early Literacy Tip of the Month– Look at Your Photo Albums Together


ImageReading with your young child is the single most important activity you can do to promote literacy. One important book to incorporate in your reading time is your own family photo albums or scrapbooks. While these may not contain any words, they do contain stories of your family. As you look through the photos with your child point out the different people pictured and tell the story of what happened using a beginning, middle, and end. This will help build narrative skills which are the backbone of reading comprehension in later years. In addition, encourage your child to tell their own story for their favorite photos, by asking simple questions like, “Who is sitting next to daddy?” and “What happened after our puppy chewed the shoe?” You will be amazed at the recall and the creativity of your child as you take a trip down memory lane.

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DIY @ Home: Recycled Planters

Spring is in the air! To get into the swing of spring turn your recyclables into flower/herbs planters! Almost anything around your house can be re-purposed for planting greenery and flowers. Take a look at these pictures of recycled planters for some inspiration. The best materials for recycled planters are things that were meant to hold liquid, ex. soda bottles, milk/juice cartons, etc.

Materials (all optional depending on your idea)

Scissors, liquid-tight container, paint & brush, plants or seeds & potting soil, your imagination!


  1. Whatever container you choose to utilize for your project you will probably need to cut the container. Use scissors (responsibly) to cut open the side of your carton, cut your bottle/carton in half, etc.
  2. Decorate the container with paint, stickers, decorative paper, etc. You may also leave it plain!
  3. Fill the container with potting soil. If you have painted your container wait until it is dry before this step.
  4. Plant your seedlings or seeds in your container and follow the instructions for care that came with your plants/seeds.
  5. Check out the website for the National Gardening Association for tips and tricks about caring for your new plant(s)! http://www.garden.org/plantguide/


recycle juice and milk containers             


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An Interview with Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

MercyWatsonCheck out this cool interview School Library Journal did with Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chis Van Dusen.  In August they will be returning to the world of Mercy Watson in the book Leroy Ninker Saddles Up.  Mercy Watson is a curious, and humorous pig who always gets in all kinds of trouble.  These chapter books are great for readers who are just moving on from picture books.  So watch out for this great new series coming into the library in late August!

Some other awesome tidbits from the interview:

  • Kate DiCamillo’s “official hobby” is laughing.
  • Chris had an interesting time creating Maybelline, the horse.  It can be very difficult to draw horses.
  • Chris keeps his illustrations fresh by varying the size of characters, different lighting, and new perspectives.
  • Kate really loves inventing new words like Bagumba! and Instinctuals.

The full interview can be found on the School Library Journal’s website.  And our Mercy Watson books are on the shelf or available as Ebooks! Catch up on them before the newest book by this Newberry Award Winning author comes out!



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