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


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This Week’s Special Programs 05/22 – 05/28

Join us this coming week of Sunday, May 22nd through Saturday, May 28th for the following special
programs.

Bitmap in Parachute play 5.16Thursday, May 26th, 10:00 am 10:30 am – Parachute Play
Join us for fun with parachutes! Bounce, wiggle, and have fun as you play with our favorite prop. Ages 2-5 with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, May 28th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – DIY Vacation Activities
Going on a long car, plane, or train trip this summer? Stop by the Children’s Room to assemble some great DIY activities that you can take with you on your journeys. For children of all ages with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, May 28th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  LEGO ClubIMG_3041
LEGO fans are invited to register each month and join us for LEGO Club. Participants will be given a new LEGO building challenge each time we meet. LEGO bricks will be provided. For kids in Grades K-4. Registration required; register online or at the library.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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This Week’s Special Programs 05/15 – 05/21

 

Join us this coming week of Sunday, May 15th through Saturday, May 21st for the following special programs.

Monday, May 16th, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Steve and Kate’s Camp: Stop Motion AnimationBitmap in Stop Motion Animation 5.16
Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Grades K-7. Registration required; register online or at the library.

Monday, May 16th, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Steve and Kate’s Camp: Stop Motion Animation
Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Grades K-7. Registration required; register online or at the library.

Tuesday, May 17th, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Crafternoon
Make your own dreamcatchers at this fun after school crafting program for elementary schoolers. Grades K-4. No registration required.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!


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This Week’s Special Programs 05/08 – 05/14

Although there are no special programs this week, don’t forget about our regular story times. Join us this coming week of Sunday, May 8th through Saturday, May 14th for the following story times.

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Monday, May 9th, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – PJ Story Time
Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to our special evening story time program! Ages 2-7 years with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Tuesday, May 10th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Mother Goose Café
Join us for coffee, stories, and play. Stories begin at 10:20 AM. For kids birth-18 months with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Thursday, May 12th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am – Toddler Time
Join us for stories, music, and movement. For kids 18 months-3 years with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

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Friday, May 13th, 9:30 am – 10:00 am – Family Story Time @ Whole Foods Market
Story time for kids ages birth-6 with a parent/caregiver.**Note: program is held at Whole Foods Market River Forest, 7245 Lake Street, River Forest, IL 60305, 708-366-1045.** No registration required.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Early Literacy Tip of the Month – May

Why?????

Toddlers are notorious for continually asking the question, “Why?”  Their innate curiosity and their blossoming cognitive skills lead them to question and to seek information.   This is an important behavior that helps build concepts, vocabulary, and understanding of the unknown.   Help channel their need to know “why” so that you foster learning in a positive way:

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*Encourage questions and be patient

*Offer immediate and direct answers

*Go deeper by selecting books that explore topics of interest

*Ask lots of “why” questions yourself


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This Week’s Special Programs 05/01 – 05/07

Join us this coming week of Sunday, May 1st through Saturday, May 7th for the following special programs.

Monday, May 2nd, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Steve and Kate’s Camp: Stop Motion AnimationBitmap in Stop Motion Animation 5.16
Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Grades K-7. Registration required; register online or at the library.

Monday, May 2nd, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Steve and Kate’s Camp: Stop Motion Animation
Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Grades K-7. Registration required; register online or at the library.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Staff Book Reviews! – Fiction Classics

The Children’s Room staff has read and reviewed Classic Fiction books that have captured the hearts and imaginations of multiple generations. You can see all of the reviews on the Staff Book Review page!

Here is Miss Melissa’s review of the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis:

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Chronicles of Narnia (series)
By C. S. Lewis
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S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series is the reason I am a lifelong lover of fantasy books. This beloved series is perfect for young fantasy readers who are just getting comfortable reading full-length chapter books. Though the prequel The Magician’s Nephew is often listed as the first book in the series, most fans agree that the best place to start is with The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe,which tells the story of siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie after they are sent to live with a peculiar professor at his country estate during WWII. While investigating the professor’s home, youngest sister Lucy finds a magical wardrobe that transports her to Narnia; a magical realm that’s been struck with an evil witch’s curse. Together the Pevensie children befriend talking animals, mythical creatures, and a great lion named Aslan as they work to break the witch’s curse and bring peace to Narnia. Subsequent books in the series follow the Pevensie children and their friends as they return to Narnia for more adventures.

 

 

The Staff Book Review page is updated every month with new reviews, but don’t worry if you want to see past reviews they are also available there.

Check back for the May reviews of Fairy Tale and Folk Tale books!


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This Week’s Special Programs 04/24 – 04/30

Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 24th through Saturday, April 30th for the following special programs.

Miss Spider Acme BagThursday, April 28th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Toddler 1 – 2 – 3!
Let’s count! Listen to a story and then practice your 1-2-3’s with simple number and matching activities. For ages 2-3 with Caregiver. No registration required.

Friday, April 29th – Library Closed

Saturday, April 30th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Ooh la la! Join us for an elegant affair as we do crafts, play games, and read stories based on the popular Fancy Nancy series. Light refreshments (that’s a fancy word for snacks) will be served. Advanced registration required. For ages 3-8. Registration required; register online or at the library.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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