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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 05/03 – 05/09

Although there are no special programs this week, don’t forget about our weekly story times. Join us this coming week of Sunday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 9th for the following story times.

IMG_2404Tuesday, May 5th, 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 7th, 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.

Friday, May 8th, 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

Make Animal Sounds

Children like animal sounds and it is fun to get children smiling by making silly sounds that don’t normally come out of adult mouths. The secret behind animal sounds is simple: most animal sounds are easy for kids to make. Combine that with the fact that children are often fascinated by animals and you’ve got a great way to help children produce some of their first words. These early verbalizations help children associate a simple sound with an actual object or picture. This success helps them make the jump to saying and reading ‘real’ words.  So don’t hold back:   quack, moo, and cockle-doodle doo!

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This Week’s Special Programs 04/26- 05/02

Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 26th through Saturday, May 2nd for the following special gif_coffee_muffinprograms.

 

Thursday, April 30th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Movers and Shakers
Join My Gym’s Miss Debbie at the Library for fun movement activities using puppets, bubbles, and more! For kids birth-6 years old with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Muffins for Moms
Bring mom to the Library for a fun breakfast tea party featuring spring crafts, games, stories, and more. Dads and other caregivers welcome. No registration required.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Happy Earth Day!

The first Earth Day was April 22nd 1970. It was organized to bring awareness to the destruction of our environment and the urgent need to protect it. earth-day-2015

Ideas for celebrating Earth Day:

  • Volunteer
  • Plant a native tree or native plants
  • Take a nature walk
  • Build a bird house or feeder

Ideas for celebrating our planet every day:

  • If able, walk or bike to near by locations instead of driving – it’s healthier and it’s more fun
  • Bring cloth reusable bags to the store
  • Turn off water when brushing your teeth
  • Don’t litter
  • Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Redesign – many people forget that the best way to help our planet is to create ways that will eliminate the need for pollution. Encourage your children to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) interests and they may be the ones to find the solutions to our environmental woes


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This Week’s Special Programs 04/19 – 04/25

Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 19th through Saturday, April 25st for the following special
programs.

Monday, April 20th, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – PJ Story Time
Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to our special evening story time program! For ages 2-7 years with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00 pm -4:30 pm or 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Stop Motion Animation Workshop
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! For Grades K-7.  Registration required, please register for only one of the sessions. To register for the 4:00 om session click here; to register for the 4:30 pm session click here.Sleepover1

Friday, April 24th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Stuffed Animal Sleepover and 
Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Stuffed Animal Wake Up
Arrive at 6 PM for a short bedtime story with your stuffed pal. Leave your pal for some overnight fun at the library. Come back for a light breakfast at 9 AM on Saturday to see what the stuffed animals were up to during their slumber party. For ages 2-6.  Registration required, to register click here.

IMG_2433Saturday, April 25th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – LEGO Club
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, to register click here.

IMG_2427Saturday, April 25th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – LEGO Club
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, to register click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Teen Summer Volunteers Needed!

Be Our Hero – Become a Summer Teen Volunteer at RFPL!

June 5th – July 31st

Do you love reading and visiting the Library? Come and volunteer during the Children’s Summer Reading Program! You can be a desk volunteer in the Children’s Room or you can help run fun programs.

Why volunteer?EveryHeroHasAStory-300x234

  • Gain experience for future jobs
  • Looks great on college applications
  • Give back to your community
  • Hang out with friends!

To volunteer you must:

  • Have a valid RFPL library card
  • Be entering grades 7-12 in the Fall
  • Participate in the RFPL Teen Summer Reading Program

Pick up your application at the Library or print one from our website by clicking here.

Applications due May 22

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