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


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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
J FICTION LEWIS

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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This Week’s Special Programs 04/17 – 04/23

Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 17th through Saturday, April 23rd for the following special programs.whiteshirt

Tuesday, April 19th, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Crafternoon
Design your own t-shirt at this fun after school crafting program for elementary schoolers. For kids in grades K-4. No registration required.

 

Saturday, April 23rd, 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; register online or at the library.

IMG_3041Saturday, April 23rd, 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; register online or at the library.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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National Library Week

Come to RFPL to celebrate National Library Week. This year the theme of National Library Week is “Libraries Transform.”

As libraries themselves begin to transform, don’t forget about some innovative services that we offer, all you’ll need is your RFPL library card!

hoopla-Icon-HiRes-e1424122578485 (1)Hoopla – Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more 24/7 with your RFPL library card!  Download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your Android or IOS device or watch through your computer browser to begin enjoying thousands of titles.

 

tumblebooks-e1342144187677TumbleBooks! – Available from home any time and featuring stories, games, puzzles, and even language learning, Tumblebooks is a great alternative to computer games for young children, and has books for kids through 6th grade in an electronic format- many including audio and video.

flipster_icon_round-150x150Flipster – Use to read the latest issues of dozens of popular magazines curled up with your mobile device or on your computer.   Check out The Atlantic, Cooking Light, Forbes, People, Real Simple, Week and many more!  All you need is your RFPL card! It’s fast, free, and easy.

 

You can check out our full list of Online Resources on our website.


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This Week’s Special Programs 04/10 – 04/16

Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 10th through Saturday, April 16th for the following special programs.

Friday, April 15th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Stuffed Animal Sleepover and 
Saturday, April 16th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Stuffed Animal Wake Up
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Arrive at 6 PM for a bedtime story with your stuffed pal. Leave your stuffed animal 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. Advanced registration required. For ages 2-8. Registration required; register online or at the library.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


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DIY @ Home: Rainbow Collage

Although the weather outside may seem uncertain, try this Rainbow Collage activity that will help you talk about colors and sorting, as well as brighten up a gloomy day. Rainbow-collage-for-kids

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Poster paint
  • Big paint brush
  • 7 bins/buckets/yogurt cups
  • Glue
  • Smaller bright colored stuff from around the house/leftover craft supplies

How-to:

  1. Paint a giant rainbow on a piece of cardboard or poster.
  2. Look around the house or leftover craft supplies for miscellaneous items.
  3. Separate items into different cups by color – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
  4. Glue the items on to the corresponding color of your rainbow.

You can find this craft and more on The Imagination Tree website.

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