My Hero by Miss Kathy

I have always thought of my son as a hero. As a grade school student he had a very difficult time learning to read. After being diagnosed with dyslexia , he knew there was a reason it was hard, but knowing why didn’t make it easier. He loved books and listened to them on CD’s all the time.   As he got older he didn’t want to let a little problem keep him from doing what he loved, so
he practiced and practiced and practiced some more.
Although homework was hard and he wasn’t required to do as much as everyone else, he still did because he wanted to make sure he didn’t miss out on any learning. He knew he could be as smart as anyone, it was just going to take a lot more effort.

Eventually all of that hard work paid off and he graduated from high school and wondered if he could make it in college or if it just wouldn’t work.


So, with some trepidation, he left for college, played hockey, got a Bachelor’s Degree in three-and-a-half years , and after two years of searching for his dream job, he achieved his life long dream of becoming a Police Officer.

Now he isn’t just my Hero, but he can be everyone’s hero…..

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Miss Kathy

Quick Pick: Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer was an extremely popular book the year it was published– and not just locally.  The cover of the book is almost hidden behind all the award stickers:

One Crazy Summer

If you were a fan of the first book, you might like to know that there are now two sequels: P.S. Be Eleven and the new Gone Crazy in Alabama.  The three books were recently featured in the Big Picture article in The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.  The library also owns all three titles as Playaway audiobooks.

Family Movie this Saturday

Join us for a free family movie on Saturday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m.  This new animated movie came out in theaters in January and was just released on DVD.  It’s full of fairies and other magical creatures and was inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  It also features a classic pop music soundtrack.  Please call (630) 685-4181 for the title.

This program is a drop-in (you do not need to register) and is open to all ages (but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult).

Last minute addition to Wednesday’s Lincoln programs for kids and families

Civil War reenactors

This just in!  In addition to the activities already scheduled for this Wednesday evening, children will also have the opportunity to meet and talk to 3 Civil War reenactors between 6:30 and 7:45.  Did you ever want to get a close look at a Union soldier’s uniform or ask about soldiers’ everyday lives?  This is your chance!

The evening will also feature a hands-on exhibit of Civil War artifacts, actors portraying President and Mrs. Lincoln, and a Little Lincoln and Little Mary Todd Look-Alike Contest.  All programs are free and open to all ages, and are drop-in except for the Look-Alike Contest (children can register ahead of time or that evening).

The special exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War will be up until late June, but these programs for children and families are one night only.  Don’t miss it!  Please join us Wednesday, May 20, starting at 6:00 p.m.

New Buddhist materials for children

I have been a big fan of Studio Ghibli movies since I first watched My Neighbor Totoro in college.  Coming from Japan, some of the movies contain elements of Japan’s two largest religions, Buddhism and Shinto.  When I checked out the most recent release,  The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, I was surprised to see an animated scene that looked very much like a type of painting I had studied in a class on Asian art.  You can read about these images, called raigo, on the website for the Kyoto National Museum.

I have noticed lately that it is easier to find Buddhist stories for children than it used to be.  April and May is when one of the major Buddhist holidays (known variously as Vesākha or Vesak or Wesak, or sometimes Buddha Day) is celebrated, so it seemed like a good time to share some of the newest titles in the library collection:

Anh's Anger
Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver (Plum Blossom Books)
When Anh becomes angry and says hurtful things, his grandfather tells him to go to his room and sit with his anger, which allows Anh to feel better.

Fly Free
Fly Free by Roseanne Thong
When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her. Includes author’s note explaining the Buddhist concepts of karma and samsara, or the wheel of life.

Zen and Bodhi's Snowy Day
Zen and Bodhi’s Snowy Day by Gina Bates Brown (Wisdom Publications)
On a snowy day, two koala bears sniff, taste, hear, feel, and see, exploring their senses and the world around them.

Visit our Lincoln Exhibit Family Night on Wednesday, May 20!

The library’s exciting new exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, has arrived!  Introduce your children to the legacy of Lincoln with our exhibit’s Family Night on Wednesday, May 20 beginning at 6 p.m.  You will not want to miss a fantastic evening of educational family fun!

overeemFrom 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., you’re invited to examine real items Civil War artifacts from David Overeem’s Traveling Civil War Collection. This is a great opportunity to introduce elementary school students and their siblings to the everyday items of the Civil War era, as well as select items used by soldiers on the battlefield.  Try writing with a quill pen, and learn what it takes to fire a cannon!  Coloring and activity sheets will be near the exhibit to take home.

maxanddonna2At 7 p.m., you will meet President and Mrs. Lincoln during a very special family program at the library! Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will talk about growing up near the frontier, the importance of getting a good education, and never giving up on oneself. This program is perfect for elementary aged children, and will be an enjoyable evening for everyone.  Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will also judge the Little Lincoln and Little Mary Todd Look Alike Contest at 8 pm.

Students from preschool through 5th grade are invited to dress up like Abraham or Mary Todd Lincoln during our Family Night programming.  Children can enter the contest by coming dressed as Mr. or Mrs. Lincoln on May 20. Contestants can preregister online or on the day of the program outside Meeting Room A.   Awards will be given in three age groups: preschool, K-3 and 3-5.

For more information, contact the Children’s Services Department at (630) 685-4181.

Should you come? Goodness, yes!

Join us for Pete the Cat Day on Saturday, May 16!

Come enjoy some stories featuring Pete the Cat!
11:00-11:30 a.m.

Make a wristband with some groovy buttons!
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Coloring Pages
10:00-4:00 p.m.

All three activities are for all ages, but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.  All three programs are drop in, so you don’t need to register ahead of time!