Kids World

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

Elvis and the Underdogs book cover; a large blue dog is behind a african american girl with a soccerball, a blonde boy with arms crossed, and a boy with black hair holding a laptop“Dr. Helen opened a box and pulled out a green helmet…”

Benji Wendell Barnsworth, who was born premature, is the smallest in his grade and constantly bullied. Prone to getting sick he also has a scary tendency of fainting without any warning. Benji feels hopeless when his doctor prescribes an embarrassing green helmet be worn at all times. The only other option is to adopt a dog trained for medical emergencies.

Benji’s therapy dog, Parker Elvis Pembroke IV (Elvis), is a two-hundred pound Newfoundland. If that weren’t crazy enough, Elvis can talk! Will Elvis give Benji the courage to stand up to his bullies and illness? Or will Benji get caught talking to his dog and be less popular than ever?

Elvis and the Underdogs is a hilarious read that is both sentimental and empowering. Through his relationship with Elvis, Benji learns to make new friends and take chances. The supporting characters provide many laughs in this fast paced story. Animal lovers will especially relate to this story.

Find Elvis and the Underdogs in the Library.

Jade, Kids World

As you head back to school

Don't forget to ask your teacher about how to join your school's Battle of the Books team.

Give yourself enough time to read as many of the books as possible. You don't have to wait until your team's first meeting to start reading the battle books. Remember, the more you read, the less you need to rely on others to earn those points for the Battle questions. Every point can make a big difference in your team's rankings.

We look forward to seeing you in the library!

New Storytime Schedule

Blue felt board with black behind it; On felt are colored letters spelling out "Storytime"; a book felt peice and a clock felt peice are above the letters; behing the felt board is 'Jack The Puppet" which consists of googly eyes in a fist with an orange and red striped shirtWe asked and you responded!

We would like to thank everyone in the community for their suggestions of better times and dates for storytime. Based on your survey responses, the storytime schedule has a complete new look.

The new storytime schedule goes into effect for the Fall/Winter session. Storytime will begin Monday September 9th and go through the month of November.

Make sure to take a good look before heading to the library for storytime as no class remained at the same time. Additional storytimes have been added to the schedule. We now offer 11 weekly storytime options. Some of the new changes include adding the highly requested afternoon storytimes for children three to five years old. Another change is that Polish storytimes have been moved to morning and afternoon time slots to hopefully fit better in the children's daily routine.  We also made family storytime, an all ages storytime, a part of the weekly schedule. Many thanks to all the families who made its trial phase this summer so much fun.

Perfecting the storytime schedule will take time, and we'd love to hear some feedback on these new changes. Please drop by the Kids Desk to let us know your thoughts. The new schedule will be reassessed based on your feedback before the Winter/Spring session starts in January. We appreciate your patience during this transition period.

You can check out the new storytime schedule online or by stopping by Kids World.

Thanks again for taking the time to complete the survey!

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El

Not Your Typical Dragon book cover with a green dragon in bottom left corner blowing bubbles that rise across the book cover"He could feel a tingling inside his tummy. But when he opened his mouth, fire did not come out."

What would a dragon do if he could not breathe fire? That is the dilemma Crispin Blaze finds himself in when he discovers on his 7th birthday that he cannot breathe fire! This is quite unheard of, and after several failed attempts to learn how to breathe fire, Crispin decides that it would best for everyone if he ran away. However, With the help of Sir George, a knight, Crispin discovers that maybe being different isn't so bad after all!

Funny and heartwarming, Crispin's story will make you laugh and appreciate everything that makes you unique.

Find Not Your Typical Dragon in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale

Stripes of all types book cover with black and white stripes framing a skunk walking across grass"Stripes found in water, twisting on sand and poised on a leaf."

Discover different types of animals that have stripes and the natural habitats in which they live. A butterfly, a zebra, a tiger and a snail are all animals that have a stripe or more on their body. Why do they have these stripes and how do they help them survive? With simple, colorful illustrations and a glossary in the back, learn about these exciting animals!

Find Stripes of All Kinds in the Library.

Bridget, Kids World

The Library Lock-in Program

All Lock-in attendees will be contacted by the end of today, Friday July 5th.

If you are one of the lucky ones attending, please remember to bring:

  • your socks!  This is important because you cannot go barefoot.
  • sleepwear consisting of a t-shirt top (no tank tops) and long pants. It gets cold in the library at night.
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • a 6 inch flashlight. We play flashlight games and you do not want to be left out.

If you have lost your list of items to bring that was attached to your permission form, you can pick up a copy at the Kids World desk.

Congratulations to everyone attending, and we will see you on Friday July 19th at 7pm.

2013-2014 Battle Books Have Been Chosen

The 2013-2014 Battle of the Books book list has been finalized! Updated lists and rules will soon be posted on the Battle webpage.

For now, you can get a head start on reading the Battle Books by popping into the Library. The Battle books are now on the Battle Shelf under the dragon mural. Simply look for books with yellow tape on the spine that reads, "Battle."

Happy Reading!

Cookbooks for Kids

Book Cover for 'Yummy Soup and Salad Recipes' by Jennifer S. Larson; has a bowl with strawberryLooking for something to do this summer now that school is out? Spend some time in the kitchen with a few of our kid-friendly cookbooks.

The cookbooks live in the nonfiction section at J 641.8 and are great to look over for something new and tasty to eat. Try out different recipes for desserts, sandwichs, soups, and snacks or even cook up a main course dish. There is even a guten free cookbook for those with special dietary concerns.

Find cookbooks for kids in the Library.

Celeste, Kids World

Part-time Princess by Sarah Underwood

Part-time princess book cover, has young blonde princess with blue dress riding a green dragon"During the day, I am a regular girl....But at night, after Mom kisses me and tucks me in, I become a princess."

After a day filled with spelling tests and following the rules, a young girl becomes a princess. While there is plenty of pink to go around, this is not your typical princess picture book. Filled with bravery, compassion, and a sense of adventure, the young princess faces various emergencies from fire-breathing dragons to trolls crashing the ball. It is "princess to the rescue!" This self-empowered young girl takes charge of each situation saving the kingdom, "as usual." Too bad it was all a dream, or was it?

A great book to share between mom and daughter as the young girl's mom makes a queenly appearance in most escapades. Recommended for princess fans ranging from PreK to first grade.

Find Part-time Princess in the Library.

Celeste, Kids World

Movie Monday: Wreck-it Ralph Additional Viewing

Movie cover for Wreck-it Ralph featuring a brawny Ralph in the center towering over additional arcade game charactersDue to the large number of registration requests for Movie Monday: Wreck-it Ralph, we will now be showing the movie twice.

On Monday, June 10th, those that registered first will be viewing Wreck-it Ralph at the original time of 2:00 pm.

The additional viewing of the movie will occur earlier at 10:00 am, and will be for those who submitted registration requests after the original time slot had been filled.

Email reminder notices will be sent out with the time of the movie your child has been registered for. You may contact the Kids World desk to verify your child's registration.

As with all programs, priority goes to Norridge and Harwood Heights cardholders. Only children who are registered have guaranteed seats. Seats are guaranteed until 10 minutes after the program has started. After that period, seats become available to anyone on a first come, first served basis.

If you have registered for the program and know you will be unable to attend, please contact the Kids World desk to cancel.

 

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