Join Woodridge Neighborhood Library Staff and patrons for Thriller Practice every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 5 - Oct. 31 in preparation for our Thriller Night Halloween Celebration. This is your chance to learn the dance step-by-step if you don't know it already and to practice, practice, practice because onHalloween Night we will perform Thriller as a group. The Halloween Fun begins at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for an informal, indoor playdate! From 10 a.m. to noon, kids can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle around. We'll set out toys to develop motor skills and books to encourage early literacy. For ages birth to three with caregivers.
Get up and get moving at our Baby and Toddler Story Times. These 20-to-30-minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities that are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18 to 36 months and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children.
Get up and get moving at our Baby and Toddler Story Times. These 20-to-30-minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities, and are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18 to 36 months and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children.
Have you been trying to get your hands on Adobe design software without success? Now you can book sessions at the library!
Adobe offers intuitive, cutting edge tools for web based design. During your session, you’ll have access to a wide selection of creative graphic, video and photographic programs, including: Audition, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Spark, and more.
Come join us for creativity and conversation with our Adult Coloring class! Bring your own pages to color, freestyle or choose from a variety of patterns and pictures to color as only you can. A great way to relax, get the creative juices flowing, make new friends and explore your artistic side. Coloring sheets, colored pencils and crayons provided.
An evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. These 30-minute evening programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination, these programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.
Libraries can be interesting places. I know, because I work in one. Thankfully, however, they usually aren't as odd as the ones listed below.
I've always enjoyed the idea of libraries that have interesting little things tucked away, such as the archive at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, where the Ark of the Covenant is sent to disappear. Here are some of the more interesting libraries I've read about in fiction.
Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?
Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018.Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.
Young Adult Fiction With Time and Inter-Dimensional Travel
Some of the most thrilling books involve characters operating in multiple time periods to accomplish a personal goal or rectify a dire circumstance. Whether going backward in history, or forward in time, stories that use this literary device become exciting with each layer of anticipation. The following titles feature teens traveling through time or other dimensions to initiate a chain of compelling events.
Young Adult Books with Characters Making Important Decisions
What would you do?
The growth of a young person is often tested by the decisions they make. When the outcome of a choice could have long lasting effects, the question of "What Would You Do" becomes an interesting one. The following young adult books feature lead characters in decision making scenarios where the outcome greatly impacts their lives moving forward.
Teen and Young Adult books with Controversial Themes
Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a very popular time for readers everywhere. As our society continues to wrestle with ideas concerning sexuality, violence, social issues, and language within literature, many authors will continue to challenge longstanding opinions about these topics. The following books have been challenged by schools, libraries, and media outlets, drawing controversial attention nationwide.
We all have one, and if we're lucky, we have many more. But birthdays seem particularly special for our youngest readers - a time when everything is new and everybody gets to eat cake. Waiting for that one day a year can seem like it takes forever, but a few books on the topic may get your little ones excited to celebrate or stop them from asking about their presents (at least for a few minutes).
We had awesome participation in our Summer Reading Program at the new Woodridge Library, our first one since opening our beautiful new building last fall.
Although hundreds of children completed the program and earned tickets to see the Washington Nationals, free books, and Chipotle meals, two lucky winners were the recipients of our special raffle prizes- a Kindle Fire and a set of Duplo blocks. Congrats to Eloise and Ethan for being such great readers this summer, and to all those who met their goals and had fun with us!
September is Happy Cat Month! Me-OW! If you know anything about librarians, you should know that we love cats! The picture books below were selected for their funny, adorable, and beautiful illustrations all about cats! Get ready to read by practicing your meows and purrs, and curl up like a cat with one or more of the following books!
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes