Six weeks into summer reading: ‘Kids are blowing us away’

By Children’s Librarians Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove  5,100 challenges completed. 2,000 books read, in 285,000 minutes. 975 readers. 11,000 beads earned. AND COUNTING! Six weeks into our new virtual summer reading program, kids are blowing us away with their enthusiasm and determination. Adults know that kids who read at least 20 minutes a day … Read more

Now virtual: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Selassie and family complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Pictured above: 1,000 Books graduate Selassie and his parents celebrate completing the program last year.Get reading tips from the parents of recent graduates » Now you can sign up and track your reading with Beanstack—from anywhere, at anytime—for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the library’s long-term, ongoing reading program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. What is … Read more

Our favorite resources for digital picture books

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Searching for good picture books online to reach kids summer reading and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals? Here are some of our favorite digital resources! Your digital library Babybug & Cricket on Flipster: Find stories just for kids in two award-winning magazines. Hoopla: Easy to navigate and use, the app offers educational and fun options for … Read more

Imagine Your Story this summer

By Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove, Children’s Librarians Can you imagine a year without your library’s summer reading program? Neither can we! That’s why we’ve put together a safe, convenient, and fun new way to participate in our classic program online, starting June 1. This summer’s virtual version is super flexible, makes it easy to … Read more

Three great ways to keep finding new stories

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While the statewide stay-at-home order remains in place and library buildings are closed, you and your kids can still find new stories to explore together from your digital library. Need instant access? Get a digital-only account » Have a question? Call 708.383.8200 or ask via oppl.org/contact. 1. Unlimited access through TumbleBookLibrary This digital collection of animated, talking picture books … Read more

Early learning tips for kids, infants, April 2020

Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Hello, Early Bird Readers! Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share some favorite tunes and songs. Can you sing your ABCs to new and different tunes? It’s really hard, but helps kids master their letters. Let us know what songs you’ve used successfully! See Melissa Z-D’s handout (PDF) » Watch Touch the Brightest Star on YouTube … Read more

Elearning resources for parents & teachers

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Here’s a list of a wide range of resources for parents and teachers, many who are helping young kids with elearning during this time. Thanks to Niles-Maine District Library‘s Preschool and Daycare Liaison April Lee for compiling this list! Kodo Kids: Ten free online workshops (2-3 hours each) on topics such as: Infant Toddler Engineering, … Read more

Early learning tips for kids, infants, December 2019

Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Hello, Early Bird Readers! Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share some favorite ways to share sounds with books and songs, and inspire conversations about navigating hard transitions, too. About Early Bird Readers Early Bird Readers is a digital early learning program to support parents, caregivers, and teachers. It is based on the Very Ready Reading … Read more

Let’s celebrate! 1,000 Books turns 2

Emilia and Camila, ages 6 and 4, finished our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in November. This November, our early literacy program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten turns 2. And to celebrate these not-at-all-terrible twos, we’re highlighting a few graduates of the long-term program.  To help prepare our community’s babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to arrive at … Read more

Early learning tips for kids, infants, September 2019

Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Hello, Early Bird Readers! Miss Shelley and Miss Jenny share ways to use rhymes, rhythm, and music to help kids connect to their needs and self regulate. About Early Bird Readers Early Bird Readers is a digital early learning program to support parents, caregivers, and teachers. It is based on the Very Ready Reading Program … Read more

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