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New Children’s Books — June 2022

Looking for something to read while you enjoy the sunshine? Look no further for five new children’s titles for you and your kiddos. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold! JUNETEENTH: OUT DAY OF FREEDOM by Sharon Dennis Wyeth On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, a group of enslaved men, women, and children in Texas gathered. Order Number 3 was read, proclaiming that they were no longer enslaved–they were free. People danced, wept tears of joy, and began to plan their new lives. Juneteenth became an annual celebration that is observed by more and more Americans with parades, picnics, family gatherings, and reflection on the words of historical figures, to mark the day when freedom truly rang for all. Children’s, Early Reader THE NATIONAL PARKS: PRESERVING AMERICA’S WILD PLACES by Falynn Koch In Read more »

From the Children’s Room — June 2022

Galesburg Public Library’s Summer Reading program for all ages kicks off on Monday, June 6 and lasts for six weeks, ending on Friday, July 15. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” We’ve got programs, prizes, and more for everyone from babies to adults, and participants can choose to join in the fun virtually or in person (or both!).

Did you know that the Galesburg Public Library has a summer reading program for adults? We do! Get a free book just for signing up. You can participate by using a paper log or online. Complete the reading goals and receive a prize and raffle tickets to win gift baskets. Receive extra raffle tickets for attending adult programs.

Teens aged 13 through 18 (or those entering 8th grade and up) are also invited to participate in this year’s teen summer reading program! Get a free book just for signing up…

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From the Children’s Room — May 2022

So, let’s talk about the birds and the bees. And the butterflies. And the bats. And the…lemurs? It’s time to talk about pollinators!

These animals are incredibly important. By transferring pollen from one flower to another, they keep the natural world in good working order, and help us grow our crops. About every third bite of food we eat is thanks to pollinators. Plants that rely on insects and other animals include bat-pollinated agave (where tequila comes from), alfalfa (what cows eat), bananas, chocolate, grapes, pumpkins, tomatoes, vanilla, and so many more! Many of us are familiar with butterflies and European honey bees (who also provide us with honey and wax), but what about other bees?

North America has over 4,000 species of native bees! As a whole, they’re better…

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New Children’s Books — April 2022

Warmer days are ahead — looking for something to read while you enjoy the sunshine! Look no further for five new children’s titles for you and your kiddos. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS THE BEST! by Maggie Hutchings

From the author of the best-selling Mermaid! and Unicorn! and one of the world’s hottest new picture-book illustrators comes the story of a plucky young cockroach who gate-crashes a birthday party – with hilarious results. Funny, silly and surprisingly cute, Your Birthday Was the BEST! is the perfect blend of downright gross and delightfully entertaining…

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From the Children’s Room — April 2022

Spend your Spring Break at Galesburg Public Library!

Students in Galesburg School District 205 will be enjoying Spring Break the week of April 11-15. Looking for activities to fill up your kiddos’ days that won’t break the bank? Give one of these free library programs a try.

Maker Madness: Kids in grades K-6 are invited to drop in for free crafting time every weekday morning between 10:00 and noon during Galesburg D205’s Spring Break. Each day we’ll provide a different collection of arts and crafts supplies. Your only limit is your imagination! No registration required; just drop in and see where your creativity takes you…

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NEA Big Read 2022

This April, the Galesburg Public Library will host its 14th National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.

The Big Read annually provides support to selected libraries and nonprofits around the country to host community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read title. Organizations apply for funding through a grants program managed by Arts Midwest, and can receive a grant which ranges between $5,000 and $20,000. This year, the Galesburg Public Library was 1 of 61 organizations to be awarded a grant. Every year, the Galesburg Public Library gives out free copies of the Big Read title, as well as free copies of the teen and children’s tie-in titles, and hosts book discussions, cultural and musical events, and craft programs, all designed around the themes in the Big Read title…

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New Children’s Books — March 2022: Part 2

There were so many great new children’s titles this month we had to bring you a second batch of new releases. These new releases are available in the Children’s Room now! If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

PALETERO MAN by Lucky Diaz

What’s the best way to cool off on a hot summer day? Run quick! And find Paletero José! Ring! Ring! Ring! Can you hear his call? Paletas for one! Paletas for all!

Follow Paletero José’s call and rush along with our narrator as he passes through his vibrant…

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From the Children’s Room — March 2022

Spring is in sight, so that must mean it’s time for March Mammal Madness!

Inspired by (but not associated with) the college basketball tournament, MMM is a tournament of simulated combat encounters run by Dr. Katie Hinde at Arizona State University. Now in its tenth year, MMM is a fantastically fun learning opportunity, and is reaching almost half a million learners in classrooms and libraries across the country. Participants learn about zoology, ecology, and conservation, in addition to getting those sweet, sweet bragging rights if their contestant wins…

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New Children’s Books — March 2022

Welcome to March! It’s almost Spring, and we’ve got seven new titles currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library to celebrate. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

BRIGHT BROWN BABY: A TREASURY by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Cuddle up with your little one, read aloud, and REPEAT: This gorgeous picture book treasury is sure to become your favorite storytime anthem. Dive into these five beautiful poems that celebrate the tender, cozy, early days between parent and child, and the exuberant joy of watching a brand-new life take shape. Warm, winsome, and…

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From the Children’s Room — February 2022

February is Black History Month, and to celebrate we’re highlighting a little-known but fascinating true story in our Standish Park Storywalk.

Fearless Mary, written by Tami Charles and illustrated by Claire Almon, tells the story of Mary Fields, one of the unsung, trailblazing African American women who helped settle the American West. A former slave, Fields became the first African American woman stagecoach driver in 1895, when, in her 60s, she beat out all the cowboys applying for the job by being the fastest to hitch a team of six horses. She won the dangerous and challenging job, and for many years traveled the badlands with her pet eagle, protecting the mail from outlaws and wild animals, never losing a single horse or package. Fields…

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