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Best Books of 2021 — Children’s

With 2021 behind us, it’s time to highlight what we — and various other online outlets — consider the Best Books of 2021. Below we’ve featured our favorite children’s books from the year, and you can find the Adult list (including Honorable Mentions) on our Readers Advisory page. See something that sounds good? Visit the catalog to put one on hold today!

Read something in 2021 that you loved? Let us know the best book YOU read this year, and be entered to win one of several gift baskets — for adults, teens, & children — that we’ll be giving away in February. Let us know your favorite by email, on our Facebook post, or by turning in an entry slip.

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New Children’s Books — December 2021

Are your kiddos looking for something to read this holiday season? Here are seven recent titles currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS STORE by Maudie Powell-Tuck
Celebrate the joy of love, family, and the magic of Christmas with this touching story about the most important gifts that money can’t buy.

Christmas for Benji this year has lost its magic. He desperately wants to feel the joy of this special season, but his family has very little. He is out walking in…

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New DVDs — November 2021

Looking for something new to watch? Here are eight recently released movies and tv shows currently available at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

FLAG DAY
A father lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter. Starring Sean Penn and Dylan Penn, directed by Sean Penn…

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New Children’s Books — November 2021

Are your kiddos looking for something new to read? Here are five recent titles currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

WILLODEEN by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso
The earth is old and we are not, and that is all you must remember . . .

Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favorites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as “screechers.” The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes the animals serve a vital role in the complicated web of nature…

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From Technical Services — November 2021

The Technical Services Department acquires, catalogs and processes library materials including books, dvds and even toys and puzzles. This process involves 1) providing a record in the library’s online catalog so the item can be searched and identified and 2) creating a call number and label so the item can be physically shelved in an organized manner for easy access.

Did you know there are puzzles, dolls and even cake pans available to check out with a library card? Peruse the Library of Things – there’s something for everyone!

Children’s Kits for at-home learning
These kits feature a variety of books, games, activities and more on particular topics and…

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From the Children’s Room — November 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. Galesburg Public Library is celebrating by featuring displays of books in both the adult section and here in the Children’s Room. Below, you’ll find some of our favorite children’s books by Indigenous authors and illustrators, including a brand new collection of spooky stories.

We’ve got lots more to recommend, so be sure to ask a librarian for suggestions! Did you know that you can also access our dozens of genre lists online? Just head over to our Readers Advisory page! There you can find our “Native Stories by Native Writers” and “Native American Voices, Native American Lives” lists, among many others…

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New Children’s Books — October 2021

Are your kiddos looking for something new to read? Here are six recent titles currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

GANESHA’S SWEET TOOTH by Sanjay Patel
The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling (with a twist) of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical…

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From the Children’s Room — October 2021

We’re well into Spooky Season here at the Children’s Room! The leaves are changing color and Halloween books are on display. You can also find books that have crawled up from the depths of the Bottom Shelves, as well as a display of books on Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and other cryptozoological creatures.

On October 28, kids of all ages, along with their caretakers, are invited to join us for our Make a Monster! program. You’ll get to craft your own fabulous mixed-up monster, and learn about the science and history behind some famous “real-life” monsters, like these:

Frankenstein’s Monster…

Children's, From the Children's Room

New Children’s Books — September 2021

Are your kiddos looking for something new to read? Here are six recent titles currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

BEAR IS A BEAR by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Dan Santat
A story about a little girl and her childhood friend, Bear. Bear is… a new friend, a fellow mischief-maker, a protector, and a dreamer.

Through all the many ups and downs of a little girl’s childhood, Bear is there to provide love and support. Until it is time to say goodbye… and hello again.

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From the Children’s Room — September 2021

From September 1-30, visitors to Galesburg Public Library may visit the Eila Hiler Room (otherwise known as “the storytime room”) to experience Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature. This traveling panel art exhibit, the first major museum exhibition of its kind, takes visitors through a chronological journey of Black history, displaying illustrations from over 90 children’s books that are centered on everything from slavery to the Civil Rights era to modern life.

The Miami University Art Museum curated the original exhibit in 2018. Thanks to a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland, OH, the Miami University Art Museum offers this traveling version to share with schools, public libraries and other educational institutions.

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