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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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From the Children’s Room — August 2021

Summer is winding down and the start of the school year is just over the horizon! Here in the Children’s Room, we’ve got plenty of books for your little ones who are either going back to school or getting ready for their first time. Stop by the Children’s Room, give us a call, or email children@galesburglibrary.org and we can get you set up with books to address common worries and anxieties!

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BIGFOOT by Samantha Berger
Bigfoot has some big problems. It’s hard to find back to school clothes. And shoes. And getting a haircut takes forever. He starts…

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From the Children’s Room — July 2021

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… books! With the summer sun blazing down, nothing beats the heat like a sugary treat or a splash in a pool! Enjoy these ten tasty and refreshing reads to cool off! All titles are available for checkout at the library — give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie

In this humorous picture book, animals visit Sam’s Ice Cream Shop to be served up some tasty treats like blue cheese sundaes and squirmy wormy cones.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiryeh

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