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Sensory Sensitive? Sensory Storytime!

Sing a song

Storytimes at Des Plaines Public Library are full of fun and learning. We include stories, songs, dancing, rhymes, bubbles, and sometimes a craft or activity!

But what happens if your little one finds storytime over stimulating or has trouble sitting still because of sensory sensitivities or other special needs?

While children of all abilities are invited to participate in their age-appropriate storytime, we know that it can be a bit overwhelming for some families.

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Kids & Parents

Design your Fun: One more Time

Summer always seems to go by faster as the years go by. It feels as if the Youth Services Staff was just preparing for the Summer Reading Club.

With about one week left of the program, we have about 1800 participants from birth to 6th grade in our Summer Reading Program. We may even be having more last minute registrants as you are reading this.

As we started to get used to the fun, crazy, summer madness here at the library, it’s time to go back to normal work mode for both kids, parents, and librarians. According to the calendar, summer is still on the road, but for students in the Des Plaines area, it will soon be time to head back to school. Going back to school can be very exciting. It means new teachers, new friends, and more purchases of supplies your child will not need.

To celebrate this bittersweet moment, the Des Plaines Library invites you to celebrate one last time at our Back to School Bash on Friday, August 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. outside on the library plaza. 

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Expecting? Keep Calm and Carry On…to the Library!

The exciting news keeps coming and and I'm keeping a tally by marking the 6th baby due date in my calendar (and secretly admit being glad I am not expecting this time!).

With the announcment and hugs comes the real conversation about worries, concerns and even baby names!

As a veteran mom I am glad to guide new parents through information overload and overwhelming checklists (similiar to my usual library role!).

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Stopping Summer Slide

Kids of all ages, from elementary through high school, can be affected by summer slide.

What's summer slide? Summer slide is the term used to describe what can happen to kids during the summer. During the school year, kids are reading more and exposed to all kinds of educational activites.

During the summer, they can lose up to three months of the knowledge and skills they've gained during the school year.

Scary, right? Don't worry, there are some easy (and fun!) activities and projects you can do with your kids. They'll be having so much fun they won't even realize they're learning! 

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