Kids & Parents

Instructions Not Needed: Encouraging Creativity in Children

I’ve always been a bit of a rule breaker (more about that here), and although I believe children need guidance and limits, my slightly rebellious spirit has definitely influenced my parenting style. 

I am the parent who, when a craft project is handed out at a library storytime, steps back and lets my child get to work (stepping in only when the entire contents of an Elmer’s Glue bottle is about to be spilled onto the floor).

Does this mean I have a collection of abstract, purple paper panda bears at home? Yes -- absolutely.

But I take a hands-off approach not only because it gives me a chance to take a few sips my tea (bonus!), but because I firmly believe encouraging creativity is incredibly important.

(I am not alone in this thought – more and more people, parents, and professionals agree).  

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Pint & Click Podcast 32 Now Available!

On this episode, Dave, Tony and Joel discuss two highly-acclaimed films released last year and now available on DVD at the Des Plaines Public Library: Get Out, a horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele and Moonlight, a drama written and directed by Barry Jenkins. Take a listen below:

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What I Did on Summer Vacation

This summer we went to Massachusetts for a week including a few days on Cape Cod and a few days in and around Boston.

It so happened that Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes was on my son’s summer reading list.

Johnny Tremain is a youth novel about a young man living in Boston before and during the Revolutionary War. He was an apprentice silversmith, had dealings with Paul Revere, and took part in many events that birthed our nation.

The CD audiobook was not available so we downloaded it through Hoopla.

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Hollywood’s Remakapalooza

As a young child I remember when the first Jurassic Park movie came out, and how I was wowed by its fantastic visual effects.

It wasn't until junior high when I read Michael Crichton's novel that I discovered just how vastly different the movie was from the book, a discovery I would later learn was true of most adaptations.

As time went on, I learned to appreciate some of these movies for what they were. My hope is the new Netflix version of Death Note will be no exception.​

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