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Kids & Parents

How Do You Measure Up? Measuring by Animal

Animals provide lots of fun discussions about sounds and colors, but height is another way to look at animals too. 

This month at the Des Plaines Public Library, we are exploring the idea of measurement using animals.  Come check out our alcove area on the second floor, where we invite kids to mark how tall they are and compare their heights to actual sizes of animals and other kids. 

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Discover DPPL’s New Collection of Circulating STEM Kits for Families

In 2016, the Youth Services Department received a grant from IEEE, Chicago Section to create a new collection of circulating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) materials.

We are excited to announce our new Discovery Kits are now available to DPPL cardholders!

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When Inside and Outside Don’t Match

Have you ever looked in the mirror and been startled by what you see?

If you’re of a certain age (and I certainly am) then you’ve probably experienced the sensation of feeling 18 on the inside when you’re most assuredly not on the outside.

For others, it might be an issue of being slender but feeling fat.

But age and body image aren’t the most challenging instances of outward appearance not matching internal self-image.

Someone who is transgender or gender fluid  can experience this disconnect every day. 

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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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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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