Families come in all shapes and sizes.
Whether a child has two parents that live together, lives with a grandparent, or lives with a single parent.
And families are not just about what a child born into, families are also created.
Through adoption, new unions, or adding friends to our crew.
As we get older, we also can become a part of different families.
Families may look different, but all have the same goal: to love and support one another.
At the library, we are all about celebrating families with Family Reading Night in November.
Family Reading Night November 21st is a chance to come together and have fun with books.
To get the celebration started, we are giving away Family Reading Night goodie bags at the library.
Starting on November 1st, we will have free Family Reading Night goodie bags available on the second floor.
Bags include a copy (to keep!) of The Family Book by Todd Parr to celebrate all the different families that make up Des Plaines. (while supplies last and one per family).
After grabbing your bag, feel free to hang out on the second floor and make a picture of your family for our display.
Then, on November 21st, open up the Family Reading Night goodie bag.
Read the book as a family, and have fun together working on the activities that come with it.
Be sure to let us know how you spent Family Reading Night by using the hashtag #dpplfamiliesread on any pictures you upload to social media.
We also will have more fun reads on display for Family Reading Night on the second floor.
So, you can checkout as many as you would like, and keep the reading going on the 21st!
Here will be some fun family stories that will be on display:
By Ame Dykman
One of my faves, and not just because Wolfie is a nickname of mine. I love the refrain (he's gonna eat us all up!) and how it teaches about tolerance.
By JaNay Brown-Wood
A great counting book (and one that goes up to 15--which is rare) about a big party running out of space.
By Linda Sue Park
A wonderful story (one of my faves for storytime) where a family comes together to cook and eat their favorite meal!
By Jim Averbeck
A fun story about a kid trying to convince her family that she needs a giraffe for a pet. As a very devoted auntie, I like how extended family is included in this story.
By Melanie Walsh.
Details the ordinary life of a child whose parents happen to be divorced.
By Arthur A. Levine
Takes a look at different families and how parents miss their kids when they are away. Families of color and gay families are highlighted.