November is Picture Book Month: A Celebration
Celebrate your love of picture books always, but especially during November by sharing your favorite book titles with us. Visit the ASK ME Desk for an introduction to You’ve Got to Read This! our book review database. Then write up your review on your favorite books. Everyone who submits a review will be entered into a drawing for an autographed picture book. Reviews will be accepted November 1–30. Details at the ASK ME Desk.
21st Family Read-Aloud Book Club
Register at the ASK ME Desk
The Family Read-Aloud Book Club encourages lifelong literacy and motivates families to share reading aloud as a daily tradition. Here’s how it works: record time spent as a family reading aloud and receive rewards. Rewards for families include books dedicated to the family, autographed children’s books, certificates to local businesses and canvas book bags. Receive your family book log and details at registration.
Thank you to the following local businesses who are supporting our Family Read-Aloud Book Club:
- Burger King
- Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream
- Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
- Norris Recreation Center
- Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store
Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library
Especially for Parents, Grandparents, Preschool Educators and Child Care Providers
Adults Only–Registration Required
Wednesday, December 4 • 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Reading is one of the most important gifts you can give your child. Learn what you can do at home to develop your child’s pre-reading skills. Get suggestions for age-appropriate books and resources, as well as easy ways to include these skills in your daily activities. In just 90 minutes, discover how to best use your time to read and interact with your child. Your workshop leaders have received training to help prepare your child to be ready to read. REGISTER
Adults living outside the Library District: Register at the ASK ME Desk for $5 per person beginning 11/20.
Numbers, Numbers . . . Everywhere
Grades K–2 • Tuesday, December 10 • 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Grades 3–5 • Thursday, December 12 • 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Can you count to a googol? Just how much is a million? Join us as we explore and play with numbers and you can try your hand at a little Garbage – the card game. These interactive, hands-on workshops will include elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.
You Build with LEGO®
Friday, December 27 • 1:30-2:30 OR 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Bring your imagination. We have all you will need to create with LEGO® bricks. Your creation will be posted to the Kids Facebook page and displayed in Youth Services until the next event. Children through age seven must be accompanied by an adult. Students in grades 3–8 may attend without an adult. See page 11 for student LEGO® events. REGISTER
Got Devices? We have eBooks!
Students and Parents
Monday, December 30 • 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Join us for an interactive, hands-on exploration of digital and downloadable content available for children, infant-age 5, and students, kindergarten-grade 8. Learn about our newest downloadable resource, Axis 360, as well as other resources. Get assistance with downloading books and audiobooks from the Library. Please bring your device with all cords and a laptop if you have one. Your valid St. Charles Library card is required. Contact the ASK ME Desk at 630-584-9390 with questions. REGISTER OR DROP IN
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
Tuesday, December 31 • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ring in 2014 at Noon with our first ever Book Drop! There will be lots of energetic fun with music and dancing, as well as hats, noisemakers and a sparkling juice toast. Register early to guarantee your spot. REGISTER
Families living outside the Library District may attend for $2 per person on a space available basis.
Friday, January 3 • 1:30–5:00 p.m.
It will be a Pokémon Battle Revolution. Bring your DS with Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl and get ready to conquer all of the Colossiums. All participants must agree to Tournament Rules. General information and rules are posted on the Library website, on the game blog and available via RSS Feed and at the ASK ME Desk. Registration is required – maximum of 32 players – so register early to guarantee your spot. See How to Draw Pokémon event above. REGISTER
Junior Friends of the Library
Middle school students are eligible to volunteer weekly in Youth Services. Due to the high return of experienced Junior Friends, there are limited openings for new volunteers. If you are interested, we recommend placing your name on the waiting list at the ASK ME Desk. Thinking about next summer? We will contact students on the waiting list in May for summer 2014.
Museum Adventure Pass
Use the Smartest Card – your Library Card – to receive free admission or a special discount at unique Chicago area cultural destinations. Passes are available on a first–come basis each week. Learn about each of the destinations at www.museumadventure.org. Then come to the ASK ME Desk with your library card and driver’s license during the week you wish to visit. Passes are issued to adults for their immediate family. See complete information.