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To Spook or Not To Spook

      October, October, how we’ve missed you…..hot cider and pumpkins, hayrides and costumes….everyone has a favorite activity to enjoy during this fall season. For some children, Halloween is an October highlight that provides a great opportunity to scare up some thrilling books from the library. Check out some of the featured titles below and discover stories for YOUR raring-for-scares reader—some are scary and some are sweet! Click on any cover to go to its entry in NPL’s catalog!

 For those young readers who want minimal chills…

Image                   I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle by Kevin Sherry

This adorable board book is written by the same author who wrote the picture book, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean.


  Shake D’Em Halloween Bones by Nikola-Lisa

I’ve personally seen this book wildly entertain crowds in storytime and in the classroom, and it’s easy to see why—this colorful book is fun for all ages. The text can be sung, and children can clap along to the fun beat.Ghost Eats It All! By Janee Trasler.

Short and sweet, this book has a guaranteed laugh-out-loud ending!

        A Dark and Noisy Night by Lisa Thiesing

Follow Peggy the pig as she tries to discover the causes of some strange noises on Halloween night.  Kids will love making the noises, too!

For those chapter book readers who want spooky, not scary…

                                               Are you Afraid Yet? The Science Behind Scary Stuff by Stephen James O’Meara

  Discover facts about mummies and find out how the vampire myth began in this fascinating non-fiction book. They say that truth CAN be stranger than fiction.

    Halloween Night:  Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems by Charles Ghigna

      Get your poetry fix with these spooky poems that tackle all kinds of creepy subject matter.

                                                           The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick

What to do when you enjoy transforming your face into different monsters? Why, you send a picture of yourself to your hero, Mr. Shadows, that’s what you do! What happens next is anyone’s guess.

For those chapter book readers who want the scariest of the scariest…

          All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

      Get ready for chills in yet another fantastic ghost tale by the same author who brought you the   classic thriller Wait Till Helen Comes.


                                                                                                  Haunted Houses by Robert D. San Souci

Dive into 10 unique stories all focused around the theme of haunted houses. This is the first book in the “Are You Scared  Yet?” series. Don’t forget to check out San Souci’s other scary story titles.

   Ghost Liners:  Exploring the World’s Greatest Ships by Robert D. Ballard

     This intriguing non-fiction book is written by the man who rediscovered the Titanic on the ocean floor. Using stunning details and spooky photographs, Ballard tells the tales of doomed ships that never made it back to port. How can that NOT make anyone shiver?

          If you’re in grades 3rd-5th and you are looking to be spooked, come to the library for our Let Us Give You Goosebumps program. Get ready for scary stories and dastardly deeds. This program is NOT for the easily scared. No registration is required.

   When:    7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19th @ Nichols Library in the Storyroom

                   7:00 p.m. on Thursay, Oct. 25th @ Naper Boulevard Library in the Program Room

                  7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29th @ 95th St. Library in the Program Room

                      ~~~~Amy, 95th St. Children’s Services


ChopChop Magazine

ChopChop is a new magazine in our juvenile periodical collection. It is published quarterly by a non-profit corporation, ChopChop Kids, to encourage families to cook and enjoy healthy meals together.  There are many nutritious, good tasting and ethnic recipes that are inexpensive to prepare in each issue. Click here  for a yummy treat that uses fresh apples, Apple-cious Oat Bars. Check out this magazine on your next visit to the library. Our current issue is for library use only, but past issues can  check out for 3 weeks.

ChopChop Magazine

Wanda @Naper Blvd. Library

Eager Readers!

If the happy faces I’ve been seeing are any indication, there are some very eager readers visiting the library in the week or so since school started.  We are always willing to share tips and tools on how to help your child to read but some parents quickly find out that one style does not fit all children.

Children often learn to read at their own pace and when they are really ready.  For some children this might be well before their first day of school and others may not be ready until they reach first grade.   Below are some tips for you, some that I have used myself and some shared by other parents.

  • Make letters out of everything.  Spell it out with food, toothpicks, sand, sugar, or anything else you find.
  • Make reading part of the day and look for letters and words everywhere you go. The grocery store is a great place for this. Point out print everywhere.
  • Read a lot of books.
  • Once is not enough.  It’s really okay to read the same story or book 100 times if the child is enjoying it. Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.
  • Label the objects of your home with the name of the item written on an index card.  Seeing the word “clock” next to the clock helps your child to recognize the names to familiar objects.
  • Give everything a name to increase your child’s vocabulary.
  • Reading is fun so remember to read to your child with humor and expression.  You can even use different voices for each character!
  • Know when to stop.  If you have lost their attention then it may be time to take a break.
  • Read it and live it.   If you have been reading about animals then perhaps a trip to a farm or zoo would be fun to share.
  • Play word games.  Recite tongue twisters and silly rhymes.  This helps kids to hear the many sounds in each word.
  • Don’t leave home without a book or magazine to help pass the time while waiting in lines.
  • Find books that are not too difficult.  Your child needs lots of successful reading experiences to become a confident reader.
  • Lastly, be patient.  Give your child a chance to sound out the words on their own before you gently correct them or point out their mistakes.  Remind them to look closely at the letters of each word.

The Nichols and the Naper Blvd branches have labeled the easiest Readers in our collection with a big green and white striped sticker on the spine of the book for easy selection of the simplest books.  Our 95th Street branch has a list that you can borrow to find these same easy Readers in their collection. 

We hope you visit us soon to continue on your reading adventure.

~Deanna @ Nichols

Family Fun!

So you’ve just picked up the kids from school or perhaps just finished dropping the older ones off, what can you do now that would really be fun for everyone?  How about stopping by the library for some great family fun?  Many families visit the library on a regular basis and one of their favorite gathering places is our Family Center.   In the Family Center you will find many fun things to do and play with.  There are puppets, lots of puzzles, board books, toys, rubber animals, blocks, activity cubes, and coloring pages with crayons just to name a few.  I always enjoy seeing the creative ways that some families have fun.  Just look at this grown-up being buried by puppets and alphabet letters!


Sometimes the families gather just to let the grown-ups have some time to chat with other grown-ups.  Sitting on the floor with the kids on the colorful rug amongst, the puzzles, toys, and books, these ladies are having a relaxing afternoon with their families and friends in the Family Center at Nichols.


Can you see the Letter of the Week display on the back wall in the photo above?  You will often find Literacy Spots sprinkled throughout each of our buildings.  One of my personal favorite things for families to do is to stage their own puppet shows.  Sometimes the parents put one on for the kids and other times the children will line up the chairs and put on a show for the entire group. 

I never tire of listening to the laughter and learning that goes on in the Family Center.  Please stop by any one of our buildings and start having some fun with us today!  We always look forward to your visits with us.  See you soon!


Time For School Again!

School’s in session!

Sometimes you can actually hear that collective cheer from parents on the first day of school.  I was not one of those parents but I did know how to appreciate some quality alone time or “me time” and I still do enjoy it.  There is a never ending list of things that can fill your day and perhaps we can help you out with some of your chores.  No, we do not dust or do windows but we can share some of our ideas with you.  The Library now has a Pinterest account and we have begun creating some wonderful boards with resources for everyone. 

One chore we can assist with is mealtime.  Now that the children are back in school, packing lunches becomes a morning chore… perhaps even before you have that first cup of coffee!  Gasp!  Check out our Kid’s Cuisine board for brown bag ideas and some fun after school snacks.

We also have boards for costumes ideas, science experiments, and cool things to make.   Need some suggestions for books?  No problem we have a number of boards dedicated to helping you find something good to read.  And we’ll be adding more content and new boards as time allows.

New in town?  Check out our Staycation board for some great ideas on getting to know Naperville  and the surrounding community.

Here’s a common scenario in many homes with school age kids.  So it’s Saturday morning and you find out from your child that they have some serious homework to be done and that they have left their textbook in their desk or locker at school.  Well, I’d like to share a little secret with you…Naperville Public Library has a copy of each Naperville School District 203 textbook!  These titles are provided by Naperville School District 203 and cannot be checked out by patrons.  You can make copies of pages to take home with you or you can find a quiet area and finish the homework during your visit with us.  We should have a copy of each textbook from grade K through grade 12.  I wish I would have known about this little nugget of information when my sons were in school. 

I hoped I have helped you out today and provided you with some helpful inside information.  Remember you can text, email, visit, or call us.  We are always happy to help you.

By the way, our regular storytimes begin on September 4th at all three of our buildings and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Songs to Read… Books to Sing!

There are many great artists and songs for children that can make learning fun. Did you know that moving rhymes and action songs can teach children new vocabulary, self-regulation, and even auditory acuity?

Music can increase family involvement. As children begin to learn new words and movements that can accompany the song’s words, they look to a trusted parent or adult to learn these words and movements. Parents can create a lasting bond with their children by  being actively involved in teaching children these words or movements. Sitting during a an active song at storytime may actually encourage your child to be less participatory as well. Show your child how much fun music can be by participating with the group!

Music helps build listening skills. Many musical rhymes require children to develop active listening, a skill which is not developed without practice. Many songs by popular artists such as Jim Gill contain instructions for children, like counting to a certain number, or jumping until the drum beat stops. As children hear more songs with playful movements, they start to understand the importance of active listening.

Music can build vocabulary. A popular song by Jim Gill is the “The List of Dances”. Action rhymes in this song instruct children to tiptoe, twirl, creep, sway, and hop. These new vocabulary words learned through music can nurture creativity in a playful environment.

Music that rhymes can teach phonological awareness. Music can become a fun guessing game as children start to recognize rhymes in songs. Jim Gill is well-known for creating sequence rhymes within his music, encouraging children to guess which words and actions will happen next in the song.

Music can increase self-regulation. Many children can get very excited and involved in a song that includes movement. These songs may include jumping, hopping, or dancing. Songs that also include moments of stopping or freezing can help a child to self-regulate his or her actions. For a young child, it may be incredibly difficult to stop jumping and wait for the music to continue, indicating that it is time to jump again. Learning such a skill will help your child follow instruction in other settings, including home and school.

Music can be a wonderful way to help children learn, but most importantly, it can be an important way for children to learn through play. You may already be helping your child to learn these skills without evening knowing it! Here are some recommended children’s musicians that your child will love listening to. Each artist mentioned has several CD’s available to check out at the Naperville Public Library.

Jim Gill


Laurie Berkner




-Stephanie R., 95th St. Library

Stranger than Fiction: Notable Nonfiction for Children

Sometimes it can be difficult to tear your child away from the world of fiction and interest your child in books containing information about true stories and events. When a child discovers the ‘right’ nonfiction book, however, they become captivated by the illustrations and facts, and sometimes they forget that they are still learning!

 In an effort to bring interesting nonfiction back into the limelight, we have chosen several jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring titles to share with your child. We hope that you enjoy these books as much as we do!

Kindergarten to Grade 3:
Tarra & Bella : The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life With the Chimps by Jeannette Winter

 Grades 3-5:
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart  by Candace Fleming
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworthby Kathleen Krull
Is My Dog a Wolf? : How Your Pet Compares to Its Wild Cousin by Jenni Bidner

Grades 5 & Up:
I’ll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Anita Shilvey
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
Witches!:  The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

-Stephanie R., 95th St. Library