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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


How Not to Choose a Preschool for Your Child

The summer my daughter turned three, the main topic of conversation among my friends was “Where is your child going to go to preschool?’ Suddenly there were debates about structured vs unstructured; Montessori, Academic, half day, full day….. I will admit that I was  totally clueless. I had no idea what all of those terms meant. So, I decided I’d better do some research (which consisted of asking my friends and neighbors which schools their children would be attending). When I finally had my list and began calling the schools, I found out that the classes were full. (None of my friends mentioned that registration had begun months ago.) I did find a great preschool with a program that met my daughter’s needs, but given my lack of knowledge things could have  turned out very differently.

To help parents and caregivers choose the right preschool for their child, the Library is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Preschool Fair. The Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the 95th Street Library. Representatives from over 30 area preschools and daycare centers will be attending. It is important for parents and caregivers to know how to evaluate potential preschools. Here are a few questions to ask about a school you are considering:

  • Ask about license and accreditation
  • What is the child to teacher ratio? Ideally, there should be one teacher for every 7-10 students.
  • Does the preschool teaching philosophy align with my parenting style?
  • How many children are there per classroom? The National Association for the Education of  Young Children (NAEYC) suggests that 20 children per classroom is an ideal number.
  • What is the education and experience of the teaching staff?
  • Ask about curriculum. There should be a variety of activities appropriate for the children’s ages and needs.
  • What are the costs and fees?
  • Are there extended childcare hours, and if so, what is the cost?
  • How much parent involvement is expected?
  • What safety measures does the school have in place?
  • Visit the school. See how the children and staff interact. What is a typical daily routine? Check the cleanliness and safety of the center.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Library’s 3rd Annual Preschool Fair on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the 95th Street Library.

-Karen B., 95th St. Library

MATH IS EVERYWHERE! Join us for “Fun with Math” in September!

Numbers are all around us! As a parent, you use them everyday — let your child in on the power of math!

In an emergency, does your child know their age, address, phone number and how to dial 911?

What is your telephone number?








Count together. How many books did we check out today at the Library?

 How tall is your child? How much does he or she weigh? Numbers again!

Which cup is the largest? Smallest? How many ounces in each one?

Let’s order the largest cup of coffee!

What shape is a stop sign?

Numbers are everywhere, especially at THE LIBRARY!  So, Moms, Dad, Grandmas, Caregivers–grab your preschooler and come play with us at all 3 locations during our first Special Program of the Fall Season, the  interactive program, “FUN WITH MATH”:

September 4 at 95th St. Library;

September 12 at Naper Blvd. Library

and September 27 at Nichols Library.

All programs are 10:30-11:15 am.

We will have more fun than 101 monkeys!

-Carla E. @Naper Blvd. Library

Riverwalk Storytime – Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family!

Have you attended a Riverwalk storytime yet this summer? If not, there is still time to enjoy the stories and music! Join us for our popular Riverwalk program – fun for the whole family.  Bring a meal or a snack. Enjoy stories, songs, and a puppet show, all presented by Children’s Services staff from our three libraries. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the Dziedzic Community Room of Nichols Library. Seating capacity in the Dziedzic Community Room is 185, so there will be two shows, one right after the other, to accommodate as many as possible. (The Wednesday lunchtime program will be a repeat of the Tuesday evening program.).

When: Tuesday July 31 & Tuesday Aug 7, 7:00pm-7:45pm ….. AND….. Wednesday August 1 & Wednesday August 8, 11:30am-12:15pm
Where: Downtown Naperville – Riverwalk Ampitheatre (outside & across the street from Nichols Library)

The theme for July 31 and August 1 will be “Pigs”, with a special puppet play about “The Three Little Pigs”.

Bark for Books is a Howling Success


Dogs, books and kids—this was the idea that we started with.

Research shows that reading with dogs provides a safe, encouraging environment, especially for struggling or reluctant readers. The library has the books and the space, kids come to the library and two local organizations provide the trained therapy dogs. In the past year, over 300 children have read to more than 30 different dogs during the Bark for Books program.

This program wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Special Events Troupe of Pawsitive Therapy and the Paws for Tales program from the Naperville Humane Society. Both groups have provided wonderful teams of certified, highly-trained therapy dogs. These dedicated handlers volunteer their time and their dogs to come to the library and read with enthusiastic children.  Two Bostons Pet Boutique provided blankets for the dogs to lay on during the reading sessions, as well as 50 free books and certificates that readers can redeem for a prize.

The library is pleased to announce that Bark for Books will be back in the fall! Stop by the library and your child might read with Cinnamon, Brisco, Sonoma, Riley, Ripley or one of the other fantastic therapy dogs! This program is for independent readers in grades 1-5. Check the library website and Fall Program Guide for all the details.

-Karen B., 95th St. Library

Join NPL’s Summer Reading Program!

Don’t let your child lose the gains he or she has made in reading this school year … Sign up for the Summer Reading Program (SRP) beginning Monday, June 4th!

The Naperville Public Library’s SRP will encourage your child to keep reading this summer.

Reading is an essential life skill that everyone needs in order to be successful.  Our goal is to promote reading in your child’s life.  The SRP will reward children with prizes and coupons as they complete their reading log.  Listening time counts as well, not only with pre-readers, but with readers too.  Listening skills are important, and listening to a book nurtures a love of books and reading. 

It can also be an enjoyable family activity and strengthen your bond with your child.

We have a couple of other programs this summer that will appeal to children entering Grades 1-5 who are able to read independently:

Read2gether – children entering Grades 1-5 spend an hour alternately reading and listening with a volunteer entering Grades 6-12

Bark for Books “Summer Edition” – each Saturday June 9-July 28, children entering Grades K-5 can spend 10-15 minutes reading to a trained dog

Check our Summer Program Guide for times and locations.

–Meris @ Naper Blvd. Library

Many Children, Many Books


On April 28, 2012, Naperville Public Library will join schools, libraries and communities across the country in celebrating Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Dia grew out of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 and was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance  and well being of children. In 1996, author Pat Mora proposed linking this celebration of children with literacy—and Dia was born. Initially Dia focused on the Latino community, but it has grown to embrace all cultures and languages.

Why celebrate Dia?

  • Dia brings families together and emphasizes the importance of literacy for every child regardless of linguistic or cultural background.
  • Dia involves parents as valued members of the literacy team.
  • Dia honors home languages and cultures, which promotes bilingual and multilingual literacy in this multicultural nation; and leads to global understanding through reading.
  • Dia reflects the joy that comes from being able to read in whatever language is spoken at home or with family, with being literate, from loving language  and from sharing the love of books.

The library is the perfect place to celebrate Dia.  Libraries provide the opportunity for endless learning and enjoyment for all people, regardless of linguistic and cultural background.  Come to storytime. Try out “Little Pim” and learn a new language. Listen to music or read a story about another culture.

All children enjoy nursery rhymes. Try one of these with your child.

Pio, Pio (traditional Italian nursery rhyme)

Pio Pio                                                                   Pio, Pio

Pio, pio                                                                  Pio, pio

Il pulcino sono io.                                           I am the chick.

La mia mamma                                                 My mother

e’ la chioccia                                                       is the hen

e io vivo nel pollaio.                                       and I live in the chicken run.

Quando andiamo                                             When we go

a far la nanna                                                      to sleep

sotto le ali della mamma,                              under mommy’s wings,

noi dormiamo tranquillamente                  we sleep quietly

e la volpe non ci fa niente.                            And the fox doesn’t harm us.

Chandaa Maama Door Ke (traditional Hindi rhyme)             Uncle Moon

Chandaa maama door ke,                                                          Uncle Moon far, far away,

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               baking yummy treats

aap khaayen thaali mein                                                             Eats in a big plate himself,

munne ko den pyaali mein                                                         gives baby a small bowl

chandaa maama door ke                                                            to eat in

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               Small bowl breaks,

pyaali gayi toot munnaa gayaa rooth                                   baby is mad

laayenge nayi pyaaliyaan bajaa bajaa ke                             We’ll bring new bowls and clap

taaliyaan                                                                                            our hands

munne ko manaayenge ham doodh                                       We’ll bring a smile to baby’s face

malaayi khaayenge,                                                                     and will eat treats together

chandaa maama door ke,                                                           Uncle Moon far, far away,

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               baking yummy treats

aap khaayen thaali mein                                                            Eats in a big plate himself,

munne ko den pyaali mein                                                         Gives baby a small bowl to eat in

chandaa maama door ke,                                                           Uncle Moon far, far away,

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               baking yummy treats