Grow Your Mindset

Putting yourself out there or trying something new can be a scary process.  The What-If’s creep in and may even prevent you from trying something new.  However, if more focus is placed on the journey and learning rather than the outcome, it can open the door to so many possibilities. 

Here are some wonderful books that emphasize the saying; “Progress Over Perfection.”

 

 Looking for more recommendations?  Fill out our form to get an individualized list of reads sent to your email! 


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Erin 

 

When you are feeling big emotions it can be hard to think straight. When this happens, take a mindful moment and practice 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness!

5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness can be done anywhere and at any time! By noticing what is around us, in the present moment, we can help ourselves gain control over our emotions. To use this skill follow along with the directions below.

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Name five things that you can see right now 

4

Name four things that you can touch right now

3

Name three things that you can hear right now

2

Name two things that you can smell right now 

1

Name one thing that you can taste right now

 

Want to learn more about mindfulness? Check out our Early Learning Kits here:

Feelings and Emotions

Mindfulness

Mindfulness 2

 


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Jessica Kreis

 

If you can't make it to Baby Time this month, or if you just can't get enough and want to recreate it at home-we've got you covered! Here are all of the wonderful rhymes we'll be sharing in our September sessions.

 

 All the Little Babies

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

 

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

 

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

 

Are You Sleeping?

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?

Brother John? Brother John?

Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!

Ding, ding, dong. Ding, ding, dong

 

Roses Are Red

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

And so are you.

 

Tickle That Tum Tum

Tickle that tum tum,
Here my fingers come!
Tickle that tum tum,
Here my fingers come!
Because they TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE
When they see a pretty baby with a plump tum tum.

 

10 Plump Peas

10 plump peas in a peapod pressed

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest

They grew and grew and did not stop

Until one day the pod went POP!

 

You Be the Ice Cream

You be the ice cream,

And I’ll be the freezer.

You be the lemon,

And I’ll be the squeezer.

You be the hotdog,

And I’ll be the bun.

You be the baby, 

And we’ll have some fun!

 

Head and Shoulders Baby 1, 2, 3

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3 

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3 

Head and shoulders, head and shoulders 

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3!

 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3 

Knees and toes, knees and toes 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3!

 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3 

Back and tummy, back and tummy 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3!

 

Looking for something to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie Molinaro

Hey, Barrington Area Library cardholders, if you've got a little scientist at home, be sure to take them to the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, Illinois... but take advantage of our Explore More Illinois program first!

Boasting more than 300 interactive exhibits, the Museum is sure to appeal to kids and families fascinated by science -- whether it's space travel, agriculture, the human body, or even sports science, the Museum has it! Kids can send messages in Morse code, visit a planetarium, manipulate a miniature hot air balloon, witness the formation of a small tornado... and more!

Barrington Area Library cardholders can receive up to two additional, free admission passes with purchase of two admission passes.

 

For more information, visit this page, accessible through the Barrington Area Library homepage. Please be sure to check offer availability prior to reservation. You can also contact us at exploremore@balibrary.org.


  Youth Services Librarian Chris Confer

 

Need a book to read during summer vacation? Here are some filled with summer adventures!

 Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program yet? Do so here!


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire Markuson

 

Hey there, cardholders! If you and your little ones are interested in learning how to keep healthy this summer, look no further -- the Kidzeum of Health and Science is the place for you!

Located in Springfield, the Kidzeum is committed to fostering life-long learning in children, sparking curiosity in science and inspiring concern for their health and the health of the world around them. Kids can learn about environmental health -- interactive water tables, the agricultural process -- as well as recycling and weather issues. Children are welcome to explore the various community exhibits, learning about why medical personnel, firefighters, construction workers, etc. are vital to their community and how each profession works.

There's also the three-story personal health exhibit, where kids travel through a human body from the legs up through the nose, learning about the various functions of the body and how (and why) everything is interconnected.

Barrington Area Library cardholders will receive a $3 discount off general admission via Explore More Illinois. Only one discount admission per person per visit. Please check available visiting dates prior to redemption of offer.

For more information, visit this pageaccessible through the Barrington Area Library homepage. Please be sure to check offer availability prior to reservation. You can also contact us at exploremore@balibrary.org.


  Youth Services Librarian Chris Confer

 

Bring home a fun new project! Sign up from our Library Calendar and pick up a kit at the Youth Services desk or through our Parking Lot Pickup service between July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022

 

Toddler & PreK: Texture Collage

Use a variety of different materials to create a unique collage. Register for the July Toddler & PreK Take-and-Make Kit here.

Your Kit Contains:

  • 1 canvas
  • 1 cup of glue
  • 1 foam brush
  • 3 buttons
  • 5 feathers
  • 4 pompoms
  • 5 pieces of yarn
  • 2 foam pieces

You may also want scissors if you would like to cut the foam smaller.

Instructions: 

1. Take all supplies out of bag. 

2. Gather any other supplies you may need, such as scissors or extra items to add to your collage! Examples of extra materials could be bits of paper towel, aluminum foil, or anything else that adds dimension to your artwork.

3. Apply glue with foam brush to canvas.

4. Arrange items on canvas, adding more glue as necessary.

5. Let dry.

6. Enjoy your texture collage!

 

 Extension Discussion Prompts

  • What does each of the items feel like? Can you describe how they are alike or different?
  • What else would you like to add to your collage? 
  • What color is each of the items? Are some of them the same?
  • What shapes do you see?
  • Can you tell me about your finished project? Did you have a plan?

 

Grade K - 8: Calligraphy Set

Use a real calligraphy brush and ink to try your hand at the artistry of Chinese characters. Inspired by our Book of the Summer, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Register for the July Gr K-8 Take-and-Make Kit here.

Your kit contains:

  • 1 calligraphy brush
  • 1 small container of ink
  • pieces of rice paper
  • instruction sheet from Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

You can try writing Chinese characters, or create your own artwork with the supplies. Check out this video (created by VIPKid) to learn a little bit about the art of Chinese calligraphy and characters: 

 

Show us what you created! Send a picture of your work to youthservices@balibrary.org

 


  Youth Services Librarian Demitra Badino-Mendoza

If you can't make it to Baby Time this month, or if you just can't get enough and want to recreate it at home-we've got you covered! Here are all of the wonderful rhymes we'll be sharing in our July sessions.

 

 All the Little Babies

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

 

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

 

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

 

It's Raining, It's Pouring

It's raining. It's pouring.

The old man is snoring

He went to bed and bumped his head

and didn’t get up in the morning.

 

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns!

Hot cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns!

 

Bumble Bee

Bumble bee was in the barn

Carrying his dinner under his arm 

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

 

Baby, Baby Dumpling

Baby, baby dumpling,

Put him in the pot

Sugar him and butter him

And eat him while he’s hot!

 

Bumpin' Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon

Bumpin' up and down in my little red wagon,

Bumpin' up and down in my little red wagon,

Bumpin' up and down in my little red wagon,

Won't you be my darling?

One wheel's off and the axle's broken,

One wheel's off and the axle's broken,

One wheel's off and the axle's broken,

Won't you be my darling?

 

 Wiggle Waggle

Wiggle waggle went the bear

Catching bees in his underwear

One bee out

One bee in

One bee bit him on his big bear skin

Bzzzzzz!

 

 

Looking for something to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie Molinaro

 

June is Pride Month, and to celebrate inclusion here are five great middle grade novels, all available at the Barrington Area Library.

Zenobia July
Lisa Bunker

Zenobia just moved across the country to Maine, and everything feels different: she's making new friends, she doesn't want to stay cooped up in her room all day, and, perhaps most importantly, nobody calls her a boy.

As she settles into her new life and community, Zenobia is shocked to discover that someone has been posting hateful memes on the school website. Using her skills as a coder and hacker, Zenobia must team up with her newfound friends and figure out who is trying to hurt her.

 

Too Bright to See
Kyle Lukoff

It's the summer before middle school, and while Bug would prefer to spend it having fun with Moira, Moira has different priorities -- buying new clothes, honing her makeup skills, and talking about boys. But Bug doesn't have time to worry about Moira's changing personality: there's a ghost in Bug's house...

Too Bright to See is a heartfelt exploration of grief, the complexities of friendship, growing older, and what it's like to grapple with one's gender identity.

 

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
Alyssa Zaczek

When you look at it objectively, Martin shouldn't have any trouble expressing himself: his mother's an artist, his uncle's in theater, he's surrounded by quirky, outspoken personalities... but Martin just can't seem to find the right way to be himself. That is, until his uncle introduces him to the world of drag.

And thus, Lottie León is born!

Martin loves dressing in drag, loves the confidence boost, but he can't bring himself to open up to his friends about it. What if they make fun of him? What if the magic of Lottie León goes away? And that's not even mentioning Martin's new crush, Chris. Martin's content to keep his double life a secret, until a scheduling conflict between his Mathletes club and his first-ever drag show forces him to reveal his true self to his friends.

 

Answers in the Pages
David Levithan

Donovan's a huge fan of The Adventurers, a story about two boys trying to thwart an evil genius. Donovan's mom, on the other hand, isn't wild about the book, especially when she becomes convinced that the two main characters are gay.

The whole town works itself into a frenzy as Donovan's mom tries to get the book banned from school. Caught in the middle are Donovan, who doesn't understand why the adults are making such a big deal out of the book; as well as Gideon and Roberto, two classmates who are assigned to work on a book unit together.

Told in three interwoven stories -- Donovan's, Gideon's and Roberto's, and the plot of The Adventurers -- Answers in the Pages depicts a very real, very pressing issue in the world of literature and education.

 

Ellen Outside the Lines
A.J. Sass

Ellen Katz prefers it when things fit into easy categories. When plans work out and life makes sense: attending temple with her parents every weekend, hanging out with her best (and only) friend Laurel, etc. Ellen, who is on the autism spectrum, relies on Laurel to help her navigate the turbulent waters of middle school life. But now Laurel's making new friends, her interests are changing, and she doesn't seem to have as much time for Ellen.

The two friends plan to fix their friendship during their Spanish class's trip to Spain, but things don't work out as they planned. Ellen is assigned to a different group, and finds herself without Laurel for the first time. Included in her new group is Isa, a nonbinary student whose identity challenges Ellen's way of looking at things.

Ellen Outside the Lines is a heartwarming, sweet, and often silly celebration of those moments where life doesn't go exactly according to plan.

 

Looking for recommendations? Fill out our form to get a custom list of reads or a Book Bundle for pickup.


  Youth Services Librarian Chris Confer

 

Bring home a fun new project! Sign up from our Library Calendar and pick up a kit at the Youth Services desk or through our Parking Lot Pickup service between June 13-24.

 

Toddler & PreK: Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin

Dye rice to use for a fun sensory experience. Register for the June Toddler & PreK Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

Your kit includes:

  • 3 bags of rice in ziploc bags
  • 3 bottles of food coloring
  • 1 container containing 3 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 cup
  • 3 dinosaur fossil figurines
  • 1 rubber ducky

 

1. Take 1 ziploc bag of rice and pour into a container with lid.

2. Measure 1 teaspoon of vinegar from the condiment container and pour into the container with rice.

3. Add drops of food coloring to the container. Pick one color.

4. Place lid on container and shake rice until rice is completely covered in food coloring.

5. Spread the rice out on a tray or paper towel to dry.

6.  Repeat steps 1-6, with remaining 2 bags of rice and different colors.

 

7. Once rice is dry, pour into a bin.

8. Add the rubber ducky, dinosaurs, spoon, and cup to the bin.

9. Play! Please note: RICE IS NOT FOR CONSUMPTION

10. Try adding other items to your sensory bin, such as bowls, different sized cups, funnels, and other small toys.

 

 

Show us what you created! Send us pictures at youthservices@balibrary.org

 

 

Grades K-8: Red Thread Connection 

Use foam board and thread to map the many connections among your family and friends. Inspired by our Book of the Summer, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Register for the June Grades K-8 Take-and-Make Kit here.

Kit contains:

  • 1 foam board
  • small portrait papers
  • set of colored pencils
  • push pins
  • red thread

You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (optional)
  • Scrap cardboard (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Decorate the small pieces of paper with people you care about: family members, friends, and/or pets. Use the colored pencils or your own art supplies. You could also print and cut photos. Make sure to make one that represents yourself!
  2. Optionally, glue a piece of cardboard to the back of the foam board. This will help keep the pins secure, and protect your table top from the pins.
  3. Arrange the portraits on the foam board. Use the pins to fix the portraits in place.
  4. Tie the end of the red thread to your portrait’s pin. (It may be easiest to tie a knot in the thread, and then pierce the pin through the knot and board.)
  5. Connect your portrait with everyone else’s, wrapping the thread around each pin.
  6. You can connect other people to represent their bonds with each other.

For more information about the Book of the Summer, visit: balibrary.org/bookofthesummer

 

Show us what you created! Send us pictures at youthservices@balibrary.org

 

 

 

 


  Youth Services Assistant Librarian Alyssa Wees

 

If you can't make it to Baby Time this month, or if you just can't get enough and want to recreate it at home-we've got you covered! Here are all of the wonderful rhymes we'll be sharing in our June sessions.

 

All the Little Babies

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

 

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

 

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

 

1, 2, Buckle My Shoe

1, 2, buckle my shoe,

3, 4, shut the door,

5, 6, pick up sticks,

7, 8 lay them straight

9, 10, do it again!

 

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market,

This little piggy went home,

This little piggy had roast beef,

And this little piggy had none.

This little piggy went wee, wee, wee

all the way home!

 

Slowly, Slowly Creeps the Garden Snail

Slowly, slowly, very slowly
creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
up the garden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly very quickly
into his little house.

 

 

Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker, 

Acka backa boo, 

Acka backa soda cracker, 

I love you!

Acka backa soda cracker, 

Acka backa boo,

Acka backa soda cracker, 

Up goes you!

 

I'm a Little Cuckoo Clock

Tick tock, tick tock

I’m a little cuckoo clock

Tick tock, tick tock

It’s one o’clock

CUCKOO!

Tick tock, tick tock

I’m a little cuckoo clock

Tick tock, tick tock 

It’s two o’clock

CUCKOO! CUCKOO!

 

Two Little Eyes

Two little eyes to look around,

Two little ears to hear each sound,

One little nose to smell what’s sweet

One little mouth that likes to eat.

 

Looking for something to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.

 

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie Molinaro

 

Looking for something to do when the summer heat's got you beat? Looking to take a break from video games? Here are some journal prompts to keep the old brain stimulated while school's out!

By the way, don't worry about word count or anything like that -- express yourself how you want, as much as you want. And there are no real rules here -- you can do as many or as few of these as you like.


1.Describe your perfect summer day, from start to finish. It doesn't have to be a real day, just something that sounds perfect to you.

2. Describe how you feel now that school's ending. Do you feel happy? Sad? A little bit of both?

3. If you had the magical ability to make it one season forever, which season would you pick, and why?

4. Write a haiku about a memory from a past summer.

5. Who are you most excited to spend time with this summer?

6. Are you an indoors person or an outdoors person? Or both? Why do you think that is?

7. List three things you'd like to accomplish this summer.

8. What's your favorite summertime treat? Ice cream? Watermelon? Something else?

9. Do you like to stay up late during the summer? If so, what to you do? If you don't like to stay up, describe why!

10. Take a little walk outside -- make sure it's safe first! -- and describe the world around you, focusing on your five senses. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Taste? Feel?

11. If you could have a picnic with any person, alive or dead, who would it be, and why? What would you take with you on your picnic?

12. Take some lyrics from five of your favorite songs and use them to write a poem.

13. Imagine you're a tour guide for your town or community. What sights do you point out? Why are they important to the community? Why are they important to you?

14. Write a short story about an exciting event that gets interrupted by a sudden rainstorm. How do things change? How do people react?

15. If you could go on vacation to any fictional location, where would it be and why? What kinds of things would you need to pack?

16. Next time you're out in nature, take a photo of something that interests or excites you -- a cocoon, an old tree, a fish, etc. Now write a story based on the picture you just took.

17. Write an acrostic poem about your favorite ice cream flavor. If you don't eat ice cream, use candy. If you don't eat candy, use fruit or another snack!

18. Write a review for the movie you most enjoyed watching this summer.

19. Now write a review for the movie you least enjoyed.

20. As summer draws to a close, reflect on the time you had. Are you sad to see summer end, to go back to school? Or are you excited? Maybe a little bit of both?

 

Looking for recommendations? Fill out our form to get a custom list of reads or a Book Bundle for pickup.


  Youth Services Librarian Chris Confer