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 October 18-November 12.

 

Toddler & PreK: Fall Suncatcher

Catch the fall sun with this easy process art project. Register for the October/November Toddler & PreK Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Grades K-2: Fall Lantern

Turn a jar and tissue paper into a seasonal lantern. Register for the October/November Grades K-2 Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

Your kit contains:

  • Mason jar
  • Foam brush
  • Container of mod podge
  • Bag of precut tissue paper
  • Black card stock
  • Flameless tea light candle
  • Instructions

 

Instructions:

1. Use the foam brush to apply a very thin layer of mod podge over your jar (move on to step 2 immediately).

 

2. Working quickly, wrap your tissue paper around the jar. 

 

3. Smooth the tissue paper out as much as you can with your hands (don’t expect it to be perfectly smooth). If you get a tear; just dab a little mod podge and patch it with a small piece of tissue paper then smooth it over with your fingers.

4. If needed, use scissors (not provided) to snip away any excess tissue around the rim. Continue to press the tissue down with your fingers.

 

5. If desired, while your mod podge is drying (about 15 mins), cut cardstock to make a design. Use the foam brush and dab some mod podge on the area where you want to add your cardstock design. (Mod Podge acts as a glue and a sealer, so it will be our adhesive and our topcoat for this.)

 

6. Use your foam brush to paint another thin layer of mod podge all over your jar, this time on top of the tissue paper/ cardstock. Allow it to dry (about 15 mins). It will dry clear.

 

7. Screw on the ring part of the lid and add the tea light candle.  

 

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

 

 

Grades 3-8: Button Canvas Art

Use a variety of buttons to create silhouette art. Register for the October Grades 3-8 Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

Instructions: 

1. Pick out one of the cardstock templates for your design, or make your own. Your design can be anything that strikes your fancy!

2. Tape the template to the canvas.

3. Lightly draw the outline of the template with the pencil.

 

4. Remove template.

5. Optional: lay out the buttons you plan on using on the design. Include a variety of button sizes.

 6. Using the cotton swab, glue buttons to canvas.

 7. Optional: outline design with a marker.

 

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

 

 

 


  Youth Services Assistant Librarian Alyssa Wees

 

 

Attention, cardholders: the Barrington Area Library is now participating in the Explore More Illinois program. This service, offered by RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems), makes it easier for cardholders to visit various museums, historical sites, and other educational sites across Illinois (and part of Wisconsin).

Today we’ll look at the Chicago Children’s Museum, one of the many exciting locations you can visit!

At the Chicago Children’s Museum (located on Navy Pier) kids can climb 37 feet up in the Cloud Buster, dig for bones on the Dinosaur Expedition, solve engineering puzzles in the Tinkering Lab, produce cinematic mini-masterpieces at the Story Hub, and much more.

If you’re eager to take your little ones on a science adventure, be sure to check out our Explore More Illinois page. The Chicago Children’s Museum offers Barrington Area Library cardholders a special offer on passes: 4 for the price of 1! For only $20 a group of 4 can spend the day at the Museum. Limited to one reservation per cardholder. Be sure to click "Show first available offer" to check for available dates.

What are you waiting for? Check out Explore More Illinois, courtesy of RAILS!

 

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

 

Many people in the United States are celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 11 this year, a holiday that celebrates and honors Indigenous peoples, and their histories and cultures. Celebrate the holiday with us by picking up one of these amazing titles!

We also invite you to check out the South Barrington Conservancy's StoryWalk® featuring the book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell and Frane Lessac. The installment will be available October 11 through November 30.

 

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

 

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie Molinaro

Thousands of refugees have entered America in the wake of the Afghanistan takeover by Taliban forces, with 500 people likely to settle in Illinois. These big numbers and far-off places and situations are hard to understand (often, for adults as well as children!) without the empathy-building stories behind the statistics and news headlines. These books for children of all ages help bring refugee experiences - from all over the world - to light and life.

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Youth Services Librarian Allison Parker

 

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 September 13-24.

 

Toddler & PreK: DIY Liquid Chalk

Mix simple ingredients to make your own liquid color, then see what you can create on the sidewalk. Register for the September Toddler & PreK Take-and-Make Kit here.

Your kit contains:

  • Three squeeze bottles pre-filled with one ounce of baking soda and one ounce of corn starch
  • Three one-ounce cups of liquid watercolor
  • Three pipettes

 

Instructions:

1. Untwist the top of the squeeze bottle and fill it about two-thirds full of water. Remember to save space for the liquid watercolor!

2. Put the cap back on the bottle and shake vigorously to mix the water with the baking soda and corn starch at the bottom. It should look a little milky when mixed. 

 

3. Using a pipette, transfer the liquid watercolor into your squeeze bottle.

 

4. Put the cap back on the bottle and shake until the watercolor is distributed evenly. 

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each squeeze bottle using a different color of watercolor for each.

 

6. Take your liquid chalk outside and paint on the sidewalk. Tip: The liquid chalk may be hard to control and come out looking splatter-y. Embrace the messiness of it! For lighter colors, you may need to wait for the chalk to dry before the color fully comes through. 

7. Step back and enjoy your creations! 

 

Bonus tip: 

To reuse your squeeze bottles and make more liquid chalk, rinse bottle thoroughly and then fill it with one ounce (two tablespoons) of baking soda and one ounce of corn starch. To add color, use liquid watercolor or substitute with food coloring. This recipe is based on the four ounce squeeze bottles provided in the kits, but if you use another squeeze bottle that you own, just make sure to use an equal amount of baking soda and corn starch, adjusting the amount for the size of the bottle. 

 

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

 

 

Grades K-2: Animal Mobile

Create a floating menagerie for your bedroom with these supplies. Register for the September Grades K-2 Take-and-Make Kit here.

Kit contains:

  • Two dowel rods
  • Eight foam sheets
  • Six animal stencils
  • One plastic needle
  • Two sets of embroidery thread
  • Four jingle bells
  • Twelve pony beads

You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Pen

Instructions:

  1. Trace animal stencils onto foam sheets and cut out. Use as many colors and animals as you wish. You will need at least 4 animals, though you can use more. Feel free to design your own shapes, too!
  2. Cut a length of thread about 1 foot long. Place the two dowels in an X-shape, and then tie them tightly together with the thread. Leave extra thread so you can hang the mobile. You can use more thread to wrap the two rods tightly together in different directions, to make sure it is secure. Test out the balance, and adjust the rods so they hang pretty straight.
  3. Cut another strand of thread about 1 foot long. Thread the needle with the cut piece, then use the threaded needle to punch a hole through the top of one of the foam animals. Tie a knot to secure.
  4. You can connect multiple animals in the same string if you would like.
  5. Cut another piece of thread. Tie a jingle bell and, if you’d like, some pony beads on one end. Thread the other side through the needle and punch it through your bottom-most animal on the string. This will help weigh the mobile down.
  6. When you’re done with your string of animals, tie them to one end of the dowels. (Optional: secure with glue)
  7. Repeat three more times, one string for each dowel end.
  8. Hang your mobile up, and watch your animals float and fly!

 

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

 

 

Grades 3-8: Yarn Wall Hanging

Create a unique piece of art to add color and texture to your space. Register for the September Grades 3-8 Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 


  Youth Services Assistant Librarian Alyssa Wees

 

Autumn is such a stellar season here in the Barrington area. The days get cooler and crisper, creatively decorated scarecrows abound, and pumpkin suddenly is flavoring EVERYTHING. But the best thing about fall? The books! Here are five chapter books for kids we know you can’t wait to get your hands on.

 

Willodeen

by Katherine Applegate

From the oh-so-good creative voice behind Newbery Medal winning The One and Only Ivan as well as the Endling trilogy and our 2019 Book of the Summer Wishtree comes this brand new fantasy adventure about one girl and her quest to help the most unlovable creatures in her world. Yes please!

 

   
 

 

 

The Beatryce Prophecy

by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall 

A story set in medieval times about Beatryce, who just may be the girl prophesied to end the rule of the king, so must hide herself in the dangerous woods, away from those in power who want her dead. With sure-to-be stellar writing from the author of Newbery winner The Tale of Despereaux and artwork from the creator of Caldecott winner Hello Lighthouse, everybody is going to want to see this book.

   
 

 

Daughter of the Deep

by Rick Riordan

A modern reimagining of 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Hmm, I’m not sure about that… Wait, it’s by Rick Riordan, of Percy Jackson fame? Sign me up! 

 

   
 

Kaleidoscope

by Brian Selznick

Selznick’s books are absolutely dazzling, combining stunning pencil artwork with amazing and ambitious stories. This newest book is a collection of stories and images that touch on themes of discovery and loss. Sounds like it will be a great book for grown-ups and kids alike.

   
 

 

Amos McGee Misses the Bus

by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Ten years ago, the Stead duo won the Caldecott Medal for their oh-so-charming story of A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Now, the beloved zookeeper and his animal friends are finally getting a sequel.

 

 

What books are you excited to see this fall?

 

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Youth Services Librarian Allison Parker

During the COVID pandemic, the start of a school year has felt a little different. Whether your kids are going to class wearing masks and unable to hug friends, or moved completely to homeschooling, school time has required adaptations from all of us. Find some inspiration in these stories of different school situations, across time and around the world. 

 

This Is My Home, This Is My School 

by Jonathan Bean

For young Jonathan and his sisters, Mom is the teacher and a whole lot more, and Dad is the best substitute any kid could want. From math, science, and field trips to recess, show-and-tell, and art, a school day with this intrepid, inventive family will seem both completely familiar and totally unique.

   

 

Nile Crossing

by Katy Beebe & Sally Wern Comport

A boy growing up in Ancient Egypt begins his first day of scribe training by traveling the Nile to his school. A twist on the first-day-of-school story that shows readers that feeling nervous is universal, even for kids growing up in an ancient civilization.

   

 

Steamboat School: Inspired By a True Story

by Deborah Hopkinson & Ron Husband 

In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River.

   

 

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

by Rita Lorraine Hubbard & Oge Mora

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. And at 116, she learned to read. An inspirational story of a woman whose long life and determination proved that you're never too old to learn.

 

   

 

Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World

by Susan Hughes 

Education is not readily available for kids everywhere, and many communities are strapped for the resources that would make it easier for kids to go to school. In short, it's not always easy getting kids off to class -- but people around the world are finding creative ways to do it. In this book, travel to India, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Uganda, and a dozen other countries, to visit some of these incredible schools, and, through personal interviews conducted by author Susan Hughes, meet the students who attend them too. 

   

 

Grandmother School

by Rina Singh & Ellen Rooney

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. A moving story about the power of education.

 

   


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Youth Services Librarian Allison Parker

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 August 9-20.

 

Toddler & PreK: Cotton Swab Painting

Use a cotton swab to dip, dot, and dash paint until your work of art is complete. Register for the August Toddler & PreK Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

Your kit contains:

  • Cardstock
  • Cotton swabs
  • Five containers of paint

 

Directions:

1. Take all of your items out of the box. 

2. Use a cotton swab to apply paint to a sheet of cardstock.

 

3. Let dry.

4. Enjoy your beautiful masterpiece!

 

Extension Questions/Discussion

  • Talk to your child about the different colors of paint. What are they? Can they be mixed to create new colors? Do you see anything else in the room that is the same color?
  • Experiment with different application techniques. Try dotting the paint, or dragging the swab across the paper. Does it feel different? Can you make the same shape, once using dots and once using dashes?

 

 

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

 

 

Grades K-2: Shaving Cream Marble Painting

Use shaving cream and paint for a sensory art experience. Register for the August Grades K-2 Take-and-Make Kit here.

Directions:

1. Spray a layer of shaving cream into a shallow container or tray.

2. Using the pipettes, drip paint onto the shaving cream.

 

3. Swirl the colors together with a small popsicle stick.

 

4. Press a piece of paper down onto the top of the shaving cream.

 

5. Lift paper up and scrape all of the shaving cream off with a large popsicle stick.

 

6. Repeat! You may not need to add a new layer of shaving cream every time.

 

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

 

 

Grades 3-8: Birdhouse Painting

Paint a house for our tiny feathered friends, then fill it with birdseed and display it in your yard. Register for the August Grades 3-8 Take-and-Make Kit here.

Allergy Warning: The Birdseed in this kit is manufactured in a facility that handles major allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and soy products. Therefore this product may contain such allergens.

Your kit contains:

  • 1 wooden birdhouse
  • 3 bottles of acrylic paint
  • 1 foam paintbrush
  • 1 nylon hair paintbrush
  • 1 bag of birdseed

Directions:

1. Find a good spot where you can get a little messy while painting your birdhouse.

 

2. Spend some time thinking about how you’d like to design your birdhouse.

3. Start painting! There’s no wrong or right way to paint your birdhouse. The foam brush will work well painting a larger surface, while the nylon hair brush will help you to paint smaller details, like a flower or sun.

 

4. Once you’ve finished painting, let your birdhouse dry overnight.

 

5. Scoop some bird seed into your birdhouse, and find a good place to hang it outside.

6. Now you can admire the beauty of your birdhouse, while also doing some backyard birdwatching!

 

Bonus! All Ages Kit: Summer Reading Badge Display

Create a place to display and admire all of the badges you worked so hard to earn during Summer Reading.  Register for the Bonus! All Ages Take-and-Make Kit here.

 

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

  

 


  Youth Services Assistant Librarian Alyssa Wees

 

Thank you to everyone who has checked out a DIY Seek-and-Find Photography Kit, inspired by our Book of the Summer, Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake. Here are some photos you all captured and shared. See if you can find Skunk, Badger, and one little chicken in each of these kid-created tableaus! 



 

From Cooper:

From Duncan:

From Lyla:

From Molly and Maddy:

 

Find activity ideas, discussion questions, and booklists on our webpage all about Skunk and Badger. You can also earn the Book of the Summer badge in our Summer Reading program!


Youth Services Librarian Allison Parker

The Library's new Teaching Garden is now officially open. To celebrate, we created a special kit that was given away at the grand opening. We still have plenty left, and can be picked up at the Youth Services desk as a first come first served basis. The kit is a build your own bird feeder, that includes instructions on how to make them. Adult Services will also have a kit available in the Atrium of the library for adults. 

 

Allergy Warning: The Birdseed in this kit is manufactured in a facility that handles major allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and soy products. Therefore this product may contain such allergens. Wash hands after handling birdseed.

 

 Video Instructions for the Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder: 

 

 

Inspired to learn more about gardening? Check out these gardening books available to check out from the library. 

 

 

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


    Youth Services Specialists MaryJo Nitz 

Whether your aspiring environmentalist is looking to make small changes in their little corner of the world, or one day hopes to write world-changing legislation, there's something here for everyone.

 

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

 

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie Molinaro

Here’s a not-so-secret secret we librarians count on during Story Time: underpants always work. Kids love the silliness of seeing underwear or even bare bottoms in picture books. Here are some recent books celebrating the joys of the posterior. 

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Youth Services Librarian Allison Parker