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Thanksgiving for Kids

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It's nearly Thanksgiving! A time for family, friends, togetherness, gratefulness, and hopefully, delicious pie! If you are looking for books to share with your family about the holiday, these are a few of my personal favorites. From previously unexplored and detailed looks at the first Thanksgiving to the reasons why the holiday is significant to us today, these books paint an engaging picture of a truly American holiday.

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The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

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The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award is a relatively new book award that had its first winner in 2011. The award winner is chosen out of a list of 20 nominees. The books can be classics or new titles, but in order to be eligible to vote, students have to read at least four from the nominee list.

Children's Mystery Recommendations

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Looking for something a bit mysterious as we move towards Halloween? Searching for a book to curl up in bed with on a cold fall night? From scary to suspenseful and everything in between, the Fox River Valley Public Libraries have a whole host of mysteries that are sure to keep you guessing!



The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin

Happy Birthday, Kevin Durant!

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Kevin Durant, a star player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), turns 28 this week! Durant is considered one of the best players in the NBA today, and perhaps even of all time. He plays small forward and has quite a list of accomplishments already. He was drafted in 2007 by the Seattle SuperSonics, who then relocated the following year and became the Oklahoma City Thunder.

National Library Card Sign-up Month: Get Carded!

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, an event started in 1987 to raise awareness of the importance of having a library card in the education of children and teenagers.  Since September is the start of the school year, it’s an ideal time to sign-up for your first card or renew an old card!

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Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

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The National Park Service will turn 100 on August 25.  Did you know that there are over 400 National Park areas encompassing over 84 million acres? Guess which five are in Illinois!   In honor of the Centennial, all National Park entry fees are waived from August 25 through August 28, 2016. There are centennial activities across the country throughout the month of August.


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