Archive for 02/2023

Kids & Parents

Holiday Board Books

Holiday Board Book sign
Des Plaines is a uniquely diverse community and the library tries to reflect that in our collections.

We now have a new collection  to help our youngest patrons celebrate their rich cultural heritages.

Drum roll, please...

Introducing "Holiday Board Books-Let's Celebrate Together!"

Each month board books (perfect for little hands and dribbly mouths) will be switched up according to what holidays are coming up.   

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Staff Picks

We Never Stop Needing Windows and Mirrors

rainbow world
In the library world, we say the content of books and other media provides windows and mirrors which reflect all of us, after Rudine Sims Bishop’s original 1990 article.

We do this a lot in the context of why we need diversity* in children’s and young adult books. 

We say, all children need to be able to see themselves in what they read/watch/hear (the metaphorical “mirror”, validating that they are seen, they count and matter, and are not “side characters” on earth). 

We say, children also need to read widely to explore, learn empathy, and have windows to other cultures that they are not familiar with.

This paradigm has since been broadened with the nuanced addition of prisms and more.

Clearly it’s not just children who need and benefit from diverse books.  We never stop needing mirrors and windows. 

And we cannot prescribe diversity for children if we adults aren’t open to stomaching material outside of our own comfort zones.

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DIY With DPPL: Stained Glass Paper Lanterns

Hey, Kiddos! It's time for a new edition of DIY with DPPL!

This time, you'll learn how to make your very own stained glass paper lanterns.

Starting on Saturday, February 4th, stop by the Youth Services desk on the second floor of DPPL to pick up a kit (while supplies last!).

Then use the materials to do the project we show you step-by-step in the video. (Grade 1 and up.)