Youth Services Blog

September Snapshot ...What's up this month?

While many families have been busy getting back into the swing of things with a school schedule again, the new month brings new special days and celebrations to observe and think about.  September is Library Card Sign-up Month, according to the American Library Association.  This year, Snoopy is featured in their promotion:


If you're a New Lenox resident, and do not have a library card, stop in today for a visit and pick one up! And grab a Fall Program Guide while you're at it to see what's coming up over the next few months.

September is also Children's Good Manners Month.   Take a look at this poster first issued to Queensland, Australia schools in 1898.  It's evident that good manners haven't changed all that much over the years!

good manners

Here are just a few books in the library to learn more about manners:

 E MAR   Monster Be Good by Natalie Marshall

 J 395 GIB  Don't Slurp Your Soup! by Lynne Gibbs

 J 395.122 MAN  Manners Mash-Up by Tedd Arnold (and others)

Some upcoming special days in September:

5th- Labor Day-   Read about it here in the library,

 J 394.261 HAM  Labor Day by Lynn Hamilton

at Time for Kids

tfk laborday

or Ducksterslaborday2

Sept. 11th- Patriot Day, remembering the tragedy of 9/11/2001

J 303.625 MAC   The September 11th Terrorist Attack by Fiona Macdonald

 J 327.676 DEE    14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

J TAR   I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

More information can be found at Kidzworld   patriotday kidzworld




and Ducksters  septll ducks

More September Snapshots to follow....

Wildlife and Wildflowers....Nature Nearby continued...

Remembering that it's National Parks Month (the National Park Service is celebrating it's 100th birthday on August 25th), and that there aren't too many national parks nearby, there are several wonderful state parks and trails that offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature with hiking, biking, and just being outdoors.  Here are a few more wildlife and wildflower settings that are relatively close to us:

Starved Rock State Park  is about an hour west of New Lenox. Starved Rock has an interesting history along with beautiful geological formations featured on the many hiking trails.


From the East (via Ottawa):
I-80 W to IL Rt. 23 S (exit 90) to IL Rt. 71 W

From the East (Bypassing IL Rt. 178 at Utica):
Continue on I-80 W to I-39 S (Exit 79A) to IL 71 E

Be sure to visit the Starved Rock Kids' Corner for more information and fun activities to prep for your outing.

starvedrock kids page

The historical I & M Canal  is also in our area. The actual canal starts at the Chicago River and runs close to 100 miles, ending at LaSalle. Access near us would be in Rockdale, Channahon, or Morris. You can step back in time to see how travel along the towpath was conducted in the mid-1800's. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources highlights some of the state parks and historical sites along the towpath trail.

illinois dnr i& m canal

As always, we have books for you to learn more about these sites and their history in the 977's of our non-fiction section area:

J 917.3 FLY
  National Parks Guide U.S.A.

J 977.3 MAR
  What's Great About Illinois? by Kristin Marciniak

Uniquely Illinois  by AndrewSantella J 977.3 SAN

I & M Canal pioneers' stories : bringing history to life in the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor  LH 977.3 REC

977.3 CRE
 (Adult section) Starved Rock State Park: The Work of the CCC Along the I & M Canal by Dennis Cremin

Enjoy the great weather as you take a walk on the wild(flower & life) side and celebrate nature!


Wildlife and Wildflowers...Nature Nearby

As you may have noticed, I have a tendency to write about special days or holidays each month.  It's enjoyable to look for little (and big) things to celebrate while maybe learning a fun fact or two along the way.  While I have already listed a few things about August, I just read that August is also National Parks Month.  You can check out the National Parks website  to see what parks are located near us in Illinois.  national park service

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is actually listed with the National Forest Service, but has much to offer, just a few miles south of Elwood.
midewinLast year, bison were introduced to this park and can sometimes be spotted as you drive by. However, they love to roam, as the old song states, so you may need to find a trail and have your binoculars handy. Actually, it's "oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam..." (are you humming it right now??) This fact sheet, provided by the Forest Service, will help you learn the difference between bison and buffalo:


Several baby bison were born earlier this summer. Stop in at the visitors' center to find out more about them, as well as other features, trails, programs and volunteer opportunities at this park. Here are some books we have available in the nonfiction section for basic bison information:


970.004 Region Plains


   J 599.643 ROB

    J 599.643 PER

    J 599.643 GEO

Perhaps you'd like to learn more about prairies.  Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:


or stop by to pick up these books and others before you visit the prairie:

J 577.44 MIL

 J 583.73 ROO

 J 635.95178 COL

Find flora, fauna, and facts galore as you explore the prairie ecosystem!

To be continued......

New month, new fun...and the dog days of summer?

You might be feeling a little melancholy about now thinking that summer is over, but don't fret!  Here are some special days to celebrate these lazy, hazy days before heading back to school....

International Clown Week – August 1-7 Do they make you nervous?

National Scrabble Week – August 6-10-Brush up on your spelling!

August 9th National book Lovers day- Be sure to come and see us!!

August 10th National Lazy Day- Take it easy and stay cool!

August 11th National Son and Daughter Day- Perhaps celebrate with dinner? Or ice cream? Or both?

August 13th National Left-handers Day- Hooray for Southpaws!

Elvis Week – August 8-12- What's your favorite Elvis tune?

National Aviation Week – August 15-21 (Always during week of Orville Wright’s Birthday August 19)

August 19th National Aviation Day- Check out the Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront- Charles Tillman is skydiving on the 20th!!

Be Kind to Humankind Week – August 25-31- Pay something forward!

August  26th   National Dog Day   http://www.nationaldogday.com/

The hot, hazy days of late July and August are also known as "the dog days of summer", but what does the weather have to do with dogs?

According to Farmers' Almanac and other sites, people explain 
dog days
that when the weather is so hot, dogs become lazy and rest to stay cool and not get overheated.

It sounds like a good explanation, but both the Farmers' Almanac and Wonderopolis trace the phrase back to the dogdays wonderopolisancient Romans believing that Sirius (Dog Star), or the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, was so bright that it caused the Earth's temperature to rise.  Of course, it's really about the tilt of the Earth towards the sun and the distance between them, but it's a good story!

To learn more about constellations, visit the  520 section of the library for books like these:

J 523.8 SAS
J 523.8 LOR
J 520 LOV

And star-gazing on a warm summer night could be just the thing to add to your summer memories!

Bem vindo ao Rio! (Welcome to Rio!)

It’s nearly here…the Summer Olympics 2016! Starting August 5th, you can follow the events and medal counts round the clock. Here is the official website:


rio2016.com screenshot

Are you able to name all the summer sports? Click on each logo to learn a little bit more about the sport & rules, fun facts, when the events are scheduled, exciting players to look out for, and much more! There’s even a spectator guide to give you more details if you’re especially interested in a competition.

Olympic sports

Here is another site to explore:

rio2016.com/mascots screenshot

Of course the library has books for you to learn more about the Olympics throughout the years in the non-fiction section -whether it be history, athlete biographies, or information about the different sports.

If you’re interested in researching different countries and their customs, visit the Library webpage and look for CultureGrams in the Homework Help section under the Research & Learning tab.

CultureGrams screenshot