EBOOKS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

TUMBLE BOOK CLOUD JUNIOR

Access TumbleBook here.

TumbleBookCloud Junior, for grades 3-6, contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and new National Geographic videos. TumbleBooks' one-of-a-kind Read-Along format combines the flexibility of an ebook with full-length professional narration and sentence-by-sentence highlighting so kids can follow along.   


EBOOKS FOR KIDS

Access ebooks for kids here.

Download children’s ebooks and audiobooks from home.


NOVELIST K-8

 

 Access NoveList K-8 here.
NoveList K-8 helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Search for reading suggestions based on authors, books, or plots you like.

WORLD BOOK ONLINE FOR KIDS

Access World Book Online here.

World Book Online for Kids is a great general reference site developed especially for children. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and lots of games, interactive tools, and activities.


SPECIAL NEEDS STORY TIME
Tuesdays   10:45 A.M.
Sept. 27 - Nov. 15, 2016
 
 
This program may be enjoyed by all children up to 35 months but is especially designed for children with special needs challenges. It combines books, songs, movement, and  activities to encourage reading readiness. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other story times, this inclusive program may be just what you are looking for! Children must attend with a parent or caregiver.                  
Required registration begins on September 12 @ 8:30 a.m. 

SIMPLY STORIES
Fall 2016
Sept. 28 @ 10:30 A.M.
Oct. 5 @ 10:30 A.M. 
Oct. 12 @ 10:30 A.M.
Oct. 19 @ 10:30 A.M. 
Oct. 26 @ 10:30 A.M.
Nov. 2 @ 10:30 A.M.
Nov. 9 
@ 10:30 A.M.
Nov. 16 @ 10:30 A.M.
Join the fun! Stop in to share stories, rhymes and songs. We will sing, talk, read and play to nurture early literacy skills.
 

Everyone is welcome. Children 3 and under with adult.
No registration is required. Limit 30.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH MARY @ HOMER LIBRARY
September 28-November 16
(No class on October 26.)

Wednesdays @ 11:30 A.M. or 12:30 P.M. 
 
 
 
Registration for the new 7 week session begins September 12, 2016.
This class, for ages 0-5 years, offers creative music and movement activities to develop and stimulate an early love of music. The classes are limited to 10 children with a parent or caregiver who must attend.
Registration and fee of $21 per family for the full 7 week session required.  
Payment is due one week in advance of the class or child's registration will be removed. 
Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event. 

STORYTIME
For children ages 3, 4 and 5. Introduces children to books and reading with stories and crafts that help develop early literacy and listening skills.
Classes are offered:
September 26-November 17
Mondays @ 9:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
 & 1:00 p.m.
Registration is required. Limit 15. Children must be 3 years old at the time of registration.
 
Polish-English Storytime is offered on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.  Registration is required. Limit 15. Children must be 3 years old at the time of registration.

WIGGLES AND GIGGLES
 
This early literacy program is designed to enhance the parent-child relationship through shared enjoyment of play! Each half hour themed session will be a time of simple stories, fingerplays, bouncing rhymes, music and movement to encourage reading readiness.
Wiggles and Giggles programs are offered:
September 26 - November 17
Mondays @ 10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
Thursdays @ 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
 
Registration is required. Limit 10 children. This program is for children up to 35 months with a caregiver.









FALL PROGRAM BROCHURE FOR KIDS
There are lots of fun programs, shows and activities going on at the library this fall. Here is the 2016 Fall Program Brochure for Kids. 
FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION
September 12, 2016

Registration for Story Time, Polish Story Time, Wiggles & Giggles, Special Needs Story Time and Music & Movement with Mary begins at 8:30 a.m on September 12, 2016. 
 
Wiggles & Giggles: welcomes children up to 35 months with adult. Encourages reading readiness with simple stories, finger plays, rhymes and movement activities.
 
Music & Movement with Mary: for ages up to 5 with adult. Fee: $21 per family for 7 weeks due by 9/21/2016. 
 
Story Time welcomes children ages 3, 4 & 5 to share terrific tales and accompanying craft. Designed to develop essential early literacy skills and get children ready to read.

See the library home page and click on the EVENTS tab for registration information. Registration forms for the above programs may be found on September 12th, 2016. To register for other programs, please scroll to the date of the program for the registration form. 

STORYWALK CHALLENGE
August - December 2016
 

Visit the StoryWalk trail at Sendra Park (14727 S.               Green brier Lane). The new book is Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. 
Take the StoryWalk Challenge!

Pick up a Book Haunt and StoryWalk Challenge sheet at the library between September 26-October 16. Visit the StoryWalk and answer the three questions! Return your completed StoryWalk Challenge questions to the library to earn an entry in the Fall prize drawing! 

IT'S A BOOK HAUNT AND STORYWALK CHALLENGE
September 26 - October 16, 2016

It's so easy to do, it's spooky! Pick up a Book Haunt & StoryWalk Challenge sheet at the library. Finish the Book Haunt to get a frightfully fun reward and 1 entry in the Halloween prize drawing. Complete the StoryWalk Challenge to earn another chance to win the prize drawing.

Sheets due on or before October 16. One reward per child while supplies last. 

EXPLORING SCIENCE WITH GARRET RHEA
September 29, 2016
6:30 P.M.
Ages 6 - 10
Limit 25

Eating Healthy Foods 

Features the song, Eating Sunlight. Learn about the 4 basic food groups, see how all food can be traced to the sun and talk about the importance of eating healthy. Includes a healthy snack.
Registration required. 

2 GREAT GUESSING GAMES!!
October 3 - 16
All ages


Guess how much the pumpkin weighs. Also, estimate how many candy corn it takes to fill the jar. Closest guess at the pumpkin's weight takes it home! The candy jar goes home with whoever guesses closest. 

One entry per child. 

TWEEN TECH AND TINKER
October 3, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades 5 - 8
Limit 12

Ozobots
Cool color coding with tiny, smart robots!
Registration required.

READING WITH ROVER
CANCELLED
October 6, 2016

5:00 P.M.
For children who have completed 1st grade and up.
Limit 4 per session.

 
In the Reading with Rover program, children actually read for 15 minutes to a dog and the dog loves to listen! A child that may be hesitant to read aloud to his family or friends is typically less stressed when reading to a dog. The dog never judges the child’s reading ability. Register your child for Reading with Rover today!
Registration required.

Photos may be taken after 6 p.m.

HALLODAZE CRAFTING
October 10, 2016
11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.


Feeling creative? Stop by the KidZone and craft up some holiday fun!
One of each craft while supplies last.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB
October 10, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Suggested grades 3, 4 & 5

Girls and their mothers or other significant women in their lives are welcome to share the love of reading together in this inspiring club. Discuss an assigned book and create a simple craft. First book available in YS department after 9/12.
Registration required.

CRAFTERNOONS
October 11, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Suggested ages 8-12
Limit 12


Boo! Don’t be scared to make our cute Mummy vase!
Registration and $2 fee required. 
Payment is due one week in advance or child's registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event.

CHESS CLUB
October 12, 2016
5:00 P.M.
Chess players: grade 1 & up
Checker players: age 5 & up


Practice your chess or checkers skills! Come and join other kids for an hour of fun! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their children.
Registration recommended.

STORY EXPLORERS BOOK CLUB
October 12, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Suggested grades 3, 4 & 5

Calling all boys and girls with an adult friend. Come and explore books filled with humor, adventure, mystery and more. Book avilable in YS department.
Registration required.

BINGO
October 13, 2016
4:30 P.M.
All ages, children under 6 with adult

A fun hour of everyone's favorite game and candy prizes!
No registration required.

CANDY CORN BAT CRAFT
October 17 - 30
All ages


Get ready for Halloween! Decorate your haunted house with a cute candycorn bat. 
One per child while supplies last. 

YOUTH HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP
October 17, 2016
Ages 7 - 13
4:30 - 5:30 P.M.
Limit 16, minimum 5

They're not just for Jack O Lanterns! It's Pumpkin Time!

Join in the fun and find out all about pumpkins and squash. Did you know Illinois is the pumpkin capitol of the United States? That pumpkins come in more colors than orange and have "brains?" Come learn all about this fabulous fruit and do a pumpkin craft at this hands on workshop
Registration & $2 fee required.

Payment due one week in advance or child's registration will be removed.Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event.

FINDING DORY ADVENTURE
October 18, 2016
5:30 - 6:30 P.M.
Ages 4 - 8
Limit 12


Plunge into fun and make waves with games Dory would love. Includes a craft and a treat!
Registration and $2 fee required.
Payment due one week in advance or child's registration will be removed.
Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event.

LEGO CLUB
October 19, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades K - 6

We supply the bricks you bring your imagination. Your creations will be on display for evryone to see!
No registration required.

EXPLORING SCIENCE WITH GARRET RHEA
October 20, 2016
6:30 P.M.
Ages 5 - 8
Limit 25

Atoms are Everywhere.

An interactive program that includes The Story of Circle and Square, songs and games.
Registration required.

LEGO CLUB
October 25, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Grades K - 6

We supply the bricks-you bring your imagination. Your creations will be on display for everyone to see!
No registration required.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR SHOW
October 25, 2016
6:30 P.M.
All ages
Children 5 and under with adult


Join comedy ventriloquist, Chris McBrien, for a family program with just the right amount of spooky to delight all! Halloween magic, lots of opportunities for helpers onstage, spooky stories and zany characters like Zed the Zombie, Bigfoot, Owl O'ween, Dewey Duck and more!
No registration.

TURKEY PAPER CRAFT
October 31 - November 13
All ages

Instead of using an oven, cook up a colorful turkey with paper and glue!
One per child while supplies last.

READING WITH ROVER
November 3, 2016
5:00 P.M.
For children who have completed 1st grade and up.
Limit 4 per session.

 
In the Reading with Rover program, children actually read for 15 minutes to a dog and the dog loves to listen! A child that may be hesitant to read aloud to his family or friends is typically less stressed when reading to a dog. The dog never judges the child’s reading ability. Register your child for Reading with Rover today!
Registration required. 
Photos may be taken after 6 p.m.

TWEEN TECH AND TINKER
November 7, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades 5 - 8
Limit 12

Meet and play with Sphero-the app controlled robotic ball!
Registration required.

ART OF INFLATION: FUN BALLOON SHOW
November 8, 2016
6:30 P.M.
All ages, children 5 and under with adult

"Magical Balloon-Dude Dale" combines incredible balloon creations with comedy geared toward kids for a great family- friendly show. Dale Obrochta's, Art of Inflation, is an all age show that blends comedy, audience participation, balloon twisting, music and a dash of silliness!
No registration.

CHESS CLUB
November 9, 2016
5:00 P.M.
Chess players: grade 1 & up
Checker players: age 5 & up


Practice your chess or checkers skills! Come and join other kids for an hour of fun! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their children.
Registration recommended.

STORY EXPLORERS BOOK CLUB
November 9, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Suggested grades 3, 4 & 5


Calling all boys and girls with an adult friend. Come and explore books filled with humor, adventure, mystery and more. Book available in YS department.
Registration required.

BINGO
November 10, 2016
4:30 P.M.
All ages, children under 6 with adult


A fun hour of everyone's favorite game and candy prizes!
No registration required.

HOLIDAY GUESSING JAR
November 14 - 27
All ages

This doggy is stuffed full of fun! Guess the number of items in the jar. The person with the closest guess will take home the jar.
One entry per person.

YOUTH HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP
November 14, 2016
4:30 - 5:30 P.M.
Ages 7 - 13
Limit 16, minimum 5

Let Us Give Thanks...Make and Take Harvest Cornucopia!

A Cornucopia or Horn of Plenty is a great way to celebrate the harvest and all we are thankful for. Learn about the fruits, vegetables, flowers and nature's gifts that Northern Illinois has. Each participant will make a Harvest Cornucopia to take home!
Registration and $2 fee required. 
Payment is due one week in advance of the event or child's registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation with refund is one week prior to the event.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB
November 14, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Suggested grades 3, 4 & 5


Girls and their mothers or other significant women in their lives are welcome to share the love of reading together in this inspiring club. Discuss an assigned book and create a simple craft. Book available in YS department.
Registration required.

CRAFTERNOONS
November 15, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Suggested ages 8 - 12
Limit 12


Make a seasonal pumpkin
decoration that will compliment any room in the house!

Registration and $2 fee required. 
Payment is due one week in advance of the event or child's registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation with refund is one week prior to the event.

LEGO CLUB
November 16, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades K-6


We supply the bricks you bring your imagination. Your creations will be on display for everyone to see!
No registration required.

EXPLORING SCIENCE WITH GARRET RHEA
November 17, 2016
6:30 P.M.
Ages 6 - 10
Limit 25

Explore the Universe! 

Explore the universe in relation to size! Play and sing, "Everything is Big, Everything is Small." This interactive program includes the use of magnifying glasses.
Registration required.

MEET THE FERRETS!
November 21, 2016
1:00 P.M.
All ages, children under 5 with adult
Limit 30

The ferrets are coming! This is a hands on opportunity to learn about ferrets sponsored by The Greater Chicago Ferret Association.
No registration required.

CELEBRATE 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN WITH COOKIE MOUSE!
November 22, 2016
10:00 -11:00 A.M.
All ages, children under 5 with adult
Siblings welcome!


Laura Numeroff's Cookie Mouse will be at the library to party with you! Get a “pawtograph” and have a photo taken with your fuzzy friend. Spin the prize wheel, craft a cookie mouse, and enjoy a snack.
No registration
.
One per child while supplies last.

REINDEER SIGN CRAFT
November 28 - December 11, 2016
All ages

Create some holiday cheer when you craft a cute, reindeer sign.
One per child while supplies last.

ELF ON THE SHELF AT THE LIBRARY
November 28 - December 23, 2016

Our Elf, Noel, is coming back from the North Pole. He always has a lot of fun and finds a little mischief along the way! Visit daily to see what Noel is up to!

LEGO CLUB
November 29, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Grades K - 6


We supply the bricks-you bring your imagination. Your creations will be on display for everyone to see!
No registration required.

POKEMON
November 30, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Grades K - 8
Limit 20


Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts! Bring your own cards to the library to battle, share ideas and trade.
Registration required.

READING WITH ROVER
December 1, 2016
5:00 P.M.
For children who have completed 1st grade and up.
Limit 4 per session

 
In the Reading with Rover program, children actually read for 15 minutes to a dog and the dog loves to listen! A child that may be hesitant to read aloud to his family or friends is typically less stressed when reading to a dog. The dog never judges the child’s reading ability. Register your child for Reading with Rover today!
Registration required. 

Photos may be taken after 6 p.m.

HOLIDAY STORY TIME
December 5, 2016
10:00 A.M.
All ages, children under 3 with adult
Limit 15 

Jingle all the way to the library for some festive tales and a simple craft that will set the mood for the holidays.
Registration required.

PIRATE AND PIXIE PARTY
December 5, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Ages 4 -12
Limit 25


Dress in your finest fairy or fearsome pirate outfit then meet Jade, the Flightless Fairy! She will read and sing to you. Enjoy a snack and other fabulous, fun activities. Jade's books will be on sale for $15 each. Take a photo with the fairy and have your book autographed!
Registration & $2 fee required.

Payment is due one week in advance or child’s registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event.

HOLIDAY STORY TIME
December 6, 2016
10:00 A.M.
All ages, children under 3 with adult
Limit 15 


Jingle all the way to the library for some festive tales and a simple craft that will set the mood for the holidays.
Registration required.

FELT ORNAMENT CRAFT CLASS
December 6, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Ages 8 - 12
Limit 12

Sew up some seasonal cheer! Use simple sewing techniques to create a pair of lovely holiday ornaments.
Registration and $2 fee required. 
Payment is due one week in advance of the event or child's registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event.

POLISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
December 7, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
All ages, children under 12 with adult
Limit 20

Presented in Polish and English, come learn Polish traditions, make decorations, try a Christmas delicacy and sing Polish carols.
Registration and $2 fee required for all attending. Register each child and adult.
Payment is due one week in advance of the event or registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation with refund is one week prior to the event.

HOLIDAY WIGGLES AND GIGGLES
December 8, 2016
10:30 A.M.
Children up to 35 months with adult
Limit 12 children


Friends and families, join us for some terrific tales to get you in the holiday spirit!
Registration required.

BINGO
December 8, 2016
4:30 P.M.
All ages, children under 6 with adult


A fun hour of everyone's favorite game and candy prizes!
No registration required.

HOUR OF CODE
December 8, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades 5 - 8
Limit 12

Celebrate the Week of Code with Ozobots! Do some cool color coding with these tiny, funny, smart robots!
Registration required.

HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW
December 10, 2016
11:00 A.M.
All ages

Mark your holiday calendar for this wonderful, family puppet show! Join us for two fantastic stories: The Shoemaker & the Elves and The Night Before Christmas presented by the Melikin Puppet Co.
No registration required.

Sponsored by the J. March family.

3D SANTA & STICKERS
December 12 - 23, 2016
All ages


Santa's sleigh is almost set to go...It's up to you to make sure all the packages and decorations are ready for his big ride!
One per child while supplies last.

YOUTH HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP
December 12, 2016
4:30 - 5:30 P.M.
Ages 7 - 13
Limit 16, minimum 5

Winter Wonderland...Make and Take Frosty Fun Arrangement!

Nothing brings the feeling of winter into the house more than some fresh greens and fun decorations. Learn the basics of floral design and where all of these evergreens come from while each child creates their own make and take winter arrangement.
Registration and $2 fee required.
Payment is due one week in advance of the event or child's registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation with refund is one week prior to the event.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB
December 12, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Suggested grades 3, 4 & 5


Girls and their mothers or other significant women in their lives are welcome to share the love of reading together in this inspiring club. Discuss an assigned book and create a simple craft. Book available in YS department.
Registration required.

CRAFTERNOONS
December 13, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Suggested ages 8-12
Limit 12


Create a cute hat ornament for the tree or your elf!
Registration and $2 fee required. 

Payment is due one week in advance or child's registration will be removed. Deadline for cancellation, with refund, is one week prior to the event.

CHESS CLUB
December 14, 2016
5:00 P.M.
Chess players: grade 1 & up
Checker players: age 5 & up


Practice your chess or checkers skills! Come and join other kids for an hour of fun! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their children.
Registration recommended.

STORY EXPLORERS BOOK CLUB
December 14, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Suggested grades 3, 4 & 5


Calling all boys and girls with an adult friend. Come and explore books filled with humor, adventure, mystery and more. Book available in YS department.
Registration required.

HOLIDAY MOVIE AND CRAFT
December 17, 2016  
11:00 A.M.
All ages 
                                                                                                                                 

Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and make a funny, elf craft while watching, the animated classic film, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!
No registration. Limit 30.

TWEEN TECH AND TINKER
December 19, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades 5 - 8
Limit 12

Ozobots return with Makey-Makey. Come and play with these tiny, smart robots.
Registration required.

LEGO CLUB
December 21, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Grades K - 6


We supply the bricks you bring your imagination. Your creations will be on display for everyone to see!
No registration required.

PLUSH PENGUIN PRIZE DRAWING
December 27 -  January 8, 2017 
All ages
 
                                                                       
Who says penguins are chilly? Enter for a chance to take home a warm, fuzzy friend to snuggle up with a good book!
One entry per person.

LEGO CLUB
December 27, 2016
4:30 P.M.
Grades K - 6


We supply the bricks-you bring your imagination. Your creations will be on display for everyone to see!
No registration required.

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