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Homemade Play Time

Incorporating the natural world around us in educational activities is an important way to enhance learning and early literacy. Mixing powders and water will build an experience that you can share together. First, we gather what we need. Then we get to be scientists and do an experiment. Last, we clean up, so we can […]

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Building Early Literacy at Home

Do you have children between the ages of 0-5 staying home with you right now? It can take a lot to keep these little wiggleworms engaged! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of easy, low-cost activities just for you. I’ll be using the Every Child Ready to Read program as a guide, encouraging you to interact with your children using five practices that build early literacy: singing, […]

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Niles-Maine District Library Wins Top Workplaces Award

Niles-Maine District Library has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor for the first time by The Chicago Tribune. The Library is one of two libraries recognized on the list of 150 companies and organizations in the Chicago region.  “One of the staff members nominated us for the award, and I’m thrilled that the staff […]

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Hidden Gems of the Library (and How to Utilize Them)

It’s no secret that I’m fairly new to the Niles-Maine District Library staff. I’m lucky that I’ve just started working with my amazing team about three months ago. I’ll admit, I had an old-fashioned idea of what a library could be (long stacks of books, librarians shushing me all the time), and let me tell […]

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