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TechGirlz workshops for grades 5-8

By Children's Librarian Eileen Saam Have you heard about TechGirlz? Each month, the Oak Park Public Library hosts TechGirlz workshops for girls in grades 5-8. What is TechGirlz? Nonprofit organization ...
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SNOW! At-home activities for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove Love it, hate it, or just tolerate it, snow is a fact of life for those of us living in the Midwest! Here are some ...
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Bomba music: Videos, books & more at-home activities for grade schoolers

Welcome everyone! Today we will briefly explore a pillar of Puerto Rican cultural expression known as Bomba. We will learn that beyond its existence as a musical genre in Puerto ...
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Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 2)

By Children's Librarian Eileen Saam As mentioned in my first post in this series, Google is a great resource of information and can be a useful first source when researching ...
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All about astrology: A virtual tutorial, books & more

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Astrology and astronomy are similar words that are easy to confuse! Both relate to space and the universe, but astronomy is a branch of science, ...
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Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 1)

By Children's Librarian Eileen Saam Many people use Google to search for information on the internet. Google is a powerful tool for research. It is fast and convenient and can ...
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The universe above our heads: At-home activities & books for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove The physical sciences study the non-living systems of our world, and astronomy expands that investigation into the universe! Galaxies, stars, planets—we want to know about ...
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Become a chess champ

Become a chess champ: A virtual tutorial & more at-home activities for kids

Chess challenges young minds to think critically. It teaches sacrifice and strategy, and exercises the ability to think ahead. And it's fun! Whether kids are new to chess or have ...
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