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Mystery Book Bag

Thursday, December 31st

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Mystery Book Bags: Request a bag of surprise books. Our librarians will find the perfect title for you! Just fill out this form: bit.ly/HPLBOOKBAG Birth – Teens

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VIRTUAL Monarch Read Aloud

Thursday, December 17th

4:00 pm - 4:35 pm

Librarians will read Monarch nominees over Zoom; read along by reserving a print copy at the Library or download on Hoopla or Libby/Overdrive. Please include an email address when registering and an online meeting invitation will be sent before the session.

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Take Home Crafts: Preschool

Wednesday, December 2nd

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beat the winter blues with a monthly craft. Register once a month to receive a pre-packaged craft. Crafts will be ready for curbside or in-library pick up.

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Take Home Crafts: K-Grade 2

Wednesday, December 2nd

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beat the winter blues with a monthly craft. Register once a month to receive a pre-packaged craft. Crafts will be ready for curbside or in-library pick up.

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Take Home Crafts: Grades 3-5

Wednesday, December 2nd

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beat the winter blues with a monthly craft. Register once a month to receive a pre-packaged craft. Crafts will be ready for curbside or in-library pick up.

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VIRTUAL: First Chapter Fridays

Friday, December 4th

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Hear the first chapters of fabulous NEW reads that have just arrived in the Youth Services Department. Please provide an email address during registration.

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Flat Elf Buddy Explores Hinsdale

Monday, December 7th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Your elf buddy has just arrived from the North Pole! Make your own flat elf buddy (like Flat Stanley) and take photos of you and your buddy at places in Hinsdale you think he or she should see. Send in your favorite picture(s) to enter them to be featured in the Library’s social media and/or

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VIRTUAL: Read to the Dogs

Wednesday, December 9th

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet over Zoom with a trained therapy pet and its handler for a 15-minute reading session. Read a book Presented with Hinsdale Humane Society.

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Take Home S.T.E.A.M. Kits: Preschool – Grade 2

Monday, December 14th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore S.T.E.A.M with these take home kits. On the third Monday of the month, your kits will be available for curbside or in-library pick up. Registration required. Limit 30 December-Engineering; January-Science; and February-Art.

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Take Home S.T.E.A.M. Kits: Grades 3-5

Monday, December 14th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore S.T.E.A.M with these take home kits. Your kits will be available for curbside or in-library pick up on the third Monday of the month. Registration required. Limit 30. December-Engineering; January-Science; and February-Art.

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Winter Reading Challenge

Monday, December 14th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The weather might be cold, but the competition is heating up! Fill out your reading bingo card to win various prizes. Register on the Library’s website to pick up a bag.

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Family Gingerbread Houses

Tuesday, December 15th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Register and receive your very own “dream” gingerbread house kit. Limit one kit per Hinsdale family.

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HPL Book Box Jr.

Friday, December 18th

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Subscribe to the Library’s book box and enjoy a pre-selected middle grade chapter book and fun surprises each month. Choose your preferred genre when you register. Register once to receive a box in December, January, and February Pick up dates are December 18, January 15, and February 19.

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Bluestem Awards 2021

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Discover our eLearning Support Materials

Getting started with eLearning? Take a peek at some of the resources the Library has to support learning at home.

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Enrichment Books

Find great materials to help you plan and expand your at-home activities.

Digital Resources

Databases

Use these specialized databases to go deep on your favorite subjects or find sources for your project s from home.

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks

Books You Can Access Anytime

Looking for a book for Sustained Silent Reading or a book report? Browse the Library’s collection of thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Bring the library to you!

Host a visit from library staff for great book recommendations, a 3D printer demonstration, or help with a research project. If you have any questions contact us at youth@hinsdalelibrary.info or 630-986-1976.

Need homework help? Look no further!

Print Resources

District 181 and Saint Isaac Jogues School Textbooks

Forgot your textbook at school? The library keeps a copy of all District 181 and Saint Isaac Jogues textbooks for in-library use.

School Reading Lists

Whether it's the Bluestem, Caudill, or Battle of the Books the library has multiple copies of every book on the list.

Book Recommendations

Not sure what to read next or stumped by your teacher’s required genre reading list? Stop in and ask a staff member to help you find a great book or fill out a Book Match form to get a list of recommendations emailed to you

Online Resources

Databases

Need to find a couple of sources for your research paper? Use our databases to search newspapers, encyclopedias and more.

In-Library Services

Study Rooms

The library offers study rooms for you to book if you need a quiet place to study or a location your entire group can gather.

Technology

The library offers Apple computers and wireless printing as well as free Wi-Fi. Friendly staff will help you with any tech issues.