Children’s Services Featured Events

Fun with Food: A MyPlate Adventure

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Saturday, January 10, 2015SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

10:30-11:30 AM

Fun with Food: A MyPlate Adventure is an action-packed event that you won’t want to miss! Join us for a family fun event featuring movement and song, a “Make Today a Try Day” food tasting, and other fun activities as we exploreSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES the USDA’s MyPlate program. Kids will be introduced to the MyPlate characters, including Farrah Fruit, Reggie Veggie, Mary Dairy, Jane Grain, and Dean Protein, SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESand families will learn how to use the MyPlate guidelines to create tasty, healthy meals and snacks. This program is best for families with children 3-6 years of age. Participating children will take home the MyPlate literacy-based packets, a MyPlate placemat, and a grocery store I-Spy game. Registered dietitian Donna Rochnowski will host the food tasting and be available to answer questions.

Registration is requested for this program as limited seating is available. Call Children’s Services at (815) 223-0229 to sign up today! Parents must inform the librarians of any allergies (including non-food allergies) at the time of registration. 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFun with Food: A MyPlate Adventure is hosted in conjunction with Illinois Valley Community Hospital and Hy-Vee. This program is also made possible through grant funding by the Target Corporation. MyPlate materials and graphics were obtained from the USDA’s Center for Nutrition and Promotion. For more information about the MyPlate program or nutrition, visit the USDA’s website.

Doggie Tales: Reading with Tillie & Gus

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM

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Join Ms. Pam, Gus, and Tillie the Cavalier King Charles spaniels for Doggie Tales. Doggie Tales will take place the second Thursday of each month.

Tillie and Gus love to hear children read stories. They don’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Tillie and Gus just want to help children build confidence in reading.

Tillie and Gus are certified therapy dogs through Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Intermountain Therapy Dogs. Children will read to Tillie or Gus for 5-10 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Registration is required as limited space is available. In case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact registered readers. Please monitor local area closings. 

To register, contact the Children’s Services department at (815) 223-0229 x 5.

Ongoing dates:

February 12

March 12

April 9

May 14

Doggie Tales: Reading with Charlie

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM

Join Ms. Theresa and Charlie the flat-coated retriever for Doggie Tales the third Tuesday of the month. Charlie has been making visits to schools, hospitals, and nursing homes since he was 6 months old. He has chalked up about 70 visits so far. Charlie gets along with everyone, whether it’s a human, a dog, a cat, a chicken, a rabbit, or a donkey. If he met an elephant, he would share a biscuit! His favorite activities are eating, riding in the car,  chewing on bones, and watching TV. Charlie loves a good book so he can’t wait to help at the library! He loves to hear children read stories and doesn’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Charlie just wants to help children build confidence in reading.

Charlie is a certified therapy dog. Children will read to Charlie for 5-10 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Registration is required as limited space is available. In case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact registered readers. Please monitor local area closings.

Ongoing dates:

February 17

March 17

April 21

May 19

View our program archive and pictures from past events here.