Children's Services Blog

May is Picture Book Month!!

In light of the great number of amazing picture books that I've seen in the last few weeks, I have unofficially dubbed May to be Picture Bo

Ode to the Power of Poems!

cover of Out of This World by Amy Sklansky Pre-service teachers with Millikin University just completed their five-week course at the Library this week.

Celebrating Children's Authors

Cover of the book, "Saint George and the Dragon" by Trina Schart HymanThis weekend is the birthday of great children's authors. Friday is the birthday of Trina Schart Hyman.

Battle of the Books

It’s Battle of the Books week in Urbana! All school year, diligent readers from three Urbana Schools have read books from a list of 28 books to prepare to answer questions about the books. This week, spirited book battles took place to pick a representative team from Leal, Wiley, and Yankee Ridge Schools to move on to the Urbana District competition scheduled for Friday.

School Champions moving on to the final Battle:

 Leal School: “The Team 3 Files: The 100 – Year Old Winning Streak”

Wiley School: “The Reading Rangers”

Owl Musings

cover of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen You may not be aware, but the Library is part of Millikin University’s teacher education program.  Every spring, a cohort of students attends their Children’s Literature

Celebrating Ezra Jack Keats

Cover of The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats This week, the Library has been celebrating the 100th Birthday of one of my very favorite children's book creators in the world - Mr.