Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Here is what’s new and newsworthy in children’s literature and public libraries.

  1. Why are there so many children’s books about anxiety?
  2. Goosebumps is 30! R.L. Stine reflects on the series and spending three decades scaring kids.
  3. Kwame Alexander is hosting a new reality show to find America’s Next Great Author.
  4. It’s been long said that reading improves empathy. But what does the science actually say?
  5. Children’s nonfiction has an image problem.

And that’s all for this month’s Five on Friday! I hope you all enjoyed checking out what’s new in the kidlit world. Be sure to check back in September for the next Five on Friday, and have a wonderful weekend!

Escape Room sessions still open!

There are still spots open for some of the sessions of our Escape Rooms this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! If you would like to sign up, visit our events calendar, and register for the session of your choice, or call the Children’s Desk at 309-524-2480.

Open to those age 8-18.

Please register for only one session.

If participating as a group, please register each person individually.

Chalk Paint

Last week we had our first Splish Splash Storytime and it went really well! The chalk paint in particular was a hit and several people asked me how we made it, so I wanted to put it here as well if you’d like to try it at home. It’s super easy: just smash up some chalk to semi-fine powder and mix it with a little bit of water until you get it the consistency you want.

It works best if you leave it out for a bit after making it so it’s less runny, but even using it right away is fine. It’s a great way to use up the small or broken pieces too! As you can see the colors are super vibrant even after being watered down. And clean up is as easy as spraying down with a hose or just waiting for the next rainy day!