Archive for January, 2010

Famous First Lines

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Can you guess what children’s book this first line comes from?  Give it a try!

“There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with  himself-not just sometimes, but always.”

Did you guess?  Check here for the answer.

Movies at the Library

Monday, January 25th, 2010

    Monday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m.
As her alter ego’s popularity begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging from her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most.

(102 minutes; rated G)

Free tickets available at the Children’s Department desk.

Suitable for grades 1 and up

(originally posted at

Katherine Paterson Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Here is a news release from the Library on Congress on Katherine Paterson becoming the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

To learn more about this extraordinary author, visit her website at

If you are interested in reading some of the wonderful books that Katherine Paterson has written, visit the Wheaton Public Library.  Find out what the library has by Paterson here.

2010 Award Winners

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The winners have been named for the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and many more!

Click here to see a list of the winners announced by the ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children), a division of the American Library Association.

If you wrote a book…

Monday, January 18th, 2010

If you were to write a book…

what would your hero or heroine’s name be?

what would they look like?

where would they live?

what would be their favorite flavor of ice cream?

Staff Favorites

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Here’s the third installment of staff favorites for the Children’s Department.  Enjoy!

Click on the titles to find these books in the Wheaton Public Library Collection.

  Chicken Soup with Rice

  Cherry and Olive

  Llama Llama books

  Don’t Fidget a Feather!


  The Kissing Hand

Battle of the Books

Monday, January 11th, 2010

We are officially one week into our 2010 season of Battle of the Books.  Keep track of the scores of your school here at the library or at home.  Scores can be found at the Children’s Department desk, from the Wheaton Public Library homepage or the kids’ room page.

Find out more about the Battle of the Books program here.

Good luck to all those participating!

Children’s Chatter

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The Children’s Department blog shares its name with the Children’s Department newsletter.  Just out is the Winter 2010 edition of our newsletter.  This is a wonderful resource for all things library.   Find out about upcoming events, new award winners, and library programming along with helpful suggestions for reading with children. 

The newsletter can be picked up at the Children’s Department desk, find it on our website in the kids’ room or click here.

Winter Storytime and Reading with Rover

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Today was the first day of registration for the winter session of storytime and Reading with Rover.  Some classes have filled but many still have openings.  If you are interested in signing up for a class, stop by the Children’s Department desk or call our Children’s Department Programming number at (630) 868-7545. 

Just as a reminder, you do need to have a Wheaton Public Library card to participate in storytime classes and Reading with Rover. 

Click here for more information on our storytimes and Reading with Rover program.

Famous First Lines

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Can you guess what children’s book this first line comes from?  Give it a try!

“Matthias cut a comical little figure as he wobbled his way along the cloisters, with his large sandals flip-flopping and his tail peeping from beneath the baggy folds of an oversized novice’s habit.”

Did you guess?   Check here for the answer.