Fall is in the air…or is it?

Just as the days are getting shorter and it seems the temperatures are cooler, thoughts turn to sweaters, falling leaves, and pumpkins (or all things pumpkin spice, ha)…and then it’s hot again!! Fall weather is unpredictable for now but will soon be here to stay.

The official first day of autumn is Monday, September 23rd this year according to this post from the Farmer’s Almanac.

The “Weather Dude” also has some interesting facts about autumn along with a song and links to the other seasons:

The Weather Dude

Of course, we have these books and many more for you to check out about the fall weather!

Fall by Harriet Brundle- E 508.2 BRU

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak- E PAK

Weather in Fall by Jenna Lee Gleisner- E 508.2GLE

If you’re thinking of taking a drive or traveling to see the fall colors, this interactive map will give you a time frame for leaf changes :

Fall Foliage Map

For a quick refresher on why the seasons change, this video provides an easy explanation:

The Four Seasons

Even though we are looking forward to crisp autumn days with bonfire nights, this is also the time to think about spring! Fall is the time to plant tulip, daffodil, and other spring bulbs so you will be able to enjoy them after the bleak days of winter.

Gardening With Kids

The Will County Forest Preserve has several upcoming events to enjoy the outdoors in the changing season. You can find a program or hike the trails to learn about nature.

Forest Preserve District of Will County

Whether you call it fall or autumn, we hope you find some useful information to enjoy the upcoming season!

Oh, the places you’ve been…

This summer the Youth Services Department set out postcards again for patrons to share their summer travels. We’re always happy to hear about your adventures, and hope you’ve checked out our display case where our special mail is shared. If you sent us your postcard, we pinned the location you visited along with your message. What a fun way to learn about your vacation!

An ongoing service of the Youth Department is the Travel Bag Request. There is a link on the NLPL website to the request form to fill out information about your destination and your child’s interests. You can then submit your request online. Of course, you can also visit the Youth Services Reference Desk and pick up the request in person. Our department will customize a bag for each child according to your form that includes books, audiobooks, music, magazines, and activity sheets. Even though summer is coming to an end, you can still request a Travel Bag whenever you have a trip planned!

A Culturegram link included in your Travel Bag will give you information about your destination. This is found on the NLPL website too, in the Books & Services tab.

Here are a few shots of our postcard display case:

Come in and see us before your next trip!