Virtual Early Literacy Corner

The latest installment of our Virtual Library is here!

Our Virtual Early Literacy Corner is an excellent resource for parents and caregivers of young children. Here you’ll be able to access some great resources including picture book read alouds, songs, games, and other activities for the little ones.

Please take time to enjoy exploring the Virtual Early Literacy Corner by clicking on various items to discover where they will lead you. One of the best things about our Virtual Library is that it is available any time, day or night, so you are free to explore whenever it is convenient for you.

Free for 4th grade families!

Look what came through an email a few days ago…this resource-filled website called Every Kid Outdoors! First, read all about the program here and what agencies are involved:

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As you scroll down the “plan your trip tab”, you will see the 4 different categories you can choose from:

The “See Protected Animals” block takes you to the National Wildlife Refuge System where you can find more information about areas throughout the country:

“Visit the Forest” also has a search tool at to find forests or preserves with detailed information about specific sites:

Find the park that “fits you” in the next block that takes you to

And finally, offers this description on their website: “Discover new experiences, historic landmarks, and outdoor escapes right down the road or across the country. From camping, hiking, and horseback riding to wildlife viewing, monument tours, and ranger-led activities – you can find it on!”

Look for local sites or explore the whole country!

There are some rules and regulations which are explained further down on the page to print your voucher, but it looks like a great way to plan a family trip to some fantastic outdoor sites:

The voucher page also explains about admittance for the rest of the family and what charges may apply (ex. parking fees or special tours, etc.):

And after you’ve gathered all your information and planned your trip…ta-da!!! You’ve earned the free pass!

There are many good ideas here for learning about family adventures even if you aren’t (or don’t have) a 4th grader. We hope you find some useful information about exploring new activities and enjoy searching for places to visit…whether near or far!

Goosebumps, goodies, and more!

What are you doing this coming Friday? Why not join the fun and fright at the Spooktacular Halloween After Hours for 6th to 9th graders? We’ll have snacks & scares, you bring blankets & chairs, and good times will abound at this socially distanced outdoor event!

For all the details, visit our website. You can read about it in the program guide here

and register online here on the Teen tab of the website:

Download the permission slip here:

So come on out for a spooktacular evening with Ms. Melissa and Ms. Liz…if you dare…….bwahhhahahahahahaha (that’s supposed to be a scary laugh)…!

Virtual Haunted Library

🎃Spooky season is here!🎃

If you love Halloween as much as the Youth Services Librarians here at the New Lenox Public Library, then our Virtual Haunted Library will surely be a treat (but watch out for tricks)!

This Virtual Haunted Library is full of wonderful activities, songs, and read alouds.

For extra fun, see if you can find all of the Youth Services Librarians! There are 8 of us: Ms. Alissa, Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Jen, Ms. Liz O., Ms. Liz Y., Ms. Cecily, Ms. Chris, and Ms. Katie.

Have so much fun exploring the Virtual Haunted Library! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!