1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Beginning on September 1st, pick up a folder that will include all you and your child will need to begin this self-paced, free, fun, and rewarding program from the Harrisburg District Library!

Why read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? You are your child’s first teacher, and sharing books together creates memories and wonderful bonding experiences. Reading out loud to your child builds the pre-literacy skills needed to learn to read. These skills include vocabulary, background knowledge, and knowing the sounds that letters make.

Reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten can be accomplished in a number of ways:

1 book a day x 365 days = 365 books

1 book a day x 3 years = 1095 books

3 books a day x 365 days = 1095 books

So many ways to reach 1,000!

Read any 1,000 books with your child (repeating books is welcome because we know how often “Everybody Poops” can be requested at bedtime;)) and checkmark/X/dot/stamp/or/sticker on the logs provided for each 100. Check in at the library with your child so that we can cheer you on at each 100 books read. Small prizes will be rewarded.

Welcome to Miss Emily’s Virtual Story Time Room!

What is a Virtual Story Time Room? This virtual room offers options for more extended fun after story time ends. It also includes a link to click to rewatch the story time through our YouTube channel, anytime! (Story time videos will get deleted from our Facebook page but will always be available here!) There are links to watch other YouTube videos related to the topic or theme each week (letter song, or other movement video). Each room will feature book covers that take you to the library catalog to request the specific book.

Click the links to open up a new page! Links will be available after story time has occurred.

Hello, Friends and Letter A for September 2nd, 2020

Teddy Bears and Letter B for September 9th, 2020

Pirate and Letter C for September 16th, 2020

Dinosaurs and Letter D for September 23rd, 2020

Shapes and Letter E for September 30th, 2020

Apples and Letter F for October 7th, 2020

Pumpkins and Letter G for October 14th, 2020

Fall Leaves and Letter Hfor October 21st, 2020

Slightly Spooky and Letter I for October 28th, 2020

My Feelings and Letter J for November 4th, 2020

Counting and Letter K for November, 11th 2020

Let’s Eat and Letter L for November 18th, 2020

Let It Snow and Letter M for December 2nd, 2020

Animals in Winter and Letter N for December 9th, 2020

Yeti Story time and Letter O for December 16th, 2020

Happy New Year and Letter P for December 30th, 2020

Dragons and Letter Q for January 6th, 2021

Soup-er Story Time and Letter R for January 13th, 2021

Pete the Cat and Letter S for January 20th, 2021

Things that Go and Letter T for January 27th, 2021

Elephant and Piggie and Letter U for February 3rd, 2021

Love and Letter V for February 10th, 2021

Healthy Teeth and Letter W for February 24th, 2021

Story Time and Letter X for March 3rd, 2021

Story Time and Letter Y for March 10th, 2021

Story Time and Letter Z for March 17th, 2021

Chapter Book Genre Fiction Lists

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to walk in the library to see stacks of books organized by author. You aren’t sure where to look for a book to read! Introducing: genre fiction lists. These lists are organized by topic and feature 15 books that can all be found in the Harrisburg District Library.

Click the links to open up a new page and view each book list!

Action & Adventure Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read Alikes: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Family Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Fantasy & Science Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Friendship Fiction  : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Historical Fiction :This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Laugh Out Loud Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Magic Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Mystery Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

#OwnVoices: List coming soon!

Scary Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Superhero Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Survival Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Video Games Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is the Illinois K-3 Readers’ Choice Award. Book nominations are accepted statewide from school library media specialists, teachers, public librarians, and students.  Books are both fiction and non-fiction and include a range of interest and reading levels for students K-3. Come check out an Illinois Monarch Award winner today!

Harrisburg District Library has copies of Monarch Book Award winners for 2020 and 2021. Links below will open PDF documents for each year!

2020Monarch

2021Monarch

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Bluestem Award

The Bluestem Award is the Illinois Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 3-5. Bluestem books are fiction and non-fiction , ranging interests and reading levels. Come check out a Bluestem Award book today!

Harrisburg District Library has copies of the books in the Bluestem Award lists for 2020 and 2021. Click the links below to open PDF documents.

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2021Bluestem

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Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Search for books to find the AR Level and points value. If the book is on this website, there is an AR test for it at your school!

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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.

https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your Local Library.”

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Hoopla

The Hoopla app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. There are items available for all ages, with no wait times. Download the item immediately for easy access or stream online.

www.hoopladigital.com

*Sign up with an email and password, choose your library, accept the terms and conditions, then enter your library card number and 4 digit PIN

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TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is a fun and interactive library of books available right at your fingertips. It allows you to read along with an animated book or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking story books and adding animation, sound, music, and movement to create an e-book. Find picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, videos, and more for children of all ages on TumbleBooks today!

Click to access TumbleBooks

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is a database perfect for primary and elementary school learners. It features information on topics such as health, sports, plants, science, and literature. Click the photo to access with either your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN, or using har16592

Click to access Kids InfoBits

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ABCmouse

Children can visit Harrisburg District Library for free access to ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse

offers activities to improve math, reading, and art skills. Visit the classroom, the zoo, the farm, and more! Access is only available in-house at the library.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Miss Emily’s Picture Book Pick 

Sumo Puppy by David Biedrzycki

This book is available in print.

Find out more about this book with this synopsis from Goodreads below.

A funny and read-aloud worthy sequel to the best-selling SumoKitty brings two unlikely friends together in this hilarious dog-meets-cat adventure perfect for pet lovers.

SumoKitty has taken on an apprentice–but can this eager puppy truly learn the ways of a feline?

SumoKitty tries his best to teach an eager but undisciplined puppy the feline ways of catching mice. But this rambunctious newcomer doesn’t seem cut out for the job. She drools, snores, and chases away the mice with her constant barking! Can she find a place in the sumo stable–and in SumoKitty’s heart?

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Miss Emily’s Chapter Book Pick 

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Available at our library in print. (J DAV)

Check out the Goodreads synopsis below.

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent.

Hadleigh’s Pick of the Month

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm

This book is available at our library in print. (J GNF CAS) 

Find out more about this book with this synopsis from Goodreads below.

When is a summer vacation not really a summer vacation?

Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun — it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It’s full of . . . old people. Really old people.Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . .

Ms. Krys’ Pick of the Month

 

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Available at our library in print. (J PEC)

Check out the Goodreads synopsis below.

Mary Alice remembers childhood summers packed with drama. At fifteen, she faces a whole long year with Grandma Dowdel, well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else. All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not.

Ms. Evan’s Pick of the Month

Snow Day! by Patricia Lakin

Available at our library in print (NATURE WINTER LAK)

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

“Look!” said Sam.
“Where?” said Pam.
“Outside!” said Will.
“Why?” said Jill.
“SNOW!” said Sam, Pam, Will and Jill.

It’s a perfect day for sledding, so Sam, Pam, Will and Jill all get dressed in their warmest clothes, put on their goggles and helmets, and set out for their favorite sledding hill. But there’s a problem: It’s a school day! Is all lost? Maybe not. These four crocodiles have a few surprises up their sleeves.

Joyous and silly, and illustrated with verve by New York Times Best Illustrated winner Scott Nash, this is an irresistible tale of four friends who are determined not to let a little thing like school get in the way of their winter fun.

Ms. Lisa’s Pick of the Month

Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho

Available at our library in print (ME ESTEEM HO)

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before—in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary.

Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within.