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 2022 & 2023. Links below will open PDF documents for each year!

2022 Monarch Award List

2023 Monarch Award List

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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 2022 & 2023. Click the links below to open PDF documents.

2022 Blue Stem

2023 Blue Stem

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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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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 

Wombat by Philip Bunting

This book is available to order through inter-library loan or as an eBook on the Hoopla app.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Take a rhythmic, read-aloud (and rather silly) burrow into the unseen world of the wombat! Set in a similar style to Mopoke, this is a book created to be read together. The deliberately sparse script and silly illustrations invite the reader to follow the fate of a blossoming marsupial love story.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Miss Emily’s Chapter Book Pick 

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

Available at our library in print (NEW J CLA #1 CONJURVERSE) and as an eBook on the Hoopla app.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Author Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky.

Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, where Marvellers from all around the world come together to practice their cultural arts like brewing Indian spice elixirs, practicing Caribbean steel drum hypnosis, and bartering with fussy Irish faeries. Ella knows some people mistrust her Conjuror magic, often deemed “bad and unnatural,” but she’s eager to make a good impression—and, hopefully, some friends.

But Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy, and not all of the Marvellers are welcoming. Still, she connects with fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, who is never found without a magical creature or two. Just as Ella begins to find her way at the A.T.I., a notorious criminal escapes from prison, supposedly with Conjurors’ help. Worse, her favorite teacher Masterji Thakur never returns from a research trip, and only Ella seems concerned about his disappearance.

As tensions grow in the Marvellian world, Ella finds herself the target of vicious rumors and growing suspicions. With the help of her new friends, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her beloved mentor Masterji Thakur . . . before she loses her place at the A.T.I. forever.

Ms. Hadleigh’s Pick of the Month

Books Make Good Friends by Jane Mount

Available at our library in print (NEW PLAY READING MOU) and as an eBook on the Hoopla app.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

This new picture book from beloved author-illustrator Jane Mount celebrates the avid reader, demonstrates how books make you better, and reassures anyone who has been anxious or uncertain about facing the real world. Lotti isn’t sure she wants to make friends. She’s shy, and she doesn’t really know how. While everyone around her is playful, outgoing, and loud, Lotti prefers a quiet place and a book to read. Lotti LOVES books. To her, books are full of magic and aren’t as scary as new friends. But perhaps Lotti’s books can show her how to find magic in everyday moments, and maybe the friends she can share this magic with are closer than she thinks.   Iconic Bibliophile creator Jane Mount makes her children’s book debut in this imagination-driven story of a shy booklover’s attempts to open her mind and find joy with the people around her. This journal-esque narrative—which includes fun recommended reads on each page—explores the process of book discovery for bibliophiles-in-training, and is perfect for enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike! The story’s main character, Lotti, is shy and struggles to make friends, but her imagination and love for reading take her to faraway places and introduce her to new friends. Readers of all tastes will find a relatable character in Lotti and enjoy the diverse books she reads—from fiction and nonfiction to novels and picture books. There’s a book for everyone!

Ms. Krys’ Pick of the Month

 

Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin

Available at our library in print. (J GNF MAR)

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

In this new graphic novel edition of the very first Baby-Sitters Club book, Raina Telgemeier captures all the drama of the original in warm, spunky illustrations. Witness Kristy’s eureka moment, when she gets the idea for a “baby-sitters club” and enlists her best friends, shy Mary Anne and artistic Claudia, in an exciting new venture. But the baby-sitting business isn’t the only thing absorbing their attention: Kristy is having a hard time accepting her stepdad-to-be, and the newest member of the gang, Stacey, seems to be hiding a secret.

Ms. Evan’s Pick of the Month

City of Secrets by Victoria Ying

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

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Ever Barnes is a shy orphan guarding a secret in an amazing puzzle box of a building.

Most of the young women who work at the building’s Switchboard Operating Facility, which connects the whole city of Oskar, look the other way as Ever roams around in the shadows. But one of them, Lisa, keeps an eye on the boy. So does the head of the Switchboard, Madame Alexander . . . a rather sharp eye.

Enter Hannah, the spunky daughter of the building’s owner. She thinks Ever needs a friend, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

Good thing she does!

Lisa and Madame Alexander are each clearly up to something.

Ever is beset by a menacing band of rogues looking to unlock the secret he holds–at any cost.

And whatever is hidden deep in the Switchboard building will determine all of their futures.

On a journey that twists and turns as much as the mechanical building Ever Barnes calls home, he and his new friend Hannah have to ­ and out what’s really going on in this mysterious city of secrets . . . or else!

Ms. Lisa’s Pick of the Month

 

Saturday at the Food Pantry by Diane O’Neill

Available as an eBook on the Cloud Library app and to order through inter-library loan.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Molly and her mom don’t always have enough food, so one Saturday they visit their local food pantry. Molly’s happy to get food to eat until she sees her classmate Caitlin, who’s embarrassed to be at the food pantry. Can Molly help Caitlin realize that everyone needs help sometimes?

Mr. Jordan’s Pick of the Month

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

Available at our library in print (J SNI) and as an eBook and audiobook on both the Cloud Library and Hoopla apps.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Dear Reader,

Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to read this book, in which the Baudelaire siblings encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of despair, underwater.

In fact, the horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and you wouldn’t want me even to mention the worst of it, which includes mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.

As a dedicated author who has pledged to keep recording the depressing story of the Baudelaires, I must continue to delve deep into the cavernous depths of the orphans’ lives. You, on the other hand, may delve into some happier book in order to keep your eyes and your spirits from being dampened.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket