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Today we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating a proven tool that helps thousands of workers in Illinois keep more of what they earn to pay for things like reliable transportation to get to work, child care, housing and food.  We’re celebrating that Congress took action at the end of 2015 to save this resource.  We’re tipping our hat to the Earned Income Tax Credit (...

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016

 

January is all about SERIES of books! These well-loved franchises can make a lasting impact on our lives, whether we grew up reading them or watch our children enjoy them. Reluctant readers might find their Golden Ticket to a more enjoyable reading experience if they identify with a character that they want to follow. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be able to grow up with a cast of...

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016

It’s the season of giving, and December’s theme is GIVING! Whether or not your family chooses to celebrate the holidays, it’s a good time to think about other families in need and what you can do to help them through the colder months. Here are some books that remind us of the power of giving and volunteering, and the importance of caring for others.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

November includes a number of important dates (Day of the Dead, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving, to name a few), which is why our theme is HISTORY. When we discuss historical events, it’s important to let many different voices contribute to the conversation. This list includes stories from various points in our past and can raise important questions on how we talk and...

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Illinois state budget impasse is negatively affecting the lives of citizens across the state of Illinois. The human service sector is facing significant challenges without a state budget: As of October 2015, 84% of state-funded programs have cut the number of...

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015

October’s theme is MYSTERY! Sherlock Holmes might be the world’s greatest detective, but there are plenty of super-sleuths out there that younger readers can relate to. Figuring out a mystery alongside these characters is a great exercise in reasoning and deductive logic—but it can also inspire competition. Parents might want to revisit these books with their kids and enjoy putting the pieces together!

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Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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