Moore: Escape winter with good book at Elmhurst library

It’s winter in Chicago, which means it’s too cold and dreary to go outside. Your children are restless and already bored with their Christmas gifts. What can you do to ease cabin fever?
Take a vacation with the Winter Reading Program at the Elmhurst Public Library.

The program, which kicked off on Dec. 21, invites 2-year-olds through eighth-graders to escape into a good book. We’ve got stories of palm trees and sandy beaches to take you away to your tropical paradise.

There is still plenty of time for kids to join for the chance to reach their reading goals and earn prizes. Readers can register at the Help Desk with their valid Elmhurst Public Library cards until Feb. 28, 2014.

Participants who reach their reading goals by the end of the program can earn stickers, prizes, and a ticket for the grand prize raffle. When kids achieve their reading goals, they can stop by the Kids’ Library for prize packs and get their names posted on the “Fantastic Fish” bulletin board.

In addition to reading great books, kids can enjoy a blast of rollicking Caribbean music with Tropixplosion from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Forget the winter weather outside – kids and adults alike will love the steel drums, exotic percussion, and vocal sounds of this exciting group.

So leave the dreary winter behind. Pack your suitcase and travel to the Library for fun, prizes, and more.

The Elmhurst Public Library strives to enrich life in Elmhurst by providing opportunities to explore, learn and grow. EPL offers the support and resources for Elmhurst residents to develop a love of reading; access information for work and learning; pursue interests that will enrich their lives; understand changes in technology, society and culture; and gather and interact with each other. Elmhurst Public Library is a place for discovery at the heart of the community.

Cheryl Moore is public information coordinator at Elmhurst Public Library.