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Ashley (left) and Emily Bialasik display their Reading Club Patches – that is, the ones they’ve earned so far. There will be more soon!

Sisters Blaze a Reading Trail, Collect Badges

Emily and Ashley Bialasik may well be the daughters many other parents wish they had: avid readers who, between them, have earned 33 patches in KidSpace’s Reading Patch Club. Their patches go in the plastic baseball-card protective sheets that KidSpace gives all participants (as do most kids’), making quite a collection. At the rate Bialasik […]

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LEGO Day 2016

LEGO Group a Huge Hit

“If you build it, they will come.” (Man, will they ever come!) That, in a nutshell, was the lesson learned from the Jan. 30th LEGO Day!, a 6-hour extravaganza hosted by the Chicago Area LEGO Users Group (ChiLUG) at the Niles Public Library. These diehard LEGO wizards have built everything from a scale model of […]

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Puppets

Super Hero Puppets Pop Up Here

Puppeteer Mark Nichols mesmerized a crowd of 32 on Wednesday, July 29 with his puppet-making event. Kids turned lunch bags and coloring sheets into “talking” superheroes. Batman and Thor were pretty popular, although so was Sonic the Hedgehog. (He’s a superhero? Who knew?) Mark’s company, The Puppet Place, holds arts and puppetry workshops far and […]

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