To earn your badge, choose any activity or combination of activities. When you’re done, click on the “Claim Badge” button below and complete the brief form. You’ll also be entered into Summer Camp raffles for a chance to win a prize!
All reading counts! But if you’d like to get into a book related to this week’s badge, here’s what we recommend:
Streaming Storytime • ages 0–5 This week's session is all about amazing animals! Join live on Facebook; no account needed. Monday, July 12, 9 AM • Watch live
Streaming Storytime Collection • ages 0–5 Choose from any of the library’s past storytimes about the outdoors: books, rhymes, and songs that spark curiosity and inspire exploration. Watch on demand (on Facebook; no account needed). Animals & Bugs • Nature & the Outdoors
Dinosaur Adventures with T-Rexplorers • grades K–5 with an adult The T-Rexplorers tell stories about the digs they've done in the western United States, take you behind the scenes in their workroom, and let you see fossils and other artifacts they've discovered. A dino-mite adventure not to be missed! Tuesday, July 13, 3 PM • Sign up (required)
Thirsty Thursdays: Books on Tap • adults ages 21–39 If you’re in your ’20s or ’30s, read the nature-focused book World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, then join the online discussion. Thursday, July 15, 6 PM • Sign up(required)
Behind the Scenes with the Frog Lady • all ages Back by popular demand: the Frog Lady lets you see the habitats of her scaly, shelled, and furry friends up close. Hear the stories of how these amazing creatures came to live with the Frog Lady. Friday, July 16, 7 PM • Sign up (required)
Virtual K-9 Reading Buddies Sessions Encourage your young reader: Sign up for a 15-minute session for your child to read aloud over Zoom to one of the trained dogs from K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore. Ongoing • Reserve a time
Botanical Drawing in the Garden • adults Learn to draw with pen and pencil, inspired by nature. No experience necessary; all materials provided. Outside, on the Vernon Area Public Library Annex lawn, 4 Indian Creek Road, Lincolnshire Monday, July 12 • Sign up (required): 3 PM -or- 5 PM
The Grove Visit this National Historic Landmark to see the new turtle exhibit, learn about renowned naturalist Robert Kennicott, say hello to the animals in the science room, and take your picture with the giant ground sloth skeleton and 10-foot Alaskan brown bear. 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–3 PM • Learn more
Project Squirrel Be part of this national movement that began in the Chicago suburbs in 1997. Founders Wendy Jackson and Joel Brown want to know all about the bushy-tailed, tree-climbing rodents in your neighborhood. Contribute your observations of squirrels from your home, office, school, or local parks. Citizen scientists like you provide a better understanding of neighborhood ecosystems. Ongoing • Learn more
Printable Pages • preschool–grade 5 Activity sheets and coloring pages, all about food and drink. Access with your Vernon Area Library card number. Once you're logged in, select Topics, then select “Animals” or “Nature” from the Themes menu; you may also narrow by grade. Animals on Teachables • Nature on Teachables
Take & Make Craft Kit: Gather 'round the Campfire • All ages Your kit includes supplies for a paper "campfire" and battery-operated votive candle and step by step instructions. While supplies last. Ask at drive-up or the Youth Desk
Do Some Good!
Support the conservation of natural spaces close to home: The Lake County Forest Preserves restores and protects native plants and animal populations, and manages local open spaces, for all to explore and enjoy. Make an online donation or adopt a turtle!
Orphans of the Storm is a local organization that has been providing refuge for animals since 1928, rescuing and rehoming hundreds of thousands of abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs and cats. Make an online donation or view their wishlist (drop off needed items at 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods)
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” —Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
CLAIM YOUR BADGE
Starting July 12, submit your activities to receive a badge and enter the raffle. Complete one form for each participant.