Staff Profile

Mary Michell

Youth Services Librarian

Youth Services

Mary is a Youth Services librarian. She loves to read and to talk about books with all the kids who come into the library. She is also a professional actress in the Chicago area.


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Open-Air Life for You and Your Little One (Friluftsliv)

Going outside this winter offers many benefits, from better brain development to reduced anxiety. Just make sure to bundle up!

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Breaking News: Hot and Cool Summer Reads Hit the Shelves!

Hi! I’m Mary, Youth Services librarian and a proud member of the library's Summer Reads team. Spring is here, and so are our brand new summer reading lists for grades 3 through 8.

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The Girls With the Gifts

From being able to see into the future to communing with the dead, meet these teen girls with extraordinary powers.

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Make Some Time for Stories in Rhyme!

Want to make reading together even more fun? Add some rhyming picture books to the mix! Well-written rhymes are easy to read, hear, and remember and offer lots of giggles when you and your little one say them together. Here are some of the very best.

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Book Report Due? No Time to Read? Try One of These!

Believe it or not, some of the best books I've ever read have been written in verse! I don't know how they do it, but there are some amazing authors out there who can pack the power of a novel into just a few well-chosen words. If you have a book report due and are short on time, try one of the titles on my list. They're short on word count, but long on great plots, beautiful characters, and stunning themes.

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African-American Biography in Picture Books

Here's a list of new African-American biographies that kids and adults will love. Some are folks you know of, others you may be meeting for the first time. All are just wonderful!

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Building Your Baby's Library

There are many books for babies out there, so how do you know which ones are worth checking out? Here's a list of time-tested, baby-approved picture books that you and your little one will read over and over again. You also get my librarian's guarantee: these books will wear out before you get tired of them!

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