Author Archives: Marianne Ryan

Introducing DVD Hot Picks

Enjoy the most recent movie releases with our new Hot Picks DVD collection! Available movies can be checked out for three days. Although Hot Picks DVDs are non-holdable and nonrenewable, the same titles are also available in our regular Adult Feature Movie collection, available for hold and with a one-week loan period. For more information, stop by the Adult Ask Us Desk.

Giving Tree

The library’s Teen Advisory and Service Committee is collecting donations of new winter hats, gloves, and scarves through Friday, Dec. 15. Donations can be for any age and will be given to local organizations. Anyone who makes a donation will be given an ornament to sign and place on the Giving Tree in our lobby.

Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project

Calling all authors! The fifth annual Soon to be Famous™ Illinois Author Project is accepting applications for its 2018 contest. Librarians will judge self-published adult fiction by Illinois authors to select and promote a winner. In addition to the many promotional benefits, this year’s winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, sponsored by BiblioBoard.

Are you the next Soon to be Famous™ author? Submit your entry via IPPL through Jan. 8, 2018. Go to for details, then email to get started.

Veterans History Project

Since 2000, the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has been collecting, preserving, and sharing oral histories of men and women who have served their country. IPPL began collecting stories for the project in 2002, and we are recognized as a Founding Partner. In honor of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11, we invite you to listen to our interviews of more than 100 local wartime veterans.

If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed for the Veterans History Project, contact Joe Popowitch, 630/887-8760 ext. 240.