Cool Compositions Contest for Teens

Calling all teen writers! Submit your poems, short stories, and/or graphic novels for our Cool Compositions Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each category. Entry forms are available at the library’s Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk and at The entry deadline is Oct. 29.

Winners will be announced Nov. 12 during An Evening with Author Barry Lyga. Lyga, the author of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy ad Goth Girl and I Hunt Killers will discuss writing and books at a 7 p.m. program.


Share Your Favorite Book in October

In October, share a picture of yourself (or selfie) with your favorite book! Photos will be posted to the library’s Flickr account and may be displayed throughout the library, as well as featured on our website and social media pages.

Photos should be emailed to along with your name, town, phone number, email address, and library card number. Only one photo per cardholder, please, as all participants will be entered into our October Junction drawing.

If you would like library staff to take your photo, visit the Ask Us Desk on Tues., Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. or Sat., Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon.

Art Gallery Display Cases

Do you have a collection, or create three-dimensional art such as pottery? If you or someone you know would like to display in the cases of our gallery, please email Display cases are available in October, November, and December. Displays stay up for the entire month, and you can book a single case or both cases. Those displaying in the cases will receive an entry into the Junction drawing for that month.display case

Sing Along to The Wizard of Oz!

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, we are hosting a sing-along to the movie on Saturday, Aug. 23. There will be two show times: the first at 10:30 a.m. for families with young children, and the second at 2 p.m. for school-age kids and adults. Prizes will be given to anyone in costume, and refreshments will be served. The event is being funded by the Friends of IPPL. Participants can register online at, by phone at (630) 887-8760 x239, or in-person at the library’s Ask Us Desk. Wizard of Oz poster