School’s In!

Back to school time can mean many exciting new things. New teachers, classes and friends. It also means it’s time to renew or get an Indian Prairie library card. Indian Prairie Library has computers, textbooks, STEM kits and tablets, books on your student’s reading lists, databases to help with homework, and so much more.

Databases like Tumblebooks and Brainfuse HelpNow/Brainfuse LearnNow are live online tutoring, writing feedback, school practice tests (ACT and others), and more. Check out the databases on our website > RESEARCH > EDUCATION.

Summer Reading Wrap Up

We have successfully concluded the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, Better Together!

It is one of Indian Prairie Library’s goals to create fun, hands-on learning experiences for kids and teens that will keep them reading, learning, and growing throughout the summer, so that when school starts up again each fall, students are ready to learn, not just play catch-up.

In eight weeks, we presented 196 classes and events at IPPL and out in the community, with 5,367 people in attendance. Classes included topics such as designing Minecraft Mods, 3D and digital design, coding for kids, STEM Buddies, Hacking Electronics, Readers Theater, chemistry, gardening, a Mini-Petting Zoo, and weekly storytimes. 315 children and 41 teens completed the reading portion of the challenge. Participants logged 6,949 books.

We are proud of all of our participants. Thank you for being a part of this special season of learning!


Check Out Our New Tech!

An iMac computer has been added to our first floor Technology Center for adult members to use. Software includes Final Cut Pro X, Garage Band, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Three Kindle Paperwhite ereaders, preloaded with seven of this summer’s hottest best sellers, have also been added to our collection and are available for members to checkout at the Technology Center desk.

Vote for Your Favorite Local Park

Don’t forget to stop by our lobby this week to vote for your favorite local park! Choose between McCollum Park in Downers Grove and Harvester Park in Burr Ridge by simply placing a marble in one of two plastic jugs.

The winner of last week’s Favorite Nature Spot voting was Starved Rock State Park with 571 votes. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie received 272 votes.

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Hey Pokémon Go Players!

Stop by the library – we’re a Pokemon gym! We also have the following items for Pokemon hunters of all ages:

  • Wifi, A/C, and water
  • Phone chargers, outlets, and USB ports
  • Gastly, Venonat, Paras, and more

Parents: if you’re concerned about where your child plays Pokémon Go, the library is a safe place to capture Pokémon and battle for a gym.

In addition, adults can join us for a Pokemon Go Meetup on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 5-6 p.m. to search Darien Community Park. We’ll set up lures at the stops nearest us and afterwards, you can stop by the library to battle for the gym!

Hooray for hoopla!

Cardholders can now check out 7 items per month (instead of 5) with hoopla, our on-demand digital media service. With more than 400,000 digital titles available, there’s something for everyone including music, movies, ebooks, comics, audiobooks, and TV shows. And titles are always available – NO WAITING! View the collections, or learn more about how to instantly borrow free digital titles 24/7 with your library card. hoopla blue background

Hear The Sound on our YouTube Channel

The library hosted its fourth annual teen music competition, called The Sound, on June 25. Watch the recap video or view the band performances and interviews on our YouTube channel.

This year’s winners were:

  • Best Band: Paper Moons
  • Best Solo/Duo: Areli
  • Fan Favorite: Till Dawn

Thank you to all of the talented teens who participated, as well as our event sponsors: the IPPL Teen Advisory Board, The Gift of Carl Foundation, FranCenter, and the Friends of IPPL.