Recycling Extravaganza

The library will host its second annual Recycling Extravaganza, a recycling and shredding event, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hinsdale South High School football field parking lot (just south of the library). Cars must enter from Clarendon Hills Road.

The event will provide on-site shredding (limit of two banker’s boxes, please) and the collection of many recyclable items, including: Altoid mint boxes, American flags, bicycles (and bicycle-related items such as parts, helmets, and accessories), books, buttons, cell phones, clothing, crayons, crutches, extension cords, eyeglasses, furniture, hearing aids, holiday lights, household items (gently-used), ink cartridges, keys, license plates, LP records, musical instruments, neck ties, paper for shredding (limit of two banker’s boxes), rulers, safety pins, sewing machines, shower chairs, toys, typewriters, walkers, wheelchairs, and yarn.

This event is being co-hosted by IPPL, Hinsdale South High School, the City of Darien, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), the Darien Lions Club, and Working Bikes. For more information, contact Joe Popowitch at (630) 887-8760 x240.


Learn to save energy – and money – by Greening Your Home

Learn how to save energy – and money – in your home on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) will provide hands-on demonstrations on how to make simple changes to “green your home.” Participants can register online at, by phone at (630) 887-8760 x239, or in-person at the library’s Ask Us Desk. greeningyrhome

October Genealogy Programs

October is Family History Month and the library is hosting two Genealogy programs.

Beginner’s Genealogy on the Web will help novice researchers find the best websites to begin their exploration online. The hands-on program will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

The library will also host a Genealogy Research After-Hours on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants will be able to use the library after hours for uninterrupted research time, as well as get help from genealogy group volunteers and librarians. Participants should bring names, dates, and places to research.

Participants can register online at, by phone at (630) 887-8760 x239, or in-person at the library’s Ask Us Desk.

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