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.


Test the eRead Illinois Axis 360 mobile site for a chance to win a $25 gift card

Want a chance to win a $25 gift card? Be among the first in the country to give feedback to Baker & Taylor about upcoming changes to the eRead Illinois Axis 360 mobile site.

All that’s needed is your cell phone number and email address so they can send you a link to the testing platform. Your information will only be used to send this link. Once they’ve received your info, you’ll be sent a link to the testing platform that will capture screenshots and audio as you navigate through the mock site. Your feedback will be used by Baker & Taylor to make changes and improvements to the Axis 360 mobile site. Chosen participants will receive a $25 gift card after completing the feedback.

Questions? Contact Veronda Pitchford, eRead Illinois Project Director, at 630/734-5119 or veronda.pitchford@railslibraries.info.

Call to Action Food Drive

The participants in our June 1 Call to Action Workshop (grades 3-6) are running a food drive to benefit People’s Resource Center in Westmont, and a donation box will be located at the foot of our staircase through July 14. Special thanks to Gower West teachers Mrs. McCandless and Mrs. Bjork for working with these students. 

The group will talk about their project and how kids can make a difference in their community during the library’s Giving Back Night on Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.

food donation box

Check out our catalog’s new look!

Our online catalog has a new look and improved functionality, including easier to use search results.

When searching our catalog for an item, you’ll notice the items at IPPL now show in the list so you can see what’s on the shelf here at a glance without having to click into the item’s full record.

In addition, the updated interface has compressed content at the top of an item’s record to reduce scrolling, and the bottom of the record now uses tabs for an easier user experience.

Let us know what you think! Email reference@ippl.info with comments or suggestions.

Books Recommending Movies

Overwhelmed trying to choose your next movie to check out? In addition to the useful topic lists put together by our staff, we have books recommending movies (on the shelf at 791.4 in the Adult Department) including 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies I, II, and III, and more. And if we don’t own the movie you’re looking for, we’ll do our best to borrow it from another library for you!