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!

Have You Seen Our Community Garden?


As part of our Better Together 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, IPPL is partnering with Good Worx to install pop-up community gardens on the library grounds, and the first one has been installed near our entrance to showcase the project. More containers will be installed soon, including a teaching container near the Reading Garden and four more containers in the “river bed” on the east side of the library. All of the food grown will be shared with local at-risk families. Learn more about Good Worx and the partnership with IPPL.

community garden

Get End of the School Year Help with Brainfuse HelpNow

Big tests and papers due before the end of the school year? Brainfuse HelpNow provides live online tutoring 2-11 p.m. daily. The database also has a writing center to get individualized feedback on papers, and a test center with practice tests for kids, teens, and adults (AP, ACT, GED, and much more!). Use your library card to get started.


Help IPPL Win $2,000: Register for the 2016 Darien Dash!

The 16th annual Darien Dash, a 1Mile/5k/10k fundraiser for the Darien Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Sunday, May 15. This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit one Darien not-for-profit organization and one Darien school. If you plan to register for the event, please consider making the Indian Prairie Public Library your not-for-profit of choice! For more information or to register, visit www.dariendash.com.

darien dash

Under the Radar: Audiobooks with Sound Effects

Getting tired of the same old narration in your audiobooks? Wish your books came with sound effects? Try one of these titles for a brand-new listening adventure:
  • Civil War by Stuart Moore
    Get ready for Marvel’s newest movie by checking out an audio adaptation of the Civil War comic event. How do you make an audiobook of a comic? Think of it as a combination of an audiobook with added narration and a movie with a full cast of actors and lots of sound effects. The final experience is one not to be missed! And if the Avengers aren’t your thing, we have Ms. Marvel as a graphic audio, too!
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
    This audiobook may actually be better than its print counterpart because it gives the listener the full experience of what it would be like to have the internet in your head-complete with chat messages and pop-up ads. With its many issues of technology and security, this YA novel will easily interest adult readers.
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
    This celebrity memoir is worth listening to for one reason: it’s an audiobook that knows it’s an audiobook. Ellen takes full advantage of the format by making jokes about audiobooks, playing with silences, and even adding in a special audiobook-only chapter of funny animal noises.

By Jez Layman, adult services librarian