1000 Books Before Kindergarten

On Sept. 1, we will launch our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, encouraging families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten.

Children who complete 1,000 books will receive a free paperback book to keep and will join the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten “Wall of Fame.” Visit 1000books.ippl.info for more information. To register, visit the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk starting Sept. 1.

Thank you to the Darien Rotary Club for their generous sponsorship of this program.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Have you shared your family’s story with IPPL yet? StoryShare is an oral history project in which community members are invited to interview family members while a trained IPPL volunteer operates the recording equipment. The interview theme is “family,” and sample questions can be provided. Participants will receive a CD of the interview while the library keeps a copy to preserve for future generations. For more information or to make an interview appointment, call Joe Popowitch at 630/887-8760 ext. 240.

Learn Something New with Lynda.com

IPPL cardholders can now learn software, creative, and business skills with Lynda.com!

Lynda.com has thousands of online tutorials taught by industry experts, and features courses for all skill levels. IPPL cardholders now have FREE, unlimited access – including desktop, mobile, and tablet access – allowing them to view as many videos as they want on different devices without losing their place.

Topics include:
• 3D & Animation
• Audio & Music
• Business
• Design
• Developer
• Education & eLearning
• IT
• Marketing
• Photography
• Video
• Web

Patrons can access Lynda.com from our website (ippl.info > research > Lynda.com). New users will need to create an account by logging in with their library card number and PIN, then entering their name and email address.


Winners of The Sound Teen Music Fest

IPPL hosted The Sound, its third annual teen music fest, on June 20, and the winners were:

Best Band: Soma Holiday  (pictured below)

best band

Best Solo/Duo: Double Identity (pictured below) 

best duo

Fan Favorite: Riptide

Local teens competed for the best solo/duo and best band awards and cash prizes. A panel of judges awarded the category prizes, and the fan favorite was chosen by text-in vote.

Read the Chicago Tribune/Doings Weekly recap here.

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

the sound