Suburban Life Column: Homemade Readers Summer Reading Challenge

The library’s Homemade Readers Summer Reading Challenge was featured in a recent Suburban Life Community Voice column. Read the column here.

Homemade Readers is our 2015 summer reading challenge for kids and teens. It starts June 13 and runs through Aug. 8. Sign up starts Saturday, June 13, at 9 a.m. at the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk or online at ippl.info.

The library will kick off the summer reading challenge with a Family Fort-Building & Reading Lock-In on Saturday, June 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Families can build a fort in the library and hang out with their friends and favorite books. Participants bring the sheets and pillows, and the library will provide the popcorn.

In addition, kids and teens (birth-grade 12) can make a reading pledge. They can tell us how many books they will read this summer and get an A READER LIVES HERE! yard sign. One sign per household, please. While supplies last. Email a photo of you and your sign to youthservices@ippl.info and you could be a winner!

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Local Artist Donates Painting to IPPL

IPPL is the proud recipient of an oil painting created and donated by Willowbrook artist and author Jenn Weinshenker. The artwork, titled The Prairie, is on display in the seating area at the base of the library’s stairway.

After a head-on car accident 20 years ago, Jenn had to re-learn everything – reading, writing, walking, and talking. While learning to read again, Jenn found help, encouragement, assistance, and support at her local public library.

“The library isn’t just a place where there are books. It’s a place where there are people who really extend themselves and help you to learn to be a better person, to be a part of your community. I wanted to gift this library with a painting that represented my appreciation, so this is like a love gift to the whole community. It’s for everybody.”

The painting took a year to create. Patrons may recall Jenn painting on location on the second floor of the library last summer.

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Foundation Fundraiser: Buy a Brick!

Our Reading Garden is starting to bloom, and the IPPL Foundation is selling personalized, engraved path bricks for summer installation through May 15. If you are looking to honor a special person or occasion, memorialize a loved one, or recognize an organization or business, please consider purchasing one of these one-of-a-kind gifts. For more information, click here.

reading garden blooming