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 email@example.com and you could be a winner!
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg will visit IPPL to talk about her newest novel, The Dream Lover, and sign copies on Sunday, May 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be sold at the library on the day of the event by Barbara’s Bookstore of Burr Ridge. Space is limited. Register here.
On May 8, 1945, victory over the Axis powers was declared in Europe. Read all about the war on the European continent.
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.
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.
Watch one of the writer/directors movie classics on the anniversary of his birth.
Between May 27 and June 4, 1940, 75 years ago, 330,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk in front of the advancing German army.
Forty years ago this week , the United States left Vietnam and the North Vietnamese moved into Saigon. Do you remember?
For eight months the French, English, and Anzac forces battled against the Ottoman Empire on the Gallipoli Peninsula in modern day Turkey. The battle was such a defining moment for the Australian and New Zealand troups that their equivalent of Veteran’s day, called Anzac Day, is held on April 25th.
Edgar Lee Masters 1915 collection of poetry was instantly popular when it was published one hundred years ago. It’s collection of poetic epitaphs of the residents of a small Midwestern town gave an entirely different view of life in small town America.