Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary with a 1980′s-themed Birthday Party this Saturday, April 26. The family-friendly celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
Participants will relive the 80′s with music, videos, dance instruction (including Thriller and line dances), a photo booth with 80′s props, games, crafts, and refreshments. Games will include Nintendo, Pac-Man, Rubik’s Cubes, UNO, Connect Four, Simon, Lite-Brite, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Trivial Pursuit, and the I Love the 80′s Game. A community jigsaw puzzle of 80′s album covers will also be available. Crafts will include friendship bracelets, perler beads, and coloring.
The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting by the Darien Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m. Congressman Bill Foster and Darien Mayor Kathleen Weaver are scheduled to attend. In addition, there will be a Memory Lane, or sharing wall, for people to post their fondest memories and favorite aspects of the library. Patrons have already started adding comments to the sharing wall, located along stairway, and remarks will be taken through Sunday, April 27.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by the additional people and noise during this event.
Seventy-five years ago on April 14, 1939 Steinbeck’s classic about the plight of the dust bowl migrants, The Grapes of Wrath, was published.
Fifty years ago on April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier made history as the first African American to win for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field.
Indian Prairie Public Library will be one of 2,300 libraries and book stores across the country giving away free books in support of the third annual World Book Night on April 23.
Look for IPPL volunteers at restaurants, stores and other businesses in Darien, Willowbrook and Burr Ridge during the evening hours. Businesses include: Buona Beef, Darien; Cooper’s Hawk, Burr Ridge; Culver’s, Darien; Darien Park District; Sportsplex, Darien; McDonald’s, Darien; Starbucks, Burr Ridge; Starbucks, Willowbrook; The Patio, Darien; and Whole Foods, Willowbrook.
Books titles to be given away include After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple.
World Book Night was created to spread the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23 – William Shakespeare’s birthday – approximately 25,000 volunteers give away a half million free books in more than 6,000 communities across the country. For more information about World Book Night, visit www.worldbooknight.org.
Seventy-five years ago on Easter Sunday (April 9, 1939)Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of thousands. Anderson, an African American opera singer, was denied the use of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hall. Through the efforts of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert was moved to the Lincoln Memorial. Watch a clip of the historical moment here.
We heard today of the death of Mickey Rooney at the age of 93. For 9 decades he entertained us with his singing, dancing, and dramatic performances. No one had more energy or charisma on screen. Enjoy one of his movies today, or read his autobiography.
Remember when the ship the Exxon Valdez spilled oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska? Revisit the events and the controversies.
Over 160 years ago, Russia was at war with Western Europe in the Crimean War. Check out the history of that conflict with books from the library.
One hundred years ago in March 1914 Poetry magazine published Carl Sandburg’s portrait of Chicago in which he told the world that Chicago was “the city of broad shoulders” and “the hog butcher for the world.” Read the poem in its entirety or check out his collection Chicago Poems.
Indian Prairie tied for third best public library in West Suburban Living magazine’s annual “Best of the West” poll. Congratulations go to Naperville, Schaumburg and Hinsdale public libraries. What an honor!