All posts by Marianne Ryan

Registering for the Darien Dash? Help Us Win $1,000!

The 17th annual Darien Dash, a 1Mile/5k/10k fundraiser for the Darien Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Sunday, May 21. 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! 

Get Ready to Garden! 

Planning your garden? Get the seeds you need from our Seed Library!

Our Seed Library is a collection of seeds that cardholders can check out to plant and grow at home. There is no charge and no obligation to return the seeds. IPPL cardholders can check out two seed packets per visit, and each packet contains enough seeds to grow 3-5 plants.

The Seed Library is located at the entrance to the Kids & Teens Department on the second floor, but seeds are available to cardholders of all ages – and gardening skill levels!

Hatching Soon! 

The library is partnering with the Darien Dragons 4H Club for an incubation project. Two dozen eggs are now housed in an incubator in our Kids & Teens Department, and approximately 6-8 white leghorn chicks are expected to hatch in early May. Join us over the next few weeks as we:

  • Observe the eggs
  • Meet the baby chicks
  • Host activities in the WouldShop
  • Explore the science and tools that turn an egg into a chicken at our Mini-Scientist Academy: Eggs to Chicks event for grades K-3 on Friday, April 21, 4-5 p.m. Register here.
  • Learn more about incubation, eggs, and chickens

Think Spring: Buy a Reading Garden Brick!

Spring has sprung! If you would like to see your name become a lasting part of the library, honor a special person or occasion, memorialize a loved one, or recognize an organization or business, the IPPL Foundation invites you to purchase a personalized, engraved brick for the library’s Reading Garden path.

With a gift of $75, you can personalize a 4″ x 8″ brick with three lines. A gift of $150 allows you to personalize an 8″ x 8″ brick with up to six lines. If you are ordering a brick as a gift, please provide the gift recipient’s information, and we will send them a notification. Duplicate bricks can be ordered as a keepsake for half-price. For more information, visit or call 630/887-8760 ext. 245.

Order by April 15 for early summer installation.


Librarian Tyler Works Named 2017 “Mover & Shaker”

Congratulations to Tyler Works, Assistant Head of our Youth Services Department, on being named a 2017 “Mover & Shaker” in the library profession by Library Journal!

Read Tyler’s full profile from the March 15 issue of Library Journal here.

Tyler and the other 51 other professionals on this year’s list were selected by the editors of Library Journal from 350 nominees from libraries of all types and sizes from across the country. The list provides a snapshot of the transformative work being done in libraries.

WANTED: Employers for Teen Job Fair

Does your business hire teen employees or interns? The library is hosting its third annual Teen Job Fair this spring, and we are looking for local employers interested in participating. The fair, for teens seeking employment, internships, and/or volunteer opportunities, will take place Saturday, April 8, 1-3 p.m. at the library.

If your business would like to participate, please fill out the online form by Friday, March 31. Businesses that apply by Friday, March 10 will be included in event promotions. There is no fee to participate, but space is limited so tables will be first come, first served.

The event is co-hosted by the Darien Chamber of Commerce and the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Our Baby Bundles Have Arrived!

Baby Bundles are tote bags with two board books and an educational toy for children ages birth to 3 years old. The bags also include an activity guide for caregivers based on the early literacy concepts of reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing. Baby Bundles are located in the Kids & Teens Department, in the Kits section of the Picture Books, and 16 themes are available for checkout including Food, Make Music, Things That Go, and more. Sponsored by a donation from the Sadowski Family.