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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

Gear Up for Virtual Reality

Immerse yourself in the 360 degree virtual world with our Samsung Gear VR headset. The headset turns Samsung compatible phones into virtual reality devices, letting you experience games and video in a new way. The Gear is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge. The Gear headset does not come with a phone.

Once you’ve connected your phone to the Gear, you can download apps from the Oculus Store. Popular free apps include the Oculus Arcade, Temple Run,  Streetview VR, and Oculus 360 World. If you want to feel like you’re flying over Iceland in a helicopter, check out 360 World.

To learn more about the Gear and how to use it, see Samsung’s Tutorial

The Gear VR is part of our Tech Takeout collection – place a hold on the Gear now. samsung gear VR

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.


United States Declares War on Germany, April 6, 1917

One hundred years ago, on April 6, 2017, the United States Congress declared war on Germany. From 1917 to 1918, some 24 million men residing in the U.S. completed draft registration cards. If you have family who lived in the U.S. during WWI, search *Ancestry Library Edition’s “U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918” for relatives. The registration cards are a great source of information. *In-library use only.


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.