Category Archives: Announcement

Under the Radar: Great Shows from Europe

Are you finding TV to be a little dull since Downton Abbey ended? Here are some other great shows from Europe. These international mysteries will provide hours of entertainment:

From France: Blood of the Vine has an internationally renowned wine expert and part-time sleuth solving puzzling murders in the vineyards of France. Series 1-3

From Sweden: Irene Huss is a former European ju-jitsu champ, mother of two teenage girls, and a detective with the Violent Crimes Unit in Gothenburg, Sweden. Series 1, 12 episodes

From Denmark: The Eagle features Detective Hallgrim Hallgrimson, an Icelander, leading a team of Danish investigators fighting across-border organized crime in Europe. Series 1-3

By Mary K. Paxson, readers advisory assistant and leader of the Novel Idea book discussion group

Under the Radar: Ireland in Fiction

Go beyond James Joyce and Maeve Binchy with these stories, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
Detective Sean Duffy is a Catholic cop in the largely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary of Northern Ireland in this gritty police procedural, first of a series.

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
This classic, groundbreaking novel from the early 1960s was banned by the Irish Censorship Board upon its publication. Two young girls leave their small country town for love and experiences in the big city.

An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
First in a series, this is a gently humorous story of a fish out of water. Young, straight-as-an-arrow Barry Laverty goes as a physician’s assistant to tiny, rural Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland where he must learn to get along with his eccentric boss and the inhabitants of the village.

By Debbie Wordinger, Head of Adult Services

Get Ready to Garden!

Looking forward to planting a garden this spring? If you’re ready to start your seeds inside, get the seeds you need from our Seed Library!

Our Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that members can check out to plant and grow at home. There is no charge and no obligation to return the seeds. IPPL members 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 members of all ages – and gardening skill levels!

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WANTED: Employers for Teen Job Fair

Does your business hire teen employees or interns? The library is hosting its 2nd 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 9, 1-3:30 p.m. at the library.

If your business would like to participate, please fill out the online form by Tuesday, April 5. Businesses that apply by Monday, Feb. 29 will be included in all event promotions. There is no fee to participate, but space is limited so tables are first come, first served.

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

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Tax Services @ IPPL

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low-to-moderate income taxpayers at the library on Monday and Friday mornings starting Feb. 12 and running through mid-April. Appointments must be made by calling 630/887-8760 ext. 239 or in person at the Adult Ask Us Desk.

The library will also have a limited number of paper tax forms (with instructions) for distribution. Federal forms include 1040, 1040A, and 1040 EZ. Illinois forms include IL 1040 and Schedule ICR. Staff at the Ask Us Desk will print other forms for patrons. The first 10 pages are free, and additional pages are 10 cents per page. The second copy of any form will also cost 10 cents per page.

For those preparing their own returns, we have the latest tax preparation books, as well as instructions on how to order any necessary forms.

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IPPL Trustee Marian Krupicka Named Darien Citizen of the Year

Congratulations to Trustee Marian Krupicka for being selected Darien’s 2016 Citizen of the Year!

Marian’s contributions to the Darien community are numerous, including 30 years of teaching in Darien schools, 20 years of serving on the library board, participating as a long-time member of the Darien Woman’s Club, and being active in her church. She was even one of the original volunteers that helped to start the Darien Library in the 1970s!

The City of Darien will host a Coffee & Cake Reception in Marian’s honor on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Darien City Hall, 1702 Plainfield Rd.

In addition, the Citizen of the Year banquet will take place Saturday, March 5, at Alpine Banquets, 8230 S. Cass Ave. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at Darien City Hall after Feb. 1.


Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Want a chance to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards? Simply take this two-minute survey.

We want to know what you think about the library providing a variety of devices, gadgets, and equipment for our members to use. Your input will help us gauge the level of interest in these types of items and services.

Be sure to include your email address if you want to be included in the drawing for the Amazon gift cards.

Thank you in advance for your input!