As part of the library’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2018, local artists have been invited to create their work in the library. Watch as the masterpieces unfold and view their other works in the second floor art gallery throughout the year.


Self portrait of Sally Monkus.Sally Monkus

January, February, March

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PlaceholderDorothy Bury Shaw

April, May, June




July, August, September

Could it be you? Contact Theresa P.


A photograph of the artist.Laura Lein-Svencner

October, November, December

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A self portrait of the artist.

Sally Monkus, a native Chicagoan currently living in Downers Grove, works in mixed media collage, assemblage, and ceramics out of studios in her home and at ClaySpace in Lisle, where she is a resident artist.

She will be the Artist in Residence during January, February, and March 2018.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the lobby.

During January, her work will also be displayed in our second floor art gallery.

To learn more about Sally Monkus and to see more of her work, visit her website.

Did you know that February is Library Lovers Month?

If you love the library - it's staff, services, and/or materials - let us know! 

We'll be using your comments and stories to celebrate our library, inspire others, and encourage connections. 


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A photograph of the artist.

Laura Lein-Svencner, a native of Downers Grove currently living in Darien, works in drawing, printmaking, sculpture/assemblage, papermaking, and collage. She co-founded the Midwest Collage Society and teaches collage workshops throughout the midwest.

She will be the Artist in Residence during October, November, and December 2018.

Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. in the lobby.
October 10, 17, 24, and 31; November 7, 14, and 28; and December 5, 12, and 19.

During October, her work will also be displayed in our second floor art gallery.

To learn more about Laura Lein-Svencner and to see more of her work, visit her website.

What is the Story Stroll?Story Stroll Logo

The Story Stroll is a series of 10 storyboards on wooden posts along the sidewalk at Burr Ridge Village Center that readers of all ages can follow to finish the story. The Story Stroll encourages families to interact with each other and the world around them by reading and walking together. We believe that reading and walking both have numerous benefits and increase physical, mental, and intellectual health. The Story Stroll was built by Andrew Cole as an Eagle Scout Project and installed in October 2016. Thank you to Eagle Scout Troop 101, The Darien Lions Club, and Burr Ridge Village Center for making this project possible. 

Where does the Story Stroll start?

You can visit the Story Stroll at Burr Ridge Village Center, 701 Village Center Drive in Burr Ridge. The first post is located just outside of Starbucks. Follow the story in a loop, down to Koehler, across to Topaz Café, and back towards Cooper’s Hawk.

What is the current story?

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

"Wonderfully spare, deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative paintings to celebrate the iconic imagery of our nation, beginning with the American flag. Each spread, sumptuously illustrated by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson, depicts a stirring tableau, from the view of the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island to civil rights marchers shoulder to shoulder, to a spacecraft at Cape Canaveral blasting off. This book is an ode to America then and now, from sea to shining sea." -Penguin Random House

Blue Sky White Stars Book Cover

What were the past stories?

One Family by George Shannon, Fall 2016

 One Family, Book Cover


 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Winter 2017

The Snowy Day, Book Cover

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