Good luck Gower School District

Gower School District has entered their library in the 2019 Follett Challenge.

Voting takes place the week of January 21-25. Each person over age 13 may vote once per day during the five days, and the contest closes at 4pm CST on Friday 1/25. Winners will be announced at the end of February. Here is the link to vote for Gower’s submission, called “This Is Gower.”

We would also like to extend a shout out to District 61 Librarian, Diane Nelson for coming by to help the kids and staff at the Path to Progress Maze Building on Monday, for Martin Luther King Jr Day. Our community built our maze paths using the book, Love will see you through : Martin Luther King Jr.’s six guiding beliefs (as told by his niece).  Ms. Nelson’s team built their path on Belief number 2: Love Your Enemies. Check out more pictures and video on Indian Prairie’s social media pages.img_8148

Are You Ready for the SAT?

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

On April 9, all Illinois high school juniors will be sitting down to take the SAT. With the gray skies and wintry weather, it’s easy to forget that April isn’t so far away. So start now, and get ready for the SAT at Indian Prairie. Here are resources that may help:

  • Stop by the test prep books on the first floor to find SAT guides and practice tests, or check the catalog to place your hold.
  • Visit our Test Prep page and log in to Brainfuse for guides, tips, and practice tests.
  • Take a practice test at the library. Our January session is full, but registration for the February 16 practice test opens this Saturday, January 19.
  • Make sure you’re prepared with the College Board Test Day Checklist.


IPPL Language Story Kits!

Displays two clear plastic bins that hold up vinyl pouches. The vinyl pouches have a clear front and you can see the books and handouts inside of the kits.

A picture of our Language Story Kits, found in the Junior Language collection.

It’s a new year and with those New Year’s Resolutions, here’s a resource to learn some new vocabulary in another language: IPPL Language Story Kits!

Our Language Story Kits feature two books (one in English and one in another language) as well as a flannelboard or a puppet to re-tell the story and practice new vocabulary. Our books and languages offered are listed below:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Japanese/English)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Panjabi/English)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Polish/English)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Urdu/English)
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster (Chinese/English)
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster (Spanish/English)
  • The Snowy Day (Chinese/English)
  • The Snowy Day (Spanish/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Bengali/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (French/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Panjabi/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Polish/English)

Our Language Story Kits are located on the second floor, in the Kids & Teens department Junior Language collection. Check out our catalog to see which Story Kit you can check out today!

Binge Boxes Are Here!


We are happy to announce a new collection: Binge Boxes! These nifty kits are loaded with DVDs for your movie watching needs. Do you want to revisit Hogwarts on a weekend?  There’s a Binge Boxes for that. Do you need some dance and cheerleading fun for a sleepover? We’ve got you covered. Want to journey to Middle Earth and back again? Book your trip with a Binge Box. Our first 10 boxes are located on the second floor with Teen DVDs. Click on the link to search our Binge Boxes and view their contents.

Do you have an idea for a Binge Box. Let us know in the comments or stop by the Kids & Teens desk to share.

Winter Break Fun at Indian Prairie

During Winter Break we have programs and activities for many interests.

  • Winter Break Movies. Christopher Robin PG Thursday, Dec. 27 12:30-2:30 and Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (PG) Thursday, Jan. 3 11:00 – 12:30.
  • Mighty Mid-Kid Family Gaming Friday, Dec. 28 2:00 – 4:30. (One of our volunteers will be showing families how to play the card game Bridge. Try out a new board or card game, Wii or Nintendo.
  • Perler Pop. Friday, Jan. 4, 12:30 – 2:00.
  • Sensory Storytime. Saturday, Jan. 5 10:15.

Programs are just the start. Anytime the Library is open, families and kids can explore the many games, Wouldshop and Little Shop activities we have just for you. Try out the poster printer, sewing machine or the Ellison dye station. Create music using the Midi.

Top Ten Picture Books of 2018

The covers of Miss Katie's picks for Top Ten Picture Books of 2018.

The covers of Miss Katie’s picks for Top Ten Picture Books of 2018.

Asking a librarian to pick a favorite book is one of the most difficult questions to answer. In fact, even coming up with a top ten list for the year involves feeling like you’ve betrayed the other books you’ve loved. That being said, these are my favorite picture books of 2018, in alphabetical order. I’ll give you a little reason why with each title.


  1. A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin: A story about the cycle of the moon, with a folk tale-esque feel. This book is filled with gorgeous pictures.
  2. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan: A spectacular shapes books that includes more than the basics (square, triangle, circle). This title works fantastic for older preschoolers and grade-school children.
  3. Drawn Together by Minh Lê: A beautiful story about a grandfather and grandson who use art to overcome their language, cultural, and generational differences. This one will inspire children to draw their own stories with family.
  4. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales: An immigrant story where the library becomes a safe haven and place of learning for both mother and son. Spend some time with these illustrations; you can even look through to find familiar book covers.
  5. Gator! Gator! Gator! by Daniel Bernstrom: The rhythm of this picture book begs to be read aloud in storytime. The guessing game with animals in shadows really invites readers to participate in the journey taken.
  6. I Really Want to See You, Grandma by Tarō Gomi: Yumi and Grandma really want to see each other, but what happens when they both leave at the same time is a funny story for friends paying close attention to the illustrations.
  7. Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: This story of familial acceptance is filled with joy and gorgeous illustrations from debut author/illustrator Love.
  8. A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes: This picture book is perfect for beginning readers as they learn about concepts while following the elephants through their day.
  9. Play This Book by Jessica Young: Our favorite new title from Shake, Shimmy, & Dance this year is a celebration of musical instruments merged with the interaction that made Hervé Tullet’s Press Here a hit.
  10. Shake the Tree! by Chirara Vignocchi: A fun story that changes from horizontal to vertical page spread as animals shake the tree to get at what they’d like to eat. Great opportunity for kids to play along.

If you need any recommendations for more great picture books, stop by the Kids & Teens “Ask Us” desk!

Looking Forward with Gratitude

At this time we often look back and share what we are Thankful for over the year. I know I am thankful for the wonderful kids, families and Indian Prairie Library community that invite us to be a part of your day.

I am thankful for the parents, schools, teachers, administrators  and community leaders that are so excited to learn with us about what their kids need to be curious, explore, experiment and expand the world around them.

I am also thankful for the amazing people who I get to learn from and expand my world with. One of these is Miss Jane.   Miss Jane is retiring. We invite the community to celebrate with us.

Celebrating Miss Jane

Celebrating Miss Jane

MIDI Music Creation at the Library

It has never been easier to produce and publish your own music than it is today, and IPPL is making it even easier by introducing new technology to our Wouldshop. Our new MIDI keyboards and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are now available for checkout in the Wouldshop, or as a STEM Kit for you to create at home.

Whether you’re trying to produce the next big dance track, craft hip-hop beats, or provide the perfect soundtrack to a video game, IPPL has the tools for you. Learn how to create simple loops, beats, and synth sounds with StageLight, or take your ideas to the next level with FL Studio, one of the most popular production software in use today.

Along with these powerful programs, we also have MIDI keyboards, USB microphones, and Bluetooth headphones available, ensuring that you have all the equipment you need to bring your song to life. Stop by the Kids and Teens Ask Us Desk today for more information!