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Calling kids, teens, and adults! Level up for more fun this summer. You can participate in activities, color in your calendar, and/or log your books to win prizes. We also have a variety of programming for everyone.

These activities are designed to promote personal growth and connection with others. And, don’t forget to keep reading—because studies show that reading helps to alleviate stress, promote mental health, and sets students up for success.

Earn Prizes
When you complete your log, turn in the form at the bottom of your log to be entered in the raffle for prizes and gift certificates.

Level Up is sponsored by the Indian Prairie Library Foundation & Friends.

Download your log here.

Note: Gower families reading for their school's reading program may count the books for the library's Level Up Challenge. 

 

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Use Beanstack to Participate Online

You also can participate online through Beanstack. Create an account to log reading and activities.

Participants using Beanstack for the Summer Challenge will be automatically entered into the raffle.

 

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Summer Programs & Classes

We have program offerings for everyone this summer with activities that are in-person, online, and take home. Registration for all programs is required in advance. Click on the links to learn more.

Programs for Everyone
Adult Programs
Technology Programs
Programs for Businesses
Early Literacy Programs
Storytimes
Mid-Kids Programs
Teen Programs
Summer Learning
Take & Make Activities 

 

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Programs for Everyone

Prairie Patch Volunteers Needed
We are looking for families or adults interested in helping to maintain the Prairie Patch, our outside garden. It takes many hands to keep a successful community garden growing – and with your help, we’ll be able to create an outdoor learning space for kids and families and to grow food to feed our neighbors! Contact Monica Dzierzbicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or a volunteer application.

Outdoor Program: Prairie Patch Planting Day
Saturday, June 5, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Are you ready to start something special? Join us to plant the Prairie Patch, the library’s community garden, or come to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Outdoor Program: Pollinators Week Celebration with Darien Gardening Club
Saturday, June 26, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join us for special presenters and take & make bags with pollinator information, activities, and butterfly milkweed giveaways. This program is presented in partnership with the Darien Garden Club. Please sign up for one time slot.

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Viewer discretion advised. Grab your lawn chairs and join us for a movie in the parking lot. Sign up for your vehicle as one group of viewers. Check-in when you arrive to be directed to a designated parking space where you can either set up lawn chairs or park your vehicle. Choice of seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The library building will be closed during this event and guests will not have access. This series is co-sponsored by the Lawrence Family Foundation. 

 

 
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Adult Programs

Online Program: The History of the Beach Boys
Wednesday, June 2, 7 p.m.
If summer had a sound it would be the Beach Boys . . . surf, sun, and California dreaming. This presentation focuses on The Beach Boys "sunniest" years from 1962–1967. With the use of performance and interview clips, it will trace the arc of their early career including "Surfin' U.S.A.", "Fun, Fun, Fun,” "California Dreamin’," and "Good Vibrations." Sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Online Program: Folded Map Project
Monday, June 7, 7 p.m.
This program is part of our Ignite Change series. Joint program with Elmhurst Public Library. All registration will be done on the EPL online calendarThe original goal of the Folded Map Project was to photograph corresponding addresses on Chicago’s North and South sides to highlight the impacts of decades of urban segregation. The study quickly evolved into a series of video interviews between the “map twins,” who were invited to experience each other’s neighborhoods. Join photographer and activist Tonika Lewis Johnson for a screening of her short film and an open dialogue on the impact of the social, racial, and institutional conditions that create our urban environment, and how we might change them.

Online Program: Chair Yoga
Wednesdays, June 9, 16, 23, & 30, July 7, 14, 21, & 28, 1 p.m.
Dancing Cranes Yoga teaches this chair yoga class which provides an enjoyable movement opportunity for adults to improve flexibility, joint health, core strength, balance, and the ability to breathe deeply and relax without getting on the floor. Sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Online Program: National Garden Week, Backyard Habitats
Wednesday, June 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
In celebration of National Garden Week (June 6 –12), and to honor the Darien Garden Club’s 20th anniversary, we have partnered with them for a virtual program on Backyard Habitats with certified naturalist Kim White. Kim’s love of nature inspires a greater understanding of local wildlife and how to bring nature back to our gardens.

Online Program: Parent Meet-Up
Wednesdays, June 16 & June 30, and July 14 & July 28, 8 p.m.
For parents and caregivers of children under 7 years old. Grow your circle of support by connecting with other grown-ups over the wows and woes of parenthood. Conversation topics can include potty training, feeding, socialization and screen time, and sleep habits. The library’s early literacy specialists also are available as resources at each meet-up.

Online Program: 160 Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic
Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m.
One hundred and sixty minutes was all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. In this presentation, author William Hazelgrove tells the story based on his newest book of both the amazing heroism and the astounding incompetence which occurred during the attempt. Sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Online Program: What's Wrong with My Tomatoes?
Monday, July 12, 7 p.m.
Cracking? Bottom rot? No fruit? Bob Zeni, the Chicago Tomato Man, offers tips and techniques to help you get your tomato plants back on track.

Online Program: Vincent Van Gogh in the South of France
Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m.
After beginning his artistic career in Holland, Vincent Van Gogh traveled to Paris before heading south. In this presentation, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses the artist’s prolific years in Southern France. He’ll discuss examples of portraiture, landscape, and still life, including “Self Portrait as a Bronze,” “Starry Night,” and “Oleanders.”

 
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Technology Programs

In-person classes are held in our large meeting room with a limited number of people allowed. Face masks are required and social distancing will be maintained during these programs. IPPL cardholders only. 

In-Person: Android Basics
Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m.
Learn to navigate the home screen, manage apps, device settings, and browse the internet using your Android phone or tablet. Bring your device, Gmail address, and password.

In-Person Program: iPhone/ iPad Basics
Wednesday, June 30, 6 p.m.
Learn to navigate the home screen, manage apps, device settings, and browse the internet using your iPhone or iPad. Bring your device, iCloud login, and password.

Outdoor Program: Maker Studio: Vinyl Decal Totes
Thursday, July 1, 6 p.m.
Learn how to trace and cut vinyl designs and press them onto tote bags using the Maker Studio’s Silhouette Cameo and Cricut EasyPress.

In-Person Program: Android Basics
Tuesday, July 6, 6 p.m.
Learn to navigate the home screen, manage apps, device settings, and browse the internet using your Android phone or tablet. Bring your device, Gmail address, and password.

Outdoor Program: Maker Studio: Stylized Folding Pocket Comb
Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m.
Create a folding pocket comb stylized by you with your initials and a personalized design, using the Maker Studios CNC machine and 3D printer.

Online Program: Wilma Rudolph & Andy Stanfield: Olympic Heroes
Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Internationally known storyteller, Linda Gorham, tells the story of two Black athletes who beat the odds and became Olympic gold medal winners. Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child who was told she would never be able to walk. She and her family didn't give up. She not only learned to walk but also to run and became the first American woman to win three gold medals.  Andy Stanfield faced different challenges but through hard work competed in two Olympic Games and went on to earn two gold medals and one silver. Linda Gorham is Stanfield's niece.

In-Person Program: iPhone/iPad Basics
Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m.
Learn to navigate the home screen, manage apps, device settings, and browse the internet using your iPhone/iPad phone or tablet. Bring your device, Gmail address, and password.

 

Programs for Adults—Business

Online Program: Identifying New Homeowners
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.
Follow along as we walk you through how to use Reference Solutions to identify new homeowners in your community. References Solutions (formerly known as Reference USA) is a market research tool you can use with your library card. Library cards are available to businesses located in our district.

Online Program: Identifying Consumer Lifestyles and Interests
Thursday, July 8, 10 a.m.
Follow along as we walk you through how to use Reference Solutions to determine the lifestyle, interests, and hobbies of consumers in your community. References Solutions (formerly known as Reference USA) is a market research tool you can use with your library card. Library cards are available to businesses located in our district.

 

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Early Literacy Programs

For ages 2-4 with adult caregiver. Siblings welcome

Outdoor Program: Mud Kitchen
Mondays, June 7, June 14, June 21, and June 28, 9:30 a.m.
Mondays, June 7, June 14, June 21, and June 28, 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy outdoor sensory play in the Prairie Patch. Children will begin to discover their own sense of the world and develop science, math, and art skills as they experiment with mudpies, potions, and other messy play.

For ages 2–6 with an adult caregiver

Outdoor Program: Little Yogis
Mondays, July 12, July 19, & July 26, 10 a.m.
Slow down and find your breath as we explore some mindful movements outside in the Prairie Patch. Participants are encouraged to bring a mat or towel and dress comfortably. No prior yoga experience necessary. Yoga led by Early Childhood Social Worker Dena Walter.

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Storytimes

Outdoor Program: Baby Storytime at the Park
Wednesdays, June 9, June 16, June 23, & June 30, and July 7, July 14, July 21, & July 28, 9:30 a.m.
For babies birth through 18 months with adult caregiver.
Held at Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Rd., Darien. Bring a picnic blanket to join us as we read stories, sing songs, and make new friends. Meet at the south end of the park across from the library.

Outdoor Program: Family Storytime at the Park
Tuesdays, June 8, June 15, June 22, & July 29, and July 6, July 13, July 20, & July 27, 10 a.m.
For families with children 7 years old and younger.
Held at Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Rd., Darien. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and join us for stories, songs, and fun for the whole family! Meet at the south end of the park across from the library.

Outdoor Program: Barbara’s Bookstore Storytime
Friday, June 4, 10:30 a.m & Friday, July 2, 10:30 a.m.

Join us on the green outside Barbara's Bookstore in the Burr Ridge Village Center for stories, songs, and fun! Barbara's is located at 770 Village Center Dr. in Burr Ridge.

Online Program: Favorite Characters Storytime
Fridays, June 11, June 18, & June 25, and July 9, July 16, July 23, & July 30, 10 a.m.

For families ages 7 & under. Each week, celebrate a favorite book character with a special storytime all about them. We’ll feature The Pigeon, Pete the Cat, Llama Llama, and more.

 

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Family Programs

Outdoor Program: Family Nights
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
June 10–July 22

Registered participants will receive an activity bag at the event. Any leftover bags will be available for pick up, beginning the next day, while supplies last. Note: The library building closes at 7 p.m.; guests will not have access after that time.

Ohana Luau
Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.
Ohana means family. Celebrate King Kamehameha Day, a Hawaiian holiday, with family luau-type fun. Wear your Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy fruity, frozen treats and Hawaiian cultural traditions.

Puppet-palooza
Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
Design your own Muppet-type puppet from a variety of craft supplies. Families are encouraged to create their own stories to perform.

Let’s LEGO®!
Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
Whether you’re a master builder or a master builder-in-training, everything is awesome with LEGO. Try out one of our building challenges or think up your own. But, no Kragel allowed!

Happy Campers
Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.
Welcome to Camp IPPL! Craft your own campfire to sit around as you eat s’mores, tell stories, and stargaze. Families are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs.

Frida Love
Thursday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate artist Frida Kahlo with special activities, origami flowers, eyebrows, and more

Create-a-Car Show
Thursday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Start your creative engines! Each family will receive a cardboard box to transform into a car worthy of the car show. Walk the lineup at the night’s end to admire each family’s creations.

 

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Mid-Kids Programs

Outdoor Program: Mighty Mid-Kid Art-doors
Tuesdays, June 8 & July 27, 10:30 a.m.
For grades 4–6

Outdoor Program: Mini Mid-Kids Art-doors
Tuesdays, June 15 & July 13, 10:30 a.m.
For grades 1–3

Online Program: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet
Friday, June 25, 1 p.m.
For grades 2–6. Learn about goldilocks planets and how astronomers use signs of water to identify these planets. Then create artwork depicting your own goldilocks planet. Supply bags will be available starting June 15. Pick-up at the library while supplies last. To request for pick up at our drive-up window, call 630/887-8760. This program will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required. You will receive an email with the Zoom information 3 hours before the program begins.

Outdoor Program: Pokémon GO 5th Anniversary Walkabout
Tuesday, July 6, 1 p.m.
For grades 4–12. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran with a nearly full Pokédex, a brand –new trainer looking to learn the basics, or a former player in need of a nostalgia rush, you can join us as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Pokemon GO! An IPPL staff member leads an hour-long walk in the area around the library, with a path designed to pass as many PokeStops and Pokémon Gyms as possible. Snacks and drinks also are available.

Outdoor Program: Science Lab in the Prairie Patch
Fridays, July 9, July 16, July 23, & July 30, 9:30 a.m.
For Grades 1 –6. Hands-on science fun exploring the Prairie Patch garden plants, soil, pollinators, harvesting, and the environment.

Outdoor Program: Put on Your Owl Eyes
Thursday, July 29, 1 p.m.
For grades 3 –6. Learn to see and hear nature in the way an owl does. Using the Indian Prairie Nature Pack backpacks you'll use tools to help you become a better observer and safe participant in our natural world. 

 

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Teens Programs

For grades 7 –12.

Outdoor Program: Teen Summer Scaries Series
I know what you did last summer... but THIS summer, make sure to visit the library after-hours and after-dark for our Summer Scaries outdoor events! Fresh popcorn will be available before and during movie screenings.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Saturday, June 5, 8 p.m.
We'll leave the spooky storytelling to the experts! Join us as we watch Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019), based on the popular book series responsible for countless nightmares and phobias for pretty much anyone under the age of 30.

Get Out (2017)
Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Get outside and watch Get Out (2017) after–dark at the library. A social thriller that will make you think as much as it will make you terrified, wind down the summer with this instant-classic horror mystery.

Outdoor Program: Teen Craft Series
Thursdays, June 10 & June 24 and July 8 & July 22, 2 p.m.

Join us outside this summer as we spend time crafting. Each session, a craft theme will be provided. You can choose to do the themed craft, or make your own unique craft with the materials provided.

 

 

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Summer Learning

Mission Math Beanstack
June 1 –July 31
For grades 1 –8. Practice math skills and earn badges and prizes. Parents, each worksheet has an answer sheet at the end to help you guide your child’s learning.

Book Buddies
June 1 –July 31
For grades 1 –6. Call 630/887-8760 to schedule a one-on-one read-aloud session with a teen volunteer buddy.


Take & Make Activities 

Available while supplies last in the library. To request one via the drive-up window, call 630/887-8760.

For babies ages 0–18 months

Baby Sensory: Felt Shapes
Practice fine motor skills, shapes, and colors. Available starting June 1.

Baby Sensory: Play Dough
Engage your baby’s natural curiosity while strengthening little fingers, hands, and wrists. Available starting July 1.

For families

Summer Family BINGO
Pick up a BINGO card to play with or against your family members while going for a walk or playing outside. Available starting June 1.

Shapes in Nature Challenge
Challenge yourself to see how many different shapes you can find in nature. Look in your backyard, your neighborhood, visit a park or forest preserve. Pick up your nature shape field guide, and draw your findings as you go! Available starting July 1.

For grades 7–12

Paint Your Own Squishy
Pick up your very own squishy, and make it unique with the watercolor paint set also provided. Available starting June 1.

DIY “Fireworks”
We cannot legally provide explosives to our teen patrons. However, you can pick up these kits with supplies for confetti poppers and ribbon streamers just in time for the holiday! Available starting July 1.

International Games Bead Bracelet
Let’s get ready for the Olympics and cheer on team U.S.A. with this beaded bracelet craft! Materials and supplies included. Available starting July 19.

For adults

Pen and Paper Date Night
Pen and paper activities perfect for two people. Games, trivia, activities, and more. Available starting June 15.

Backyard Olympics
Includes equipment and rules for a variety of backyard games to play. Available starting July 19.