All posts by Marianne Ryan

Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project

Calling all authors! The fifth annual Soon to be Famous™ Illinois Author Project is accepting applications for its 2018 contest. Librarians will judge self-published adult fiction by Illinois authors to select and promote a winner. In addition to the many promotional benefits, this year’s winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, sponsored by BiblioBoard.

Are you the next Soon to be Famous™ author? Submit your entry via IPPL through Jan. 8, 2018. Go to for details, then email to get started.

Veterans History Project

Since 2000, the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has been collecting, preserving, and sharing oral histories of men and women who have served their country. IPPL began collecting stories for the project in 2002, and we are recognized as a Founding Partner. In honor of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11, we invite you to listen to our interviews of more than 100 local wartime veterans.

If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed for the Veterans History Project, contact Joe Popowitch, 630/887-8760 ext. 240.

It’s not too late to make a Reading Resolution! 

Fall is here, and cooler days are the perfect time to get back on track (or get started!) with your Reading Resolution! Those who meet their Reading Resolution goals will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to their favorite bookstore. To be entered into the drawing, simply set a reading goal, meet it, and turn in your reading log to the library.

October is National Reading Group Month. Let us help you pick the next great read for yourself or your book group! Fill out a personalized suggestion form or check out our Book Club Favorites lists. And don’t forget to sign up for our bookish enewsletters to help you meet your goal!

Peace Mural Project Visits IPPL 

The Peace Mural Project, a community wide artistic call for peace, is on display at the library through Oct. 14. The mural contains hundreds of 4×4-inch squares on which the public is invited to write or draw their hopes and dreams for peace. The Peace Mural Project was designed and is supervised by artist Janyce Boss and is a project of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Downers Grove.


It’s Banned Books Week!

Celebrate the freedom to read! Stop by our lobby during the following times to get your mug shot taken with a banned book:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m.

Keep an eye on our social media to see which staff members were caught reading banned books. Plus, check out our displays and our recommended list to see which popular books have been challenged or banned.