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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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Winners of The Sound Teen Music Fest

IPPL hosted The Sound, its third annual teen music fest, on June 20, and the winners were:

Best Band: Soma Holiday  (pictured below)

best band

Best Solo/Duo: Double Identity (pictured below) 

best duo

Fan Favorite: Riptide

Local teens competed for the best solo/duo and best band awards and cash prizes. A panel of judges awarded the category prizes, and the fan favorite was chosen by text-in vote.

Read the Chicago Tribune/Doings Weekly recap here.

Thank you to all of the bands who participated, as well as our event sponsors: the IPPL Teen Advisory Board, The Gift of Carl Foundation, and the Friends of IPPL.

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Suburban Life Column: Homemade Readers Summer Reading Challenge

The library’s Homemade Readers Summer Reading Challenge was featured in a recent Suburban Life Community Voice column. Read the column here.

Homemade Readers is our 2015 summer reading challenge for kids and teens. It starts June 13 and runs through Aug. 8. Sign up starts Saturday, June 13, at 9 a.m. at the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk or online at ippl.info.

The library will kick off the summer reading challenge with a Family Fort-Building & Reading Lock-In on Saturday, June 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Families can build a fort in the library and hang out with their friends and favorite books. Participants bring the sheets and pillows, and the library will provide the popcorn.

In addition, kids and teens (birth-grade 12) can make a reading pledge. They can tell us how many books they will read this summer and get an A READER LIVES HERE! yard sign. One sign per household, please. While supplies last. Email a photo of you and your sign to youthservices@ippl.info and you could be a winner!

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Volunteers Needed

We are seeking adults who would like to share stories from their youth as part of our Memory Drive program. Memory Drive is an intergenerational program in which teens will interview adults to document stories from their school years. Using A/V equipment, teens will create and edit a multimedia clip for each interview, ultimately creating a digital story collection that will be shared on the library’s website and social media pages. The program will run through Aug. 8, and participants and their families will be invited to a special screening of the interview clips in August. Interested participants can email stacyp@ippl.info or call (630) 887-8760 ext. 245. This project is cosponsored by the Rotary Club of Darien.

The Sound Performer Application Deadline Extended to June 14



We will host The Sound, our second annual teen music festival, on Saturday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in the parking lot of the library. Local teens will compete for the best solo/duo and best band awards and cash prizes. A panel of judges will award prizes for the top act in each category, and a fan favorite will be chosen by text-in vote.

Performers of any style of music should apply by Saturday, June 14. Applications are available at www.thesound.ippl.info or at the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk. Please note 60 percent of the group must be between the ages of 12 and 19. Applicants must submit a demo of their music to complete their application. Applicants may submit CDs, DVDs, and flash drives with audio or video recordings, or links to their YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud or other music page. Applications will not be complete until a demo has been received. Demos not received by the June 14 deadline will not be considered.

Four solo/duo acts and four groups will be selected by IPPL’s Teen Advisory Board. Acts will be notified of their acceptance into the final competition.

The Sound is sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board, The Gift of Carl Foundation, and the Friends of IPPL.

Make Some Noise with our Summer Reading Challenge!


We have created a unique summer reading challenge for kids and teens which runs June 7 through Aug. 2. Not only will participants earn rewards for reading books, but they will also be rewarded for making projects and attending special events and programs at the library!

Blast Off Event this Saturday, June 7

Join us for our Blast Off for Summer Reading event this Saturday, June 7, from 12 to 3 p.m. Participants will build and launch rockets, eat ice cream, and play Rock Band. At 2 p.m., participate in a hilarious interactive musical puppet show, Kids Rock Band, performed by Jeannie McQueenie Productions.


Registration for Make Some Noise starts this Saturday, June 7. Participants can sign up in-person at the library or online. Click here for more information or to sign up.

When participants register, they will receive a Participation Log to track what they read, what they make, and which programs and events they attend. This Participation Log is their ticket into the Grand Finale Event on Aug. 2.

Read, Make, and Connect for Prizes!

READ: Participants will record the titles of the books they read in their Participation Log. (There is also an online option available for those who are interested.) Read eight books and win one free book of their choosing!

MAKE: Participants are invited to create various projects in our Makerspace and Digital Media Lab. Projects include art, science, robotics, electronics, music, video, and more. Every time a participant makes something at the library, they will receive a ticket to enter our grand prize drawings.

CONNECT: Participants can attend library programs and events like weekly musical storytimes, Lego and Minecraft Clubs, videogame tournaments, performances by Jeannie McQueenie, Jim Gill, Smarty Pants, and more. Every time a participant attends an event or program, they will receive a ticket to enter our grand prize drawings

Grand Finale Event

Only participants who complete Make Some Noise will be eligible to attend the Grand Finale Event on Saturday, Aug. 2. The event, an indoor carnival celebration with special guest Smarty Pants and his Big Balloon Show, will feature magic, comedy, and Smarty’s award-winning balloon props. To be eligible to attend the Grand Finale Event, participants must complete at least 16 challenges, which can be any combination of Reads, Makes, or Connects.

Grand Prizes

Every time a participant completes a challenge – every time they read a book, make something at the library, or attend an event or program – they will receive a ticket to enter our grand prize drawings which will be announced at the end of the summer. The more they participate, the better their chances are to win!