Teen Advisory and Service Committee (T.A.S.C.)

Are you going into grades 7-12? Do you have program ideas or a drive to help your community? Then you should consider joining the Teen Advisory and Service Committee (T.A.S.C.) T.A.S.C. members help develop library programs, practice job and leadership s... Read More

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Ozobot Activities

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What is the Prairie Patch?

The Prairie Patch is a community garden project at Indian Prairie Public Library which was started through a partnership with Good Worx Inc. in 2016.

What’s new in the Prairie Patch?


Garden Giveaway
Tuesdays, July 10-Aug. 28, 6:30pm
You can pick up fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs grown in the Prairie Patch! Come and see what we have to giveaway.

The Prairie Patch provides local families with access to fresh food. We invite local gardeners to share their excess food too. You can drop off extra tomatoes, zucchini, mint - or whatever you’re growing - to the library on Tuesdays prior to the Giveaway and we will share with the community. All food left at the end of the night will be donated to local pantries.

Become a Garden Lab Volunteer!
Want to help to keep the garden growing? Contact Natalie Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630-884-8028 for more info. All ages welcome!

More Events in the Prairie Patch


Community Art Project
Sat., June 9, 10 a.m.–noon
All ages and skill levels welcome! Paint a cloth mural that will be on display in the Prairie Patch all summer. Coffee, juice, and donuts provided.

Science Lab
Mon.–Wed., June 11–13, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
For grades 2–6. Explore the plant life cycle, dissect seeds, and more.

Math Lab
Tuesdays, July 10–Aug. 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
For grades 4 and up. Practice math skills by harvesting, measuring, and weighing veggies and herbs for the Garden Giveaway.

What are the benefits of the Prairie Patch?Prairie Patch video

The Prairie Patch benefits the community in three major ways: 

  • It builds community. It brings people together and creates connection and a sense of belonging.
  • It provides kids and teens with an outdoor, hands-on classroom where they can play while learning natural science concepts and basic STEM skills.
  • It feeds people. The Prairie Patch is meeting a basic need for fresh food for local families in need.

We're nourishing our neighbors; we're providing fun, educational experiences; and we're creating community.

What is the history of the Prairie Patch?

In 2016, we installed 20 “patches,” or raised beds, at the library. The first summer, the garden was maintained through our Garden Buddies classes and by volunteers from Good Worx. The Garden Buddies met twice a week throughout the summer. Kids in grades 1-6 were paired up with teen volunteers, and together they watered and cared for the garden and learned about photosynthesis, the water cycle, composting with worms, and more. Families were able to pick up fresh produce from Good Worx or from the local food pantries that Good Worx delivers to.

Prairie Patch Volunteer and KidsIn 2017, we expanded the garden from 20 beds to 40 beds. We also expanded our programming at the library. The Garden Buddies class became our Garden Lab, and we have kids and teens working and learning in the garden every week. They dissect seeds, test soil for various minerals, measure and chart growth, and so much more.

Now, families who receive food from the patch are able to grow their own food in reserved beds at the library. They get to choose what they want to eat and they maintain their own spaces. Others who are not able to make it to the library are still able to receive food that is grown in the Prairie Patch.

We have also expanded our composting program. There is now a compost bin in the library's staff break room to collect food scraps. Volunteers can bring their own compostable materials to the garden. We mix it all up in our Envirocycle composter so that we can make our own soil.

Whenever possible, as weather allows, the garden is watered using the rain barrel system that was installed by the Eagle Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 101 in Darien.

What do you do with the food grown in the Prairie Patch?

All of the food grown in the Prairie Patch is given to families in our community who have been identified as food insecure – families who struggle to find enough food or who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

What is Good Worx Inc?

Good Worx was founded in 2014 by Cynthia McGann and Mary Beth Owano. They created the Sunny Patch Project, Darien’s first community garden project, to raise awareness about local food insecurity. The Sunny Patch is located at the Safety Village in Darien. For more information, visit www.goodworxinc.org.

How can I help?

You can sign up to volunteer in the garden by contacting Natalie Williams or Cynthia McGann:

Natalie Williams
Head of Youth Services at Indian Prairie Public Library
(630) 887-8760 x262
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Cynthia McGann
Executive Director of Good Worx Inc.
(630) 272-0915
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Indian Prairie Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility, accepting DS-11 applications for new passports. 


When can I apply?

  • Monday, Friday, and Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 3-8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
  • If our wait list is longer than our processing hours can accommodate, we may not be able to add more people to the list.

Do I need an appointment?

  • We take applications on a first come, first served basis and implement a wait list when necessary. To be placed on the wait list, you must have your unsigned, completed DS-11 form (filled out in black ink-no white out), an original or certified copy of your birth certificate (or your expired passport), a copy of the front and back of your ID, a current passport photo and two forms of payment: one for the U.S. Department of State and one for Indian Prairie Public Library.  

Is there a fee?

  • There are two fees: an application fee and an execution fee.
  • For detailed fee information, visit the State Department website. The application fee should be made to the U.S. Department of State by check, money order, certified check, or cashier's check. Passport Services strongly advises that each individual application has a separate form of payment for any fees payable to the U.S. Department of State.
  • The execution fee can be made to the Indian Prairie Public Library by check, cash, money order, or credit card.  Please note that per government regulations, the execution fee is being increased to $35 effective April 2, 2018.

What do I need?

  • Application: Applications may be filled out online and then printed single-sided. The library can provide a paper application which must be filled out in black ink with no whiteout. Do not sign the application until asked to do so by an agent.
  • Applicants and relevant parties: The applicant must be present. Both parents and children must be present for all minor applications under the age of 16.
  • Original proof of citizenship: This includes certified, original, or long form birth certificates; naturalization papers; or a U.S. passport for applicants over the age of 16. You must also bring a photocopy of your proof of citizenship.
  • Valid photo identification: Applicants and parents of applicants under age 16 must have a valid photo ID. You must also bring a photocopy of the front and back of this ID on one side of one piece of paper.
  • Current passport photo: The library does not provide photo services. It is recommended that you have your photo taken professionally instead of attempting it on your own. There are several places near the library that provide this service, such as CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. Please note: eyeglasses must be removed for passport photos. The U.S. State Department has strict photo guidelines and the acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency. This is a general overview and not all situations are covered.

How long will it take to receive my passport?

  • The library does not have access to information regarding the status of your application.
  • If you are traveling within two weeks or need a foreign visa within four weeks, you should make an appointment at a passport agency or center. The passport agency or center will specify when you will get your new passport. See Get a Passport in a Hurry.
  • For detailed timing information, visit the State Department website.

How do I renew my passport?

The library does not renew passports. However, adult passport renewals are easy to do. To renew a 10-year adult passport, visit the State Department website and download form DS-82 along with the instructions. You can renew by mail if all of the following are true of your most recent U.S. passport:

  • It is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  • It was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • It was issued within the last 15 years (not expired more than 5 years) 
  • It was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change with a certified copy of your marriage certificate or government-issued document evidencing your legal name change
Complete the application and mail it with payment and the old passport to the address on the form. If you were under 16 when your passport was issued (a 5-year passport), you cannot renew it. You must apply for a new passport.