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Honoring John Prine

Legendary folk singer-songwriter,John Prine, passed away on April 7 at the age of 73. The boy from Maywood, Illinois was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Ebert wrote an article about him after seeing him perform and interviewing him at a Chicago folk club in 1970. 

Listen to some of John Prine's moving music, including "Angel from Montgomery" and "Sam Stone"on Hoopla.




Honoring Romance Novelist Donna Kauffman

Bestselling romance novelist Donna Kauffman passed away on April 9 at the age of 60.  Alicia Condon, Kauffman's book editor, said, "Donna had a special gift for telling tender, uplifting stories while offering a uniquely insightful glimpse at the human condition,"  The prolific author of seventy novels also contributed a reality TV column to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog until 2015.

BookPage conducted an interview with Donna in 2018.

Read or listen to some of her books on Overdrive or Hoopla.

Find Your Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan

Shopping for a Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap) plan? The library has a tool available in its Financial Ratings Series subscription to help you select the best plan for you. Once you get into the resource, look for the Medigap link and answer a few demographic questions to generate your comprehensive report. Financial Ratings Series is provided by Weiss Ratings, an independent rater of financial and insurance products.

Use the link above or find it at ippl.info > Learning & Research > Databases > Financial Ratings Series. You will need an Indian Prairie Public Library card to use this tool from home. If you don't have an Indian Prairie card, see if your library also subscribes to this resource or come in and use the library's computers as there is no card required if you use the resource from inside the library.




Star Wars Reads Month

"Read. This is the way."

Celebrate reading and Star Wars for the ninth year of Star Wars Reads Month. From padawans to experienced Jedi, find a wide variety of activity pages, coloring pages, and book logs on the official Star Wars Reads website.

Browse the library's collection of Star Wars books and graphic novels for all ages to get you in the spirit.

Tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock band, Van Halen, passed away on October 6 at the age of 65. Eddie and his brother Alex founded Van Halen in 1972 which also featured Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth and later Sammy Hagar. He was known for his exuberant, lightning-fast solos. Eddie's guitar sound, heavy on tapping, with both hands on the neck of the instrument, made him one of the all-time great guitar players in rock history. A blend of spontaneity and precision ran through Eddie's greatest performances.

Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Van Halen became increasingly successful. Early hits such as 1979's "Dance the Night Away" eventually gave way to the bestselling 1984, the band's sixth album which spawned the chart-topping "Jump," as well as flamboyant hits like "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." They went to the top of the charts with its next four albums: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995).

Some of Eddie's solos that showcase his guitar techniques were "Eruption" and "I'm the One" from Van Halen, "Cathedral" from Diver Down, "Mean Street" from Fair Warning, and "Drop Dead Legs" from 1984. Eddie Van Halen took less than an hour to record the electrifying solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," and he wasn't even paid for it.

Eddie Van Halen also dedicated his time to tweaking and adjusting the tools of his trade. The man who created the Frankenstrat (a cross between a Fender and a Gibson electric guitar) holds three different patents having to do with guitars.

For the album, Unlawful Carnal Knowledge the Van Halen band received Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album at the 1992 American Music Awards and the 1992 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocals. Also, they received MTV Music video awards for Best Stage Performance in a Video for Jump in 1984 and Video of the Year for Right Now in 1992. In 2007 Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Listen to some of Van Halen's music or read biographies about Eddie Van Halen and Van Halen on Hoopla.

Celebrating Diana Rigg

Veteran movie, stage, and television actress, Diana Rigg, passed away on September 10 at the age of 82. The Emmy and Tony award winning British actress is best known for her performance as Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s and recently as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

She began her acting career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and continued acting in plays throughout her life in London and on Broadway. Diana won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea.

In 1990 she won a British Academy Film Award (Bafta) for the role of an obsessive mother in the BBC television drama, Mother Love. She won an Emmy for portraying Mrs Danvers in Rebecca (1997) and starred as the amateur detective Mrs. Bradley in the PBS series, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries.

On the big screen she starred in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, opposite George Lazenby and became the only Bond girl to get the secret agent to the altar, although the marriage was abruptly cut short when her character was shot dead soon after the wedding. Others movies she acted in were Theater of Blood, The Assassination Bureau, and The Painted Veil.

Diana was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II for her long contributions to theater and film.

Watch a few of Diana Rigg's movies or television programs or read a biography about her on Hoopla.

This Week in the Prairie Patch: September 27-October 5

Plant Updates:

Thank you for following the chronicles of the Prairie Patch all season. This is our last post of the year and we hope you found inspiration for your own garden or at least an excuse to visit the Prairie Patch. Our last harvest and Garden Giveaway will be Oct. 3. We hope to have a few more peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, squash and herbs to share.

From Oct 3-Nov 2 we will have a Monster Hunt in the Prairie Patch for kids and families.

On Oct. 17 we will have Family Pumpkin Decorating in the Prairie Patch, registration required.

Prairie Patch Stories:

We requested your memories of the Prairie Patch and received the following from Cathy Streett:

My favorite memory of IPPL Prairie Patch this year was the last STEM session with the children. We had 3 families and one single child. We split up the families and they harvested green beans, tomatoes, swiss chard, basil, various squash including a small pumpkin. They each took turns weighing the produce and then taking a little sampling home to share with their families.

It's been a joy to help the children discover the process of planting seeds, watching the plant grow and then harvesting the fruit. They are so enthusiastic and eager to show me the newest bugs and ask questions as they learn.

It is a blessing to have this space available for all to just come down the hill and enjoy the peace, watching for butterflies and bees and watching the garden grow!

Book Recommendations:

Climate-wise landscaping: practical actions for a sustainable future

Landscaping with Bulbs

The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 great things to do in nature before you grow up


October Programs for Littles!

Check out what programs we have for your littles in October!

If you like to learn while having fun, check out…

Stories + STEAM LIVE via Zoom
Wednesdays at 6p.m.
Ages 3-6 with an adult present.

Little Learners Storytime LIVE via Zoom
Tuesdays at 9:30a.m.

If you like to move and grove, check out...

Rollick & Roll LIVE via Zoom
Wednesdays at 10:30a.m.

Storytime on the green outside Barbara's Bookstore in the Burr Ridge Village Center
Friday, October 9th at 10:30a.m.
Space is limited

If you're looking for some Fall Fun, join us for...

Family Pumpkin Decorating
in the Prairie Patch on Saturday, Oct. 17th
Sign up for one of the following time slots:
1-1:30p.m.
1:30-2p.m.
2-2:30p.m.
2:30-3p.m.

You can also take part in our Spooky Scavenger Hunt in the Prairie Patch! Pick up a clue sheet at the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or request a copy for pickup from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Search for spooky characters in the garden beds and win a prize!

Halloween Show + Tell LIVE via Zoom
Monday, Oct. 26th at 10a.m.

Come Trick or Treating at the library!
During the week of Oct. 26-30, we will be giving out goodie bags on the 2nd floor or through Curbside Pickup upon request, while supplies last. The bags will be safely packed by staff wearing masks and gloves to give your child an opportunity for some safe Trick-or-Treat fun.
*The bags will contain activities and candy. Let us know if you would like a bag without candy.


This Week in the Prairie Patch: September 20-26

Tuesday 9/22 is the first day of Fall! Are you doing anything special to celebrate? The weather is supposed to be lovely all week, so come enjoy the new season during a visit to the Prairie Patch.

Plant Updates:

Lead by volunteer extraordinaire, Cathy Streett, we are starting to winterize the Prairie Patch. This includes planting cover crops (red clover, oats, and peas) to help add nitrogen into the soil for healthier plants next year. We will continue to harvest and share via Garden Giveaways through the end of September. We will also do an official fall clean-up in October and plant our remaining plants and bulbs in anticipation of Spring.

Book Recommendations:

Container Gardening for all Seasons

Fine Cooking Soups and Stews: No-fail recipes for all seasons

All the President's Gardens

Share Your Prairie Patch Story:

Did you have a memorable experience in the Prairie Patch this summer? Reading in the shade, eating ice cream on a bench, playing in the Mud Kitchen? We're harvesting highlights to share on the blog the end of the season. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story.

Seed Library:

Are you interested in helping plant future gardens? To learn what you need to do to save your seeds and donate to our Seed Library, email Natalie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18 at the age of 87. She was nominated for her position by President Bill Clinton, and served from 1993 until her passing. She was a true champion of justice and fought to end gender discrimination. Ginsburg notably co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972. Decades later, she inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair pay Act, which helps workers win pay discrimination claims. 

She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002 received the ABA medal from American Bar Association in 2010. Her legacy will live on as a champion for women, girls, and anyone who dissents the notion of inequality.

For more information on Ginsburg's life, read Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and LawRuth Bader Ginsburg: a Life; or Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Read My Own Words for an autobiographical account of her life.

Young readers will enjoy I dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality.

You can also check out or stream RBG on Hoopla.


This Week in the Prairie Patch: September 13-19

Photo of the bug hotel (with limited vacancies) in Bea's Garden. Photo by Cathy Streett.

Plant Updates: Our peppers are getting bigger and we still have tomatoes growing. A few have been eaten by critters, like our beans, but we're hoping to still have some to harvest. For reference, our Garden Giveaways will continue through the end of September. Cathy, one of our volunteers, has seen a variety of pollinator insects in the garden lately, including something (potentially a  Grass-Carrying Wasp) building in the bug hotel in Bea's Garden. See the photo for more detail.

Do you have a K-2 student looking for something to do in the Prairie Patch? They can take part in our Sight Word Scavenger Hunt! Pick up a clue sheet at the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or request a copy for pickup from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you've found all the sight words, your clue sheet will reveal a hidden message. Bring the message to the desk and receive a prize book! Ideal for K-2 learners.

We also have a few additional outdoor programs available in September, both in the Prairie Patch and at local spots. See here for details.

There are still monarch butterflies and hummingbirds in our area. Be a citizen scientist and your observations with our friends at Journey North.

Book Recommendations:

Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month by Month Gardening: What to do to have a beautiful garden all year

Midwest Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening alternatives to nonnative species: an illustrated guide

T-Veg: The story of carrot-crunching dinosaur

Share Your Prairie Patch Story:

Did you have a memorable experience in the Prairie Patch this summer? Reading in the shade, eating ice cream on a bench, playing in the Mud Kitchen? We're harvesting highlights to share on the blog the end of the season. Email Megan Lawrence with your story.

Seed Library:

Are you interested in helping plant future gardens? To learn what you need to do to save your seeds and donate to our Seed Library, email Natalie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This Week in the Prairie Patch: September 6-12

Plant Updates: Observers of the weather and readers of last week's post might think there is a correlation with this week's cooler, rainier weather. Wouldn't it be great if that were true? We're hoping for a few more weeks in the growing season despite the obvious signs of fall that are starting to appear daily. Garden Giveaways continue to be available in the library's lobby.

Programs: Do you have a K-2 student looking for something to do in the Prairie Patch? They can take part in our Sight Word Scavenger Hunt! Pick up a clue sheet at the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or request a copy for pickup from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you've found all the sight words, your clue sheet will reveal a hidden message. Bring the message to the desk and receive a prize book! Ideal for K-2 learners.

We also have a few additional outdoor programs available in September, both in the Prairie Patch and locally. Click here for details.

Book Recommendations:

This is the Sunflower

Sunflowers for Megan

Bronze and Sunflower

Share Your Prairie Patch Story:

Did you have a memorable experience in the Prairie Patch this summer? Reading in the shade, eating ice cream on a bench, playing in the Mud Kitchen? We're harvesting highlights to share on the blog the end of the season. Email Megan Lawrence with your story.

Seed Library:

Are you interested in helping plant future gardens? To learn what you need to do to save your seeds and donate to our Seed Library, email Natalie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Netflix Debuts New Storytime Series Celebrating Black Voices


The past few months have brought on a new wave of celebrating stories, particularly stories that highlight the African American experience. Today, Netflix debuts a new series called Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

The series, hosted by teenage activist Marley Dias, showcases celebrity readers sharing children's books by Black authors to spark kid-friendly conversations about empathy, equality, self-love, and antiracism. 

Readers include Karamo Brown, Misty Copeland, Lupita Nyong'o, Common, Tiffany Haddish and more.

All 12 episodes are instantly available on the Netflix Jr. YouTube channel.

You can also check out one of the library's Rokus with Netflix to start streaming your storytime today!


This Week in the Prairie Patch: August 30-September 5

Sunflowers are the plants to 'see' this month for our Sensory Garden. Look for the blue signs to help guide your sensory experience .

Plant Updates: Despite our garden team's hard work, the heat and lack of rain has definitely gotten to a few of our plants, especially the squash and cucumbers. There are still blossoms and small fruits growing on these plants but we have seen the loss of foliage and vines. Did you know squash and cucumbers are related? They are both members of the gourd family and botanically both are considered fruit, even though they are often considered vegetables. 

In good gardening news, we have several types of peppers now visibly bearing fruit and our tomatoes continue to ripen. Garden Giveaways remain available in the lobby. Our harvest days are typically Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.

Book Recommendations:

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest

The Joy of Pickling

Ultimate Book of Step-by-Step Cooking and Gardening Projects for Kids

Share Your Prairie Patch Story:

Did you have a memorable experience in the Prairie Patch this summer? Reading in the shade, eating ice cream on a bench, playing in the Mud Kitchen? We're harvesting highlights to share on the blog the end of the season. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story.

Seed Library:

Are you interested in helping plant future gardens? To learn what you need to do to save your seeds and donate to our Seed Library, email Natalie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



September Programs for Littles!

Check out what programs we have for your littles in September!

If you like to learn while having fun, check out…

Stories + STEAM LIVE via Zoom on Wednesdays at *6p.m.
Ages 3-6 with an adult present.
*Note the time change from previously held classes

You can also take part in our Sight Word Scavenger Hunt in the Prairie Patch! Pick up a clue sheet at the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or request a copy for pickup from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you've found all the sight words, your clue sheet will reveal a hidden message. Bring the message to the desk and receive a prize book!
Ideal for K-2 learners.

If you want to get out and about for stories, songs, and fun, check out…

Outdoor Family Storytime across the street at the Darien Community Park
Register for either Mondays at 9:30a.m. OR Thursdays at 6p.m.
For families with children of all ages. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs!

Storytime on the green outside Barbara's Bookstore in the Burr Ridge Village Center
Friday, September 18th at 10:30a.m.
For families with children of all ages.

If you like to make music, check out…

Mini Musicians
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a custom, 15-minute Mini Musician session weekly in September, for children 18 months - 7 years with a caregiver. You can also listen to Miss Heather's curated playlists anytime on Spotify. Classes are held via Zoom.

If you want your child to have some one-on-one time…

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a 15-minute Storytime One-on-One
Stories, rhymes, and games through Zoom
for children ages 18 months – 5 years

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a 15-minute Babytime
Songs, rhymes, and sign language for you and your baby through Zoom
for children birth – 17 months

Remember, you can still…

  • Request a Kindergarten Readiness packet to help engage your little learner and prepare them for success in the next stage of schooling
    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your child's name and your pick up preference (Curbside Service or at the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk)
  • Get a Little Shop Mystery bag. Stop by the library to pick one up or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request one for pick up through Curbside Service.