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Babies Need Words Every Day...so TALK to them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to TALK to your baby:

  • When you walk from place to place with your child and talk about the things you see, your child learns new words.
  • Ask your baby lots of questions and respond to the answers yourself. The more words you use, the more words your child will know.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.

Movie Discussion: Mona Lisa Smile

Get together with others to discuss the movie Mona Lisa Smile on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Watch the movie before the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.


Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before.  Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register Here.



Rollick & Roll Returns Weekly!

Wednesdays, April 29 through May 27, at 10:30 a.m., join Miss Heather for Rollick & Roll online every week!

Experience different kinds of music, movement, and mindful moments, from the comfort of your own home. Rollick & Roll is fun for all ages, but is geared specifically toward families with children birth to 7 years old.

Please register each week you'd like to attend. Registration will close 24 hours prior to each event. At that time, you will receive an email with the Zoom login information.



Hey Parents! Need to Wine About It?

Parenting during a pandemic is no easy task, so we invite you to wine about it! Fill a glass with your drink of choice and meet up with other parents on Zoom to swap stories, laughs, and maybe some tears about the difficulties of balancing working from home, eLearning, trying to keep your kids fed and entertained, all while not losing track of your own sanity!

Come to whine about it, and stay for the comfort of knowing you're not in this alone!

This event takes place on Monday, April 27th at 7:30p.m.

Register here.

Teen Virtual Volunteering

We are now offering virtual volunteering opportunities for teens!  Teens can now earn service hours from home.  Teens interested should contact the teen librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Earth Day 2020

There's no better time to celebrate our planet than while we're welcoming this warm spring weather. Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd, and while it will look and feel different than our past observations, there are still ways to celebrate on our own.

One easy thing you can do is get outside. Though we can't gather, we can still find a porch, yard, or path and get some fresh air. Do you have a garden? Now is the perfect time to work on it. My favorite way to spend time these days is by reading out in the sun. It's a great way to relax in the afternoon.

If you want to get more involved, look at more sustainable ways of shopping. Greener Gadgets has information on how to buy more eco-friendly goods and how to live more sustainably. This is a great resource for anyone trying to lower the amount of waste they produce.

Do you know how to recycle electronics? Check out DuPage County's recycling resources. They have information on free recycling events, recycling locations, and how to recycle different goods. Learning how to recycle your old devices is a great way to keep batteries out of landfills.

Last but certainly not least, continue to support libraries. Are you buying books you'll only read once? Why not check it out at the library? While we're closed, we're offering digital services including access to ebooks and audiobooks. Check out Overdrive and Hoopla to see all of our titles.

Earth Day is about protecting and appreciating the beauty around us. Let's all try to take a few moments to reflect on the little things we can be grateful for.



It's Okay to Skim the News!

​In times of crisis, keeping up with the news can be overwhelming. There are so many sources to sift through and it can feel so disheartening. If you are looking for a way to get a concise, daily dose of the news, check out TheSkimm, a free daily newsletter delivered to your email. Skimm news is always written in a concise, accessible manner and it is peppered with humor and pop culture references to keep things light.

BONUS: Skimm newsletters also bring you fresh recommendations for what to read, what to watch, helpful products, recipes, resources, and much more.

Sign up to start Skimming today!

TheSkimm is also freely available as a podcast.

Mad-Libs

We are looking for kids in grades 1-6 to share funny stories with the community. Please come up with a short 1-2 paragraph story with many of the nouns, verbs, adverbs, and other words you would like replaced with just the words [Noun], [Verb], [Adverb], [Place name] and so on in their place.

Send in your story for us to share on the website.

Play Mad-Libs sent in here.



Benefit Concert to air internationally on Saturday, April 18th!

​If you haven't yet heard about the international benefit concert sponsored by the WHO and Global Citizen, you are not too late! The concert, curated by Ladyd Gaga, will feature a vast array of artists and celebrities joining efforts to raise money for and pay tribute to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. They have already raised $35 million of relief aid which will go toward COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, which provides healthcare workers with essential supplies and equipment and supports local charities that provide food, shelter and healthcare.

Some of the artists being featured include Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Keith Urban, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Prior to the concert, a six-hour livestream will bring us appearances by celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Matthew McConaughey, and Oprah Winfrey. The whole event, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, alongside the cast of Sesame Street, will truly provide entertainment for all. 

One World: Together at Home will stream live at 7p.m. CST tomorrow (Saturday, April 18th) on ABC, NBC, CBS, iHeartMedia, and many other online streaming platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Instagram.

Missed it? No worries! We have a link for you here.




Online Program - What are You Watching Wednesday

Get together with others on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss what you are watching. Whether it is a great movie you have discovered, TV show you have seriously started binge watching, or how you discovered a way to find great content, it doesn't matter! We would love for you to share what you have discovered using the library's Hoopla service!

Registration is required. Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion approximately 12 hours before the event. A valid e-mail address is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum.


Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow is a great one-stop resource for landing a dream job. It includes:

Live online job coaching Mon.- Sun. from 2-11 p.m.
Expert resume analysis and feedback.
Real-time interview practice.
Access to local job resources.
This valuable tool will help you identify the job you want, create an eye-catching resume, and prepare for the interview with the guidance of live, expert help!


Business owners: Get expert individualized help from SCORE remotely

Get free help from SCORE's expert mentors during the current health crisis. They offer personalized assistance that will help your  business respond to the current health crisis.  Remote mentoring services available include phone, email, video and chat. Find a mentor today.

The library partners with Fox Valley SCORE for programs and informal roundtable discussions. Check our calendar for future opportunities.


Honoring Brian Dennehy

Veteran movie, stage, and television actor Brian Dennehy passed away on April 15 at the age of 81.  He won two Best Lead Actor in a Play Tony Awards for Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey into Night.  Also, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.  Some of his movies, include First Blood, Presumed Innocent, Cocoon, and F/X.  He had a recurring role in The Blacklist tv series.

Read his New York Times interview from 2010 talking about the Chicago stage.

Watch some of Brian Dennehy's movies on Hoopla.

Movie Discussion: Bull Durham

Get together with others to discuss the movie Bull Durham on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the movie BEFORE the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.

Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before. Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register here.



Try Streaming Video Services

It is a good time to try a new streaming video service.  Many services are offering longer free trials.  Some with 30 days free trials to try are:

Netflix: Tv shows and movies. 2020 Oscar nominated films, The Irishman and The Two Popes; The Crown Season 3

(Once the building is reopened you can check out one of our Rokus to use the library's Netflix subscription.)

Acorn TV (Promo code FREE30): British tv. The Brokenwood Mysteries (first six seasons)

(You can access certain Acorn TV content for free via Hoopla.)

Shudder (Promo code SHUTIN): For horror fans

Note that most services require a credit card to sign up. Mark your calendar for when the trial will expire so you cancel it by then.  Netflix subscribers receive a three day notice of when the free trial will expire.

This Consumers Reports article lists other streaming video services with extended free trials.