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Business Owners: Webinar 5/19--Personal Financial Survival for Small Business Owners


We just found out about this important webinar. Register below. 

From the Better Business Bureau: 


Join us on Tuesday, May 19th from 10:30 am-11:30 am as BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois has assembled a panel of experts to help address your financial questions and concerns during this challenging time for businesses. Don't miss out on this vital educational opportunity and access to experts!

When: Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Webinar (Link will be sent upon registration)

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The webinar will be led and moderated by money expert Terry Savage. Terry is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and the markets. She writes a weekly column syndicated in major newspapers and is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance. 

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Pick Up Theater Popcorn and Watch a Movie Mother’s Day Weekend

Starting this weekend Classic Cinemas is offering your favorite concession stand snacks and drinks with curbside pickup.  The Tivoli in Downers Grove and Ogden 6 in Naperville are the closest movie theaters.  Indian Prairie patrons can download a movie from Hoopla for the whole theater experience.  For Mother's Day weekend here are variety of movies about mothers: Mothers and Daughters, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mermaids, Pocketful of Miracles, Baby Boom, Room, Philomena, and The Sound of Music Live.


Listen to Neil Gaiman's Coraline, live from NYPL.

What is better than having someone read you a story? Having the author and famous actors read it to you!

The New York Public Library is hosting a live reading of Neil Gaiman's spooky book Coraline this week, from Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18. Click here to see more details and this link to sign up for a reminder notice. Remember the time difference means it will be at 5pm Chicago time or just go here to watch later or catch up on missed chapters.

Borrow the eBook from Hoopla if you want to read along.



Babies Need Words Every Day... so WRITE with 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 help your baby practice WRITING:

  • Scribbling, tracing, and finger painting lead to developing hand-eye coordination and strengthening hand muscles so your baby can learn to turn pages and hold crayons. Have your baby finger paint in the tub before a bath!
  • Letters are made of shapes. By learning different shapes, young children are on the fast track towards learning letters.

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.



Update: Frugal Muse Bookstore Offers In Store Browsing by Appointment

While the library is closed, a source for books is Frugal Muse in Darien.  The local family owned bookstore that sells gently used and new books, music, and movies now offers curbside service.  In addition to curbside pickup the store is now allowing customers in the store by appointment.  Frugal Muse located at 7511 Lemont Road is now open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Call 630-427-1140 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment or to order.

Tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll, passed away on May 9 at the age of 87.  His mix of boogie, gospel, and jump blues crossed racial barriers. His flamboyant performing style with his trademark pompadour and makeup set the standard for rock & roll showmanship.  He was instantly on the level of his contemporaries Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.  He was born Richard Wayne Penniman and wrote "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" in 1955 and '56 while washing dishes at a Macon, Georgia greyhound bus station.  Briefly he switched to gospel music. 

Little Richard's music influenced many artists, including the Beatles, James Brown, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones.  Little Richard was one of the ten original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Also, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Listen to Little Richard's songs "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" on his debut album, Here's Little Richard or some of his other music on Hoopla.

Watch Little Richard perform Tutti Frutti at the 1995 concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


Visit Your Favorite KidLit Authors and Illustrators at the Everywhere Book Fest!

The Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual gathering of KidLit authors, illustrators, and books that will bring the book festival experience to young readers everywhere! #EverywhereBookFest is for kids, teens, families, educators, writers, and kidlit fans of any age! 

Listen to YA Fantasy authors debate the best tropes from their genre.
Watch picture book illustrators battle it out for the best doodle or middle grade authors challenge each other to see who can create the best plot on the spot.
Hear true and inspirational stories that have sparked creativity. 

There is something here for everyone to enjoy!

The festival sessions premiered over the weekend of May 1-2, but are all available to watch anytime on YouTube.

Business Owners: Live Webinar--Make your business visible now with PR tools and tactics

On May 14, SCORE will present a live webinar on Essential PR Tools and Tactics-Elevate the Visibility of your Business While Being Sheltered in Place.  Starts at 12 noon.  Watching the webinar live means you can ask questions. Register here for this program . We partner with Fox Valley SCORE for programs and other opportunities throughout the year.


Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens (13+)

Audiofile is offering a free summer audiobook program for teens called Sync. It will use Sora which is a student reading app through Overdrive. To register click on the Audiofile link and provide your email address. 

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Rollick & Roll: Evening Edition

Throw on your PJ's and get ready for a special nighttime version of Rollick & Roll!

Get your wiggles out before bedtime, experiencing different kinds of music, movement, and mindful moments from home:

Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the event. At that time, you will receive an email with the Zoom login information.

If you miss the deadline, you can still join! Contact Miss Heather at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom login information up to one hour before the program starts.


Babies Need Words Every Day... so SING 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 SING to your baby:

  • Singing to your baby during every diaper change will help your baby learn individual sounds and prepare your child for reading.
    (Find some diaper changing song suggestions on our YouTube channel!)
  • Sing to your baby daily; it's ok if you're not a good singer! Your baby thinks your voice is the most beautiful sound in the world and they learn sounds from you.
Want more song suggestions?

We will teach you some of our favorite baby lap bounces, baby lifting songs, baby tickles, and baby body movement songs!

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.



View the Flower Moon

Go outside to see the Flower Moon.  It is visible tonight through Friday morning, but the best time to view it is Thursday at moonset (5:45 a.m.).  This is the final supermoon of 2020.  A supermoon occurs when a full moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to the Earth. The Flower Moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

To learn more about supermoons read "5 Things to Know about Supermoons" from the Adler Planetarium.

If clouds obscure your view, the Virtual Telescope Project will be sharing a livestream of the supermoon over Rome on May 7 beginning at 1:55 p.m. CT.


The New Virtual World Of Online Job Searching with Goodwill Workforce Center

Looking to boost your job searching skills? Join us on May 11 at 6 p.m. for The New Virtual World Of Online Job Searching with Goodwill Workforce Center. This webinar will help you learn new job searching tools and find new resources to help you along the way. Register here to save your spot.

Online Book Party

Join us Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. for an Online Book Party. Share what you're reading, get ideas of what to read next, and connect with a community of readers. No prep required--join this casual conversation by registering here.  

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Honoring Tony Allen

Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer and Afrobeat pioneer, passed away on April 30 at the age of 79.  Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 in the 1960s and '70s.  Afrobeat is a pulsating West African style of music with horns, soaring vocals, and a driving groove combined with American funk and jazz.

He later worked with singer Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, the Clash's Paul Simonon, and guitarist Simon Tong of the Verve who together recorded as The Good, the Bad & the Queen.  Tony Allen released his last album, Rejoice, in March which was a collaboration with Hugh Masekula.

Listen to Tony Allen's music on Hoopla.