This year's teen music competition, The Sound, was held on Saturday, June 8. It featured a returning performer, a sibling rivalry amongst triplets, and lots of new faces all competing for a chance at the title and $500 cash prize.
Like many other contestants, our first place winner, Kyra Cain of Downers Grove South, has been singing her entire life. The young songwriter performed two of her favorite original songs. "The whole process of what inspires me right now, putting that on paper, putting it on chords and putting it all together, it's really cool," she said.
Green Bean Groove (Mikie Aylward and Quentin Giron) and second place winner SKY (Sophia Yen) also performed original pieces. SKY performed last year and also placed second. She returned with the goal of showing the audience the "real" her this year by singing a "vulnerable, original song."
"I wasn't really exposed to how everyone has their own kind of style," said SKY. "The Sound exposed me. It showed me how everyone's different in their own way… That prepared me for this year. I learned to be different in my own way."
Newcomer and third place winner, Abbey Collins, heard about The Sound from her mother who is a librarian. She said, "I love singing and try to get out as much as I can." She will continue performing at local places and festivals this summer.
Our other performers were Lizzie Tabachnikov, Secondary Friends (Amelia Giuffre and Hailey Borglin,) and the Soul Sisters (Sammy Aylward and Mandy Aylward.)
The Sound would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, the Gift of Carl Foundation and Countryside Bank. Thank you to everyone who attended and our wonderful performers.
Discover Mission Math this summer. Mission Math is a summer program for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade, that lets kids practice math and collect prizes. Download a packet here or come into the library to pick one up.
While you're here, get started with your Summer Challenge. Everyone can participate in a challenge this summer. The Summer Challenge runs from June 1 through August 4. You can read, learn, have fun, and win prizes!
· Early Literacy Challenge for kids birth–kindergarten
· Reading Challenge, the Music Challenge, and/or the Outdoor Challenge for grades 1–6
· Teen Challenge for grades 7–12
· Adult Challenge
In addition to the Challenges, we will also be providing interactive learning opportunities all summer, including events such as STEAM Stories, LEGO Robotics, Build a VR World, Chess Club, Book Buddies, family storytimes, and our Teen Taught Tech Club. We're also offering a whole set of outdoor labs in the Prairie Patch– Art Lab, Science Lab, Math Lab, and a Pollinators Lab.
Summer learning is critical for students. Reading and learning throughout the summer helps students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year and sets them up for success in the future.
Plan your trip to the Brookfield Zoo this summer by going to the library first. Utilize the Museum Adventure Pass Program to check out zoo passes and then find books about your favorite animals. Here are a selection of animal books we think you'll go wild over:
The Brookfield Zoo is just one of the many local museum, parks and activities you can check out a pass for. To begin your Museum Adventure, visit your local public library to check out a pass. Passes are restricted to registered borrowers of each library.
CALLING ALL TEEN MUSICIANS! Do you sing, rap, rock, or jam? We're looking for you! The Sound is an exciting opportunity to play music for an audience, and you'll have the chance to win a cash prize. Thanks to our sponsor The Gift of Carl we'll be giving out $500 total in cash prizes. So get your application in by May 25 for your chance to prove if you have THE SOUND!
Get the details and application at the library, by phone 630/887-0718, or on our website at thesound.ippl.info Don't miss out!
The chicken eggs are hatching. Check out the 24/7 Chick incubator video to see the new arrivals and how the Darien Dragons 4H team prepared the incubators for the chicks arrival this week. This is a great learning opportunity for families and classrooms.
If you haven't stopped into the Kids & Teens Department recently, you might also want to take a look at the tadpole tank. The tank has two tadpoles for visitors to see how a tadpole becomes a frog. Kids can also vote for the names of the tadpoles. Check out the list of name pairs and add your sticker to your favorite.
Kids & Teens staff are also getting ready to visit the schools in the Indian Prairie Library District. We'll be sharing some of the Summer Challenge events, activities and prizes you can have fun with over your summer. We'll be coming to your school beginning the week of May13. We'd love to hear if you came to visit the chicks and tadpoles.
Are you a teen that loves the library? Have you always wanted a chance to work here? With summer on its way, we have some fantastic opportunities for you.
If you're entering grades 7-12 and want to help at the library the Summer VolunTEEN program is just right for you. We have a variety of opportunities to fit your interests and summer schedule. Visit the Summer VolunTEEN page for more details and to download applications. Most applications are due on May 26. Don't wait or you may miss out on your first choice.
We also have a fantastic summer teen internship for people 16-19. If you're interested in learning new things and love to play with and help younger children, this position is for you. Visit our Job Opportunities page for more details and information about how to apply. Applications are accepted until May 3.
Getting a job is an important step in the process of growing up. It can be exciting and terrifying if you're just starting out, especially if you're young and have no or limited work experience. IPPL is here to help! This spring we are offering programs to help build your resume and practice the interview skills that could help you land the job. Then bring your new knowledge to our Teen and Young Adult Job Fair on Saturday, April 6, 1-3 pm, where you can meet a variety of employers looking to hire the right person. These programs are intended for young people 16 and up.
Register online, by phone 630/887-0718, or in person for the Writing Your First Resume program on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8 pm
Drop by the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or call 630/887-0718 to book your 20-minute Mock Interview time slot on Saturday, March 30, 1-4 pm
Visit jobfair.ippl.info for more details about participating employers.
Inspiring art work from Darien area youth, 4-years-old through 12th grade, is on exhibit on the 2nd floor library art gallery. These unique works show a wide range talent by the children in our community. Pieces displayed are part of the annual contest held by the Darien Woman's Club.
We would also like to congratulate Mr. Etherington, from Cass Junior High School. Mr. Matt Etherington was named Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. Some of Mr.Etherington's students are featured in the Darien Woman's art display.
Congratulations also go out to Gower School District #62. They are the winners of the Follett Challenge for Schools. The challenge was featured in last months Library News blog. Thank you for the community support in voting. Their video had the 2nd highest number of votes!
Indian Prairie Public Library is now on the free app Stocard, available for Apple and Android devices. Scan loyalty cards from a list of companies and organizations in the app or manually add your own. Cards work just like the physical ones— they are just stored on your smartphone via the app, including your Indian Prairie Public Library card!