The Hinckley Public Library District has come a long way from its start in April 1913. For the first 50 years the library was supported entirely by donations and two bake sales per year, until in 1963 voters passed a referendum to make the library tax supported. It has progressed through two name changes, seven directors since 1964, two relocations, and recently, a renovation. In order to expand the limited space we annexed the adjoining meeting room, tore down a wall, and turned it into a children’s room. All of this work has been completed just in time for National Library Week and the 100th Birthday Celebration, which kicks off Friday, April 12th with Game Night for Grown-Ups at 6:30pm for anyone 16 and over.
To celebrate a century of service to the community the library is holding an Open House on Monday, April 15th from 10am until 8pm with birthday cupcakes, coffee, and punch.
Free one-on-one computer instruction will be offered throughout National Library Week (April 15th—20th). Registration is available at the desk.
Tom Riley will be giving a presentation on Lasagna Gardening and Beyond on Wednesday, April 17th at 6pm.
On Thursday, April 18th South Moon BBQ will donate 10% of their total sales to the library to help purchase a community table.
Senator Jim Oberweis will be hosting a Town Hall meeting April 15 in North Aurora at the Messenger Public Library.
“State legislators face a number of tough decisions in the coming months as we try to steer Illinois in a more productive direction. I want to talk with 25th District citizens and get their opinions on solving our state’s pension and fiscal problems,” Senator Oberweis said. “I hope they will be able to take time out from their busy schedules to come by and talk with me and other local leaders.”
The Town Hall meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., April 15, at Messenger Library, 113 Oak St., North Aurora, IL 60542.
For more information, call Senator Oberweis’ office at 630-800-1992.
The Messenger Public Library of North Aurora will be closed on Friday April 12th for staff development and training. The Library will reopen on Saturday April 13th. www.messengerpl.org. 630-896-0240.
Beginning Wednesday, April 3 through Friday May 17, 2013, the Columbia College Chicago Library presents The Big Read at Columbia College Chicago, a six week-long series of book discussions, panel discussions, and film screenings inspired by Julia Alvarez's novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. Based on a true story, the novel centers around the lives of threel sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Theresa Mirabal who became icons of freedom and women's rights in the Dominican Republic as part of the underground movement against Dictator Rafael Trujillo. They were murdered in 1960 for their participation.
The Big Read is a nationwide literacy program of the National Endowment for the Arts (in partnership with Arts Midwest) whose primary goal is to restore reading to the center of American culture. Columbia College Chicago Library was one of 78 organizations who received funding from The Big Read this year.
We have enlisted the following libraries in the Chicagoland area to participate with us this year:
Free copies of the book in both English and Spanish as well as supplementary materials will be available at all partner sites while supplies last. Each site will also host a book discussion group and film screening of In the Time of the Butterflies. For more information, please go to www.colum.edu/bigread.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This program is also made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
Evergreen Park Public Library
Saturday, June 29, 3:00 pm
Temple Grandin is a philosophical leader for both animal welfare and autism advocacy. Diagnosed in childhood with autism, she nevertheless studied psychology and earned her Ph.D in Animal Science. Her compassionate research and writing on the humane treatment of farm animals helped to revolutionize the industry. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, won 7 Emmy Awards, and Time Magazine honored her as a Top 100 Hero.
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum introduces her new experiences with neuroimaging advances and genetic research linking brain science to behavior. Grandin even shares her own brain scans--all toward promoting more effective mainstreaming and unleashing the unique advantages of autistic people.
Purchase copies of The Autistic Brain ($20) starting June 1 at the Circulation desk.
Register: Evergreen Park Public Library 9400 S Troy (708) 422-8522 www.evergreenparklibrary.com
The sweet smells of zucchini bread wafted through the West Chicago Public Library last Thursday evening as the Library kicked off its “WeGo for Wellness” cooking series with “Breakfast that Rocks!” to a packed house.
Chef David Esau, owner of Dave’s Specialty Foods in Mt. Prospect, cooked up healthy breakfast options the whole family can enjoy and shared the recipes for his fresh zucchini bread/muffins (his trick – make ‘em small!), Dave’s Potato-Onion Hash, and how to make Omelets Like a Pro. Esau began his training at Dumas Pere l’Ecole de Cuisine in Glenview while working at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, then continued his studies with Michael Chabran, a Michelin-rated chef, in Lyon, France. Returning to Chicago, he served as a chef de cuisine at D&J Bistro in Lake Zurich. He has also worked at Le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, and the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.
The Library’s 12-week “WeGo for Wellness” series is intended to connect patrons to programs and activities designed to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle choices. The series includes walking groups, exercise programs, a healthy cooking series, as well as monthly wellness check-ins with a registered dietician. For information about the entire series, visit the Library web site at www.westchicago.lib.il.us.
This four-part cooking series continues on April 18 at 7 pm with “Mouth-Watering Mains.” Two more programs will be featured on May 2 and 16. All four cooking programs are supported by a Community Health Grant from Cadence Health. “We welcome this opportunity to partner with Cadence Health to help build a healthy community in West Chicago,” said Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth held a Congress at Your Corner event at the Bloomingdale Public Library on Saturday, March 23. Congress at Your Corner is an opportunity for residents of Bloomingdale and 8th Congressional District to share their questions, comments and concerns with Congresswoman Duckworth.
Congresswoman Duckworth arrived to a full house for a Congress at Your Corner event at Bloomingdale Public Library. Congresswoman Duckworth addressed the crowd and then hosted a question and answer session with the audience. Local residents brought up issues of concern and a spirited discussion ensued among the Congresswoman and audience members.
After the public forum, Congresswoman Duckworth met with people individually. The event, which was scheduled for one hour, was extended to give every audience member a chance to interact with the Congresswoman.
Library Director Timothy Jarzemsky also met with Congresswoman Duckworth to discuss important library legislation and how it impacts public libraries and community members in the 8thCongressional District.
Library Director Jarzemsky stated “Libraries are increasingly becoming important as community gathering places; it was our pleasure to open up the Bloomingdale Public Library for a visit with Congresswoman Duckworth. Due to the incredible crowd we anticipate holding another event with her in the near future.”
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is now accepting program proposals for Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll! The 2013 annual conference will be held on October 9-11, 2013 in Baton Rouge, LA. Conference speakers will be eligible for the reduced conference rate of $125 (one speaker per workshop topic, co-presenters must pay full conference rate). There may be additional funds available for special needs.
The ABOS Conference Program Committee will review all submissions. Conference attendees range from new library employees to managers with years of experience; therefore program offerings need to cover a broad range of topics. Selected programs may be scheduled twice and presenters should be prepared to deliver the program twice during the conference. The Conference Program Committee is willing to consider proposals from individuals outside of the organization. If you can recommend a presenter, please forward this email to them or contact Eletha L. Davis, ABOS Vice-President/President-Elect with the individual’s contact information and his/her area of expertise, and the committee will contact him/her directly.
The deadline for program submissions for ABOS is April 15, 2013.
To submit a program, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RoAJDxwZbVihfvm1dYZmc_wznxo6KLppcB_OTYiRZZY/viewform?usp=sharing&edit_requested=true . If you have any questions regarding the form or require more information regarding the conference, please feel free to contact Eletha L. Davis, ABOS Vice-President/President-Elect (abosvicepresident [at] gmail [dot] com, eletha [dot] l [dot] davis [at] gmail [dot] com, or 757-812-5921).
ABOS is an affiliate of the American Library Association.