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Online Resources at Your Fingertips

The Indian Prairie Public Library has great online resources to help with research. Plus they are free—just sign in with your library card. The Foundation & Friends has donated funds for the following resources:

ProQuest CultureGrams

Looking for in-depth studies of countries and cultures? The library now offers an online resource called CultureGrams. This database is suitable for completing homework projects and research assignments, as well as for those traveling abroad. Learn about culture and greetings, as well as how to avoid offending locals.

ReferenceUSA

A directory of more than 25 million US and Canadian businesses and 89 million residential phone numbers is available through ReferenceUSA. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Explore consumer and lifestyle data or create marketing lists.

Art Contest Finalists on Display

More than 30 artists entered the library’s 30th Anniversary Art Contest and 17 finalists have been chosen. Their artwork is on display in the second floor art gallery, and the exhibit will run through the end of August.

Prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded at a public reception on Sunday, Aug. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

In addition, art historian Jeff Mishur will offer an introduction to art appreciation before the reception from 2 to 3 p.m. for those wanting to learn more about art. Register here.

Welcome to LittleTown™

The library recently unveiled LittleTown™, a space for children birth through kindergarten to explore and learn through sensory activity and imaginative play.

“Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills,” said Library Director Jamie Bukovac. “The activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.”

The space is designed to look like a neighborhood with six imaginative play centers: a kitchen, a closet, a shop, a construction site, a train station, and a park.

LittleTown™ was made possible by a generous donation from the Sadowski Family, in honor of Marie “Murray” Sadowski.

LittleTown Grand Opening July 28

Join us as we unveil LittleTown, the library’s new Family Center in the Kids & Teens department, on Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The event will feature a performance by the Animal Farm Band at 11 a.m., sponsored by the IPPL Foundation & Friends. Learn more about the event here.

LittleTown will look like a town or neighborhood with six imaginative play centers: a kitchen, a closet, a shop, a construction site, a train station, and a park. The space will allow children birth through kindergarten to explore and learn through sensory activity and imaginative play. The area will also include seating for adults and families.

The renovation is being made possible by a generous donation from the Sadowski Family, in honor of Marie “Murray” Sadowski.

Pet-palooza: IPPL’s 30th Birthday “Paw-ty” is July 21

Celebrate the dog days of summer – and the library’s 30th anniversary – at Pet-palooza! The library’s birthday “paw-ty” promises fun for all ages. Get the full schedule of activities at petpalooza.ippl.info.

Following Pet-palooza, there will be a free all-ages outdoor concert performed by Darien native Andrew Salgado, a country singer and songwriter now working in Nashville. Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers and join us from 3:30-5 p.m.

Summer Challenges: Fun for All Ages

This summer, the library is once again providing summer challenges for school-age kids and teens to prevent the “summer slide,” the loss of academic skills and knowledge that takes place over the summer. But the library has fun summer challenges for adults and pre-K kids, too!

This year’s activities include a Summer Math Challenge, Coding Camp, Robotics Camp, Science Lab, Garden Lab in the Prairie Patch, Kindergarten Bootcamp, plus a variety of events for the whole family.

The library’s Summer Challenges are supported by the IPPL Foundation & Friends.

Would you like to support summer learning activities at the library? Click here to donate today! 

 

Once Upon a Time: Exploring Books through Art Contest

How can art be used to express the role that books and reading play in people’s lives?

Artists ages 13 and up are asked to explore this concept in the library’s Once Upon a Time: Exploring Books through Art Contest, sponsored by the IPPL Foundation & Friends. Complete contest details can be found at artcontest.ippl.info.

Entries are due Monday, July 2, and prizes for first, second, and third place will be $200, $100, and $50, respectively.

WouldShop™ brought to life by donation

Thanks to the generosity of the Sadowski Family & Friends, Indian Prairie Public Library has a new creative space where kids and teens ages 8–18 can gather to design, tinker, build, and make.
The WouldShop™, as the space is called, is a place for hands-on learning and making at the library. It was donated by Maria and Joe Sadowski and their family and friends in honor of Ed Sadowski.
The new space hosts special activities and classes, and offers a variety of readily-available creative and STEM equipment, including:
• 3D printer
• vinyl cutter
• poster printer
• sewing machines
• cricket loom
• new Maker Kits
• STEM Kits, including Ozobots, Spheros, littleBits, and Makey Makey
• LEGO WeDo and Mindstorms kits

May Programs

Thursday Afternoon Movies
Starts at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
May 3: Wonder (2017)
May 17: Only the Brave (2017)
Register at calendar.ippl.info, by calling 630/887-0637, or at the Adult Ask Us Desk.
3D Printing Basics (full)
Thurs., May 10, 6–8 p.m. and Sat., May 12, 1–3 p.m.
This two-part class will take participants through the steps of creating their own 3D object. They’ll learn how to design, print, finish, and assemble their project.