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First place winner, Ben Clark, and his artwork.

Once upon a Time: IPPL Art Contest

This summer, we held Indian Prairie Public Library’s first ever public art contest to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We asked local artists to explore how reading can introduce new ideas, information, and dreams through visual art.

Over 26 individual pieces were submitted, which a panel of judges then reviewed on the basis of artistic skill as well as how each artist interpreted the theme and incorporated it into their art. The chosen 17 finalists were then invited to display their work in the library’s upstairs gallery space throughout the month of August. At the end of the month, a reception was held, announcing the top three winners.

The IPPL Foundation & Friends generously provided funding for the prize money distributed to the first, second, and third place artists, as well as sponsored an Art 101 lecture presented by art historian Jeff Mishur.

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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.


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.