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

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

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, 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.