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Teen Film Fest
The 10th Annual Teen Film Fest is coming, so teens, start creating those short films! Make a light-hearted comedy, a freaky horror movie or an epic superhero blockbuster. Your film could be screened at this year’s event! We are awarding $300 in gift cards for six different winners. Teens, stay for the After Party and build your own savory snack at our nacho bar while enjoying live music. More information on the Teen Film Fest is here including a full list of award categories and submission guidelines. Screening of Films for all ages. Teen After Party for teens in grades 7–12 only. Looking for the Teen Film Fest guidelines? Find them here.
Date and time: Friday, August 19
6–6:45 p.m. - Red Carpet
7–9 p.m. – Screening of Films
9-10 p.m. - Teen After Party
Location: Hendrickson Room, Hub and Cardinal Room
Use The Studio to Help Make Your Film!
Learn more about the Studio, which offers the space, hardware and software for you to get creative with video, music, graphic design, digitization, development and more. Our staff can help you get your project off the ground and assist with issues along the way. Studio hours:
  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.–7:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday: Noon–7:00 p.m.*
*Extended hours during pilot project
Call 847-392-0100 or stop by the library's Tech Help Desk to reserve a Studio.
Check Out Equipment to Help Make Your Film
Take the Studio on the go! Equipment available:
  • Western Digital 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive (x2)
  • Flash Drives (x9)
  • Zoom H1 portable digital recorder
  • Sony Bloggie Touch camcorder (x2)
  • GoPro Silver Hero 3 (x2)
  • GoPro Silver Hero 4
  • GoPro Suction Cup Mount (x2)
  • GoPro Head Mount (x2)
  • GoPro Handlebar Mount (x2)
  • Canon PowerShot S95 digital cameras (x2)
  • Large Pearstone tripod
  • Medium Pearstone tripod
  • Canon 60D DSLR
  • Sennheiser Lav Mics (x2)
  • Audio Digitization Kit
  • Film Conversion Kit

Adults, Teen
Get great deals on books, magazines, music, movies, games and puzzles at this sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. On Sunday a bag filled with books is only $3. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 will no longer be accepted.
Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Sunday, August 7, Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Hendrickson Room

Sunday, August 7, Noon - 3:30 p.m.
Cardinal Room
Every sale includes a silent auction which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. See a list of silent auction items here. 

Hearing a story told is powerful. There has never been a better time to include recordings in your genealogy research. This afternoon program will provide information on best practices for gathering, storing and disseminating oral family stories, and how to use our Studio's equipment to create audio and visual records. No library card required.

Date and time: Saturday, July 30, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room


Join us for an interactive showing of Big Hero 6 planned and presented by our Tween Advisory Group.
Rated PG. Running time 102 minutes.
Date and time: Friday, July 29, 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, Family
Extend your celebration of superheroes and comics in four unique hands-on art studios. On each date, the Marketplace will be transformed by a different visiting artist. Stop by to watch them work, ask questions and try your hand at superhero and comic-themed projects designed for all-ages to enjoy. Explore different mediums and leave inspired to create! Join us for one or all, and drop in anytime during the session. Best for ages 6+.
Date and time: Thursday, August 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Presenter: Johnny Sampson
Drop in for a demonstration of  "gag" cartoon creation.

Adults, Family, Teen
National Park Service Ranger Sue Bennett joins us to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. Learn about the diverse and cultural heritage preserved at our many park sites across the country, as well as a few nearby places, including Chicago's first national park, Pullman National Monument.
Date and time: Wednesday, August 10, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Every film needs a poster...some artwork for fans to hang on the walls, something that tells a story and, hopefully, looks really cool. There are a lot of different ways to make it happen, but you'll be using Photoshop. For teens in grades 7-12.
Date and time: Monday, August 1, 2–4 p.m.
Location: Training Center

Adults, Teen

If you need a copy of the book, pick up a copy at the Info Desk.
Summer Reading Discussion
Watchmen by Alan Moore
This award-winning graphic novel takes on the “what if” questions about when a society no longer accepts vigilante justice. Whether you’re new to graphic novels or a seasoned pro, there is sure to be a lively discussion as we dive into pop culture, the ambiguity of being a hero, and all that is Watchmen. For teens and adults.
Date and time: Tuesday, August 9, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
What’s Better: The Book or The Movie?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Discuss the fantasy adventure novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel and the film of the same name, directed by the award-winning Ang Lee. As the Patel family sets sail from India, tragedy strikes: a terrible storm wrecks their freighter, leaving the teenager Pi as the only human survivor. His only companion? A Bengal tiger who managed to climb aboard the same lifeboat. The two must learn to coexist, adrift at sea, if they are both to survive.
Date and time: Monday, August 22, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Science Fiction
Redshirts by John Scalzi
When was the last time science fiction made you laugh and cry? Join us to discuss Redshirts, the 2013 Hugo Award-winning novel. Observe the peripheral crew of the starship Intrepid as they tire of risking their lives while the senior officers avoid the danger. Can they figure out a way to survive?
Date and time: Wednesday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace Area

T to Tote: Upcyling Your Favorite T-shirt
Join us in the HUB as we upcycle a T-shirt into a tote bag. This is a great way to breathe new life into a shirt from last season's team, school spirit wear or any other T-shirt of your choice. You provide the shirt and we'll show you how to do it.
For tweens in fourth to sixth grade.
Date and time: Monday, August 15, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: The Hub
No sign up. Adult not required.
Please drop-in for this event, no registration is required.

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