New program to help your child be ready to read

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0–5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. It’s never too early to start.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new reading program for young children. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. Here's how it works:

Register here or in Kids’ World beginning September 8.
• Start reading and counting!
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes. 
• The library will host a 1000 Books Celebration in May 2015, but the program doesn’t end until your child enters kindergarten. 

Helping your child develop early literacy begins with cuddling up and sharing a good book. Research shows that children become readers on the lap of a caring adult. Join us as we reach for 1000!


High schoolers: Learn how to work smart with your iPad

Your iPad can be used for more than just playing 2048! Learn about academic apps and tips to get to the head of the class. For high school students only.
Date and time: Tuesday, September 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Get an insider's view of the legendary Chicago Bears
Pat McCaskey, Director of Special Projects for the Chicago Bears and author of Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships, will share stories about some of the most legendary coaches the game has seen. He will also highlight the story of the Chicago Bears—including his family’s football roots and his grandfather, “Papa Bear” George Halas, as well as those who made the Bears the Monsters of the Midway and those who continue the legacy. A Q&A and a book signing and selling follow the formal presentation.
Date and time: Tuesday, September 16, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Studio Open Training: Get creative in our digital media lab

Are you interested in using the Studio, our digital media lab, but not sure where to start? Stop in to ask any questions you have about the space or learn the first steps to anything from scanning photos and digitizing home movies to editing a video and recording music. Learn to use our HD camera with a green screen, backdrops and lighting, our DSLR Camera with flashes or our recording booth, multitrack recording, keyboard and electronic drum kit.
Date and time: Thursday, September 25, 2-3 p.m. and Monday, October 27, 7-8 p.m.
Location: The Studio
Register Thursday, September 25
Register Monday, October 27
Learn more about the Studio. Funded by the Friends of the Library.


Join us for a taste of the '60s - September 20

Celebrate popular foods of the 1960s, including some pretty quirky ones. We’ll cover the popular culture, political and scientific highlights of this great decade and take time for some tastes and samples.
Date and time: Saturday, September 20, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Are you ready to take the cardboard challenge?
As part of the Global Cardboard Challenge, kids are invited to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. At our building sessions, we'll provide the cardboard and the tools-- you provide the creativity! Inspired by the short film, Caine’s Arcade, this annual event is presented by the Imagination Foundation. Come to the library to build – an arcade, a carnival, robots, cars, a spaceship, a maze - or build at home or at school and bring it to the Cardboard Challenge Day of Play. Join us to see what others have built. For all ages, kids through teens and their families.
Cardboard Challenge Building Sessions
Date and time: Wednesday, September 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, September 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Lindsey Room
Drop in
Cardboard Challenge Day of Play
Date and time: Saturday, October 11, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room
Drop in

Dann & Raymond: The Greatest Chase Scenes–May 8

This month Dann and Raymond close out their season with "The Greatest Chase Scenes."  Presented by Dann Gire, film editor for the Daily Herald and president of the Chicago Film Critics Association, and Raymond Benson, film historian and novelist, this popular monthly film discussion program includes film clips, cinema history, trivia and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and Time:Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Join our monthly writing group: May 14

Passionate about writing? Consider joining Writer's Ink, a monthly writing group for local writers to meet, read their work and critique others.
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 14, 7–9 p.m. (the group meets the second Wednesday of each month)
Location: Lindsey Room

Enjoy the musical talents of this renowned string ensemble- Apr 6

Conducted by Akira Mori, featuring soloists Dr. Sarah Plum on violin and Dr. Ashley Sidon on cello, this ensemble is comprised of the best string players of the Drake Symphony Orchestra.  They will perform selections from their classical string orchestra repertoire, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and Time: Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Join us for the high seas adventure movie, Captain Phillips-Mar 28

Enjoy an evening of adventure on the library's large screens as we feature the Oscar-nominated movie, Captain Phillips. It follows the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Rated PG 13; 134 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and Time: Friday, March 28, 7-9 p.m. 
Location: Hendrickson Room