Online Adult Advisory Board Introductory Meeting: Monday, June 29 from 7-8 p.m.

What is the Adult Advisory Board?

This committee of adults will consider the needs and interests of our community by evaluating the resources and services of the library and will facilitate communication with the community. This introductory meeting on June 29 at 7 p.m. will answer all your questions.

Mission: To improve communication between the library and the community and to enrich this relationship.

We will focus on:

  • Getting NEW ideas.
  • Getting feedback on EXISTING programs/services.
  • Becoming advocates for the library.
  • Evaluating a specific program, service, or resource at each meeting.

Who can join the board?

Indian Prairie Library cardholders in the district, age 18 or older.

When will the board meet?

After the initial meeting, we will meet quarterly.

Responsibilities of the board include:

Attend four regularly scheduled meetings during a one year period.

Actively participate in meetings.

Suggest programs, services, and resources for adults and the community.

Promote the library's programs and services in the community.

Please register if you are interested.

Read James and the Giant Peach with Taika Waititi and Friends to Aid Covid-19 Relief

So far in quarantine, we've been enjoying Storytime with the Obamas, doodling with Mo Willems, and reading Harry Potter with friends of the Wizarding World. Many authors, artists, and celebrities have taken it upon themselves to help entertain us with new twists on our favorite classics. 

Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi (know for films such as Jojo Rabbit, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has joined with Partners in Health to put together a 10-episode reading of Roald Dahl's classic tale, James and the Giant Peach. He is joined by an all-star creative cast including Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Mindy Kaling, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong'o, and many more.

The Roald Dahl Story Company and their partners will be matching every single donation made to the cause. 

New episodes released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on YouTube. 

Start watching now and donate if you can!

New from J.K. Rowling: The Ickabog!

Harry Potter fans have been treated to many great things during the lockdown, but this news may be the best of all… J.K. Rowling will be publishing a brand new story for children - for free online! "The Ickabog" will be serialized and published in daily installments starting March 26th until July 10th.

While this story is not related to Harry Potter in any way, I have a feeling we are about to get a story that rivals the classic Tales of Beedle the Bard, the collection of fairytales well-known and beloved to the children of the wizarding world that Rowling released in 2008.

Even more exciting is that Rowling is inviting her fans to be a part of "The Ickabog's"publication journey by allowing them to contribute their own original illustrations.

All royalties from the publication of the story will be donated to those most impacted by Covid-19.

Read more about the illustration competition and how "The Ickabog" came to be here.

And of course, start reading "The Ickabog" today!

Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The weekend is also the unofficial start of summer. This year we will be celebrating differently. Because of the stay-at-home order restrictions, there will be no parades or in person ceremonies. That doesn't mean you have to forego enjoying the weekend.

Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. on WTTW or stream it on, YouTube, or Facebook featuring new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor all of our American heroes.Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traditional live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will not be held.

To commemorate Memorial Day from home and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ancestry® is presenting its "Parade of Heroes," a virtual event hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford with a musical performance by Tori Kelly. Watch it live on Facebook on Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

Watch war movies and television programs on Hoopla. Read an ebook about World War II on eMediaLibrary or listen to patriotic music on Hoopla.

Cook out with your family at home and try some recipes in these barbeque and grilling books on Hoopla. An alternative is to order from a local restaurant for pick up or delivery.

Having a tough time? Help for your stress

Need help?
Call or text someone.

You can reach free, confidential help if you need to talk to someone about the stress or difficulties you  have right now. The Illinois Department of Human Service has a resource list of  help lines you can text or phone for assistance. It's a tough time. Call for problems with substance abuse, gambling, mental health issues or for any emotional support. They understand. Click here.

Babies Need Words Every Day... so PLAY with them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to PLAY with your baby:

  • Dance around with your little one! Singing and dancing to a familiar tune is a great way to bond with your child, plus it's a lot of fun!
  • Play Peek-a-boo with your baby. This simple game is great for amusing your child and helping them learn about the world around them.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.

Resume Prep with Brainfuse

Writing a good resume is an important part of any job search. Learn how to put your best foot forward and draft a resume that highlights your strengths in this webinar with Brainfuse. After the webinar, check out Brainfuse JobNow for more tools for job seekers. Register here to save your spot.

Genealogy Group Meeting. May 28th, 1pm.

Are you interested in genealogical research and learning more about your family history? Local genealogists share their tips in our monthly Genealogy Group meetings. Register for the next meeting in the form of an online webinar:

May 28, 1-3 p.m. Researching at the Newberry Library. Presented by Sandi Trapp.

Online Teen Art Fair via Zoom Saturday May 23 at 3p.m.

Teens grades 6 through 12th, join us on zoom and bring your art! You will be given the opportunity to show off your artistic skills, while virtually hanging out with other teens like you, who also enjoy art. Click here to register or if you miss the registration and are still interested in joining send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Hunger Games Trivia for Teens Monday May 18

Teens in grades 6 through 12, join us for a fun Hunger Games trivia game via zoom!  Click here to register. Or email miss Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Honoring Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard

Talented comic actors, Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard, passed away on May 11 at the age of 92 and on May 15 at the age of 86, respectively.

Jerry Stiller was part of the Stiller and Meara comedy team with Anne Meara, his late wife of over 60 years. He was a comedian and an actor in movies, such as Hairspray, and on Broadway. Jerry was best known for his grumpy and eccentric character roles as Frank Costanza, George Costanza's father, in the tv show, Seinfeld, and later, as Arthur Spooner, Carrie Heffernan's father, in the sitcom, The King of Queens.

Listen to Presenting America's New Comedy Sensations: Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, a comedy album on Hoopla or watch one of Jerry Stiller's movies on Hoopla.

Fred Willard got his start at Chicago's renowned Second City. He starred in Best in Show, Anchorman: the legend of Ron Burgundy, and This is Guffman. His television roles included playing Hank MacDougall, Amy's father, in the tv show, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Frank Dunphy, Phil Dunphy's father,  in Modern Family.

Watch one of Fred Willard's movies on Hoopla.

Business Owners: Webinar 5/19--Personal Financial Survival for Small Business Owners

We just found out about this important webinar. Register below. 

From the Better Business Bureau: 

Join us on Tuesday, May 19th from 10:30 am-11:30 am as BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois has assembled a panel of experts to help address your financial questions and concerns during this challenging time for businesses. Don't miss out on this vital educational opportunity and access to experts!

When: Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Webinar (Link will be sent upon registration)

Register Now

The webinar will be led and moderated by money expert Terry Savage. Terry is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and the markets. She writes a weekly column syndicated in major newspapers and is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance. 


Pick Up Theater Popcorn and Watch a Movie Mother’s Day Weekend

Starting this weekend Classic Cinemas is offering your favorite concession stand snacks and drinks with curbside pickup.  The Tivoli in Downers Grove and Ogden 6 in Naperville are the closest movie theaters.  Indian Prairie patrons can download a movie from Hoopla for the whole theater experience.  For Mother's Day weekend here are variety of movies about mothers: Mothers and Daughters, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mermaids, Pocketful of Miracles, Baby Boom, Room, Philomena, and The Sound of Music Live.

Listen to Neil Gaiman's Coraline, live from NYPL.

What is better than having someone read you a story? Having the author and famous actors read it to you!

The New York Public Library is hosting a live reading of Neil Gaiman's spooky book Coraline this week, from Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18. Click here to see more details and this link to sign up for a reminder notice. Remember the time difference means it will be at 5pm Chicago time or just go here to watch later or catch up on missed chapters.

Borrow the eBook from Hoopla if you want to read along.

Babies Need Words Every Day... so WRITE with them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to help your baby practice WRITING:

  • Scribbling, tracing, and finger painting lead to developing hand-eye coordination and strengthening hand muscles so your baby can learn to turn pages and hold crayons. Have your baby finger paint in the tub before a bath!
  • Letters are made of shapes. By learning different shapes, young children are on the fast track towards learning letters.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.