January Programs for Littles!

Check out what programs we have for your littles in the new year!

If you want some cozy stories before bed, check out…

Fireside Storytime LIVE via Zoom
Wednesday evenings at 6p.m.
Starting Jan. 6th

If you want to learn about our community helpers, check out…

People in Your Neighborhood Storytime LIVE via Zoom
Tuesday mornings at 9:30a.m.
Starting Jan. 5th

If you like to dance and sing, check out...

Family Sing-a-Long LIVE via Zoom
Saturday, January 23rd at 10a.m.

If you want to grab and go, look for...

  • The Calendar Math activity set to help work on your early math skills. 
  • The Snowman Decorating Kit containing accessories to personalize your snowy creations this winter.

Both available starting Jan. 4. Get them in the Kids &Teens department while supplies last.
To request for pick up at our drive-up window, email
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Winter Fun for the Whole Family!

If you haven't already, check out what we have created for you and your family to have fun with the library this winter season.

We have Gift Wrapped Books on the second floor! 
Check out a festively wrapped book, board game, or movie and unwrap the surprise! We have selections for the family, as well as kids and teens.
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Winter Goodie Bags
Starting Monday, December 21
Celebrate winter with festive activities for kids, including a DIY puzzle, stickers, and stamps! Get them while supplies last. To request a bag for pick up at our drive-up window, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call 630-887-0718.

Winter Family Bingo
Starting Dec. 1 through Dec. 31
Pick up a BINGO card to play with or against your family members while out for a drive, going for a walk, or playing outside. BINGO cards can be found on the 2nd floor of the library or requested for pick up by calling 630-887-0718 or emailing 
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Winter Variety Show
Tune in to our YouTube channel on Sunday, Dec. 27th at 6p.m. for this special event put together by your library staff. Enjoy music, trivia, jokes, and more. The show will feature this year's The Sound competition winners, Puddle of Guitars!

Sign up for these fun, winter themed programs!

Make It! Holiday Craft
For Teens and Adults
Wednesday, Dec. 16. from 6-7p.m. LIVE on Zoom
*Requires supply pickup

Cooking Science: Royal Icing and Gingerbread Houses
For grades 2-5 LIVE on Zoom
Monday, Dec. 21, 4:30-5:30p.m.

Teen Holiday Murder Mystery
For grades 7-12
Friday, Dec. 18th at 7p.m. LIVE on Zoom

Teen New Year's Collage and Hangout
For grades 7-12
Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7p.m. LIVE on Zoom
*Requires supply pickup Remote Access Extended

Remote access to has been extended through the end of March 2021. This is the fifth time remote access has been extended and the library hopes that eventually remote access will be allowed on a permanent basis.

Click here to access or find it on the website by going to Learn & Research > Databases. Find it alphabetically in the list or find all of our online genealogical resources by selecting the category "Genealogy" from the "Browse by Topic" drop down menu.

Charlie Brown Holiday Specials

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas will air commercial-free on WTTW Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. respectively. In October Apple TV+ acquired the rights to be the sole home of the Peanuts' holiday specials and only available to subscribers. Thousands of people petitioned that It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and the other holiday family specials are part of holiday traditions and should be shown on network television especially during these difficult times. An agreement was reached between PBS and Apple TV+.

You can also check out A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or A Charlie Brown Christmas on dvd or a Roku with Apple TV+ to watch them more than once.

Read Newspapers Online

The library subscribes to two online content providers that will get you text access to the current issues of several very popular newspapers.

The newest, Global Newsstream, has access to the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Barron's and over 6,000 other publications from around the world.

With Chicago Area Newspapers, you can access content from the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald along with content from many local newspapers.

Find them by clicking the links above or going to Learning & Research > Databases, then select the category "News".

New Binge Boxes

Are you looking for some indoor fun for winter break? Our new dvd binge boxes for kids are here! These themed sets are great for the whole family. Check our catalog to see what's available, and borrow one today for the perfect movie night.


November Programs for Littles!

Check out what programs we have for you and your littles in November:

If you are a parent or caregiver with a baby 0-18 months, check out...
Beginning at Birth
Beginning at birth, you are your baby's first teacher, but that doesn't mean you have to do it alone! Schedule your private, online session with Miss Heather for songs, rhymes, and games to enjoy with your baby. Ask about milestones, development, and library resources, or maybe you just need a listening ear and some encouragement. To sign up for your 15 minute session, email Miss Heather at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

If you're looking for some outdoor fun, check out...
Barbara's Bookstore
Friday, November 13 at 10:30 am
For all ages. Bundle up to join us on the Village Green outside Barbara's Bookstore in the Burr Ridge Village Center for some active stories, songs, and fun to keep us warm!

If you're working on early reading skills, check out...
New Words November
Pick up an envelope of sight word flashcards at the Kids and Teens Desk to enjoy an at-home reading activity. Kids will find words in the envelope that they can match to items in the home. This activity will help develop early reading skills in a fun and unique way. To request an envelope for pick up at our drive up window, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-887-0718.

If you like to learn and make, check out...
LittleShop at Home
Missing the LittleShop activities while the space is closed? No problem! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a digital activity pack and an exclusive storytime and message from Miss Heather. If you visit us in person, you can grab the activities packets in person. New projects every two weeks to celebrate the 35th anniversary of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff! Previous packets available while supplies last. For November, Miss Heather will be releasing projects for If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and If You Give a Dog a Donut.

Business Owners: New COVID Relief Available for Restaurants

Do you have a restaurant or food service establishment in DuPage County? Recently, the County Board made additional funds available, specifically for restaurants and food establishments, through the Small Business Relief Grant Program. Check here for the criteria and restrictions. This new program, offered in conjunction with Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance, provides grants for certain business expenses. 

Honoring John Prine

Legendary folk singer-songwriter,John Prine, passed away on April 7 at the age of 73. The boy from Maywood, Illinois was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Ebert wrote an article about him after seeing him perform and interviewing him at a Chicago folk club in 1970. 

Listen to some of John Prine's moving music, including "Angel from Montgomery" and "Sam Stone"on Hoopla.

Honoring Romance Novelist Donna Kauffman

Bestselling romance novelist Donna Kauffman passed away on April 9 at the age of 60.  Alicia Condon, Kauffman's book editor, said, "Donna had a special gift for telling tender, uplifting stories while offering a uniquely insightful glimpse at the human condition,"  The prolific author of seventy novels also contributed a reality TV column to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog until 2015.

BookPage conducted an interview with Donna in 2018.

Read or listen to some of her books on Overdrive or Hoopla.

Find Your Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan

Shopping for a Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap) plan? The library has a tool available in its Financial Ratings Series subscription to help you select the best plan for you. Once you get into the resource, look for the Medigap link and answer a few demographic questions to generate your comprehensive report. Financial Ratings Series is provided by Weiss Ratings, an independent rater of financial and insurance products.

Use the link above or find it at > Learning & Research > Databases > Financial Ratings Series. You will need an Indian Prairie Public Library card to use this tool from home. If you don't have an Indian Prairie card, see if your library also subscribes to this resource or come in and use the library's computers as there is no card required if you use the resource from inside the library.

Star Wars Reads Month

"Read. This is the way."

Celebrate reading and Star Wars for the ninth year of Star Wars Reads Month. From padawans to experienced Jedi, find a wide variety of activity pages, coloring pages, and book logs on the official Star Wars Reads website.

Browse the library's collection of Star Wars books and graphic novels for all ages to get you in the spirit.

Tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock band, Van Halen, passed away on October 6 at the age of 65. Eddie and his brother Alex founded Van Halen in 1972 which also featured Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth and later Sammy Hagar. He was known for his exuberant, lightning-fast solos. Eddie's guitar sound, heavy on tapping, with both hands on the neck of the instrument, made him one of the all-time great guitar players in rock history. A blend of spontaneity and precision ran through Eddie's greatest performances.

Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Van Halen became increasingly successful. Early hits such as 1979's "Dance the Night Away" eventually gave way to the bestselling 1984, the band's sixth album which spawned the chart-topping "Jump," as well as flamboyant hits like "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." They went to the top of the charts with its next four albums: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995).

Some of Eddie's solos that showcase his guitar techniques were "Eruption" and "I'm the One" from Van Halen, "Cathedral" from Diver Down, "Mean Street" from Fair Warning, and "Drop Dead Legs" from 1984. Eddie Van Halen took less than an hour to record the electrifying solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," and he wasn't even paid for it.

Eddie Van Halen also dedicated his time to tweaking and adjusting the tools of his trade. The man who created the Frankenstrat (a cross between a Fender and a Gibson electric guitar) holds three different patents having to do with guitars.

For the album, Unlawful Carnal Knowledge the Van Halen band received Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album at the 1992 American Music Awards and the 1992 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocals. Also, they received MTV Music video awards for Best Stage Performance in a Video for Jump in 1984 and Video of the Year for Right Now in 1992. In 2007 Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Listen to some of Van Halen's music or read biographies about Eddie Van Halen and Van Halen on Hoopla.

Celebrating Diana Rigg

Veteran movie, stage, and television actress, Diana Rigg, passed away on September 10 at the age of 82. The Emmy and Tony award winning British actress is best known for her performance as Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s and recently as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

She began her acting career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and continued acting in plays throughout her life in London and on Broadway. Diana won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea.

In 1990 she won a British Academy Film Award (Bafta) for the role of an obsessive mother in the BBC television drama, Mother Love. She won an Emmy for portraying Mrs Danvers in Rebecca (1997) and starred as the amateur detective Mrs. Bradley in the PBS series, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries.

On the big screen she starred in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, opposite George Lazenby and became the only Bond girl to get the secret agent to the altar, although the marriage was abruptly cut short when her character was shot dead soon after the wedding. Others movies she acted in were Theater of Blood, The Assassination Bureau, and The Painted Veil.

Diana was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II for her long contributions to theater and film.

Watch a few of Diana Rigg's movies or television programs or read a biography about her on Hoopla.

This Week in the Prairie Patch: September 27-October 5

Plant Updates:

Thank you for following the chronicles of the Prairie Patch all season. This is our last post of the year and we hope you found inspiration for your own garden or at least an excuse to visit the Prairie Patch. Our last harvest and Garden Giveaway will be Oct. 3. We hope to have a few more peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, squash and herbs to share.

From Oct 3-Nov 2 we will have a Monster Hunt in the Prairie Patch for kids and families.

On Oct. 17 we will have Family Pumpkin Decorating in the Prairie Patch, registration required.

Prairie Patch Stories:

We requested your memories of the Prairie Patch and received the following from Cathy Streett:

My favorite memory of IPPL Prairie Patch this year was the last STEM session with the children. We had 3 families and one single child. We split up the families and they harvested green beans, tomatoes, swiss chard, basil, various squash including a small pumpkin. They each took turns weighing the produce and then taking a little sampling home to share with their families.

It's been a joy to help the children discover the process of planting seeds, watching the plant grow and then harvesting the fruit. They are so enthusiastic and eager to show me the newest bugs and ask questions as they learn.

It is a blessing to have this space available for all to just come down the hill and enjoy the peace, watching for butterflies and bees and watching the garden grow!

Book Recommendations:

Climate-wise landscaping: practical actions for a sustainable future

Landscaping with Bulbs

The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 great things to do in nature before you grow up