Library News

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Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with us! We have programs for all ages that will explore the history, science, and fun of the moon landing - starting July 10, with the Apollo Moon Landing when NASA Ambassador Bob Kaplow will trace the history that lead to our first steps on the moon. Then on July 11, it's Goodnight Moon Landing a showcase of moon-themed picture books, moon-themed art, and a look at the libraries new telescopes, which were donated by the Friends & Foundation. We end the week discovering celestial bodies and learning the names of the constellations outside the library with the new telescopes. And Starting in August, the library will have Orion telescopes available for checkout and take home.


The Sound 2019

This year's teen music competition, The Sound, was held on Saturday, June 8. It featured a returning performer, a sibling rivalry amongst triplets, and lots of new faces all competing for a chance at the title and $500 cash prize.

Like many other contestants, our first place winner, Kyra Cain of Downers Grove South, has been singing her entire life. The young songwriter performed two of her favorite original songs. "The whole process of what inspires me right now, putting that on paper, putting it on chords and putting it all together, it's really cool," she said.

Green Bean Groove (Mikie Aylward and Quentin Giron) and second place winner SKY (Sophia Yen) also performed original pieces. SKY performed last year and also placed second. She returned with the goal of showing the audience the "real" her this year by singing a "vulnerable, original song."

"I wasn't really exposed to how everyone has their own kind of style," said SKY. "The Sound exposed me. It showed me how everyone's different in their own way… That prepared me for this year. I learned to be different in my own way."

Newcomer and third place winner, Abbey Collins, heard about The Sound from her mother who is a librarian. She said, "I love singing and try to get out as much as I can." She will continue performing at local places and festivals this summer.

Our other performers were Lizzie Tabachnikov, Secondary Friends (Amelia Giuffre and Hailey Borglin,) and the Soul Sisters (Sammy Aylward and Mandy Aylward.)

The Sound would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, the Gift of Carl Foundation and Countryside Bank. Thank you to everyone who attended and our wonderful performers.


Rollick & Roll

Coming this summer: Rollick & Roll at the library every Wednesday at 10:30 am! In this brand new music and movement class, we're going to play with instruments, scarves, parachutes, and more. We'll also have fun listening to music, dancing, and even trying out yoga. Rollick & Roll will be fun for all ages, but is geared specifically toward children birth to six years old with an adult.

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Summer is in Full Swing at IPPL

Discover Mission Math this summer. Mission Math is a summer program for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade, that lets kids practice math and collect prizes. Download a packet here or come into the library to pick one up.

While you're here, get started with your Summer Challenge. Everyone can participate in a challenge this summer. The Summer Challenge runs from June 1 through August 4. You can read, learn, have fun, and win prizes!

· Early Literacy Challenge for kids birth–kindergarten

· Reading Challenge, the Music Challenge, and/or the Outdoor Challenge for grades 1–6

· Teen Challenge for grades 7–12

· Adult Challenge

In addition to the Challenges, we will also be providing interactive learning opportunities all summer, including events such as STEAM Stories, LEGO Robotics, Build a VR World, Chess Club, Book Buddies, family storytimes, and our Teen Taught Tech Club. We're also offering a whole set of outdoor labs in the Prairie Patch– Art Lab, Science Lab, Math Lab, and a Pollinators Lab.

Summer learning is critical for students. Reading and learning throughout the summer helps students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year and sets them up for success in the future.


Summer Music at IPPL

Indian Prarie Public Library wants to help make your summer as musical as possible! 

Browse and borrow from our music available for check out​.

Read about a composer, or sing karaoke with friends and family, as part of our Mid-Kids Summer Music Challenge.

Check out music-themed events for any age group, like The Sound, Rock n' Roll Storytime, or the DIY Instrument Series.

Create your own tunes at home using our MIDI: Digital Music STEM Kit or one of our Recorder MAKER Kits.

There are so many different ways to enjoy, create, and experience music. Stop by one of our Ask Us Desks today, and we can help you find them!


Read the Zoo

Plan your trip to the Brookfield Zoo this summer by going to the library first. Utilize the Museum Adventure Pass Program to check out zoo passes and then find books about your favorite animals. Here are a selection of animal books we think you'll go wild over:

Flight School by Lita Judge

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Eric Carle

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Giraffe's Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Brookfield Zoo is just one of the many local museum, parks and activities you can check out a pass for. To begin your Museum Adventure, visit your local public library to check out a pass. Passes are restricted to registered borrowers of each library.


Do You Have The Sound?

CALLING ALL TEEN MUSICIANS! Do you sing, rap, rock, or jam? We're looking for you! The Sound is an exciting opportunity to play music for an audience, and you'll have the chance to win a cash prize. Thanks to our sponsor The Gift of Carl we'll be giving out $500 total in cash prizes. So get your application in by May 25 for your chance to prove if you have THE SOUND!

Get the details and application at the library, by phone 630/887-0718, or on our website at Don't miss out!


Pop Art Photo Creation

Create a pop art style picture using the online photo editor, Pixlr. Bring the pictures you want to use on a flash drive, or be able to access them online during the class. This class requires registration.

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Video Game Systems

You can play all of your favorite games by checking out a console and a game from the library! Because they've been so popular, we've added four more Nintendo Switch consoles and a Super NES Classic console to our collection. We've also added two PlayStation 4 and two Xbox One Consoles. Visit us today and get ready to play! 

Spring is Hopping(and growing) in Kids & Teens

Baby Chicks In Kids & Teens

​The chicken eggs are hatching. Check out the 24/7 Chick incubator video to see the new arrivals and how the Darien Dragons 4H team prepared the incubators for the chicks arrival this week. This is a great learning opportunity for families and classrooms.

If you haven't stopped into the Kids & Teens Department recently, you might also want to take a look at the tadpole tank. The tank has two tadpoles for visitors to see how a tadpole becomes a frog. Kids can also vote for the names of the tadpoles. Check out the list of name pairs and add your sticker to your favorite.

Kids & Teens staff are also getting ready to visit the schools in the Indian Prairie Library District. We'll be sharing some of the Summer Challenge events, activities and prizes you can have fun with over your summer. We'll be coming to your school beginning the week of May13. We'd love to hear if you came to visit the chicks and tadpoles.


Work at the Library

​Are you a teen that loves the library? Have you always wanted a chance to work here? With summer on its way, we have some fantastic opportunities for you.

If you're entering grades 7-12 and want to help at the library the Summer VolunTEEN program is just right for you. We have a variety of opportunities to fit your interests and summer schedule. Visit the Summer VolunTEEN page for more details and to download applications. Most applications are due on May 26. Don't wait or you may miss out on your first choice.

We also have a fantastic summer teen internship for people 16-19. If you're interested in learning new things and love to play with and help younger children, this position is for you. Visit our Job Opportunities page for more details and information about how to apply. Applications are accepted until May 3.

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The Gentle Gym

LittleTown is a place to learn, grow, and play. Stretch your body and imagination in the new Gentle Gym. Try some yoga poses and exercise moves. Fuel your workout in the LittleTown play kitchen with healthy choices using My Plate placemats.


Teen and Young Adult Job Fair

Getting a job is an important step in the process of growing up. It can be exciting and terrifying if you're just starting out, especially if you're young and have no or limited work experience. IPPL is here to help! This spring we are offering programs to help build your resume and practice the interview skills that could help you land the job. Then bring your new knowledge to our Teen and Young Adult Job Fair on Saturday, April 6, 1-3 pm, where you can meet a variety of employers looking to hire the right person. These programs are intended for young people 16 and up.

Register online, by phone 630/887-0718, or in person for the Writing Your First Resume program on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8 pm

Drop by the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or call 630/887-0718 to book your 20-minute Mock Interview time slot on Saturday, March 30, 1-4 pm 

Visit for more details about participating employers.


Students Art on Display

Inspiring art work from Darien area youth, 4-years-old through 12th grade, is on exhibit on the 2nd floor library art gallery. These unique works show a wide range talent by the children in our community. Pieces displayed are part of the annual contest held by the Darien Woman's Club.

We would also like to congratulate Mr. Etherington, from Cass Junior High School. Mr. Matt Etherington was named Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. Some of Mr.Etherington's students are featured in the Darien Woman's art display.

Congratulations also go out to Gower School District #62. They are the winners of the Follett Challenge for Schools. The challenge was featured in last months Library News blog. Thank you for the community support in voting. Their video had the 2nd highest number of votes!


Turn Your Smartphone into a Digital Wallet

Indian Prairie Public Library is now on the free app Stocard, available for Apple and Android devices. Scan loyalty cards from a list of companies and organizations in the app or manually add your own. Cards work just like the physical ones— they are just stored on your smartphone via the app, including your Indian Prairie Public Library card!
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