1 Downers Grove Public Library Vol. 28 No. 4 July/August 2014 Discoveries There s more inside! Renovation Continues Rock & Read Concert Have ebooks, Will Travel! Take a library book with you on your digital device this summer! The library has free ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines that will enrich your summer no matter where you are! Titles for all ages are available. Our newest ebook service designed just for kids is simpler than ever! Featuring juvenile fiction and nonfiction books, emedialibary s Kids ereading Room helps you quickly find good books, organized by subject or reading level. Quick and easy downloading makes getting books a snap. Be sure to have your library card number and SWAN pin at the ready. Don t have one? Our librarians are standing by to help. Visit to get started. Introducing: Automatic Return and Sorting Our newest addition to the Circulation Department is the automatic sorter, working hard to get books, CDs, DVDs, and more back on the shelves faster. Try it out in the lobby by placing one item at a time onto the conveyor. Items are immediately checked in and removed from your account record. Staff Picks Blog Adventure Badges FOL Donation Helps Kids Help Animals You can watch through the viewing glass as your returns move into receptacles with other similar items. Staff are available to check in your items, if you prefer, and assist with other questions.
2 Book Discussion Groups Books are available one month before discussions, which now meet at the library. Check at the Ask Us Desk for location. There are no discussions in July. Nonfiction Discussion Group Mon., Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a StormRavaged Hospital by Sheri Fink Rock On at Our 5th Annual Rock & Read If you re a teen musician in grades 7 12, we need you! Bands, duos, and solo performers can Lynette at to sign up to participate. Due to space restrictions, performers will be selected by the first to respond. The first place prize will be eight hours of studio recording time. Second place will receive a partial scholarship to Garage Band U, and third place will win a gift card to Tobias Music. Come support your favorites on Saturday, August 2 from 4:00 8:00 p.m. at the new Tobias Music Performance space at 5013 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove. Snacks and drinks provided. Fiction Discussion Group Thurs., Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Website Feature: Staff Picks Blog Our staff loves to talk about what they are reading! Check out the Staff Picks Blog at Adult and Teen Services and Children s Services staff post their newest recommended reads from fiction, nonfiction, teens, and kids. New books are posted several times a week, so check back often for the latest picks. Earn Badges, Get Prizes This year there is another way to have an adventure! Earn prizes through our Summer Adventure Badge Program. Go to our website, org/badges, and try some new experiences while also earning badges. When you have completed five of the ten possible badges, come to the Junior Room to claim a prize! The badge program runs through September 30. Friends of the Library Adventures in Travel We are taking the summer off. Watch for new programs in the fall. Writers Workshop Second and fourth Mondays, 7:00 p.m. July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25 Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center Library Closings Fri., July 4 Independence Day Sun., Aug. 31 Sunday before Labor Day Mon., Sept. 1 Labor Day
3 Construction Season in Full Swing The interior renovation project continues to move forward. Timelines and schedules change periodically, so check for the current status. to subscribe to our renovation newsletter, sent one or two times per week, and see more pictures of our progress at Project completion is expected this fall. Pardon our dust!
4 For Families Drop-In Crafts Thurs., July 10, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Fri., July 25, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Tues., Aug. 5, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Color, stick, and fold a variety of crafts! Summer Chalking Tues., July 1, 11:00 a.m. noon Tues., July 8, 11:00 a.m. noon Tues., July 15, 11:00 a.m. noon Tues., July 22, 11:00 a.m. noon Tues., July 29, 11:00 a.m. noon Come join us at the library s Curtiss Street entrance to chalk up the sidewalk with your colorful masterpieces. If sidewalks are wet from weather at 11:00 a.m., we will cancel for the week. Storytimes Stories, songs, and puppetry for preschoolers. Storytime at Village Hall Wed., July 16, 11:00 11:30 a.m. 801 Burlington Ave. Come for a special storytime in the council chambers. Please use the south entrance. Storytime at Public Works Wed., July 23, 11:00 11:30 a.m Walnut Ave. Visit the Public Works facility for a special storytime featuring stories about trucks! Children s Programs Check at the Junior Room Desk for locations of our summer activities. Summer Reading Club Once Upon a Tail! May 19 Aug. 3 Win prizes for reading. Fetch, the Roaming Dog! May 19 Sept. 5 Pick up a copy of Fetch or print one at www. dglibrary.org/src. Decorate Fetch and take him with you, wherever you roam! a picture of you and Fetch to org and we ll post it in the Junior Room until September 15. Summer Adventure Badge Program Earn prizes and badges when you try new things at Read a type of book, wear a certain color, sing a fun song, and more to complete each badge. Once you do five of the ten badges, come claim your prize! The badge program runs through September 30. Weekly Quiz June 9 Aug. 11 Test your knowledge of animals both familiar and exotic! Winners will receive a small prize. For School-Age Children Read to the Dogs Grades K 5 Thurs., July 10, 7:00 8:00 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 14, 7:00 8:00 p.m. Register beginning Thurs., June 5 Schedule a 15-minute slot by calling the Junior Room Desk at (630) Adult & Teen Programs on Hiatus Limited adult and teen programming will take place throughout the remainder of the building s interior renovation. Check www. dglibrary.org/events for the current schedule. Pillars of Honor: World War II Memorial Sun., July 27, 2:00 p.m. Oak Trace Health Center 250 Village Dr. We re partnering with Oak Trace to bring a model of the national memorial to DG. WWII veterans and those attending in memory of deceased WWII soldiers should RSVP to Laura Witt at (630) They will be honored during the program. Refreshments provided. Unbound Book Discussion The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Thurs., July 17, 7:00 p.m. Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 5157 Main St. Tune In to Your Artsy Side Thurs., Aug. 21, 7:00 9:00 p.m. Glazed Expressions, 1010 Curtiss St. Channel your inner artist at Glazed Expressions! Join Unbound for snacks and conversation while you paint your own piece of pottery. Registration is required. Go to and like us for information about upcoming programs and events! For Teens 5th Annual Rock & Read Concert Sat., Aug. 2, 4:00 8:00 p.m. Tobias Music, 5013 Fairview Ave. Enjoy performances by teen musicians. Snacks will be provided. Performers: see page 2 for more information. Children must attend with an adult. Register online at events, by phone, or in person. DGPL card required. Space is limited. Complete program information is available online. Computer Classes Computer classes are not offered at this time, but will resume when our Training Room is completed. Visit org/events for an up-to-date schedule. One-one-one Book a Tech appointments are available to assist you. Contact the Computer Help Desk at (630) or to schedule a one-hour appointment with us.
5 From the Director Downers Grove loves its library staff. One of the great pleasures of my job as Library Director is the opportunity to read and hear the favorable comments and thanks from members of the community. These praise-filled responses touch many dimensions of our wide range of activity: Helping a child find the right book. Setting up an electronic reading device with an inexperienced technology user. Identifying an online resource to answer a technical question. Recommending a good summer read to a bored teenager. Listening with interest to a young reader. Explaining the intricacies of a database to a student. Reserving and arranging a meeting room for a condo association board. Preserving the community s history for future research. Rescuing a guest speaker whose computer failed. Carrying a bag of books to the car for a senior citizen. Energizing a roomful of children with stories and songs. Brightening a lonely user s day with a smile. Leading a stimulating book discussion. Writing an informative description of library projects. Resolving a computer malfunction for a job seeker. Discovering an ancestor with an avid genealo gist. Perhaps you, as a reader of this list, can think of other kinds of assistance you ve experienced with Downers Grove Public Library staff members. If you have additions, I d love to hear about them and share them with my hard-working, good-humored colleagues. You can contact me at We all love fan mail! Thank You, Friends! In honor of tails everywhere, we re trying something new this summer. We adopted two furry friends, an amur tiger from the Chicago Zoological Society and a sheep from Heifer International. Kids participating in Summer Reading Club can trade in one of their bonus book page prizes for themselves, and instead give their prize to the cause. They ll drop a paper cutout into a box to symbolize their $0.50 donation that goes toward the total adoption cost. This prize option is generously provided by the Friends of the Downers Grove Public Library. We appreciate your support of our Summer Reading Clubs, and the animals appreciate your donation. Summer Reading Clubs Continue There s still time to join a Summer Reading Club and win prizes just for reading! Visit the library to pick up information or find it online at www. dglibrary.org/src. Bring your reading log to the Junior Room and Ask Us Desks before clubs end Sunday, August 3 to pick up your prize. Need some suggestions for something new to read? Visit us online at to find reading suggestions created just for your summer reading pleasure, see what Book Genie has for you, and read our Staff Picks Blog for reccomendations all year long. As always, our staff is here to help you find something you will enjoy. Look for us at the Farmer s Market this summer and around town during the building s construction project. We re happy to sign you up for the club, give you a few reading recommendations, and answer your questions about the renovation. For more information, see and
6 Ever-Changing Landscape Highlights Long-Time Career After 33 years of service, librarian Marty Krause, a familiar face at our Ask Us Desk, retired in June. We chatted with Marty who said our everchanging library landscape continually challenged and engaged her. Finding answers for patrons questions, especially the unusual, was a favorite part of her job. One person wanted to give a friend an ostrich and needed to know about its care and feeding. Another wanted a list of local business owners who were going to die in the next year. Marty has seen many advances in technology over the years and marveled at how fast it changes, its universal impact, and that there is a whole generation out there that has no idea what microfilm is. I like that I ve learned something new every single day, and the camaraderie of my coworkers has been a wonderful benefit of working here. In the future she plans to slow down, enjoy her friends, learn new things, and read to her heart s content the fast-paced adventure and suspense novels she loves. She highly recommends books by Lee Child, Harlan Coben, and Greg Iles. It s been a special pleasure to work with such an informed and appreciative community, a supportive library board, and a dedicated staff that excels at teamwork and public service. Future Bestsellers August Robin Hutton Sgt. Reckless: America s War Horse Debbie Macomber Love Letters Colleen McCullough Bittersweet Louise Penny The Long Way Home Rick Perlstein The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan Hampton Sides In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette Helen Thorpe Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War Susan Vreeland Lisette s List September Diane Ackerman The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us Lee Child Personal Ken Follett Edge of Eternity Philippa Gregory The King s Curse James Patterson Burn J.D. Robb Festive in Death Gail Sheehy Daring: My Passages Geoffrey Ward & Ken Burns The Roosevelts: An Intimate History fiction nonfiction Need Something Notarized? We Can Help! Notary public services are now available at the library for no charge. Please call ahead to make sure a certified staff member is available, and be sure to bring a photo ID. Discoveries brings news of services and activities at the Downers Grove Public Library to the 47,833 residents of Downers Grove. Rick Ashton: Library Director Melody A. Danley: Editor and Graphics Library Hours Monday Friday Saturday Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Library Board of Trustees Kathleen DiCola, Pres. Thomas Read, Secr. Susan Eblen Wendee Greene David Humphreys Daniel Loftus The Board of Trustees meets in the Meeting Room the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. You are invited to attend Curtiss Street Downers Grove, IL (630) Printed on recycled paper.
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