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Read About: What’s New at the Library Annual Report Highlights Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)


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ne of the primary goals of the Park Ridge Public Library newsletter is to keep our patrons informed about what is happening in the Library. Many of you have come to us with questions about the renovation plans.


Also, you may have read that after serving the community for 37 years, Library Director, Janet Van De Carr has retired. Read this issue to get your questions answered and learn about some exciting things happening at the Library.


WHAT IS THE TRANSITION PLAN UNTIL A NEW DIRECTOR IS HIRED? To provide a smooth transition until a permanent director is hired, the Library Board voted on June 20 to name internal department managers Anastasia Daskalos, Circulation, and Laura Scott, Reader Services, as interim co-directors of the Library.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE RENOVATION PLAN? The Board is fully committed to the renovation plan. Before work can begin, the Library must obtain construction permits from the City, which are still under review. Once the renovation has started it should take five to six months to complete.

WILL THE LIBRARY BE CLOSED DURING THE RENOVATION? We don’t plan to close the Library for the entire renovation project. However, we may have to close for a few days while work is being done on the lobby and restrooms.

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WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR HIRING A NEW DIRECTOR? During the same meeting, the Library Board selected members for the Executive Director Search Committee comprising Trustees Karen Burkum, Stevan Dobrilovic, Patrick Lamb, Judith Rayborn and Michael Reardon, and Library employees, Angela Berger, business manager, and Laura Scott, Reader Services Department manager and interim co-director. The search committee will be tasked with determining the "talents and skills" desired from candidates for the Library's top administrator position; reviewing resumes and interviewing applicants; and recommending a candidate to the full Library Board.

New at the Library

meet the No more lines. In the coming year, we will be adding selfCheck™ 1000 kiosks that use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to make borrowing library items a breeze. Instead of checking out materials manually at the circulation desk, you will be able to self-checkout at stations on the second floor, in Children’s Services and in the lobby. Of course our staff will be there to help you with the process, as well as share their expertise.

Patrons will be able to: •

Navigate through the entire self-service process

Login by typing the account number on screen or by scanning a physical or virtual barcode card

Have quick and easy access to their accounts

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Pay their fines or look up any late fees

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Checkout multiple items in one stack

Learn about upcoming Library events, programs and recommended reads on the large screen Choose from one receipt, email receipt or no receipt

We are moving to a new online catalog next spring. Our consortium, Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) and its 24 member public libraries, is moving to the Polaris integrated library system. With 1.1 million bibliographic records, CCS provides access to technology support and learning to more than 800,000 patrons combined. The Polaris Discovery Suite will provide access to patrons however and whenever they need it. Polaris is designed to enhance the patron experience with improved self-service features and user-friendly interface. Look for more details in future issues of the newsletter.

Annual Report Highlights 2016–17 2015 summer reading club STATS




As part of the nationwide 1,000 Books

Lifelong learning starts with early literacy. At Park Ridge Public Library we make reading tons of fun starting with the very young

Book by Book encourages parents and

before Kindergarten initiative, Growing caregivers to read aloud to little ones daily to nurture a lifelong love of reading and learning while creating special memories. Families can earn rewards simply by counting the books they are reading together. It’s never too early to start reading to your child! Sign up today and receive a free growth chart and tote bag! This program is made possible by a generous donation from Harold Schefdore.

Getting to Know... Tony Letrich – Interlibrary Loan/Circulation Tony, with a BA in English from Northeastern Illinois University has called Park Ridge Public Library home for 28 years. Patrons know him best for his role as coordinator of Interlibrary Loan, the worldwide system that allows patrons to borrow materials from libraries near and far. In the mid-‘80s, after working in a tool- machine shop, sanding down thousands of parts a day, Tony discovered the importance of pursuing his love for books and finding a job he loves—at the Park Ridge Public Library. What is your favorite thing about working at the Library? It is always fascinating to see the different items our patrons request through Interlibrary Loan, from the most obscure book to out-of-print DVDs. What is your favorite book/author? The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, and any Marvel Comic book from the 1960s by legend Stan Lee. Who is your hero? Why? My folks—both gone now—were two of the hardest-working and finest people ever. Also, Captain America: Living Legend of World War II! What is your proudest accomplishment? I love to travel and have been to 19 major American cities and almost two dozen national parks.




What makes you laugh the most? Classic TV shows like Andy Griffith and Get Smart. Also, YouTube clips of old Late Night with David Letterman episodes. How would your friends describe you? I have a unique ability to find the newest snacks from Hostess and Nabisco before anyone else and share them throughout the Library. I can also be counted on for coordinating big movie outings with friends—so if a new Star Wars is opening they know I’ll be assigning them a seat. What are your hobbies? I am addicted to eBay and collect stuff related to movies and comic books. Recent finds include a Batman 7-Eleven slurpee cup, a die-cast James Bond Aston Martin car and a bank of Dr. Zaius from Planet of the Apes. I’ll grow up someday…. Tell us something that no one knows about you. Although I’m an honorary member of the Frank Sinatra Fan Club, lately I’ve been secretly listening to Perry Como more.






Our Librarians are here to help While no public library can purchase every book published, we can help you get what you need through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Through ILL, the Library has access to the collections from libraries across the state, the country and even the world.

For Adults We Recommend Staff picks for adults, teens and children Adults Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire A companion to Every Heart a Doorway that tells Jack and Jill’s story, this is an account of their adventure into a fantasy realm, and how they came to be at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Miss You by Kate Eberlen A romantic story about two strangers who meet briefly as teens in Florence and whose paths cross again many times over the course of their lives. Ill Will by Dan Chaon Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman The story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey.

Teens The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits. Scythe by Neal Shusterman In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed by professional reapers.

Children Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do! by Daisy Hirst Natalie mostly doesn’t mind her little brother Alphonse, but when she finds him eating her favorite book, she’s had enough! The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt A laugh-out-loud picture book that explains the origins of this classic game. The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat In this beginning reader, there are only three cookies and four hungry friends to share them with. This humorous story helps the friends solve this terrible dilemma. A Poem for Peter by Andrea Pinkney The inspiring story about Ezra Jack Keats, creator of the Snowy Day. I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda The true story of an American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.


Build Your World with Books Summer Reading Clubs for Kids, Teens & Adults Now through August 13

Thanking Our Donors A Thank You to our Donors… Every year the Park Ridge Public Library is able to enhance the quality of its materials and services, thanks to generous donations to our Endowment and Restricted Funds. These gifts come from both individuals and organizations, and support the positive things that libraries represent: access to information, education, and the love of books. The Library would like to acknowledge the following donors who made contributions during the fiscal year, May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

ENDOWMENT FUND Todd & Alexis Berko Mary Carden Bob & Trudy Ferschl Valama Foday William & Mary Kendrick Mr. & Mrs. Martin Musker Barbara Newman Dan Ross, Jr., USMC Laura & Mark Westhoff RESTRICTED FUND 20th Century Club of Park Ridge 21st Star Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Tom Antosh Mr. & Mrs. Cooper Babich Melissa Blake Ian & Penelope Bratko Francine Burman Mr. & Mrs. Randall S. Hoffer Grace & Larry Itter Joseph Lyons Mary, Seat of Wisdom Mary & Martha Guild Robert P. Musker Karen A. Nagel Park Ridge Lions Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Pierzchala The Emil Pfenninger (Comes) Family Howard Salita St. Paul of the Cross Queen of Peace Guild PEO Sisterhood Chapter JF Eric S. Ruth Howard Salita Civia M. Tuteur Jennifer L. Villacci Norma Wicke

A special thanks to the Bruce A. Michel Trust for its generous funding in support of technology and reference databases.

OTHER DONATIONS The Babes with Big Books Book Club Baha’i LSA Park Ridge Gary Botwin John Huston The LaDuke Family The MBC Book Club The Page Turners Book Club Park Ridge Youth Commission The Pickwickers Book Club Jerry White BUY A BRICK Charles & Debra Blakewood Linda Egebrecht Terri Fosco Eve Manos William J. McMahon Patricia Mazukelli Sue Olzeski Park Ridge Public Library Staff Marc Perilli Donna Stopa

2017 SUMMER READING CLUB PARTNERS Art Station Studio Brickton Art Center Buona Beef Dairy Queen Erich Muellner of Century 21 Elm, Realtors Friends of the Library Frosty Penguin Grill Illinois Railway Museum Habetler Bowl Legoland Discovery Center Lou Malnati’s Jack and Jill Jamie and Mike O’Hearn Jason’s Deli Jump Zone Nakfoor Orthodontics Oberweis Park Ridge Fire Department Park Ridge Police Department Party Time Palace Pickwick Theatre Pump It Up Subway The Original Pancake House Whole Foods Park Ridge

Thank You, Friends of the Library!


ith money raised through their membership drive and book sales, the Friends of the Library have long played an important role in our success.

In addition to their financial support, the Friends donate hundreds of hours each year, sorting book sale donations, setting up, and conducting the two annual sales.

The Friends contribute more than $20,000 each year toward reading club prizes, programs, items for the collections, and special equipment not covered by the Library budget.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to the Friends for their ongoing support and invite you to become a member. Check out our website for more information!


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20 South Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 825-3123 Circulation and Operator (847) 825-3123 Children’s Services (847) 825-4527 Reference & Nonfiction (847) 720-3230 Reader Services (847) 720-3280 Young Adult Loft (847) 720-3286 Library Hours Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Interim Library Directors Anastasia Daskalos and Laura Scott Design & layout – Stephanie Hill Editor – Monika Czehak

VIEWING Park Ridge Public Library Lawn August 21 • 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Stop by the Library to get certified eclipse viewing glasses beginning August 14 while supplies last.

For the first time in almost 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the United States in a narrow band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina—while within Park Ridge, about 87% of the sun will disappear. To view the eclipse safely, the Library is providing specially certified eclipse glasses (available beginning August 14 while supplies last).

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