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Stop in to pick up the books you haven’t read, download

“March Madness” for adults, teens and kids grades 4–5.

them from our website or reserve your book online, by

Patterned after the NCAA Basketball Tournament, “Book

phone or in person. Brackets are available at the service

Madness” places 16 popular books in competitive brackets.

desks or online at

Fill out a bracket with your predictions and vote weekly for

Turn in completed brackets in person by March 5 to be

your picks. (You don’t need to read all the books to participate.)

eligible to win prizes. Winners will be announced April 3.

ADULTs All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Dead Wake by Erik Larson Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd The Nest by Cynthis D’Aprix Sweeney The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Teens Cinder by Marissa Meyer Divergent by Veronica Roth Gone by Michael Grant Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Legend by Marie Lu The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness The Maze Runner by James Dashner The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans The Selection by Kiera Cass The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Grades 4-5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney Dog Man by Dav Pilkey Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I Funny by James Patterson I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis Masterminds by Gordan Korman Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Stick Dog by Tom Watson Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan The Stonekeeper By Kazu Kibuishi The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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many genres and styles, from musicals to film noir. There are slapstick comedies like Free and Easy and melodramas like The Bad and the Beautiful starring Kirk Douglas at his jaw-thrusting best. In addition, you’ll also see James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in two separate films. One is a screwball star vehicle and the other is a haunting story of self-destruction directed by Nicholas Ray. Our first film, Show People (starring the delightful comedienne Marion Davies), takes us on a trip back to the golden age of silent movies. There are other familiar titles in the series like Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels, but we offer just as many lesser-known gems awaiting rediscovery, such as It Happened in Hollywood, starring King Kong heroine Fay Wray and featuring a story co-written by future maverick filmmaker Sam Fuller. The spring Classic Film Series explores how movies have taken a curious delight in turning the camera on themselves since their very beginnings. For an industry that was at one time bent on preserving outward appearances, it is remarkable to see just how many of these self-referential films present a cynical portrait of the system that spawned them. One does not have to look further than Sunset Boulevard to see the darker spin on the dream factory. The fictional tragedy of fading star

Movies About Movies also carries with it the hope and optimism of small-town girls who dream of going to Hollywood to become a star. It’s a distinctly American fable—one that will be seen time and again. A Star is Born, one of the best examples of this storyline, was itself a remake of What Price Hollywood? Both versions will be shown in the series. Movies About Movies is presented by program host Matthew C. Hoffman, Park Ridge Public Library assistant circulation manager, who will introduce each film at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 90. For those who arrive early, related short subjects and documentaries will be screened. All film screenings at the Library are free. For more information about the Park Ridge Public Library Classic Film Series, please visit:

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News & Events




Downloadable Items AVAILABLE: eBooks 197,649 eAudiobooks 53,115 Movies 13,392 Music: 292,615 TV shows: 16,634 Graphic Novels 9,108

LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS Although you haven’t seen any changes yet, we have been busy working on final plans for the renovation. Staff visited several showrooms at the Merchandise Mart to see the latest offerings in commercial grade furniture and shelving, and met with our interior designer to discuss paint colors and finishes. The team from Studio GC met with the Board on February 14 to present the final plans so the bid documents could be completed.

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Next steps include opening and reviewing the bids and the project budget and obtaining final approval from the Board. Work is expected to begin in late spring and will be done in phases so that the Library can remain open throughout the project. We may have to close for a few days when work is being completed in the lobby. Watch this space for project updates, or go to our website for more information. Questions? Call or email me at: or 847-720-3203. Janet Van De Carr

Getting to Know... Staci Greenwald – School Services Coordinator & Assistant Children’s Services Manager With an undergraduate degree in Communication from Loyola University Chicago and a MLIS degree from Dominican University, Staci has been with the Library five and a half years. In her dual role, she provides resources and programs to Park Ridge area elementary schools and within the Library is best known for creative videos featuring our lovable mascot, Funky Monkey. Before becoming a librarian, she worked for about 10 years in video post-production and DVD authoring. What is your favorite thing about working at the Library? I love being able to help people, particularly children. I can see the good that I’m doing on a regular basis. Plus, kids and babies just make me smile, so getting to work with them every day is the best job I could imagine. What is your favorite book/author? My favorite children’s book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. As for books outside the children’s world, my favorite is The Handmaid’s Tale—I’m a sucker for dystopian fiction. Who is your hero? Why? I have to go with my mom. She never ceases to amaze me and she is one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. She is an amazing artist, unfailingly kind, incredibly generous and fiercely independent. What is your proudest accomplishment? Repelling 22 stories down the Wit Hotel downtown and raising over $1500 for respiratory health in the process. I was terrified! This was a big step for me. It was amazing!


What makes you laugh the most? I almost always end up in tears of laughter when I’m with my brothers or my best friend, Jenny. Also, the YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading (BLR) gets me pretty much every time. Everyone must check out Seagulls! (Stop It Now) – a BLR of The Empire Strikes Back. How would your friends describe you? After a quick poll of my friends, here is how they described me: Strong, hilarious, wicked smart (said in a Boston accent), resilient, fiercely loyal, practical, trustworthy and stylish. I’m pretty sure they also think I’m weird, but they were being nice and keeping it positive. What are your hobbies? About three years ago Parry Rigney (PRPL Children’s Services Manager and friend) taught me to knit and I’ve been hooked ever since. Also, sleeping…I love a good nap. Tell us something that no one knows about you. I have always wanted to be in a band or at least be a karaoke superstar, but my complete lack of musical talent mixed with my stage fright have been major stumbling blocks thus far.

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Small Business Matters Whether starting a new business or looking at ways to grow, the Library can help! SCORE Partnership We are excited to partner with SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship for more than 50 years. SCORE provides experienced volunteer business counselors for advice on every aspect of business planning, start-up, management and growth. Free one-hour counseling sessions (by appointment only) will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Library. To register, go to For more information, contact Reference Services at 847-720-3230.

Library Resources The Library subscribes to a variety of databases helpful to small businesses. Go to in A-Z order or from the Business heading at the top of the Databases page. You will need your library card to use them from home. News for Businesses Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter sent by the Park Ridge Public Library’s Reference Services staff! Go to and click News for Business.

WE RECOMMEND! PRPL Staff Picks recent and upcoming releases All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai The Dry by Jane Harper The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Her Every Fear Peter Swanson Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Most Wanted Get your hands on a hot title even faster at the Most Wanted Section in Reader Services! These new bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles complement our existing holdable collection and are available first come first served.

d e k s A u Listened! YoWe Longer Checkout Time

Circulation policies that give you more time to read and view! Additional Renewals Books (general) – Increase from 2x to 3x Book Club books – Now renewable 1x Books on cd/ Cds – Increase from 1x to 2x New DVDs/Blu-rays – Now renewable 1x DVDs/Blu-rays – Increase from 1x to 2x

New TV series – Increase from 1 to 2 weeks TV series – 2 weeks and renew 1x

Faster Internet Some users told us that our internet connection was slow. So we recently upgraded to a new 100Mbps fiber connection and are adding several new Wi-Fi hotspots to provide better coverage for our users.

Pay by Credit Card You also told us you would like to use a credit card to make copies and printouts so we added credit card readers to our printer/copiers.


For Adults Programs Unless noted, registration is required in person, by phone (847) 720-3280, or online. Admission is free to Park Ridge Library card holders. *$5.00 fee for non-Park Ridge Library cardholders.

NEW! SUNDAY @ THE LIBRARY Concert: Jim Green, Guitar* Sunday, March 12 • 1:00 p.m. Enjoy the unique sound of this award-winning fingerstyle guitarist. Over the last 17 years, Jim has garnered praise for his mix of traditional and unorthodox guitar techniques to create his own enchanting melodies. REGISTER Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Concert: Konrad Kowal, Violin* Sunday, April 9 • 1:00 p.m. Come celebrate Park Ridge Civic Orchestra Student Scholarship winner Konrad Kowal on his first Library recital. Konrad will perform some of his classical showpieces that have launched his musical career. REGISTER Oil Lamp Theater Presents: He Said/She Said* Sunday, May 14 • 1:00 p.m. Join the actors of Oil Lamp Theater for a collection of short plays about misconnections, misunderstandings and miscommunications – those we make with strangers, and in our relationships. REGISTER Open Knitting & Crocheting Night Tuesdays, March 7 & April 4 and Thursday, May 18 • 7:00 p.m. Join the Park Ridge Fiber Artists for an open knitting session! Bring your own knitting or crocheting supplies. REGISTER Mearra: Selkie from the Sea* Thursday, March 16 • 7:00 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with musician Linda Marie Smith and her multi-media Celtic fairy tale fantasy. Enjoy a musical and visual extravaganza about a young selkie maiden. REGISTER Sentimental Journey: The Music of Doris Day* Tuesday, March 21 • 2:00 p.m. Singer Laura Freeman and pianist Beckie Menzie return with the music of Doris Day. Enjoy lively renditions and honor the legend’s great spirit in American history. REGISTER Friday Morning Coffee Club: Aurora: Fire in the Sky Friday, March 24 • 10:00 a.m. A ghostly flickering illuminates the polar night–a mysterious, colored display in the night sky. This film investigates the science and local myths behind this natural phenomenon. REGISTER


Dinosauria* Tuesday, March 28 • 7:00 p.m. Paleontologist Lisa Zago returns from her dig site in Wyoming to share photos and stories of her experiences and to offer a hands-on look at real dinosaur bones. REGISTER Chair Yoga* Wednesdays, March 29 & May 24 • 2:00 p.m. Joan McGee of Sun and Moon Yoga returns to offer the perfect mid-afternoon break. Stretch and breathe your way to renewed energy. No experience is necessary. REGISTER Low Vision Support Group Friday, March 31 and April 21 • 10:30 a.m. If you or someone you care about has limited vision, this group offers an opportunity to share experiences, obtain helpful information and listen to informative speakers. DROP-IN Friday Morning Coffee Club: Boys of ‘36 Friday, April 14 • 10:00 a.m. In 1936, boys from the University of Washington took the nation by storm when their crew won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. The boys’ victory inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression. REGISTER Poetry With Vision* Tuesday, April 18 • 2:00 p.m. Light up your afternoon at this multimedia event featuring the author of Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd, Emily Calvo. Calvo’s visual art corresponds to each poem and is projected throughout the reading. A Q&A follows. REGISTER Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Money Smart Week

Smarter Spending Right Now! Tuesday, April 25 • 7:00 p.m. Steven Briggs of Waddell & Reed wants to help you build new habits to spend smarter today. Learn about today vs. tomorrow dollars, how we hide spending from ourselves, and how to build your own “financial fortress.” REGISTER Understanding Medicare and Your Options Wednesday, April 26 • 2:00 p.m. Enrolling in Medicare? Ela Venturi of Humana MarketPOINT will explain in detail Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug coverage. REGISTER

Cooking the Books:

A Cookbook Book Club for Adults Monday, March 27 • 7:00 p.m. This month’s theme is: world cuisine REGISTER at the Reader Services desk beginning March 6. Monday, May 22 • 7:00 p.m. This month’s theme is: tea time REGISTER at the Reader Services desk beginning May 1. Join the Library’s bi-monthly cookbook book club, Cooking the Books! To participate, choose a cookbook from our themed display in the Reader Services department, select a recipe you would like to make for the club, and sign up at the Reader Services desk. Bring your finished dish to the Library to share the results – and your experiences! Seating limited to 30. Documentary Film: The 11th Hour Thursday, April 20 • 7:00 p.m. In Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2007 documentary about climate change, notable scientists and politicians discuss the current global environment as well as solutions for restoring our ecosystems. DROP-IN One Brief, Shining Moment: The Kennedys in Chicago* Tuesday, May 16 • 2:00 p.m. For John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday month, join historian Clarence Goodman for a look back at the magical time he and Jackie spent in Chicago in early 1963, mere months before his assassination. REGISTER Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Friday Morning Coffee Club: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts Friday, May 19 • 10:00 a.m. A mining operation in Colombia opened a window into an unknown period of the Earth’s history, where a world teeming with giant creatures emerged. The largest of them all was Titanoboa, a 43-foot snake. REGISTER Lusitania, America and WWI* Tuesday, May 30 • 7:00 p.m. On the 100th anniversary year of America’s entry into WWI, R.J. Lindsey returns as New York Times Editor Carr Van Anda to tell the story of the Lusitania. Enjoy this historical reenactment complete with battle maps and period photos. REGISTER

Book Discussion Groups Registration is required. Books are available at the Reader Services Desk two weeks before the discussion.

Thursday Morning Book Discussion

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Thursday, March 9 or 23 10:00 a.m.

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar Wednesday, March 8 7:00 p.m.

The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar Mazzeo Friday, March 3 10:00 a.m.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Thursday, April 13 or 27 10:00 a.m.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Wednesday, April 12 7:00 p.m.

The Third Coast by Tom Dyja Friday, April 7 10:00 a.m.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson Thursday, May 11 or 25 10:00 a.m.

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill Wednesday, May 10 7:00 p.m.

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin Friday, May 5 10:00 a.m.

Films @ the Library No registration needed. All seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open ½ hour before show time. Seating limited to 90. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



Feature Film: Manchester by the Sea [R, 137 min.] Tuesday, April 11 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. Nominated for Oscars for acting and best picture. Starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.

Feature Film: The Girl on the Train [R, 112 min.] Tuesday, March 14 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. Unemployed and recently divorced, Rachel fills her time riding the commuter train. One morning, she sees something shocking that entangles her in an unfolding mystery. Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins. Starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux.

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Feature Film: La La Land [PG-13, 128 min.] Tuesday, May 9 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in modern day Los Angeles. This original musical about struggling artists explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. Nominated for Oscars for acting and best picture. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Travel Films Thursdays at 2 p.m.


Computers & Technology Classes Phone, online and in-person registration begins at 9:00 a.m. 30 days before the class. M*= Mouse and previous Internet experience required. Unless noted, there is a $15 fee for computer classes for non-Park Ridge Library cardholders.

Media Lab


Drop-In Help Desk

Converting Home Videos to Digital Tuesday, March 21 • 7 – 7:45 p.m. or Wednesday, April 19 • 12 – 12:45 p.m. or Wednesday, May 31 • 7 – 7:45 p.m Learn how to convert your VHS home videos to DVD in our Digital Media Lab. Limit 3 persons per session. Open to Park Ridge Library cardholders only.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Basics M* Saturday, March 11 or April 8 • 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, April 8 or May 13 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. One-on-one help to answer all of your computer and tech-related questions. If you bring in a gadget, be sure to bring any manuals or cords so we can better assist you. No registration needed.

Archiving Your Photos, Slides and Negatives Wednesday, March 22 • 12 – 12:45 p.m. or Wednesday, April 26 • 7 – 7:45 p.m. or Wednesday, May 17 • 12 – 12:45 p.m. Take those old photos, slides and negatives and digitize them using our new Digital Media Lab. Limit 3 persons per session. Open to Park Ridge Library cardholders only. Digitizing Audio Cassettes and Records Tuesday, March 21 • 8 – 8:45 p.m. or Wednesday, April 19 • 1 – 1:45 p.m. or Wenesday, May 31 • 8 – 8:45 p.m. Learn how to convert audio cassette recordings and records to MP3 or CD using the TEAC machine in our Digital Media Lab. Limit 3 persons per session. Open to Park Ridge Library cardholders only.

Microsoft Word 2007 Basics M* Saturday, March 4 or April 29 • 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Tech Topics

Demo classes only. You are encouraged to bring your own iPad or device with you. Limit 15. Library Downloadables: eBooks, Movies and More Wednesday, March 15, April 19 or May 17 7 – 8:30 p.m. Take a look at Overdrive, Axis 360 and Hoopla and learn how to enjoy library items on your mobile device. This is a demo class, you are encouraged to bring your own phone or tablet and download the apps prior to the class. Limit 10.

NEW! One-on-One eBook Appointments Mondays • 11:00 a.m., Thursdays • 7:00 p.m. or Fridays • 11:00 a.m. Meet with a member of the Reader Services department for a 45 minute session and learn how to use Overdrive, Axis 360, or Hoopla on your mobile device or eReader. Open to Park Ridge Public Library cardholders only.


Plug into the Past with Ancestry Library Edition M* Saturday, April 1 • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For Teens Middle School & High School Programs, 6 – 12th Grades Unless noted, registration is required in person, by phone (847) 720-3286, or online.

Volunteer Opportunities Cards for Hospitalized Kids Fridays 3 – 6:00 p.m. Teen Loft Help make handmade cards that will bring a smile to the face of a hospitalized child. Service hours available. Drop-in.

Middle and High School

Breakout Edu Friday, April 7 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Do you like to find clues, solve puzzles, and race against the clock? Try to solve the mystery and unlock the box before time runs out! Max: 15.


Featured Program

Make Your Own Slime Friday, April 14 4 – 5:30 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Create a gooey masterpiece with regular household and craft ingredients. Max: 25 Money Smart Week: Teen Budgeting 101 Wednesday, April 26 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Learn why it’s important to be money smart and how you can develop good financial habits.

FREE Comic Book Day Saturday, May 6 Stop by the Teen Loft to pick up a free comic book!

Book Madness – Teen Edition

February 27 – April 3 Be a part of the Book Madness Tournament! Vote for your favorite titles as they go headto-head in this tournament of books. Visit the Library starting February 27 to get a list of the competitors (books) and to fill out a bracket for a chance to win a prize, and be sure to cast your vote weekly! Voting will take place in the Library and online. Visit our website for more information.

For Teens cont. Manga & Anime Club Friday, May 12 4 – 5:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Come to discuss your current manga obsessions, binge watch anime, and draw your favorite characters. Snacks will be served. Max: 15

Middle School Only Pizza & Pages: Middle School Edition Tuesday, March 7, April 4 and May 9 4 – 5:00 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Stop in for pizza and a chance to share your current favorite books. Max: 20. Teen Ink Writing Club: Middle School Edition Monday, March 27, April 24 and May 15 7 – 8:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Join other teen writers as we experiment with new techniques and prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Max: 15.

High School Only Pizza & Pages: High School Edition Monday, March 6 and Wednesday, April 5 and May 3 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Stop in for pizza and a chance to share your current favorite books. Max: 20. Teen Ink Writing Club: High School Edition Wednesday, March 22 and Monday, April 10 7 – 8:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Join other teen writers as we experiment with new techniques and prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Max: 15. Listen to This! Teen Music Circle: High School Edition Monday, May 1 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Stop in and share your current favorite songs. Dancing encouraged! Max: 15. High School Finals Study Nights Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 4 – 9:00 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Study space and snacks. Drop in.

Book Discussion Third Floor Meeting Room. Max 15

Middle School

High School

Slob by Ellen Potter Thursday, March 30 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.

Hate List – Skype with the author! by Jennifer Brown Thursday, March 30 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan Thursday, April 27 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Thursday, April 27 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Aristotle and Dante discover that they share a special friendship— the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell Wednesday, May 31 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin Wednesday, May 31 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Draws on six first-person interviews to share compassionate insights into the teen transgender experience during the personal journey of gender preference.

Books to Film Series First Floor Meeting Room. Max 40


Feature Film: Doctor Strange [PG-13, 115 min.] Monday, March 1 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.


Feature Film: Fantatic Beasts and Where to Find Them [PG-13, 133 min.] Wednesday, March 29 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.


Feature Film: A Monster Calls [PG-13, 108 min.] Wednesday, May 10 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s illness.


For Children Programs Unless noted, registration is required in person, by phone (847) 825-4527, or online. Admission is free to Park Ridge Library card holders. *$3.00 fee for non-Park Ridge Library cardholders.

Drop In Storytimes Mondays

Teddy Bear Time | 12 – 24 mos. with adult March 13 – April 24 9:30 – 10:05 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for All Ages with adult March 13 – April 24 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Baby Bounce | Birth – 12 mos. with adult March 14 – April 25 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Siblings welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Storytime for 4s & 5s March 14 – April 25 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. No adults or siblings please. Teddy Bear Time | 12 – 24 mos. with adult March 14 – April 25 11 – 11:35 a.m. Siblings welcome.


Storytime for 2s with adult March 15 – April 26 9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for 3s with adult March 15 – April 26 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Siblings welcome. Officer Friendly Storytime All Ages with adult March 15 1:30 – 1:50 p.m. Meet a community hero! Pajama Storytime | All Ages with adult March 8 and April 12 7 – 7:30 p.m. Wear your pjs and bring your favorite stuffed friend for a cozy bedtime story!


Storytime for 2s with adult March 16 – April 27 9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for 3s with adult March 16 – April 27 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Siblings welcome.


2nd Saturday Family Storytime & Craft March 11 and April 8 10 – 10:45 a.m.


Join us for a new drop in storytime in May! NEW! Read! Sing! Play! Storytime | All Ages with adult Wednesday, May 10 and Tuesday May 16 10 – 10:30 a.m. Join us for an active storytime with stories, songs, instruments, parachute play and more! Drop in.

Early Childhood Programs With a parent or adult caregiver.

Harmonious Horizons* | 1 month – 5 years Join us for a family music class for children with a parent/caregiver. It will include singing, dancing, instrument play, and just plain fun! Limit one class per month. Max: 15 Monday, March 13 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. or 11 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins Saturday, March 4. Monday, April 17 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. or 11 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins Saturday, April 8. Busy Bees Playgroup | Birth – 4 years with adult Thursdays, March 16 – April 27 11 – 11:45 a.m. Join us for a story, a song, and lots of playtime. Siblings welcome. Drop in. Toddler Science | 18 months – 3 years with adult Friday, March 31 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join us for a science project geared for the youngest learners. Limit: one class. Registration begins Saturday, March 18. Max: 15. Toddler Art | 18 months – 3 years with adult Friday, April 28 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join us for an art project geared for the youngest learners. Limit: one class. Registration begins Saturday, April 15. Max: 15. STEAM Starts | Ages 2 – 6 Fridays, March 3, 10 & 17 and April 7, 14 & 21 and May 5 10 – 11:00 a.m. Join us in the Children’s Department for self-guided exploration of science, technology, engineering, art, math and, of course, reading! Drop in.

Readers & Leaders | 3 – 6 years Mondays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. This reading readiness program pairs young children with trained teen volunteers and uses hands-on activities to promote early literacy and cognitive development in young children. Please make every effort to be available for all four sessions. Registration begins Saturday, March 18. Max: 24. This program is made possible by the generous donation from the Friends of the Library and Chicago Software Ventures, Inc.

School Age Programs

Thrilling Thursdays: Kid Concoctions Grades K – 3 Thursday, March 9 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Creat some wacky and wild concoctions using everyday materials you could find in your home. Registration begins Saturday, February 25. Max: 24. Thrilling Thursdays: Outer Space Grades K – 3 Thursday, April 6 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Join us for an exploration of the stars, planets, and what it’s like for the astronauts who exlore outer space. Registration begins Saturday, March 25. Max: 24. Pokémon Club | Grades K – 6 Wednesdays, March 15 & 29 and April 12 & 26 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Play Pokémon at the Library! Bring your own cards and meet up with fellow Pokémon fans. Drop in. STEAMagination | Ages 6 –12 Fridays, March 3 and April 7 4 – 5:00 p.m. We’ll provide the materials, you provide the curiosity in this self-guided exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts. Drop in. Brickton Art Center Classes* | Grades 2 – 6 Come to the Library for these special monthly art classes taught by Brickton Art Center instructors. Max: 18. Thursday, March 16 • 4 – 4:45 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, March 4. Thursday, April 20 • 4 – 4:45 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, April 8.

Featured Events & Programs

Maker Mondays | Grades 2 - 6 Monday, March 6 4 – 5:00 p.m. Do you want to learn more about 3D printing? Sign up for a 10 minute session and get help creating and requesting a 3D print job. Sign-up begins at 3:45 p.m. on the date of the program, in person at the Children’s Services Desk. Max: 12 sessions. Book Bites | Grades 4 – 6 Tuesdays, March 14 & April 11 4:15 – 5 p.m. Come talk about what you’re reading, get great recommendations, and chow down on some pizza. Drop in.

All Ages

Crafternoons Fridays, March 10 & April 21 4 – 5:00 p.m. Come make a craft in the children’s department! Drop in anytime between 4 and 5:00 p.m. Movie Day! Trolls Monday, March 20 3 – 3:45 p.m. School’s out join us for a movie in the Library! Rated PG, 90 min. Drop in.

For Teachers

Flannel Board Fun Wednesday, April 19 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Preschool and elementary teachers are invited to attend our annual Flannel Board Fun program. Learn how to make fun and engaging stories for your classroom out of felt. Registration begins Saturday, April 1. Max: 30.

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Chicago Wolves Player Visit All Ages Wednesday, March 1 4 – 4:45 p.m. Kids and their families are invited to the Library to meet a Chicago Wolves player. Get an autograph and a close-up look at all of the hockey gear, and find out what it’s like to play pro hockey! Drop in. Max: 90.

Mammals and More with the Flying Fox Conservation Fund All Ages Sunday, April 23 2 – 3:00 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about (and meeting!) some of the most unique creatures from around the world. Tickets available beginning Saturday, April 8. Max: 90. This program is made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Library.

Book Madness Grades 4 – 5 February 27 – April 3 Be a part of the Book Madness Tournament! Vote for your favorite titles as they go head-to-head in this tournament of books. Visit the Library starting February 27 to get a list of the competitors (books) and to fill out a bracket for a chance to win a prize, and be sure to cast your vote weekly! Brackets are due March 5. Voting will take place in the Library and online. Visit our website for more information.

Growing Book by Book Ages Birth – K Year-Round Part of the nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, Growing Book by Book encourages parents and caregivers to nurture a lifelong love of books by reading aloud to their little ones each day. Families can earn rewards even if they read the same book more than once. Sign up in the Children’s Department and receive a free growth chart and tote bag! This program is made possible by a generous donation from Harold Schefdore.



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Contact Us 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. Library Closed: Sunday, April 16 Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 Library Trustees Robert Trizna, President Berardino Parisi, Vice President Charlene Foss-Eggemann, Secretary Michael Reardon, Treasurer Karen Burkum Steve Dobrilovic Joseph Egan Patrick Lamb Judith Rayborn



open house

Friday, May 12 • 1–4:00 p.m.

Support Group

Glenview Senior Center, East Wing 2400 Chestnut Street, Glenview The Park Ridge Library, along with other area libraries, is hosting the 10th Annual Low Vision Fair. This fair offers practical information for those coping with low vision and features a speaker addressing senior eye health and low vision issues, free glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy screenings, vendors of assistive technology and representatives of support service agencies.

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Pace Bus I-90 Expansion Program Sunday, March 12 • 1 – 5:00 p.m. March is National Youth Art Month, when communities everywhere honor Are you a loyal Pace Bus rider and the talentabout and exuberant spirit of their curious the new I-90 expansion youngest artists. During the month the program? Come talk to Ed Madden Library will showcase a selection of inside the door about student art Library’s from Parkfront Ridge grammar themiddle six newschools bus routes, 25second floor and in our display cases. buses and new express For morecoming information, please email more soon. or call (847)720-3207.

Saturday, April 1 • 10 a.m. – Noon Kids, teens and adults: come get a look at the Library’s new mobile maker space at our hands-on Open House! Learn how you can do anything from screen printing your own t-shirts to experimenting with Raspberry Pi, and get ready to put these STEM and art supplies to use on your next visit to the Library.

Spring Book Sale

May 6 - 7

Special Preview Night for members on May 5. Come browse our great selection of gardening books, cookbooks, fiction, collectors’ volumes, and more!

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