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Read About: Library Card Sign-up Month Park Ridge Reads Junior Edition PRPL Staff Picks


Get It! Use It! Win Prizes! Not only is a library card one of the most valuable cards in your wallet, it can unleash super powers. Accessing 200,000+ books and a half million downloadables, borrowing a telescope or GoPro camera, getting help with your homework, researching information beyond the Internet and even finding a quiet spot to curl up with a book are just a few of the powers of a Library card! Unleash the powers of the super card during September, (Library Card Signup Month) and you can win! A library card is free to all Park Ridge residents and business owners. If you don’t have one, get one! It only takes a few minutes to apply either online or in person. All you need is proof of Park Ridge residency. Get a card for your kids as well. Perhaps your Library card won’t enable you to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but it can give you the information and the inspiration to try.

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Library Card Sign-up Month

Weekly Prizes When you check out, we will give you tickets to fill out and drop in the corresponding prize box. There will be four new prizes each week including: Starbucks gifts, Pickwick movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, a Trader Joe’s gift basket, books, DVDs and more.

Come in weekly to be eligible to win! Grand Prize: $100 Park Ridge Chamber Gift Certificate Share Your Library Experience Grand Prize: Echo Dot Special thanks to Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, the Pickwick Theater, Dolcetti’s, Beer on the Wall and Tea Lula for helping sponsor Library Card Signup Month. New! Share your Library experience! What super power has your Library Card given you? Did one of our staff help you find an obscure book? Did a program or discussion change your life? Did you find a long lost relative? Did you learn something new? What is the most fun you’ve had with your card?

Get a new Library Card = 5 tickets & chances to win Use the card you have to check out: 1 – 10 items = 1 ticket 11 – 20 items = 3 tickets 21 or more items = 5 tickets NEW! Share your Library experience = 5 tickets


Fill out a form at any service desk, or email your story or picture to You will get 5 tickets to win weekly prizes. If you email us, we’ll send you a certificate to turn in the next time you come to the Library. Plus your story submissions and pictures will be entered into their own grand prize category as well.

to Use Your Library Super Card 1. Participate in the first Park Ridge Reads Junior Edition (Grades 4 – 8 & families) 2. Get help with algebra on 3. Research information for class by going to ‘homework help’ under ‘databases’ 4. Access items from libraries worldwide through ILL (Interlibrary Loan) service 5. Catch up on Game of Thrones 6. Sign up for email reminders for returns, late notices and hold notifications. 7. Subscribe to the Preferred Author List 8. Become an expert in Microsoft Office with 9. Play with a robot or check one out 10. Pose for a picture with a giant Library card 11. Design a t-shirt during the Makerspace sessions 12. Trace your genealogy using 13. Knit or crochet with the Park Ridge Fiber Artists 14. Try out Virtual Reality Glasses from the Exploration Library 15. Create a family album in the Digital Media Lab

Park Ridge Reads – Junior Edition Every other fall, Park Ridge residents participate in a community-wide initiative to promote reading and spark discussion around one exceptional book. This September, we have taken this bi-annual event one step further and are introducing a Junior Edition of Park Ridge Reads. We invite kids and teens (grades 4 – 8) and their families to read the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds, a 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds. BONUS: Patina, the sequel to Ghost, will be released August 29.

Join us in reading and discussing this award-winning novel

16. Commemorate a loved one with a brick in the Reading Garden

• Participate in book discussions for kids, teens and families

17. Watch monthly feature and travel films

• Join us in a live Skype visit with the author

18. Attend a Low Vision Support meeting

• Run like Ghost in a Family Walk2Run

19. Borrow an audio book for your commute 20. Meet with a state representative 21. Use our printers and copiers 22. Look up health information 23. Read a newspaper from another city 24. Find a new recipe 25. Check out or download a fashion magazine 26. Learn a language online with 27. Suggest a purchase 28. Download legal forms 29. Volunteer your time 30. Ask a Librarian for help

Multiple copies of Ghost will be available at the Library. For more details on related activities see the Teen and Children’s program pages and back cover of this issue.



ason Reynolds is the author of the young adult novel, The Boy in the Black Suit, and the co-author of All American Boys, as well as middle grade novels, As Brave As You, and Ghost, both released in 2016. He has been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, School Library Journal, and other media outlets. He enjoys speaking to young people about the power of reading and telling their own stories. Reynolds currently lives in Washington, DC.


For YourAdults Library ‘SUPER’ Card Experiences... Saved by the Media Lab!

Looking Up A former science Hitting a grand slam

teacher, Bill B., used one of two Orion telescopes from the Exploration Library to check out the moon, Jupiter and Saturn from his balcony. He exclaimed, “I will borrow it again. It was easy to use and fun!” He suggested downloading a Star Walk 2 app for iPhone or Android to check out exact position of stars, planets, comets and more.

Our youngest patrons always get excited One of our patrons needed to about the Reading Clubs and parents have an mp4 file transferred to love that they motivate kids to read a DVD to play at her sons' sports during the summer. An added benefit banquet on the venue's TV are the prizes kids are eligible to win screen. After discovering this was when they complete their goals. A few not as simple as it might seem, years ago one family got a very special she took her file to a vendor who treat when they won tickets to a Cub’s promised to have the DVD done in game. They saw Miguel Montero hit a a couple hours. Unfortunately, this grand slam and help beat the Arizona didn’t work and with three hours Diamondbacks 6-4. until the banquet, she decided to see if the Library staff could help her. We reen G g n are proud to say the Media Lab saved Goi the day and her slideshow was Mandy M. found a creative way to document family a big hit! memories with the Library’s green screen. She downloaded various backgrounds to go with her kids More than 200 items have Halloween costumes. They took the fun a step further been checked out of the by taking family photos and finding backgrounds from Exploration Library including the green around the world to use as a Christmas card. The kids are screen, robots, GoPro camera, projectors, also getting into the football season by posing with their telescopes, virtual reality glasses favorite team, the University of Wisconsin and more. Reserve today! Badgers.

Laura Scott pictured with the Orion telescope

Getting to Know... Laura Scott Reader Services Manager/Interim Co-Director An avid reader (more than 150 books per year), Laura’s love of books has always been evidenced by her career choices. Prior to joining Park Ridge Public Library in 2009, Laura worked at Encyclopedia Britannica, as a sales rep for a trade book publishing company in Boston, and also has been a bookseller at an independent bookstore as well as read manuscripts for a literary agency. Her BA in English and French from University of Iowa, and MLIS from University of Illinois serve as a strong foundation for her role as Reader Services Manager. Her department orders fiction books, movies, music, audiobooks and e-books; plus they coordinate the Library’s volunteers, handle Outreach and plan fantastic programs for adults. Reader Services also manages the Media Lab and coordinates the check outs for the new Exploration Library.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Library? Patrons and staff! I also love being surrounded by books, and the fact that every day is different.


What is your favorite book/author? There’s no way I can pick just one, so here are some of my favorite authors: Dan Chaon, Miriam Toews, Elizabeth McCracken and Tana French.

Who is your hero? Why? My mom. She embodies kindness and resilience.

What makes you laugh the most? My family is pretty hilarious.

What are your hobbies? Reading, travel, concerts, cooking, and shopping for vintage treasures. Tell us something that no one knows about you. Hand me a football and I’ll throw you a perfect spiral.

For Adults We Recommend Staff picks for adults and teens

Adult Fiction Rebellion by Molly Patterson Tells the story of four women whose rebellions, big and small, are as unexpected as they are unforgettable in a debut novel that crosses continents and generations.

Cookbooks The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond by Melissa Harwig Explains the concept and rules of Whole30 and demonstrates how to get started with recipes for natural foods.

Public Relations by Katie Heaney Young, PR star Rose Reed is thrown into the big leagues when her boss leaves town the day of the firm's meeting with a young, hot, famous British singer-songwriter.

Teens The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Making his yearlong escapade across Europe the last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry Montague and his best friend find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen.

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler A scarred Vietnam veteran and successful businessman reflects on his teen years as a social outcast and friend to a popular youth during a summer camp reunion.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli Plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when she has a bout of lovesickness, a situation complicated by an unexpected romantic triangle.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman Winning a junior ice hockey championship means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community affected by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness.

Shade the Changing Girl. Vol. 1 by Cecil Castellucci On the planet Meta, young Loma steals the madness coat that once belonged to Rac Shade and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in Earth girl Megan Boyer.

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza Janey has gained some weight since her divorce and throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution.

Adult Nonfiction

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea by Alyssa Mastromonaco A behind the scenes memoir of the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama provides an intimate and admiring portrait of a president and a candid book of advice for young women. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs 37-year old Nina Riggs was diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a year, the married mother of two received the devastating news her cancer was terminal.

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

SUNDAY @ THE LIBRARY Concert: Third Sunday String Band* Sunday, September 10 • 1:00 p.m. Third Sunday String Band returns with their festive sound. Enjoy a concert featuring Appalachian, Midwestern, country, folk and bluegrass songs. Concert: PRCO Winner, Instrument* Sunday, October 8 • 1:00 p.m. Come celebrate this year’s PRCO Student Scholarship winner on his first Library recital. The winner will perform some of his classical showpieces that have launched his musical career. Open Knitting & Crocheting Night Thursday, September 7 AND Tuesday, October 3 • 7:00 p.m. Join the Park Ridge Fiber Artists for an open knitting session! Bring your own knitting or crocheting supplies and settle in for free knitting advice and lively conversation. Drop in. Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe* Thursday, September 14 • 7:00 p.m. Join former NASA consultant Kevin Manning as he explores the cosmos. Kevin will present a dynamic lecture on the workings of the universe and present the real thing on an outdoor telescope. For ages 8 & up with adult. Friday Morning Coffee Club Friday, September 15 • 10:00 a.m. Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona The bottom decks of the USS Arizona have not been visited since the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. An expedition team now has the means to explore the unexplored. Medicare 101 Tuesday, September 19 • 2:00 p.m. Just in time for Medicare open enrollment, Steven Briggs of Waddell & Reed will explain the nuts and bolts of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D and how to make better-informed decisions. Chair Yoga* Wednesday, September 20 AND October 25 • 2:00 p.m. Joan McGee of Sun and Moon Yoga will guide you to renewed energy in this gentle yoga class. No experience is necessary.


Low Vision Group Meeting Friday, September 22 • 10:30 a.m. AND Friday, October 27 • 10:30 a.m. Join us as we discuss issues important to the Low Vision community. Drop in. Documentary Film: Dark Horse Thursday, September 28 • 7:00 p.m. An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse. Drop in. Filing for Social Security: Flexibility for Your Retirement Income Thursday, October 12 • 7:00 p.m. Will you be filing for social security within the next five years? Mike Heatwole of Waddell & Reed will teach you how to optimize your benefits for retirement. Workbooks will be provided to each attendee. Friday Morning Coffee Club Friday, October 13 • 10:00 a.m. Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky In this film, a writer of the 20th century emerges from the shadow of her often controversial husband, aviator Charles Lindbergh. An evocative portrait of an author whose writing continues to speak to readers today. Discover the Life Changing Power of Meditation Tuesday, October 17 • 2:00 p.m. Join Renate Lanotte, social worker and longtime meditator, as she explains the numerous physical and psychological benefits of regular meditation. Renate will then lead a guided meditation session.

Cooking the Books:

A Cookbook Book Club for Adults Monday, September 25 • 7:00 p.m. This month’s theme is: soups and stews Register at the Reader Services desk beginning September 5. 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! Max: 30.

Featured Programs for Fall: Home Sweet Home Your Bath or Kitchen Remodel: What to Expect Thursday, September 21 • 7:00 p.m. Are you remodeling your kitchen or bath? Let Jill Dobski and Karen Needler of The Coveted Kitchen help you achieve your dream space! They will share current design and layout trends and detail what to expect during the remodeling process.

Putin’s Russia: Friend, Foe, or Something Else?* Thursday, October 19 • 7:00 p.m. Since Vladimir Putin took power in Russia in 1999, relations between the U.S. and Russia have been in a state of flux. History Professor Ben Whisenhunt will examine Putin’s background, style of rule, and overall relationship with the United States.

Got Photos? Get Organized!

Classic Monster Mash* Thursday, October 26 • 7:00 p.m. Steven Frenzel of Marquee Movie Presentations will present choice movie clips from horror movie classics. This fun Halloween program examines the elegant beauty of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and more, complete with behind-thescenes trivia.

Utility & Phone Bill Checkups

Tuesday, September 26 • 7:00 p.m. Let Lida Bunting of Znimka Creations help you manage your print and digital photos. Learn how technology has impacted how we capture and use our photos and arm yourself with a plan for sharing and caring for them.

Tuesday, October 24 • 7:00 p.m. The folks from Citizens Utility Board want to help you save money this fall! Bring your latest utility and phone bills for their experts to review one-on-one, and learn how to cut costs and fees.

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

Thursday Morning Book Discussion The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken Thursday, September 14 OR 28 10:00 a.m. The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod librarian Peggy Cort feels invisible--until the day James Carlson Sweatt, the “over tall” boy everyone’s talking about, walks into her library and brightens her life. News of the World by Paulette Jiles Thursdays, October 12 OR 26 10:00 a.m. In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue Wednesday, September 13 7:00 p.m. The unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard Friday, September 1 10:00 a.m. A young Winston Churchill goes to South Africa to cover the Boer War and is taken prisoner.

Requiem by Frances Itani Wednesday, October 11 7:00 p.m. A Japanese-Canadian man travels across Canada, hoping to find his biological father, and remembering his family’s time in a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick Friday, October 6 10:00 a.m. A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

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: Going in Style [PG-13, 96 min.] Tuesday, September 12 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. To pay the bills and come through for their families, three retired pals risk it all by trying to knock off the bank that absconded with their money. Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.


Feature Film: My Cousin Rachel [PG-13, 106 min.] Tuesday, October 10 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. A young Englishman succumbs to the charms of his late cousin’s wife, who is the prime suspect in his murder. Based on the novel by Daphne DuMaurier. Starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.

Travel Films Thursdays at 2 p.m.


computers & technology Registration is required in person, by phone (847) 720-3280, or online unless noted as drop in. Open to Park Ridge cardholders only.

Digital Media Lab Max: 3.

Converting Home Videos to Digital Tuesday, September 26 • 2 – 2:45 p.m. OR Wednesday, October 25 • 7 – 7:45 p.m. Learn how to convert your VHS videos to DVD. Archiving Your Photos, Slides and Negatives Wednesday, September 27 • 7 – 7:45 p.m. OR Tuesday, October 24 • 2 – 2:45 p.m. Digitize old photos, slides and negatives. Digitizing Audio Cassettes and Records Tuesday, September 26 • 3 – 3:45 p.m. OR Wednesday, October 25 • 8 – 8:45 p.m. Learn how to convert audio cassettes and records to MP3 or CD using the TEAC machine.

Drop In Help Desk Saturday, September 9 OR October 14 • 9 a.m. – Noon.

One-on-One eBook Appointments Mondays • 11 – 11:45 a.m. OR Thursdays • 7 – 7:45 p.m. Learn how to use Overdrive, Axis 360, or Hoopla on your mobile device or eReader.


Intro to Library Apps

Please bring your phone or tablet and download the apps prior to these demo classes. Max 3. Overdrive and Libby Wednesday, September 6 • 7:00pm Learn to use Overdrive and the new Libby app to read library items on your mobile device.

Mobile Makerspace for Teens & Adults Tuesday, September 19 • 7 – 8:00 p.m. Stop by a session to explore maker tools including a Silhouette Cameo 3, Letterpress platform kit, die-cutting and embossing machine and more. Drop in.

Hoopla and Axis360 Wednesday, October 4 • 7:00pm Try the Hoopla and Axis360 apps to download ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics and more to your mobile device.

Mobile Makerspace: Pumpkin Decorating Tuesday, October 17 • 7 p.m. Decorate a pumpkin for fall! Use the Silhouette Cameo 3 to create and cut designs. Pumpkins provided. Max: 10.

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

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. Sunday Service Hours | Grades 7 – 12 Sunday, September 10 OR October 8 3 – 5:00 p.m. Reader Services Desk Need a few last-minute service hours? We’ll have jobs for five teens. Come to the Reader Services desk to sign up for a spot!

Readers and Leaders | High School Students Monday, October 2 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. AND Monday, October 9, 16, & 23 6 – 7:15 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room This is a unique volunteer opportunity for high school students wishing to gain experience working with children. Readers and Leaders is a one-on-one program that partners high school students with preschool children for hands-on activities that encourage early literacy. Monday, October 2 includes a brief training session before the preschool children arrive along with a pizza dinner. You must be able to attend all four sessions.

Park Ridge Reads: Junior Edition Family Book Discussion Ghost by Jason Reynolds Wednesday, September 27 | Grades 4 – 8 7 – 7:45 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room We invite young readers along with one or more adults to read this award-winning book together and share their experiences. Max: 15.

Skype Visit with Author Jason Reynolds Thursday, October 5 | All Ages 7 – 8:00 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Jason Reynolds will join us via live video to talk about Ghost, writing fiction and more. Registration for these programs begins August 29. See page 3 for more details.


For Teens cont. Middle and High School Teen Ink Writing Club Monday, September 11 OR October 9 7 – 8:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Join other teen writers as we experiement with new techniques and prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Max: 15. Teen Advisory Board: Halloween Decorating Thursday, September 28 7 – 8:00 p.m. Teen Loft The Park Ridge Library Teen Advisory Board meets during the school year to plan Library events and help maintain the Loft. Max: 15 Murder Mystery Party Friday, October 20 4 – 5:30 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Help the Library solve a murder case! Max: 30. Spooky Nails Tuesday, October 24 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room Get your nails ready for Halloween! Supplies provided. Max:15. Manga & Anime Club Friday, October 27 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, September 19 OR October 17 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Stop in for pizza and a chance to share your current favorite books. Max: 20.

Pizza & Pages: HS Edition Wednesday, September 20 OR October 18 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.

Book Discussion Groups Come share your thoughts about real teen topics. Third Floor Meeting Room. Max: 15.

Middle School

High School

Ghost by Jason Reynolds Monday, September 25 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Running. That’s all that Ghost (Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. When Ghost challenges an elite sprinter to a race and wins, the Olympic medalist track coach sees his talent. Can he harness his raw talent for speed or will his past finally catch up to him?

Bang by Barry Lyga Monday, September 25 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda Monday, October 23 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends –and better people–through pen pal letters.

Asking For It by Louise O’Neil Monday, October 23 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy and confident. On the morning after attending a party, she wakes on the front porch of her house. Emma can’t remember what happened or how she got there but everyone else does.

High School Only

Teen Movie Series

SAT / ACT Practice Test Saturday, September 23 • 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room

First Floor Meeting Room. Max: 20

Test Results Workshop: Saturday, September 30 • 2 – 3:00 p.m. This practice test combines elements of the SAT and ACT and helps to determine which test is a better fit. Students must attend the SAT/ACT Practice Test Results Workshop on Saturday, September 30 in order to receive their scores. Please bring pencils, calculator and optional snack. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Test Results Workshop. Proctored by More Than Scores And Tests.

Listen to This! Teen Music Circle: HS Edition Wednesday, October 4 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Third Floor Meeting Room Stop in and share your current favorite songs. Dancing encouraged! Max: 15.


Feature Film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [PG-13, 136 min.] Monday, September 18 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parents.


Feature Film: Halloween Special Ghostbusters (1984) [PG, 105 min.] Wednesday, October 25 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.


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

Drop-In Storytimes Mondays Teddy Bear Time 12 – 24 months with adult September 11 – October 16 9:30 – 10:05 a.m. Siblings welcome.

Tuesdays Storytime for 2s with adult September 12 – October 17 9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for 3s with adult September 12 – October 17 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays Storytime for 2s with adult September 13 – October 18 9:30 - 9:50 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for 3s with adult September 13 – October 18 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Siblings welcome. Pajama Storytime | All Ages with adult September 20 & October 18 7 – 7:30 p.m. Wear your pjs and bring your favorite stuffed friend for bedtime stories!

Thursdays Baby Bounce 0 – 12 months with adult September 14 – October 19 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Siblings welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Storytime for 4s & 5s September 14 – October 19 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. No adults or siblings please. Teddy Bear Time 12 – 24 months with adult September 14 – October 19 11 – 11:35 a.m. Siblings welcome.

Saturdays 2nd Saturday Family Storytime & Craft All Ages September 9 & October 14 10 – 10:45 a.m. Stories and a craft!


Early Childhood Programs With a parent or adult caregiver.

Park Ridge Reads: Junior Edition

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, September 18 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. or 11 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins Saturday, September 9. Monday, October 16 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. or 11 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins Saturday, October 7. Busy Bees Playgroup | Birth – 4 with adult Tuesdays, September 12 – October 17 11 – 11:35 a.m. Join us for a story, a song, and lots of playtime. Siblings welcome. Drop in. STEAM Starts | Ages 2 – 6 Fridays, September 15 & October 13 10 – 11:00 a.m. Join us in the Children’s Department for selfguided exploration of science, technology, engineering, art, math and, of course, reading! Drop in. Little Picassos | 2 – 5 years with adult Friday, September 29 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join us for an art project geared for little learners. Limit: one class. Registration begins Saturday, September 16. Max: 15. Little Einsteins | 2 – 5 years with adult Friday, October 27 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join us for a science project geared for little learners. Limit: one class. Registration begins Saturday, October 14. Max: 15. Readers & Leaders | 3 – 6 years Mondays, October 2, 9, 16 & 23 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 attend all four sessions. Registration begins Saturday, September 9. Max: 20. This program is made possible by a generous donation from The Friends of the Library and Chicago Software Ventures, Inc.

Book Discussion Ghost by Jason Reynolds Tuesday, September 26 | Grades 4 – 6 4:15 – 5 p.m. We invite young readers to read this awardwinning book together and share their experiences. Max 15

Family Book Discussion Ghost by Jason Reynolds Wednesday, September 27 | Grades 4 – 8 7 – 7:45 p.m. We invite young readers along with one or more adults to read this award-winning book together and share their experiences. Max 15.

Skype Visit with Author Jason Reynolds Thursday, October 5 | All Ages 7 – 8:00 p.m. Jason Reynolds will join us via live video to talk about Ghost, writing fiction and more. Registration for these programs begins August 29. See page 3 for more details.

School Age Programs Thrilling Thursdays: Sharks! | Grades K – 3 Thursday, September 14 4 – 4:45 p.m. Explore the lives of sharks, one of the world’s most fascinating yet misunderstood creatures. Registration begins Saturday, September 2. Max: 24. Thrilling Thursdays: Captain Underpants Party | Grades K – 3 Thursday, October 12 4 – 4:45 p.m. Join us for our first epic Captain Underpants Party! We’ll celebrate our favorite wedgiepowered superhero with games and activities. Registration begins Saturday, September 30. Max: 24.

Pokemon Club | Grades K – 6 Wednesday, September 6 & October 4 4 – 4:45 p.m. Play Pokemon at the Library! Bring your own cards and meet up with fellow Pokemon fans. Drop in. STEAMagination | Ages 6 – 12 Friday, September 8 & October 6 4 – 4:45 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.



SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 23 Take a self-guided stroll and read a beautifully illustrated story along the way.

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.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Thursday, September 21 | 4 – 4:45 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, September 9.

Featured Programs for Fall

Thursday, October 19 | 4 – 4:45 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, October 7.

Reading Patch Club

Maker Monday | Grades 3 – 6 Monday, October 2 4 - 4:45 p.m. Join us in making paper circuits! Use copper tape and LEDs to make a fully functional circuit on paper. Kids will design and create a light-up card. Registration begins Saturday, September 16. Max: 12.

August 21 – May 31 | Preschool – Grade 6 Join the Reading Patch Club and earn special patches for reading throughout the school year. Collect as many patches as you can by the end of 6th grade. This is a great program to join year after year so you can collect all of the patches!

Books Bites | Grades 4 – 6 Tuesday, September 12 & October 10 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Come talk about what you’re reading, get great book recommendations, and chow down on some pizza. Registration for these programs begin Saturday, September 2. Max: 15. Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe* | Ages 8 & up with adult Thursday, September 14 7:00 p.m. Join former NASA consultant Kevin Manning as he explores the cosmos. Kevin will present dynamic lecture on the workings of the universe and then present the real thing on an outdoor telescope. Register with Reader Services beginning August 29.

All Ages Crafternoons Friday, September 22 & October 20 4 – 5:00 p.m. Come make a craft in the Children’s Department! Drop in anytime between 4 & 5:00 p.m.


Library Card Month September 1 – 30 Show your Library Card in the Children’s Department in September! Pose for a picture with our giant Library Card and decorate a photo frame.

family MOBILE

Drop-Ins Saturday, September 23 & October 28 10 – 11:30 a.m. Families are invited to stop by during our drop-in sessions to explore our Mobile Makerspace and engage in fun and exciting STEAM activities. Activities may include experimenting with robots, Snap Circuits, K’NEX Model Building Set, Squishy Circuits, and more! This program is designed for kids ages 4 – 12 and their families (siblings welcome). Drop in. .

Halloween at Hogwarts Wednesday, October 25 | All Ages 5 – 6:30 p.m. Join us for Harry Potter themed games and activities. Drop in any time between 5 & 6:30 p.m., then join the Park District costume parade from Hodges Park to the Pickwick for the Halloween Concert at 7 p.m. by the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra. Concert tickets available at

Trick-or-Treat at the Library Tuesday, October 31 | All Ages 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Stop in anytime all day to get a special Halloween surprise. Show us your costume at the service desks to get a treat.



ECRWSS Postal Customer Park Ridge, IL 60068

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 Teen 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.

Lunch on the Lawn

Library Closed: Sunday, September 3 & Monday, September 4 Library Trustees Patrick Lamb, President Joseph Egan, Vice President Charlene Foss-Eggemann, Secretary Michael Reardon, Treasurer Karen Burkum Steve Dobrilovic Gareth Kennedy Joshua Kiem Judith Rayborn

WGN Broadcast

Interim Library Directors Anastasia Daskalos and Laura Scott Design & layout – Stephanie Hill Editor – Monika Czehak

Block Party Family Walk2Run with Dick Pond Wednesday, October 4 • 6:15-7:30 p.m. Cross the finish line with the final program of Park Ridge Reads Junior Edition by joining Dick Pond in a 3-mile Walk2Run. Kids not yet in grade 6 must be with an adult. Teens in grade 6 and older must have a parental waiver signed unless running with an adult. Weather permitting. Registration begins August 29.

Summer 2017 @ the Library Thank you for joining the fun!

September October 2017 PRPL newsletter  
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