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April/May 2018


ITPLD High School Volunteers



When we opened the doors to the renovated and expanded Indian Trails Library on April 10, 2017, we were greeted with a rush of enthusiasm from our community. More than 2,000 people visited us that day, and they are still walking through the doors. Here are a few takeaways from our first year: • • • •

30% increase in overall foot traffic in the building compared to the last full year we were in the building 28% increase in children registering for the Summer Reading Program and a 21 % increase in completion rate 30% increase in program attendance by people ages 18-45 30% decrease in gas and electric costs, even though the building is 15,000 square feet larger

We’ve worked out quirks in the building (normal in all new construction), made some staffing shifts to meet increased member requests and created new paths to expand member services.

MONTH Thank you to the 187 volunteers who shared their time and skills with Indian Trails Library in 2017 and 2018. 44 Middle School Volunteers 80 High School Volunteers 41 ESL Volunteers 10 Adult Volunteers (3 at the Branch; 7 at the main library) 12 Foundation Board of Directors Do you have time to spare and want to help out at the library? Volunteer applications are available online at

So what’s next? Last fall, we began a new strategic planning process with community surveys and focus groups to aid in the development of our strategic plan for 2018-2020. This plan gives a framework for developing our services and finding innovative ways to serve our community. You can discover more about the library’s strategic plan on pages 9-12. The complete strategic plan is posted at

YOUR COMMENTS MATTER! The lifecycle of a comment card

60 Years Strong This year also marks a significant milestone in the history of our library district as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. (Look for more information about the “Book and a Buck” Campaign in the June/July newsletter.)




Please complete the comment form on the reverse side. For a personal reply, let us know how to contact you. Name:________________________________ Phone:________________________________

Our community and library have come a long way in 60 years, and planning is underway to recognize all we have accomplished together. We look forward to celebrating this milestone “birthday” with you!

Brian D. Shepard


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Managers & Board of Trustees COM CAR MENT D

Brian Shepard Executive Director

Meet Minaxi, Wheeling resident, ESL volunteer and power user of the library

Sixteen years ago, Minaxi stepped into the Indian Trails Library with her infant son, and built a routine of attending storytimes, joining book clubs and exploring colors in picture books together. Her husband dropped them off each morning on his way to work, and they would spend the entire day at the library. Homesick for her hometown of Gujarat, a state in Western India, Minaxi looked to the library for entertainment to keep her busy and books to learn practical skills and further her hobbies. She was inspired by the knowledge all around her, and began learning new recipes from cookbooks and vegetable gardening tips from the library’s collection. Minaxi believes libraries are a haven for new immigrants in the United States seeking comfort, opportunity and a place to call home. Today, Minaxi gives back to the library community by volunteering in the ESL Lab and at adult programs. Her son, now in high school, also volunteers at the library. Her daughter is an active library user, and her husband spends evenings here, finishing up his work in a quiet place. “The first thing when we came into this country, we fell in love with this library system,” says Minaxi. “Back home in India, we have libraries with books and materials, but libraries here have events, programs, something for everyone. It’s good for all people, from little kids to older people. We make some friends here too. Some people come here every day, you come here every day, and you say hi every day, and one day you become friends.” “Nowadays if you ask someone for help with a question, a very common answer is “Go online. Google it.” When asked why she prefers libraries as her source of information in the world of Google, Minaxi replies, “Google has so many things that show up, and I don’t know where they take me sometimes. But the library can put you in the right direction so you don’t waste your time. There are so many people who can help you. It’s a very good place.”

Update: Congratulations to Minaxi who got new job recently. We will miss her as a volunteer.

R = Registration required | NR = No registration



BRICKS ARE BACK! Be a part of the ITPLD Reading Garden. Beginning May 1, engraved bricks will be available for purchase with installation in late summer 2018. Bricks may be purchased online with a credit card or in person with a credit card, check or cash. Look for more information at the library or online in mid-April.

Thank You

Thank you to all our members who generously donated to the Foundation’s annual appeal the Tech Collection! Almost $2,000 was raised to start a collection of circulating equipment from the Launch Pad. The following donors gave $100 or more and will be recognized as Founders of the Tech Collection (Launch Pad on the Go): Sheila Anderson Louise and Lou Barnett Patricia Caldwell Thomas and Lenore Caruso Pam Dorband Neil Holman Rose Johnson Glenn Keats (donation in his memory by the WPH Chamber) Gene Looft Tamiye Meehan Christine Melone Kalsoom Saleem Diane Tully Steve Wetle It’s not too late to be a part of this exciting adventure! Donations of any amount to further this initiative are gratefully accepted. Donations of $100 and more are recognized as Founders. Donate online by clicking DONATE at


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USED BOOK SALE The Foundation raised $2,700 at the January 13 and 14 Used Book Sale. These funds will be used to support the library’s Summer Reading Program. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and purchased books.

SAVE THE DATE September 9 & 10 Fall Used Book Sale


Bring your child to one of our storytimes for an opportunity to discover the world around them. Our storytimes provide a variety of activities and stories for specific age groups. Allow us to partner with you on your early literacy journey!



Baby Time Mondays: April 2 & 16 and May 7 & 21


10-10:30 am

10:45-11:15 am

Ages infants & crawlers with a caregiver. Limit: 20. TR

Wonderful Walkers Mondays: April 2 & 16 and May 7 & 21 Ages walkers-24 months with a caregiver. Limit: 20. TR

Toddler Storytime Ages 2 & 3 with a caregiver. Limit: 20. TR

Preschool Storytime Ages 3-5 attending on own. Limit: 20. TR

Mondays: April 9 & 23 and May 14 Thursdays: April 12 & 26 and May 17 & 31

10-10:30 am

Mondays: April 9 & 23 and May 14 Thursdays: April 12 & 26 and May 17 & 31

11-11:30 am

Noisy Time! Fridays: April 13 & 27 and May 11 & 25

10-10:30 am or 10:45-11:15 am

Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Limit: 25. TR

Night Owls Thursdays: April 5 & May 3 Ages 3-7 with a caregiver. Limit: 25. TR

6:30-7:15 pm

Children 8 years and under MUST have a caregiver remain in the KidZone. R = Registration required | NR = No registration | TR = Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before program on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids Desk.


YOUTH Programs held in the Youth Activity Room unless otherwise noted.

Krafty Kids Wednesdays: April 4 & May 2, 4-5 pm Grades 1-5. Make a seasonal craft and explore your artistic side by using a variety of supplies and techniques. Limit: 20. TR Making Mondays Memorable Mondays: April 16 & May 21, 4-5 pm Grades K-3. Let's make Mondays special! Each month we'll get creative and have fun with a new theme. Limit: 20. TR Mario Party Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 pm Grades 1-5. Join other players for Mario-inspired crafts, activities and snacks. Limit: 20. TR Family LEGO® Club Wednesday, April 25, 6-7:30 pm Lake-Cook Room Ages 3 and older with a caregiver. Not all learning comes from books! Get hands-on at our Family Lego Club and explore the creativity and excitement of building together. We'll have Duplo and regular-sized Legos. Limit: 40. TR Art Start Friday, May 4, 10-10:45 am or 11-11:45 am Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Introduce your child to art with this short storytime followed by a processoriented art project. Dress to get messy. Limit: 20. TR


Discover Together Friday, May 18, 10-10:45 am or 11-11:45 am Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Discover playful early literacy activities designed to encourage pre-reading skills. Visit each station with your child and take home activities to try on your own. Limit: 20. TR Picnic Party Tuesday, May 22, 10-11 am Ages 3-6 with a caregiver. Celebrate the beginning of summer with a short storytime followed by crafts, games and a picnic snack. Limit: 30. TR Giving Garden Saturday, May 26, 10-11:30 am Grades K-5. Our new Giving Garden is ready to be planted and we need help! Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to dig in the dirt. We’ll also make a craft to take home and enjoy a snack. Limit: 20. TR LEGO® Club Wednesday, May 30, 6-7:30 pm Grades K-5. Bring your imagination and create something unique with Legos. Limit: 24. TR

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month for an exciting, family-friendly performance. Shows may feature children’s music, animals, magic, balloons and so much more.

Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam Saturday, April 21, 11 am-12 pm Lake-Cook Room All ages. Get ready to wiggle, jiggle and giggle along to Jodi's catchy, imaginative tunes. Jodi will perform a wide variety of music, including rock ‘n' roll, folk, calypso, boogie and blues at this concert the whole family will enjoy. Limit: 160. TR Absolute Science Saturday, May 19, 11 am-12 pm Lake-Cook Room All ages. Engage in the world of science through interactive experiments and awesome demonstrations at this fun, educational program for the whole family. Limit: 160. TR



Read-Along Book Club Tuesdays: April 17 & May 15, 4:15-5:15 pm Grades K & 1 attending on own. Join us each month to read and discuss a book together, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Limit: 20. TR Paperback Pals Book Club Tuesdays: April 10 & May 8, 4-5 pm Grades 2 & 3. Enjoy an interactive book discussion, games, activities and crafts. Register at the Kids Desk during the dates below and pick up your free book. R

April book pickup: March 13-April 3 May book pickup: April 10-May 1

Bookworms Club Mondays: April 2 & May 7, 4-5 pm Grades 4 & 5. Discuss great literature, play a game, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Register at the Kids Desk during the dates below and pick up your free book. R

April book pickup: March 5-23 May book pickup: April 2-27

Children 8 years and under MUST have a caregiver remain in the KidZone. R = Registration required | NR = No registration | TR = Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before program on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids Desk.


MIDDLE GROUND Grades 6-8 Crafternoon: Book Poetry Wednesday, April 11, 4-5 pm Grades 6-8. Join us in the Middle Ground to create poetry from old book pages. We will learn about different types of poems from around the world and create original works of art. R Games Unplugged Saturday, April 21, 10-11 am Grades 6-8. Join us every other month in the Middle Ground for pizza and board games. A new board game will be featured each month. R Theater Thursday Thursdays: April 26 & May 31, 5-7:45 pm Grades 6-8. Stop by the Middle Ground on the last Thursday of each month to watch a movie and enjoy popcorn and drinks. We'll also vote for the next month’s movie selection. Movies will be rated G, PG or PG-13 and end times vary. NR Maker Club: Terrariums Wednesday, May 9, 4:30-6 pm Grades 6-8. Build your very own mini terrarium, the perfect addition to your room or any sunny area. All materials provided. R Middle School Volunteer Club Monday, May 14, 7-8 pm Grades 6-8. Do you love the library and want to help plan programs, share your feedback, and volunteer some of your free time? Volunteer Club may be for you! We will meet every other month as a group to brainstorm ideas for the library and each member will volunteer at least once between meetings. Complete the online volunteer application and turn in a parent/guardian permission form before attending your first meeting. Visit middleschool for more information and a link to the application. Mario Kart in the Middle Ground Saturday, May 19, 1-3 pm Grades 6-8. Are you the ultimate racing champion? Show off your drifting and banana-throwing skills in this race to the finish line. Just watch out for the blue shell! Snacks provided and prizes awarded. R

Apply online to be a Summer Reading Volunteer by May 15. Entering grades 6-9 in Fall 2018. 8 

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Discussion, activities and snacks are part of the fun in this book club. House Arrest by K. A. Holt Monday, April 9, 7-8 pm Register and pick up your free book, while supplies last, at the Kids Desk now through March 31.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor Monday, June 11, 7-8 pm Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out in the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she has magical powers. Register and pick up your free book, while supplies last, at the Kids Desk beginning April 9 at 8 pm through May 31. R

Strategic Plan 2018-2020


ast year will be remembered as a high point in the history of the Indian Trails Public Library District. We completed a long-planned expansion and renovation of our main facility that we believe will be a tremendous community resource for years to come. The project was completed following years of planning and community input starting in 2010, an approved referendum in 2011 and various building studies and input sessions in the subsequent years. The natural question after such a large project is “what’s next?” In August 2017, the Board of Library Trustees embarked on a process to answer that question with the creation of a new strategic plan. The strategic plan was completed with input from the trustees, library staff, community stakeholders and most importantly–our community.

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

After reviewing all the input and feedback, three areas of focus became -Oh, The Places You'll Go! By Dr. Seuss clear: Culture, Connector and Curiosity. We developed three goals in each of these areas to help us enhance our services to the community. The infographics on the following pages are the summary of the strategic plan and are the basis for the work that we will do through 2020. These are exciting times for Indian Trails Public Library District. We believe that to be the library our community needs and wants, we must be innovative and focused on building upon the outstanding services that our community expects. We are grateful for the tremendous support you have shown the library and look forward to the exciting journey ahead. Louise Barnett Library Board of Trustees, President

Brian Shepard Executive Director


Strategic Plan 2018-2020 VISION

Embracing Culture. Connecting Community. Igniting Curiosity.


We enhance the community and create opportunities through services, programs, and materials.

CULTURE We embrace all aspects of our community’s culture.

WE ARE VIBRANT. • We are responsive to our community’s rich, multifaceted diversity through our high-quality programs, events, and displays. • We create a welcoming atmosphere that results in high member satisfaction. • We strive to build collections in all formats that reflect our community and satisfy their information, education, and entertainment needs.




We connect our community by being a neutral, safe space for all.

We ignite curiosity by providing unique programs, services, and collections.



• We collaborate and partner with a wide variety of community schools, organizations, groups, and governmental entities to further weave the library’s presence in the community.

• We provide access to collections with the breadth and depth to satisfy our members. • We anticipate member expectations and create exceptional experiences at the point of service.

• We strengthen our business community by providing resources for entrepreneurs, small businesses, home office workers, and job seekers. • We are a trusted, safe space for diverse groups to meet and we facilitate their coming together for information, networking, sharing, and dialogue.

• We expand the community’s collective experience by offering unique services and tackling bold topics.

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For more information about the strategic plan go to


THE LOFT Grades 9-12

High School Volunteer Squad Mondays: April 30 & May 21, 7-8 pm Grades 9-12. Make a difference in your community while earning volunteer credit for Harper Promise, National Honor Society or college scholarships. High School Volunteer Squad meets once a month to provide input on library services for teens and work on volunteer projects for the library and other community organizations. Earn one hour of volunteer credit for each meeting you attend. R

Making Sense of Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT Thursday, May 3, 7-8 pm Teens and parents can attend this program to compare the SAT and ACT to find the best approach to prepare for these standarized tests. Details on page 16. R

After Hours Finals Lounge Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 5-8 pm Extended hours for High School students only. From 5-8 pm, the library will be open late to get you through your finals prep. Snacks provided, and a limited number of computers will be available for use, so please bring your devices. Tutors from More Than Scores and Tests available. NR The library will close to the general public at 5 pm.

High School Book Club Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Tuesday, May 8, 7-8 pm Grades 9-12. Join us for snacks and a discussion of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Adventure awaits Amani Al’Hiza, a gifted gunslinger in the desert nation of Miraji, where mythical beasts still roam, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. Register and pick up your free copy at the Adult Desk beginning March 15. R


DIGITAL & MAKER SERVICES (DMS) Congratulations to our new Digital & Maker Services Department! Due to the increasing popularity of The Launch Pad and our digital services, the library has created a new department to focus on providing expanded services to our members. This department will be responsible for The Launch Pad, digital connections classes and the Digital Media Lab.


This new department will be led by Jenn Hovanec (L), who will be assisted by her exceptional staff: Fred Park, Kat Ammann, and Chris So (left to right).

Programs held in The Launch Pad unless otherwise noted.

Crochet & Knitting Club Mondays: April 2 & May 7, 1-3 pm Join us for crafting and chatting. Our instructor will teach you everything you need to know. Bring your own supplies. Experienced crafters, bring current projects to work on. R

Door Decor: Summertime Special Monday, April 23, 6-8 pm or Friday, May 11, 1-3 pm Ages 14 and older. We're preparing for summertime with a sign painting party! Come in your painting clothes and get creative. Please register for one session only. R

Intro to Archiving Thursday, April 12, 2-3:30 pm Learn the basics of archiving tapes and slides onto DVDs. R

Digitize Your Doodles Wednesday, May 2, 6-7:30 pm Cook Room Ages 14 and older. If you'd like to take your drawings and turn them into digital files for your artwork, this is the class for you! Join Jessica as she demonstrates how to convert your pen and ink work into a new medium. R

Paper Quilled Pendants Friday, April 13, 1-2:30 pm or Monday, May 21, 6:30-8 pm Ages 18 and older. Get started with the art of paper quilling! Join enthusiast Bhavya as she instructs you on basic techniques to create and finish a pendant. R

Brush Lettering Basics Friday, April 6, 6-7:30 pm Ages 18 and older. Intended for first-time hand letterers, this class will introduce you to the basics of creating beautiful hand-lettered artwork with brush pens. R Brush Lettering: Watercolor Wednesday, April 18, 1-2:30 pm or Friday, May 18, 6-7:30 pm Ages 18 and older. Take your Brush Lettering Basics knowledge to the next level! If you've taken that class, you can move into this intermediate technique, adding watercolor accents to your work. R


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Personalized Pint Glasses Wednesday, May 30, 6:30-8 pm Training Lab Ages 18 and older. Learn the basics of Inkscape software to create a custom design, then let our laser cutter etch your design onto a pint glass. R Beginning Monday, April 2, DMS hours are changing. THE LAUNCH PAD Monday-Friday: 1-8 pm Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm Sunday: 1- 4pm DIGITAL MEDIA LAB Monday-Friday: 1-7:30 pm Saturday: 10 am-3:30 pm Sunday: 1-3:30 pm

Hand Painted Signs and Gold Leafing in Chicagoland with Heart & Bone Signs Saturday, May 5, 11 am-12 pm Lake-Cook Room Ages 14 and older. Have you ever seen beautiful handpainted letters or golden designs in a store window and wondered, how do they do that? Join painters and gold leaf artists Andrew McClellan and Kelsey Dalton McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs to hear how it's done. They will talk about their business as artists in the Chicagoland area, how they got started, their favorite projects and the history behind this bold art form. R

DIGITAL CONNECTIONS Classes held in the Training Lab.

Intermediate Microsoft Word Wednesday, April 4, 7-8:30 pm Learn how to insert and manipulate images, text boxes and shapes; take screenshots and use screen clippings. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word needed. R

iPad Basics Wednesday, May 9, 7-8:30 pm Learn to navigate iPad screens, use menus and more. You can bring your own iPad and login information, but are not required to do so. There will be time for Q & A. R

Surfing the Web Tuesday, April 17, 10-11:30 am Learn about browsers, the history of the internet and navigating the web safely. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills needed. R

Facebook Basics Tuesday, May 15, 10-11:30 am Learn the ins and outs of Facebook, understand your news feed, safety features and much more. No Facebook account required, but you may bring your login information. R

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Wednesday, April 25, 7-8:30 pm Learn how to create charts and graphs and link data from multiple spreadsheets. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel needed. R

R = Registration required | NR = No registration

Android Basics Wednesday, May 16, 7-8:30 pm Do you need some guidance on using your newlypurchased Android tablet or phone? We'll show you how to figure out the basics of your device. There will be time for Q & A. R


  ADULT Programs held in the Lake or Cook Rooms unless otherwise noted.

Writer's Workshop Tuesdays: April 3 & May 1, 6:30-8:45 pm Lake Room Share your work with others in a supportive atmosphere at this monthly community writers group led by author Ginnie Foley. NR Going Green Without Much Green Monday, April 16, 7-8 pm Join us for an interactive program presented by staff from Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to learn about costeffective ways to go green. Explore a worm bin, practice using weatherization tools, play an interactive game to learn about greenwashing and leave with skills to live more sustainably. R Great Decisions Discussion Group Fridays: April 27 & May 18, 10-11:30 am Exchange ideas about thought-provoking foreign policy issues facing America today at this monthly informal, nonpartisan discussion. Pick up a copy of the Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book in the holds area of the main library and read the chapter prior to each meeting. Discussion led by Professor Gary Midkiff. Register for each month separately. R April: Chapter 2, Russia's Foreign Policy May: Chapter 3, China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation Making Sense of Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT Thursday, May 3, 7-8 pm How can you and your child confidently tell whether they would do better on the SAT or the ACT? When would be the best time to prepare for the test? Knowing this will help you save time and effort and focus on your child's strengths in college applications. Join More Than Scores and Tests to navigate through these questions and find the best approach for your child and family. R Time Warp Trivia Hour Tuesday, May 8, 1-2:30 pm Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr. Contestants gather in teams to play Time Warp, a trivia game with questions about classic movies, television shows and music. Refreshments provided. R Puzzle Exchange Saturday, May 5, 11 am-12 pm Bring your used but well-loved puzzles (no missing pieces, please) to trade with other puzzle enthusiasts. Puzzles may be dropped off outside the Lake Room starting at 10 am. NR


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GENEALOGY Introduction to Genealogy Monday, April 2, 7-8 pm Are you curious about your ancestors? If you're uncertain how to begin your family research, this class is designed for you. Genealogy and local history librarian Celeste Kuta will review the library resources available that will help you fill in the blanks on your family tree. R Genealogy Interest Group Tuesdays: April 17 & May 15, 3-4:30 pm Are you looking for information about your ancestors? Explore the library's databases and websites that may offer the breakthrough you've been looking for. These sessions are informal and suitable for beginner and experienced researchers. A staff librarian is available for assistance. R Genealogy: Tips and Tricks for Using Tuesday, May 22, 7-8:30 pm The fastest growing collection of free genealogy records should become a major part of your genealogy toolbox. Professional genealogist Dan Niemiec will explain special search techniques to get the most out of the data and also discuss lesser-used sections of the site that are extremely useful to new genealogists. R

April is Autism Awareness Month


The Life of an Aspie Thursday, April 5, 1-2:30 pm Join us for a viewing of the documentary Through Our Eyes, followed by a discussion and Q & A with the film's director. Through Our Eyes tells the stories of seven young adults with Asperger's Syndrome (now Autism Spectrum Disorder) while exploring their everyday experiences, the difficulties they face and their hopes for the future. R

BOOK Discussions


Refreshments provided.

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison Tuesday, April 10, 10:30-11:30 am With her husband Bernard now in the grave, 79-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she's been living the past 60 years of her life under entirely false pretenses. Between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. Register in person and pick up a copy of the book at the Adult Desk beginning March 13. R Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig Tuesday, May 8, 10:30-11:30 am For the first time in her life, 14-year-old Ginny Moon has found her forever home—a place where she'll be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. It's exactly the kind of home that all foster kids hope for. So why is she desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive birth mother, Gloria and return to a grim existence of avoiding the authorities and her mother's violent boyfriends? Register in person and pick up a copy of the book at the Adult Desk beginning April 10. R

The Opioid Addiction Epidemic Thursday, May 24, 2-3:30 pm Did you know that overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing car accidents? This epidemic is impacting all walks of life and devastating communities. Learn about this public health crisis and the resources available. R

R = Registration required | NR = No registration


Monday, April 9, 1-3 pm & Thursday, April 12, 6-8 pm Auggie Pullman suffers from a severe facial deformity that has prevented him from attending a regular school. However, he is set to start a traditional school for the start of his fifth grade year. As his teachers and peers struggle to accept him, Auggie teaches them that he was born to make a difference. His attitude and zest for life teaches others about acceptance and the uniqueness of every individual. Rated PG. R


Monday, May 14, 1-3 pm & Thursday, May 17, 6-8 pm Frank is a single man taking care of his seven-yearold niece, Mary. Frank plans to give Mary a normal school experience despite the child's gifted mathematical abilities. Frank’s plans are thwarted after his mother, Evelyn, discovers Mary’s intelligence. Evelyn begins to take over Mary's life with her own idea of how things should be, her plans for Mary's future and what she believes is best for the young girl. However, Frank refuses to let the relationship he has built with his young niece be destroyed and her chance at a normal life become simply a dream. Rated PG-13. R


BUSINESS How to Transition a Good Idea into a Great Business Thursday, April 5, 7-8:30 pm SCORE presenter Chris Banakis will explore the Business Model Canvas, a process that has helped everyone from startups to large companies more effectively plan for their future while avoiding the challenges and pitfalls of traditional business plans. R Travel for Free Thursday, April 26, 7-8:30 pm Certified financial planner Danielle Schultz will share her knowledge of smart tips that will help you become a savvy traveler by enjoying vacations at low or no cost. R

Business Ownership Exploration Monday, May 14, 7-8:30 pm SCORE presenter Scott Majeski will discuss the large impact small businesses have on our economy, the options of opening a small business and how going into business through franchise is a less risky option. R LinkedIn is Not Your Resume and Other Myths about the World's Largest Online Professional Network Tuesday, May 15, 7-8:30 pm Marianne Griebler will provide an insider's look at the hype and uses of LinkedIn for individuals seeking career development or employment opportunities. R

 ESL Classes held in the Training Lab.

ESL Lab Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday Tuesday & Thursday Saturday & Sunday

10 am-4 pm 2-8 pm Closed

No class on

Software and apps available Monday, May 28, due to on ESL Lab computers Memorial Day. Rosetta Stone Duolingo Mango Languages Tutorials on Google, Facebook and YouTube ESL Classes Ticket registration dates: April 2, April 3, April 6. ESL registration is first-come, first-served. Attend the first class to register. Tickets are available 30 minutes before the first class of each level. Limit: 24 tickets per class. Students must attend all classes in the 11-week quarter.

REGISTRATION DATES: Beginning and Intermediate Daytime: April 2 Intermediate Evening and Advanced: April 3 Conversation: April 6

April 2-June 15

Beginning ESL Mondays & Fridays: 10:30 am-12 pm Learn basic words to describe family, home, food and other simple phrases. Limit: 24. TR

Advanced ESL Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1-2:30 pm Learn about different forms of English grammar, such as idioms, phrasal verbs, metaphors and similes. Practice what you learn using material from books, movies and radio. Limit: 24. TR

Intermediate ESL DAYTIME SESSION: Mondays & Wednesdays: 1-2:30 pm EVENING SESSION: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7-8:30 pm Learn simple phrases for shopping, interviews and getting around. Practice what you learn through activities and games. Limit: 24. TR


Indian Trails Public Library District | April/May 2018

Conversation Class Fridays: 1-2:30 pm Practice English conversation and learn new words, idioms and common expressions. Limit: 24. TR

THE BRANCH Programs held at the Branch 99 E. Palatine Rd., Prospect Heights

Cita Uno a Uno en la Sucursal

Nuestra sucursal en Prospect Heights ofrece asistencia individual en español en una gran variedad de temas de computación, tecnología y muchos más. Venga a la sucursal durante nuestro horario regular, o haga una cita con un bibliotecario llamando al 847.459.4101 o envíenos un correo electrónico a

Family Craft Night Thursdays: April 12 & May 10, 6-7:30 pm Fridays: April 13 & May 11, 6-7:30 pm All ages. Create unique seasonal and theme-based projects. Same project is offered on Thursday and Friday of the same month. NR Paper Quilling 101 Friday, April 20, 6-7 pm Ages 12 and older. Learn basic quilling techniques and shapes to create your own beautiful project. Limit: 14. TRB

Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day Saturday, April 28, 11 am-1 pm All ages. Join us in this celebration of children, families and reading while enjoying stories, crafts and snacks. This program will be held in English and Spanish. NR Celebración del día de los niños/ el día de los libros sábado, 28 de abril, 11 am-1 pm Únanse a nosotros en esta celebración de los niños, las familias y la lectura. Vamos a leer cuentos, hacer manualidades y comer meriendas. NR

Candle Making 101 Friday, May 18, 6-7 pm Ages 12 and older. Learn basic steps of candle making and take home your own soy jar candle. One per family, please. Limit: 14. TRB

R = Registration required | NR = No registration TRB = Ticket Registration Branch. Free tickets distributed at the Branch 30 minutes before program on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Indian Trails


355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090 Phone: 847.459.4100

Public Library District 355 Schoenbeck Rd.,Wheeling IL 60090

HOURS M–F Sat. Sun.

9 am–9 pm 9 am–5 pm 12–5 pm


99 E. Palatine Rd., Prospect Heights, IL 60070 Phone: 847.459.4101

ECRWSS Postal Customer


1–8 pm 10 am–3 pm Closed

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President: Vice President: Treasurer: Secretary: Trustees:

Louise Barnett Mary Battinus Don Roalkvam Henry Hackney Jr. W. Gene Looft Bruce D. Matthews Wendy Present


The Indian Trails Public Library District Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:15 pm. The meeting is open to the public.

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Sunday, April 1 Monday, May 28

ESL class graduation


Indian Trails Library receives grant for ESL programs, services The Indian Trails Public Library District is the recipient of a $1000 grant from Vernon Library Supplies’ Giving It All Away Grant to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency. The funds will be used toward the purchase of additional English language electronic resources for ITPLD’s ESL Lab. The library’s ESL services consist of classes, tutoring and dedicated computers for independent English language learning. All classes, tutoring and use of the ESL computers are free and residency is not required. Last year the library served 2,687 ESL students. “Our ESL services are popular and important in our community,” said Christina Stoll, adult services manager. “The grant will help us continue to meet the needs of our members who want to learn English.”

Senior Citizen Expo Extravaganza Tuesday, April 10, 10 am-1:30 pm Arboretum Club, 401 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove


One-stop shop for seniors to interact with vendors and service providers. Hosted by the Friends of the Parks Foundation with support from the Buffalo Grove Park District and the Village of Buffalo Grove. For information call 847.850.2117.

My Library Newsletter April/May 2018  

Indian Trails Public Library

My Library Newsletter April/May 2018  

Indian Trails Public Library