VERNON AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
5 H C R A M S T R A T S CONSTRUCTION (MORE INFORMATION INSIDE) Excellence in Service for the Enrichment of Lives
Columns, the Vernon Area Public Library District newsletter, provides patrons with information about library programs, materials, and services.
Fuerst Thoughts Cynthia Fuerst, Library Director
Library Phone Directory Circulation 847-634-3650 Renewals, library card account questions Adult Services 224-543-1485 Registration for adult programs, study room reservations Youth Services 224-543-1486 Registration for youth & teen programs, school contacts Senior & Homebound 224-543-1406 Deliveries to nursing homes & homebound patrons ...or call the library’s main number at 847-634-3650 and choose from the voice menu options. Program Information Register for programs in person, online at www.vapld.info, by or by phone at 224-543-1485 for adult programs, or 224-543-1486 for youth or teen programs. Special accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter and/or auditory devices, are available with advance notice. Library staff may take photographs at programs for use in promotional materials. Attendees consent to having their photograph used for this purpose. If you do not wish for you or your child to be photographed, please notify staff. Library programs are free and open to all area residents unless otherwise indicated. Board of Library Trustees George Goldstein – President Bill Apostolakis – Vice President Janice Hand – Treasurer Jay Kasten – Secretary Ed Acuna, Jane Berman, Edward Kogan Image credits: Cynthia Fuerst this page © Chip Williams for Vernon Area Public Library
With this spring’s completion of the improvement work planned for our public spaces, our attention now turns to filling those spaces with the materials, resources, and activities that are most important to you, our patrons. To that end, the Board of Library Trustees and the library’s management staff are undertaking a strategic planning process to ensure existing and future library services meet the evolving needs and expectations of the Vernon Area community. As part of the strategic planning process, we have hired an independent marketing and research firm to gather information about how our community residents interact with their library, and where the library fits in to the broader marketplace. The background study includes valuable insights from patron interviews, a Community Leaders Forum conducted with representatives from local business, education, and government, and—most importantly—a Community Survey, which will be sent to every household in the Vernon Area Public Library District at the beginning of March. The survey is designed to take less than 10 minutes to complete. I encourage you to invest that relatively small amount of time to help make sure that we are investing your tax dollars to their maximum benefit. We will use the results of the survey to select and prioritize projects over the next few years.
OUR TEMPORARY LOCATION DURING CONSTRUCTION: OUR OLD BUILDING ON INDIAN CREEK ROAD
Main library closed March 5–8, “Library To Go” in old building beginning March 9 The library will be closed from March 5–8 as we start improvement work this season. Beginning March 9, access to library materials and services will be based out of a temporary location in back of the main library. Access the “Library To Go” from Indian Creek Road off of Olde Half Day Road. See the map on our website or the back cover for reference. This temporary mini-library will provide quick access to the most popular materials including new books, popular picks, movies, select magazines, and more. Staff will be able to retrieve most hold requests the same day, which will provide continued access to most other materials. And, of course, e-books, music and audiobook downloads, and digital magazines will continue to be available 24/7. We will be able to hold some public programs in the temporary space, too. Look in the following pages for details. A full complement of storytimes, movies, and more will resume in June when we resume services in the main library building and unveil its new and improved public spaces. Major upgrades include a new self-service café, a quiet reading room with plenty of ambience, new restrooms, and new dedicated areas for teens, early readers, and group study. No new loans, bonds, or tax rate increases are being used to pay for these improvements. We have been saving for this project for several years, setting aside maintenance budget dollars in a designated Building Fund. Full details about the improvements can be found on our website at http://www.vapld.info.
Dig into the library’s new garden
Income tax forms
It may be winter, but we’re thinking spring and making plans for a new organic community garden, located right here at the library. Just in time for this year’s summer reading program, “Dig into Reading,” the new garden will provide opportunities for all ages, including:
As of press time, the library had not yet received copies of federal and Illinois Income Tax forms and instructions for distribution. They will be available as soon as they arrive. Illinois forms usually arrive several weeks after the federal forms. Meanwhile, tax forms and instructions can be downloaded at http://www.irs.gov and http://tax.illinois.gov/taxforms/.
• planting vegetables in our garden • caring for the garden • harvesting vegetables for local food pantries • programs about gardening, organic cooking, and healthy lifestyles
Starting soon, we’ll need volunteers—individuals, families or organized groups—to help our garden thrive. If you have a green thumb or just want a fun and healthy way for you and your family to spend time this summer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for library garden e-updates. Receive periodic email about what’s going on in the garden throughout the summer, including volunteer opportunities and a fun “Name The Garden!” contest that you and your family can enter.
Community Survey Your feedback is needed to help shape the future of this library. Please spend a few minutes helping us understand how you interact with books, e-books, movies, and your library. The results of this survey will help us prioritize projects and resources over the next few years, helping ensure we continue to serve you well with your tax dollars. Watch your mail for the printed survey, which will soon be mailed to all residential addresses in the Vernon Area Public Library District.
WHOSE RUBY SLIPPERS ARE THOSE?
Youth & Family Programs Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated. Registration opens one month before the program date; some programs may offer earlier registration. To register for Youth & Family programs, call 224-543-1486, visit our website at www.vapld.info, or stop by any service desk in the library.
Spring Break Craft Project: Design, Paint & Decorate Your Own Mask Join artist Teresa Magaña to learn about the traditions of painting masks, also known as decorative skulls. Paint and decorate your own mask; Teresa will talk about how the colors and designs you choose make each mask unique and special. THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 11–12:30 PM • GRADES 2–4
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime
Baseball Cards—Calling All Collectors!
New! Introducing our new lapsit program for your baby and you! Sing, bounce, and laugh as we share a book and a short play time.
Baseball season has begun! Steve Wilson from Jim and Steve’s Sports Cards talks about the history of collecting baseball cards, what makes a card valuable, and how to keep your favorite cards in good condition. Feel free to bring your baseball cards to show Steve and your fellow collectors.
MONDAYS, APRIL 8, 15, 22, 29 & MAY 6 9:30–10 AM • AGES 0–14 MONTHS WITH A CAREGIVER
Write Away! Literary Magazine Become a published author. Patrons in grades 3–8, submit your creative writing for the library’s second annual Write Away! Literary Magazine. Each author may submit one piece of writing up to four typed pages. Previously published authors are welcome to submit a new piece. Find full submission guidelines at http://www.vapld.info. SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED MARCH 11–APRIL 8 • GRADES 3–8
Write Away! —One-on-one Editing Sessions Before you submit your creative writing for publication in our magazine, sign up for a 30-minute individual editing and proofreading session. See our website for appointment times and to schedule yours.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 7–8 PM • GRADES 2 AND UP
Author Gina Bellisario Reads Let’s Meet A Librarian In children’s book author Gina Bellisario’s new book, we meet school librarian Mr. Field, who is an information expert, a computer wizard, and even a puppeteer! After listening to her book, join Gina in drawing pictures of your favorite librarian and decorating bookmarks to take home. This special program is offered in honor of National Library Week. TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 10–11 AM • AGES 2–5 WITH A CAREGIVER
Language Stars—Ciao! Come Learn Italian
APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE MARCH 14, 16, 19, 25, 27 & APRIL 4
Join us for stories and games in Italian. Teachers from Language Stars lead this storytime focusing on counting games and colors. Learn something new and introduce your child to this beautiful language.
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 10–10:45 AM • AGES 2–5 WITH A CAREGIVER
Whose Ruby Slippers Are Those?
Language Stars—Fancy Nancy in French
Before you go see Oz: The Great and Powerful, help us sort out a small matter involving some Ruby Slippers. Storytellersingers Lynn Rymarz and Christine Price portray the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North making their case for rightful ownership of the magic shoes. Catchy songs and lively discussion emphasize making good choices.
Teachers from Language Stars read and act out Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy in French. Leave this fun-filled storytime with a few fancy new French words in your vocabulary. TUESDAY, MAY 14, 10–10:45 AM • AGES 2–5 WITH A CAREGIVER
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 4:30–5:30 PM • GRADES 1–6
Registration is required unless otherwise indicated. To register for Youth & Family or Teen programs, visit www.vapld.info or call 224-543-1486.
SPRING BREAK PAINTED MASK CRAFT
STAR WARS SNOW GLOBES
Teen Spring Break Craft Project: Design, Paint & Decorate Your Own Mask
Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated. To register for Teen programs, visit our website at www.vapld.info, call 224-543-1486, or stop by any service desk in the library.
Join artist Teresa Magaña to learn about the traditions of painting masks, also known as decorative skulls. Paint and decorate your own mask; Teresa will talk about how the colors and designs you choose make each mask unique and special.
March Madness: Fun with Probability
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1–2:30 PM • GRADES 5–8
a haiku for you!
March Madness is underway—what are the chances your favorite team will win? Run up the court and join Edward Packel, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lake Forest College, to have fun learning about probability. Kids compete in teams to answer probability questions and small prizes are awarded at the end for all mathematicians!
Star Wars Celebration Celebrate Star Wars Day with us! Spend time with fellow Star Wars fans while creating a Star Wars snow globe. WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–9
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 4:30-5:45 PM • GRADES 5–9
Junior Volunteers Love the library and enjoy working with kids? Become a Junior Volunteer and gain valuable work experience assisting with the Youth Summer Reading Club from Monday, June 10, to Saturday, July 20. Each volunteer must be available to attend one mandatory training session and work one 1½–2 hour shift/week for five weeks. Application packets with shift details will be available at the Reference Desk in Youth Services from May 5–25 or until all positions are filled.
Haiku for Guys (& Girls!): A Night with Author/Poet Bob Raczka Author and poet Bob Raczka will read from his 2013 Bluestem Award-nominated Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, a collection of 24 nature poems like you’ve never heard before! Bob will share his secrets for writing great poetry and offer fun ideas as kids write their own haiku.
a haiku for you! THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–9
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED MAY 5–25 OR UNTIL POSITIONS ARE FILLED ENTERING GRADES 7–11
REQUIRED training sessions (choose one): TUESDAY, MAY 28, 6:30–7:15 PM OR THURSDAY, MAY 30, 7:30–8:15 PM
Available Shifts (one shift per week for five weeks): MONDAY–THURSDAY
11:30 AM–1:30 PM
11 AM–1 PM
5:30–7:30 PM 7:30–9 PM
‘PICASSO & CHICAGO’ & YOU
HENNA FOR WOMEN
Adult Programs Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated. To register for Adult programs, visit our website at www.vapld.info, call 224-543-1485, or stop by any service desk in the library. Games for Grown-ups Open to adults and high school students of all skill levels. Use our games or bring your own. No registration required. SUNDAYS, MARCH 10, APRIL 28 & MAY 19, 1–4 PM
Get on the First Page of Google Learn the facts and secrets top Internet marketers use to dominate page one of search engines during this SCORE workshop with Michael Yublosky. Leverage these lessons to attract qualified prospects and sales without pay-per-click advertising. Space is limited; advance registration is required. MONDAY, MARCH 11, 7–8:30 PM
Novel Night Book Discussion The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. A childless couple working a farm in 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own. But things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn transforms them all. Copies of the book are available to check out beginning February 1. TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 7–8 PM
Writer’s Support Group For all writers—newcomers are always welcome! No registration required. WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 13, APRIL 10 & MAY 8, 6:30–8:45 PM
Book Discussion with Judy Levin The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. Bookended by two wars—Vietnam and Iraq—The Year We Left Home sketches the travails of an Iowa family over three decades. A limited number of books are available for Vernon Area Library cardholders to check out beginning February 14. Registration is recommended. THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 10–11:30 AM
FOREIGN POLICY DISCUSSION GROUP
Foreign Policy Discussion Group Exchange ideas about the most thought-provoking foreign policy issues facing America today in this informal, nonpartisan forum. Participants should pick up a briefing book at the Reference Desk and read a chapter prior to each meeting. Discussion is led by university professor Gary Midkiff. Space is limited; advance registration is required. FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1–3 PM: FUTURE OF THE EURO FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1–3 PM: EGYPT FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1–3 PM: NATO: CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Henna Body Art for Women Learn about the history and artistry of natural henna temporary “tattoos,” used since ancient times in many Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. Participants receive a henna application and a kit to take home. Space is limited; advance registration is required. SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2–3:30 PM WOMEN AND GIRLS AGES 12 AND UP
Chinese Cultural Renaissance: Lecture & Costumes Explore the essence of Chinese tradition in music, dance, food, religion, medicine, and martial arts. The lecture is complemented by examples of Han couture from the costume collection of Shen Yun Performing Arts. Tickets to their spring show at Cadillac Palace Theatre are available for purchase following the lecture. Space is limited; advance registration is required. SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1–2 PM
‘Picasso & Chicago’ & You Get an unparalleled perspective into Picasso’s work in this hands-on arts program. Artist and teacher Christine Thornton provides context and drawing instruction as you copy one of his paintings in colored pencil as your own small study. Space is limited; advance registration is required. SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 1–2:30 PM
The Art of Selling without Really Selling This interactive SCORE workshop with Steve Fretzin introduces a new model that replaces traditional sales with a more fluid and comfortable way to get in the door and walk a
prospect through a buying decision. Space is limited; advance registration is required. MONDAY, APRIL 8, 7–8:30 PM
Book Discussion with Judy Levin Canada by Richard Ford. A novel about morality, murder, and coming of age written from the perspective of a 15-yearold boy in 1960. A limited number of “book club” copies are available to Vernon Area Library cardholders for extended checkout beginning March 14. THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 10–11:30 AM
Haiku Workshop National Poetry Month program. Learn the art of haiku, a short form of poetry that originated in Japan centuries ago and is now popular worldwide. Haiku Society of America representative Charlotte Digregorio leads participants in a fun workshop about haiku writing basics. Space is limited; advance registration is required. SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 1–2:30 PM
If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother with Julia Sweeney See details on back cover. Book tour event includes author talk, light refreshments, and book signing. Books available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store. Registration and advance payment is required. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1–3 PM • THE ARBORETUM CLUB,
Polish Genealogy: Where to Start Get practical tips about finding your Polish ancestors from genealogy researcher Stephen Szabados. We’ll summarize the border changes in Polish history and their effect on immigration. Learn about the records that are available in both the US and Poland, where to find them, and how to interpret the documents. Some knowledge of searching US records will be necessary. Space is limited; advance registration is required. SUNDAY, MAY 5, 1–2:30 PM
Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Asian-Pacific Heritage Month program. Learn the beautiful art of Chinese calligraphy. Our instructor from the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute demonstrates basic brush and ink techniques during this hands-on workshop. Space is limited; advance registration is required. MONDAY, MAY 6, 7–8:30 PM
Book Discussion with Judy Levin The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il. A limited number of “book club” copies are available to Vernon Area Library cardholders for extended checkout beginning April 11. THURSDAY, MAY 9, 10–11:30 AM
401 W HALF DAY RD, BUFFALO GROVE • FREE FOR VERNON AREA
Novel Night Book Discussion
LIBRARY CARDHOLDERS; $5 OTHERS.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. A painstakingly researched debut imagines the comingof-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life. Copies are available to check out beginning April 1; ask at the Reference Desk.
10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Successfully Published Get the inside scoop from publishing industry insiders who tell it like it is: national bestselling author Bret Nicholaus and literary agent Joe Durepos. Learn three non-negotiable rules for writing a query letter, the single most important reason why readers buy books, plus the reality behind e-publishing and print-on-demand. Registration is recommended. MONDAY, APRIL 29, 7–9 PM • STEVENSON HIGH SCHOOL,
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 7–8 PM
ROOM 2104, 1 STEVENSON DR, LINCOLNSHIRE
Registration is required unless otherwise indicated. To register for Adult programs, visit www.vapld.info or call 224-543-1485.
300 Olde Half Day Rd Lincolnshire, IL 60069–2901
300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire http://www.vapld.info •
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“Library To Go”
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Temporary Location (March 9–End of May) 23184 Indian Creek Rd, Lincolnshire Hours M–Thurs Fri & Sat Sunday
9 am–9 pm 9 am–5 pm Noon–5 pm
Library Closed March 5–8 Move to temporary space March 31 Easter End of May, dates to be determined Grand reopening preparation Access Your Account — Renew checkouts. Check hold status. Pay fines. Use your library card number and PIN (typically the last four digits of your phone number) to log in at vapld.info/my-account or call 847-634-3650. Register for Free Programs — Sign up online at calendar.vapld.info or call 224-543-1485 (adult) or 224-543-1486 (family, kids, teen).
The Vernon Area Public Library District serves residents and businesses in Lincolnshire, Prairie View, and portions of Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Riverwoods, & unincorporated Ela and Vernon townships.
“If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother” Author Talk & Book Signing with Julia Sweeney Former Saturday Night Live cast member, comic actress, and author Julia Sweeney covers nannies, schools, boyfriend dramas and other facets of mother-daughter relationships in her poignant and humorous parenting book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. Includes author talk, light refreshments, and book signing. Books available for purchase at the event courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store. Registration and prepayment is required to secure your reservation. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1–3 PM THE ARBORETUM CLUB, 401 W HALF DAY RD, BUFFALO GROVE FREE FOR VERNON AREA LIBRARY CARDHOLDERS, $5 ALL OTHERS.