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Vernon Area Public Library FALL 2017

INSIDE Mini Comic Con Connecting with Students Shakespeare Performance


ABO UT TH E LI B R ARY

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224-543-1486

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Board of Trustees • Jay Kasten, President

Library classes, performances, and events are free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. The library meeting room is equipped with a Hearing Loop; audio enhancement is available at movie screenings and many other programs. An asl interpreter is available for any library program; please give us advance notice to arrange. Library staff may take photographs or video 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.

• Marc Fenton, Vice President • Kim Smith, Secretary

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Becky Ferguson, Contributing Editor Sadie Frey, Art Director Photo credits: Cover: © Erin Brooks; p.7: © Charlie K Media

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LIBRARIAN MAGGIE KUTSUNIS TALKS TO 4TH GRADERS AT TRIPP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ABOUT THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM.

Connecting students with the public library Every academic year, our librarians make more than 100 visits to local schools to talk to nearly 9,000 students in preschool through 8th grade. The grade-specific presentations are an opportunity for us to demonstrate the library’s extensive resources for learning and leisure. On one visit last school year, 4th-graders at Tripp School in Buffalo Grove gathered shoulder to shoulder on the floor of the school library to hear from librarian Maggie Kutsunis. Her topic? The Dewey Decimal System. It might seem like material to make a student’s eyes glaze over but Kutsunis immediately engaged the children. Over forty minutes, she maintained a regular back and forth with the students as she walked them through each section of the nonfiction catalog, pulling out shining examples of the information they can find on the library’s shelves. As she revealed gem after gem of nonfiction books, the venture felt more like a treasure hunt than an explanation of a 140-year-old cataloging system.

The school visits help students see that there is something for them at the library. “Even reluctant readers can be engaged if you find the right books for them,” said Rachel Shulman, the library’s head of youth and school services.

“The library collection can seem intimidating to students. We help them see it as accessible.” In communities that place great emphasis on education, the Vernon Area Public Library’s school visits help connect students to resources for lifelong enrichment. The robust library-school partnership reinforces the message boldly displayed on the Tripp School library wall, “Unleash your superpowers: read.”

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Partnerships improve your library While businesses compete, libraries cooperate to get ahead. When libraries join forces, we’re able to improve what we offer patrons, making tax dollars go farther. Vernon Area has partnered with neighboring libraries on these initiatives: As of June, we have joined forces with Arlington Heights, Gail Borden, Indian Trails, and Oak Park public libraries to give you access to thousands of additional e-book and digital audiobooks through the popular cloudLibrary app. Now cardholders have access to a wider catalog — the combined holdings of all participating libraries comprising 33,500 copies and more than 22,500 unique titles. You continue to have priority access to the materials owned by your library, including the ability to reserve titles, but you may also browse and check out books and audiobooks that are “on shelf” at partner libraries. To explore, log into the cloudLibrary app on your favorite device. If you haven’t used the cloudLibrary app yet, go to vapld.info and click on the cloudLibrary logo or ask for assistance at any public desk.

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This fall we’ve coordinated with Barrington Area Library, Ela Area Public Library, and the Alzheimer’s Association to offer a series about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, increasingly important topics as baby boomers age. Presenters will cover early detection, talking with a family member about memory loss, and how to relate to a person with Alzheimer’s. See event listings on p. 6. In winter we’ll again work with neighboring Cook Memorial and Indian Trails public libraries to host One Book, One Community. This conversation-starting program for readers will feature a variety of events and culminate with an author visit. A roster of programs is being planned for early 2018 around the book Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese. Watch for details in the next issue of the library’s newsletter.


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Kindergarteners get to know the library Over the course of a few days every September and December, school buses deliver five- and six-yearolds from Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 and Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 to the library’s doors. The kindergartners, teachers, and parent chaperones gather in the meeting room to learn good habits for taking care of books and listen to a story. Then they’re led on an interactive tour of the library, complete with a behind-the-scenes look at the book return. Our goal is to make these young students feel welcome at the library. The kindergarten tours are part of the library’s ongoing outreach to local schools, supporting students and teachers in learning. NEW STUDENTS ON A FIELD TRIP TO THE VERNON AREA LIBRARY.

Introducing Starling Meet Starling, a nifty little star-shaped device that counts the words a child hears throughout the day. The wearable device pairs with a smartphone app to provide meaningful information to parents and gives prompts for upping daily word counts. The result is that parents read, speak, and sing more to their child, increasing their little one’s learning potential while having fun doing it. We’re circulating Starlings through our themed Grab and Grow plus packs, which also include a children’s music CD, an interactive toy, a copy of 30 Million Words by Dana Suskind, and a short info sheet about the power of words. For more info, please ask at the Youth Desk.

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Book Discussion with Judy Levin Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. The story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of five decades. Books are available to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders beginning August 10. Ask at the Adult Desk. register

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 10–11:30 AM

Thirsty Thursdays: Books on Tap In your 20s or 30s and thirsting for intelligent conversation with excellent people? Meet us at The Chatter Box for a book discussion over adult beverages and delicious food. Details and registration on Meetup: bit.ly/tt-bot

MICHELLE OBAMA: A LIFE AUTHOR PETER SLEVIN, OCTOBER 3

THURSDAYS, 6–8:30 PM • AGES 21+ SEPTEMBER 14, OCTOBER 19, NOVEMBER 16 THE CHATTER BOX, 330 OLD MCHENRY RD, LONG GROVE

Movie—The Zookeeper’s Wife (PG-13) ESL Conversation Group Practice your English conversation skills at the library with other non-native English speakers. Guided discussion covers topics such as American culture, idioms, and other subjects. Meets every other Tuesday (no class October 31). Sign up for each week separately. register TUESDAYS, 9:30–11:30 AM SEPTEMBER 5 & 19, OCTOBER 3 & 17, NOVEMBER 14 & 28

Volunteer Orientation Learn about our four-step placement process: application, orientation, interview, and training. register TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7–8:30 PM OR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 10–11:30 AM

Lunch & Learn—Shakespeare’s Women Shakespeare expert John Nygro examines memorable female characters in the Bard’s plays, focusing on their power, motivations, and the risks they take. Bring your lunch starting at noon; we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture.

register

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 12:30–1:30 PM

Writer’s Support Group This informal group is a great way to share work, meet fellow writers, and get inspired. The group gives constructive feedback and often discusses a specific topic regarding writing or the business of writing. All writers welcome. Just bring a pen, some paper, and your love of writing. WEDNESDAYS, 6:30–8:45 PM SEPTEMBER 13, OCTOBER 11, NOVEMBER 8

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Popcorn included. Shown with closed captioning. register FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2–4 PM

Games for Grown-ups Join other tabletop gamers for an afternoon of play. Bring your own game or borrow one of ours, or jump in on a pickup game of chess. Open to adults and high school students of all skill levels. No registration required. SUNDAYS, 1–4 PM SEPTEMBER 17, OCT. 8 & 22, NOVEMBER 19 • LIBRARY ANNEX

Novel Night Book Discussion Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. A black maternity nurse faces a life-altering decision when the newborn baby of white supremacists requires her care. register TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7–8 PM

Senior Series—Memory to the Max Sharpen your memory with tips and tools matched to your personal learning style. Instructor Sharona Javit teaches how to sync your right and left brain to enhance your mental agility and help with daily challenges and tasks. register TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1–2 PM

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Exchange ideas about thought-provoking foreign policy issues in this informal, non-partisan discussion. Participants should pick up a briefing book in advance to study prior to each meeting. Discussion is led by professor Gary Midkiff. Register for each month separately. register WEDNESDAYS, 9:30–11:30 AM SEPTEMBER 20, OCTOBER 18, NOVEMBER 15


When indicated, register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.

Movie–The Great Wall (PG-13)

Pathway to Citizenship

Popcorn included. Shown without closed captioning. register

This eight-week class series for those wishing to become a U.S. citizen covers the N-400 application form, civics questions, reading and writing components, and interview techniques. Offered in partnership with Mundelein District 120 Adult Education. register

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2–3:45 PM

‘He Said, She Said’ Performers from Glenview’s Oil Lamp Theater return to our library for a collection of short plays about misdirection, misunderstanding, and miscommunication. These thoughtful, authentic, and sometimes humorous plays explore the nuances of relationships. register SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2–3 PM

REGISTRATION: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 9 AM–12:30 PM LIBRARY ANNEX CLASSES: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9:15 AM–12:15 PM OCTOBER 3–NOVEMBER 30 • LIBRARY ANNEX

5 Tips to Keep Your Home Secure Lincolnshire Police Officer Bethany Brown discusses techniques for keeping your house and property safe from burglary. register THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 7–8 PM

Book Discussions & Movie Screenings Spend an afternoon at the library for a free movie screening (popcorn included!) or join one of the library’s many professionally led book discussion groups (choose from morning or evening options). For dates and details, see the calendar at http://calendar.vapld.info or the listings here.

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Touching on Alzheimer’s A series presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter at Vernon Area, Barrington Area, and Ela Area public libraries. Register with the hosting library. Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters The initial signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as normal aging. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies, and plan for the future. Learn the facts from the Alzheimer’s Association head of outreach, Meagan O’Connor-Roossien, and learn 10 signs to watch for. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7–8:30 PM • VERNON AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 300 OLDE HALF DAY RD, LINCOLNSHIRE, 224-543-1485

‘It’s Time to Talk’: Dementia Conversations When someone you know shows signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Conversations with family members about memory loss and changes in behavior can be challenging and uncomfortable. Learn to reduce the stress from doctor’s visits, difficult decisions about driving, and legal and financial plans. register WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7–8:30 PM • BARRINGTON AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 505 N NORTHWEST HWY, BARRINGTON, 847-382-1300

Michelle Obama: A Life Author Peter Slevin Meet former Washington Post reporter Peter Slevin and hear about his experience writing about the Obamas. Michelle Obama: A Life applies disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s detail to recount her journey from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s South Side to the White House. Books available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of The Book Bin. register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7–8 PM

Senior Series—A Salon with Gertrude Stein Actress Betsey Means portrays Gertrude Stein, an American author and poet known for her 1920s gatherings with Paris’s literary and artistic avant-garde that included Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway, and other luminaries. Co-sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Park District. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1–2 PM

Movie–Gifted (PG-13) Popcorn included. Shown with closed captioning. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2–3:45 PM

Medicare Options Insurance specialist John Larson from Medicare Solutions Source explains basic coverage, supplemental plans, and prescription drug options. register SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 10–11 AM • LIBRARY ANNEX

Learning to Connect to the Person With Alzheimer’s Do you feel unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss? Gain insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect of the disease on communication and behavior, so you can more easily make meaningful connections. register THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7–8:30 PM • ELA AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 275 MOHAWK TRAIL, LAKE ZURICH, 847-438-3433

Book Discussion with Judy Levin Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. An Oprah’s Book Club Pick . A Cameroonian immigrant couple try to make it in New York just as the 2008 financial crisis hits. Books are available to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders beginning September 14. Ask at the Adult Desk. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 10–11:30 AM

TEDxVernonAreaLibrary: Crossing the Line Our annual tedx event features live speakers, plus a selection of pre-recorded ted videos: short, powerful talks from inspiring speakers from around the world. Join us and other ted enthusiasts for an afternoon of “ideas worth spreading,” and discover how these topics affect our lives and community. For more details, visit tedx.vapld.info. register SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 12:30–3:30 PM

Lunch & Learn—Running Across America Ultramarathon runner Adam Kimble shares the story of his journey to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of the US on foot. Bring your lunch starting at noon; we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 12:30–1:30 PM 6


When indicated, register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.

Movie–The Shack (PG-13) Popcorn included. Shown without closed captioning. register SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2–4:15 PM

Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents As You Like It A favorite among Shakespeare’s pastoral comedies. Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago perform a full, live professional theatrical reading. Arrive early for a pre-show introduction and stay after for discussion and q&a with the cast. register MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 6:30–9 PM

ULTRAMARATHONER ADAM KIMBLE, OCTOBER 17

Book Discussion with Judy Levin

Apply for or renew your passport. The Lake County Circuit Clerk passport acceptance team is here to process passport applications — including photos! First-come, first-served; no appointment required.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon. A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, wwii, and the space program. Books are available to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders beginning October 12. Ask at the Adult Desk. register

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 9 AM–2 PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 10–11:30 AM

Music & Dance from Around the World

Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII

Passport Acceptance Day

The Internationals perform songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Italian, French, Spanish, and Russian accompanied by mandolin and accordion. register SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1–2 PM • ALL AGES

The Sociological Influence of Star Wars College of Lake County sociology professors John and Maria Jose Tenuto demonstrate how our culture has been influenced by these iconic films. Explore stories, trivia, and photos that provide a fresh look at Star Wars and illustrate why it continues to deeply resonate today. A great lead-up to Mini Comic Con on November 4! register

Photo historian and author Richard Cahan speaks on his new book, Un-American, which showcases never before seen photos from Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and other famed photographers who documented the internment of Japanese Americans during wwii. Books are available for purchase and signing at the event. register MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7–8 PM

Movie–Going in Style (PG-13) Popcorn included. Shown with closed captioning. register FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2–3:40 PM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7–8:30 PM

Lunch & Learn—How Travel Saves (& Destroys) the World

Senior Series—The Music of Cole Porter

Emmy Award–winning pbs travel host Bill Ball leads an eyeopening discussion of the complex effects of international travel. Worldwide tourism leads to the exchange of culture and ideas, but also of invasive species and infectious diseases. Bring your lunch starting at noon; we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. register

Cole Porter’s beloved jazz and musical theatre compositions have captivated listeners for decades. Matt and Cynthia Gruel perform favorite songs such as “Night and Day” and “You’re the Top” while enlightening listeners with biographical information to fully appreciate Porter’s genius. register THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1–2 PM

Snacks & Facts Trivia Night Enjoy a craft beer, great food, and good competition at The Chatter Box bar and restaurant. Sign up individually or in teams up to four people to test your knowledge of world trivia. Appetizer provided, adult beverages and full menu available, and prizes awarded. register WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 7–8:30 PM • AGES 21+ THE CHATTER BOX, 330 OLD MCHENRY ROAD, LONG GROVE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 12:30–1:30 PM

Novel Night Book Discussion Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell. A woman tries to better understand her recently deceased estranged mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child an inheritance of debts and mysteries. Book discussion copies are available for extended checkout; ask at the Adult Desk. register

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 11AM-4PM

COSTUME CONTEST • ARTIST ALLEY • PHOTO BOOTH • RAFFLES

Nerds, fans, and geeks of all ages and stripes are invited to our 4th annual free Mini Comic Con! Meet artists and other pop culture enthusiasts and stretch your creativity in hands-on workshops. You can even come dressed as your favorite character! Check in at the Information Booth when you arrive to pick up your Mini Comic Con info and swag bag with giveaways from our sponsors (first 300 attendees).

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STEAM Stations (NEW!)

Japanese Anime & Manga Drawing Workshop

Unleash your creativity and discover different robots and gadgets at these hands-on stations located throughout the library. Make fandom-themed crafts and play with Osmo gaming stations, a BB8 Sphero, a Makey Makey banana piano, and more. Registration is not required.

Learn to draw in this distinctive style with illustrator Addie Afable. register

Superhero Storytime Tiny superheroes, assemble in your best costumes for a daring storytime full of books, rhymes, songs, and saving the world—all before lunchtime! Siblings welcome. register

2:15–3 PM • GRADES 6 & UP • LIBRARY ANNEX

Comic Book Makeup Workshop Use simple techniques like highlights, shadows, and outlines to transform your mild-mannered self into a living comic book character. Complete your pop art look by posing in front of the library green screen with a fun background. register 3:30–4:30 PM • GRADES 6 & UP • LIBRARY ANNEX

9:45–10:15 AM • AGES 0–5 WITH AN ADULT

Superhero & Jedi Training Academy If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a superhero or a Jedi, this is your chance! Come dressed as your favorite hero and show off your powers with mini-games and crafts. Siblings are welcome. register 11:15 AM–12:15 PM • GRADES K–3 WITH AN ADULT

Superhero Drawing Workshop Learn the art of drawing your favorite superhero with illustrator Addie Afable of Artistic Dragon Studios. register

1:15–2 PM • GRADES 3–5 WITH AN ADULT • LIBRARY ANNEX

Flame-free Woodbranding Workshop Create a work of art with your favorite fandom logo or make your own brand using invisible ink and science! Freehand, use a stamp, or a stencil and leave the rest to us. register 1:30–2:30 PM • GRADES 6 & UP

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TE E N S

ACT & SAT Practice Exams

DIY Art—Galaxy Pumpkins

Ward off the jitters and prepare for test day by taking a free practice exam. Participants receive a detailed score analysis and individual conference with the program director. Presented in partnership with C2 Education. register

Use paint and glitter to create an out-of-this-world pumpkin! We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. register

GRADES 8–12 • ADMINISTERED AT C2 EDUCATION, 147 MCHENRY RD STE 10, BUFFALO GROVE

littleBits!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7–8 PM • GRADES 6 & UP

SAT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM OR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Coding is a snap with these magnetic color-coded circuits. Explore stem concepts like input and output in a fun and creative way with fellow tech enthusiasts. register

ACT: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–8

Minecraft Mania

LEGO Robotics

Work with others to creatively build amazing structures and strategically defeat zombies, spiders, and skeletons. A personal Minecraft account is not needed. register

Calling all lego fans! Build and program interactive models using the lego Education WeDo software in this hands-on program. register

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–8

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–8

Upcycled Book Art—Halloween Edition

Upcycled Book Art—Holiday Edition

Give new life to old library books by creating a project of your own design at this open, drop-in crafting session. Choose from our supply of materials and tools or bring your own. No registration required.

Give new life to old library books by creating a project of your own design at this open, drop-in crafting session. Choose from our supply of materials and tools or bring your own. No registration required.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 6–8 PM • ALL AGES

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 6–8 PM • ALL AGES

Write Away Stretch your imagination in this creative writing workshop. Launch your stories to new heights with spectacular writing games and surprising story starters. register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 OR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7–8 PM GRADES 5–8

Off the Page: A Teen Book Club Love to read? Add your voice to the banter while enjoying frozen yogurt, our treat! Meet us at Menchie’s in Lincolnshire. A copy of the book (yours to keep) is reserved for you when you register. register MONDAYS, 7–8:15 PM • GRADES 8–12 SEPTEMBER 18: THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST BY RICK YANCEY NOVEMBER 27: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK (GRAPHIC NOVEL VOL. 1) BY NEIL GAIMAN MEETS AT MENCHIE’S, 950-B MILWAUKEE AVE, LINCOLNSHIRE

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When indicated, register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1486, or in person at any public service desk in the library.


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Stone Soup Improv Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences brings to life the traditional folktale about a hungry and clever traveler who convinces a town to share their food with him — and each other. register SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 11 AM–12 PM AGES 3–10 WITH AN ADULT

Upcycled Book Art—Halloween Edition Give new life to old library books by creating a project of your own design at this open, drop-in crafting session. Choose from our supply of materials and tools or bring your own. LET’S TRAVEL TO MEXICO! SEPTEMBER 11

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 6–8 PM ALL AGES; UNDER AGE 10 WITH AN ADULT

Instrument Petting Zoo Science Investigators Stories, films, and hands-on nature activities for the budding scientist. Four-week series. register

Discover your musical potential by exploring a variety of instruments. Faculty members from the Music Institute of Chicago teach some string instrument basics. register

WEDNESDAYS, 4:30–5:15 PM SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20 & 27 • GRADES K–1

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 11 AM–12 PM AGES 3 AND UP WITH AN ADULT

Coding Kids—Intermediate Scratch

Write Away

Grow your experience with the Scratch programming language as we learn about Control, Data, and Operator Blocks. Bring your own laptop if you have one or use one of ours. register

Stretch your imagination in this creative writing workshop. Launch your stories to new heights with spectacular writing games and surprising story starters. Attend one or both dates.

register

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1–2:30 PM GRADES 2 & UP; UNDER AGE 10 WITH AN ADULT

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 OR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 GRADES 3–4: 4:30–5:30 PM; GRADES 5–8: 7–8 PM

Let’s Travel to Mexico!

Preschool Science Detectives

Learn about Mexico and its people through folktales, a craft, and other activities. register

This literature-inspired three-week series encourages preschoolers to discover the world around them by engaging in fun science activities. register

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 4:30–5:30 PM GRADES K–2 WITH AN ADULT

Mini Math Magicians The fun really adds up in this crafty program. Participants explore math concepts through books, games, and a craft.

WEDNESDAYS, 1:30–2 PM OR 6:30–7 PM OCTOBER 4, 11 & 18 • AGES 3–5 WITH AN ADULT

BISCUIT: THE MUSICAL, OCTOBER 21

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 11–11:30 AM AGES 3–5 WITH AN ADULT

Minecraft Mania Work with others to creatively build amazing structure and strategically defeat zombies, spiders, and skeletons. No personal Minecraft account required. register GRADES K–2 WITH AN ADULT: MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 4:30–5:15 PM GRADES 3–4: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7–8 PM OR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 4:30–5:30 PM GRADES 5–8: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7–8 PM

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Chinese Calligraphy & Culture Explore Chinese culture through the beauty of calligraphy, and learn to write your name in kanji. Try your hand at this ancient art while listening to traditional Chinese stories. Presented in partnership with Stevenson High School’s National Chinese Honor Society. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 6–7:30 PM GRADES K–6; UNDER AGE 10 WITH AN ADULT

Coding Kids—Beginning Scratch

Parent Education Get the Behavior You Want … Without Being the Parent You Hate Kids who help without being asked, teens who speak respectfully, children who are resilient when they don’t get what they want — it’s not a dream! Parenting expert and author Dr. Deborah Gilboa discusses ways to use everyday opportunities to foster positive behaviors in children of all ages. Presented in partnership with Community Parent Network. register THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9:30–11:30 AM • LIBRARY ANNEX

Raising Responsible, Resilient & Successful Teens Parenting expert and today Show personality Dr. Deborah Gilboa presents actionable, practical tools to build life skills and help adolescents successfully launch to adulthood. Presented in partnership with Community Parent Network. register THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7–8:30 PM SHS WEST AUDITORIUM, 1 STEVENSON DR, LINCOLNSHIRE

Parenting your Child for a Successful School Year Expert therapists from Parenting Perspectives provide tools and strategies to help your child develop discipline and resiliency. Co-sponsored by District 103 pto.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1–2:30 PM GRADES 2 & UP; UNDER AGE 10 WITH AN ADULT

littleBits! Coding is a snap with these magnetic color-coded circuits! Explore stem concepts like input and output in a fun and creative way with fellow tech enthusiasts. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 GRADES 3–4: 5–6 PM GRADES 5–8: 7–8 PM

BusyBee Coding Buzz, buzz! BeeBot robots help your very young child learn early coding, sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities. register MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4:30–5:15 PM OR 6:30–7:15 PM AGES 3–6 WITH AN ADULT

Biscuit: The Musical This lively musical is based on the beloved children’s book series about a frolicking yellow puppy who loves exploring, making new friends, and stirring up some mischief. Presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. register SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 11 AM–12 PM AGES 3–8 WITH AN ADULT

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Beautiful Bats

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 9:30–11 AM • LIBRARY ANNEX

Meet the one of the most beneficial and most misunderstood of all animals: the bat. Experience gentle fruit bats first-hand with Flying Fox Conservation Fund. Learn where bats live, what they eat, and the vital contribution they make to the ecosystem. register

Parent Book Jam (PBJ)—Grit Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Read the book before you come or just come listen to the discussion. Co-sponsored by Community Parent Network. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7–8:30 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX 12

For kids completely new to the Scratch programming language. This hands-on workshop focuses on Motion, Looks, and Sound Blocks. Bring your own laptop if you have one or use one of ours. register

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7–8 PM GRADES K & UP WITH AN ADULT


When indicated, register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1486, or in person at any public service desk in the library. Registration opens 30 days before each program.

Cartoon Monsters Come Alive!

My First Robot

Draw all kinds of fun, scary, and just plain weird cartoon monsters with Mark Anderson of Andertoons. Watch them come to life to sneak up on, scare, and maybe even eat Fuzzy Bunny on the big screen! register

Kids learn programming concepts like sequencing as they use building blocks and sensor modules to make the kibo robots light up, make noise, and move. register

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4:30–5:30 PM OR 5:45–6:45 PM GRADES 2–6

LEGO Architects Love to build with legos? Listen to a story for inspiration, then build your dream lego structure. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 4:30–6 PM • GRADES K–8

Music & Dance from Around the World The Internationals perform songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Italian, French, Spanish, and Russian, while accompanied by mandolin and accordion. register SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1–2 PM ADULTS & FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 6 & UP

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 4:30–5:15 PM OR 6:30–7:15 PM GRADES K–2 WITH AN ADULT

Fox & Branch Kids Concert Sing, clap, dance, and play along to American roots and world music both familiar and new. Try your hand at the washboard and other musical instruments. register SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 11 AM–12 PM AGES 0–8 WITH AN ADULT

Family-Friendly Film—Beauty & the Beast (PG) Live-action reboot of the Disney animated classic, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stephens. Shown without closedcaptioning. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2–4:15 PM • ALL AGES

Science Sleuths

Disney Trivia: Furry Friends Edition

This three-week series features stories, films, and hands-on activities for the budding scientist. register

Compete as a family for fun and prizes using your knowledge of Disney’s memorable animal characters. register

WEDNESDAYS, 4:30–5:30 PM NOVEMBER 1, 8 & 15 • GRADES 2–3

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 7–8 PM FAMILIES WITH KIDS IN GRADES K & UP

LEGO Robotics

Upcycled Book Art—Holiday Edition

Calling all lego fans! Build and program interactive models using the lego Education WeDo software in this hands-on program. register

Give new life to old library books by creating a project of your own design at this open, drop-in crafting session. Choose from our supply of materials and tools or bring your own.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 GRADES 3–4: 4:30–5:30 PM; GRADES 5–8: 7–8 PM

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 6–8 PM ALL AGES; UNDER AGE 10 WITH AN ADULT

Author Roland Smith REBECCA CAUDILL AWARD NOMINEE

Parent/Child Book Discussion Join us for pizza and conversation about Beneath. A complimentary book is reserved for you at registration. Have it signed at the author event immediately following (requires separate registration). register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 5:45–6:45 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX GRADES 4–8 WITH AN ADULT

Author Visit with Roland Smith Roland Smith is the author of young adult adventure novels and non-fiction children’s books — and a former zookeeper! His books have won many awards, including several appearances on the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award list, which is selected by Illinois readers in grades 4 through 8. register

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7–8 PM GRADES 4 & UP WITH AN ADULT

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Due to overwhelming demand and limited space, tickets are now required to attend our popular early literacy storytimes. Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. Storytime attendance is limited to children within the intended age range listed in the program description (siblings are also welcome). Every individual needs a ticket including adults (and siblings, if applicable). Questions? Please contact the Youth Desk at 224-543-1486 or email youthdesk@vapld.info.

Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime

STEM Storytime

Reading starts at birth! Miss Kelsey guides you and your baby through early literacy research-based activities and books. Then meet new friends during a social playtime. ticket required

Explore early science, technology, engineering, and math (stem) concepts during this engaging and interactive storytime that uses books, activities, and crafty experiments to show how stem is all around us. ticket required

MONDAYS, 9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM SEPTEMBER 11, 18, OCTOBER 2, 9, 16, NOVEMBER 6, 13, 20 AGES 0–14 MONTHS WITH AN ADULT

FRIDAYS, 10–10:45 AM SEPTEMBER 8, NOVEMBER 10 AGES 3–5 WITH ADULT

Giggles & Wiggles

Under Five Family Time

Giggle, groove, sing, and jam along with your toddler and Miss Heather in this music- and movement-centered program. This is a very active program; be prepared to move!

ticket required

Recover from the hustle and bustle of the busy week and spend some family time with your little ones! Enjoy rhymes, songs, dancing, books, and a themed craft perfect for the pre-K crowd. ticket required

WEDNESDAYS, 9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 27 OCTOBER 4, 11, 25, NOVEMBER 1, 8, 22 AGES 15–24 MONTHS WITH AN ADULT

SATURDAYS, 11–11:45 AM SEPTEMBER 2, OCTOBER 7, NOVEMBER 25 AGES 0–5 WITH AN ADULT

Blast Off with Books

A Taste of Storytime

Share stories and learn sign language with Miss Sarah. Activities and books centered around a letter of the day help your child develop letter recognition. ticket required

The whole family is invited to this sampler of our weekday storytime series — plus coffee and donuts! Learn how early literacy activities set the stage for your child’s success. Meet other local families and your library’s early literacy experts.

TUESDAYS, 9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, NOVEMBER 7, 14, 21 AGES 2–3 WITH AN ADULT

Preschool Storytime Promotes pre-reading and listening skills, builds literacy, and nurtures a love of reading in preparation for school success. Children will also gain confidence by attending classes independently. ticket required THURSDAYS, 10–10:30 AM OR 1:30–2 PM SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21, OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, NOVEMBER 2, 9, 16 AGES 3–5 WITHOUT AN ADULT

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SATURDAYS, 10–10:45 AM SEPTEMBER 16, OCTOBER 28, NOVEMBER 11 AGES 0–5 WITH AN ADULT

Tuck-Me-In Tales Dress in pajamas, snuggle with your stuffy, and wind down from the day with books, songs, and rhymes at the library.

ticket required

WEDNESDAYS, 6:30–7 PM SEPTEMBER 20, OCTOBER 18, NOVEMBER 15 AGES 0–6 WITH AN ADULT


When indicated, register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1486, or in person at any public service desk in the library. Registration opens 30 days before each program.

Registration is required for the following programs: Oaks & Acorns Intergenerational Storytime Bring your little acorn to a very special storytime at a local assisted living facility. Home residents join in for an intergenerational experience that brings joy to everyone through songs, stories, and instruments. register FRIDAYS, 10–11 AM • AGES 0–4 WITH AN ADULT SEPTEMBER 22: SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING OF BUFFALO GROVE, 180 W HALF DAY RD, BUFFALO GROVE NOVEMBER 17: BRENTWOOD NORTH, 3705 DEERFIELD RD, RIVERWOODS

Trick-or-Reading Bring your tiny tot in costume for a boo-tastic storytime followed by a trick-or-treating parade in the library. register MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 9:30–10:15 AM OR 10:30–11:15 AM AGES 0–3 WITH AN ADULT

Little Yogis Storytime Twist, bend, and stretch in this kid-friendly yoga storytime. Miss Jessica and Miss Sarah combine well-being and early literacy as they share stories, rhymes, and simple poses with you and your child. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel. register

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 10–10:30 AM AGES 3–6 WITH AN ADULT

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Microsoft Applications

Excel Charts & Graphs

All classes are taught with Microsoft Office 2016.

Learn how to add visual interest and tell stories by displaying numbers and data in chart or graph formats. Prerequisite: Excel Basics. register

Word Basics

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7–8:30 PM

Learn to create, save, and format documents in this introductory class. Prerequisites: mouse and keyboard experience. register THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 7–8:30 PM

Excel Basics Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft’s spreadsheet program: create a spreadsheet; enter and format data and formulas; print, save, and retrieve spreadsheets. Prerequisite: Word experience. register TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7–8:30 PM

Word Document Formatting Explore formatting text in Word documents in this intermediate level class. Prerequisite: Word Basics. register

Excel VLOOKUP Excel’s vlookup function allows you to compare two lists. Demystify vlookup by working through examples. Prerequisites: Excel Basics, Excel Tables, or commensurate experience. register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7–8:30 PM

Excel Pivot Tables A pivot table is a tool that allows you to reorganize and summarize large amounts of data in a spreadsheet or database to obtain a desired report. Take an in-depth look at pivot tables in this hands-on class. Prerequisites: Excel Basics, Excel Tables, or commensurate experience. register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 7–8:30 PM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7–8:30 PM

Intermediate Windows 10

Excel Formulas & Functions

Learn to create a desktop icon, access and adjust settings, install and uninstall programs, and some helpful tips and tricks. Prerequisite: Windows Basics. register

Learn to use basic statistical, lookup, and financial functions. Prerequisite: Excel Basics. register TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7–8:30 PM

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 7–8:30 PM

Word: Working With Objects Investigate the visual side of Word with clip art, picture and text formatting, charts and more. Prerequisite: Word Basics. register

One-on-One Help

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7–8:30 PM

Tech Wednesdays

Windows 10

No reservation required, just drop in with your tech questions and device setup needs. Open session on first and third weeks of the month. Ask at the Adult Desk.

Learn the ins and outs of Windows 10 in this hands-on program. Navigate the desktop, start menu, Cortana virtual assistant and Edge web browser, and begin to personalize your experience. register MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7–8:30 PM

Excel Tables Learn how to create tables and pivot tables, sort and filter data, and work with large spreadsheets. Prerequisite: Excel Basics. register TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 7–8:30 PM

Word: Advanced Topics Explore mail merge, collaboration tools, and style options in this advanced Word class. Prerequisite: Word Basics, Excel Basics. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7–8:30 PM 16

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WEDNESDAYS, 11 AM–12 PM SEPTEMBER 6 & 20, OCTOBER 4 & 18, NOVEMBER 1 & 15

Free Advice for Your Device Vernon Area Public Library cardholders are invited to book an individual 45-minute appointment with a librarian for help with library apps on your device. A reservation and a current Vernon Area Public Library card are required; limit two appointments per person per month. To request an appointment, call 224-543-1485 or fill out the form online at bit.ly/devicehelp


When indicated, register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library. Registration opens 30 days before each program.

Apple Applications

Special Topics

Mac Basics

Nerds with Beer

Learn to navigate Mac menus, use Mac keyboard shortcuts, and get acquainted with some Mac software. register

Part philosophy, part tech talk, this new monthly meetup for 20- and 30-somethings is loosely centered on tech and its influence on and integration with our lives. We promise interesting conversation and excellent company. rsvp on Meetup: meetup.com/nerds-with-beer.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 10–11:30 AM

Multimedia

TUESDAYS, 7–8:30 PM • AGES 21+ SEPTEMBER 5, OCTOBER 3, NOVEMBER 7 HALF DAY BREWING, 200 VILLAGE GREEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Library Media Lab—Digitize Your Photos & Video

Create a Family Cookbook

Learn about the equipment available to you in the Library Media Lab and observe how easy it is to use. Thinking about converting your vhs tapes to dvd or scanning your photos, slides, or negatives? This is a good place to start. register

Memorialize your favorite family recipes and the fantastic cooks who make family get-togethers special. This twosession class covers scanning photographs and recipes and laying out pages to create a family memento. register

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 10–11:30 AM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7–8:30 PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 10–11:30 AM MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7–8:30 PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 11 AM–12:30 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 10–11:30 AM

THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 19 & NOVEMBER 9, 7–8:30 PM

Computers & Coffee An initial 15 minutes of instruction is followed by 45 minutes of hands-on practice with the aid of a technology volunteer. The pace is relaxed, with plenty of time for your technology questions. Tech Savvy Tips & Tricks Enjoy a cup of coffee as we look at tech tips that will save you time and frustration. Bring your email address and password.

Websites with Weebly Dive in to website creation with Weebly, a free web publishing tool. Select a template, create simple content, and customize the design of your new site. Prerequisites: internet experience and an email account. register THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7–8:30 PM

Travel Hacking Have your beach vacation and umbrella drink, too! Learn how some travel bloggers voyage endlessly without running out of money. This lecture-style class highlights useful websites, blogs, and apps you can use to become a true travel hacker. Prerequisites: basic computer and internet navigation skills. register

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7–8:30 PM

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11 AM–12 PM

The Internet of Things Cars, coffee pots, and even heart rate monitors are connected to the internet. Learn how the “Internet of Things” is weaving technology into our daily lives. register MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 11 AM–12 PM

Online Classes With Your Library Card Discover how easy it is to take continuing education classes from the comfort of your home computer. Learn how your library card unlocks access to premium products such as Lynda.com and Gale Courses. register MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 11 AM–12 PM

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Fall 2017 library newsletter  

Kids' STEM programs, Shakespeare Project of Chicago, author visits and more.

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