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VERNON AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT NEWSLET TER
NEW: Kits for Babies
INSIDE: Chinese Cultural Showcase,
A gift for our youngest patrons
Putting Citizenship into Action, and College Admissions from Start to Finish
Contact Us Library cards, account questions, renewals 847-634-3650 Contact a librarian: adult department email@example.com / 224-543-1485 Contact a librarian: youth department firstname.lastname@example.org / 224-543-1486 Registration: children’s classes 224-543-1486 Registration: teen classes 224-543-1486 Registration: adult classes 224-543-1485 Homebound delivery
Volunteering 224-543-1409 Email the Director
...or call the library’s main number at 847-634-3650 and choose from the voice menu options.
Program Information Register for classes and events in person, online at http://vapld.info, or by phone at the registration numbers listed above. 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.
Fuerst Thoughts Cynthia Fuerst, Library Director
We’ve got your back. It may sound trite, but it’s true. Maybe you’re a new parent helping your little one learn each day. Or a high school student preparing for exams. Or maybe you’re wondering what it means to be a responsible citizen in today’s world. Wherever life finds you, your library is here to connect you with resources that educate and enrich. This season we roll out a new initiative to support our youngest patrons: Our on-the-go Kits for Babies grow along with your child, as you add a new activity card each month. We’re also excited to begin lending telescopes to our cardholders — adding a new dimension to your family’s backyard adventures. Teens preparing for upcoming ACT, SAT, or AP tests can make sure they’re fully ready by tapping into free library resources, available remotely and around the clock to cardholders. Finally, we’re working to equip you as you shoulder the responsibility of citizenship. On April 20, we’ll host a panel discussion with three Midwestern authors whose novels deal with racism, and on May 11, Professor Dan Lewis, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement, will lead a library discussion about active citizenship. Find details about all of these initiatives in the articles and catalog of programs that follow. All this and thousands of books, too. Happy reading,
Library classes, performances, and events are free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. IMAGE CREDITS — Chinese tea ceremony p3: David Boté Estrada; Roots Duo p6: Paul Natkin; Cammie McGovern p13: Ellen Augarten
Vernon Township Food Pantry
Prom Dress Collection
Make a food pantry donation part of your library routine. Donate nonperishable food items anytime at the collection box in the library lobby.
Make a prom dream come true: donate your new or gently used formal dresses and clutch purses to the Glass Slipper Project. Drop in the library lobby.
DONATIONS ACCEPTED MARCH 6–24
Borrow a telescope Exploring the night sky is a gratifying learning experience for all ages. We’ve added 10 Orion StarBlast telescopes to the library collection so you can enjoy a nighttime viewing session in your own backyard. The Orion StarBlast is a compact, graband-go telescope designed for beginner and intermediate stargazers, yet powerful enough to reveal bright, detailed views of the moon, neighboring planets, and even nebulae and star clusters. Lightweight and easy to use, each telescope comes with a starter kit of helpful tips, a compass, headlamp, and constellation guide. We’re grateful to the Lake County Astronomical Society, which donated a telescope through its LoanStar program, and to the Morrow Trust, which generously funded the remaining purchases. Vernon Area Public Library cardholders may borrow a telescope for up to three weeks. To place a hold, search “starblast” or “Orion telescope” in the library catalog at http://search.vapld.info. Or, the next time you visit the library, check the New & Popular shelves to see if a telescope is available. Happy stargazing!
Just the facts, please An internet search engine is a tap away on that device you carry in your pocket, but the sheer number of results can be overwhelming. And how do you know which sources are trustworthy? Your library stands ready to help, as libraries always have: Our information experts will point you in the right direction. Just stop at any public desk or call us at 224-543-1485. Plus you can access trusted, reliable resources any time at http://guides.vapld.info/az.php.
College ready High school students: Maximize your performance on standardized tests through prep and practice tools available free to library cardholders. Take sample tests and view test guides through the Gale Testing and Education Reference Center; enroll in online test prep classes through Gale Courses; and get online tutoring for AP, ACT, and SAT tests via Tutor.com. Begin at http://guides.vapld.info/test-prep.
Help create the community that you want to live in Vernon Area Public Library District residents: we need your help! You are invited and encouraged to participate in a “Community Conversation” on Wednesday, April 12, from 7–8:45 p.m. An independent fact-finding team will lead an informal meeting to learn more about you, the residents of this library district: your favorite things about where you live, the challenges you face, and what hopes you have for the future. The format is informal, with most discussions taking place in small groups. The understanding that we gain will help us plan new library programs, spaces, and services that ensure we remain a valued part of this community. Please let us know if you plan to attend: sign up online at http://calendar.vapld.info, call 224-543-1485, or stop by any public service desk in the library. We look forward to seeing you!
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The library doesn’t have it? Ask us to get it for you. When a book, movie, or CD you’re looking for isn’t something we own, in most cases we can request it for you from another library. This is the magic of something we call Interlibrary Loan — or in industry speak, “ILL.” But you don’t have to remember that. Just ask at any public desk when you visit, or fill out the online form at http://bit.ly/ILLrequest. We’ll take it from there, letting you know when the item has arrived here for you to pick up. But do make sure to check the library catalog first at http://search.vapld.info/; new materials are always on order.
Rewards for bikers in May Ride your bicycle to the library during May, National Bike Month, and receive a complimentary backpack to carry your books home. Just park your bike in the rack near the library entrance and show your helmet to the circulation desk to receive your gift.
For Adults Registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise indicated. Register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library. Friday Film (Closed-Captioned)—The Queen of Katwe (PG) Based on a true story about a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda who pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion. 124 minutes. REGISTER FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2 PM
Women’s Health Series—Breast Health
CHINESE CULTURAL SHOWCASE, MARCH 12
Advocate Medical Group breast surgeon Dr. Anna Katz discusses early detection and prevention measures and outlines treatment advances for different types of breast cancer. Registration is recommended.
Senior Series—Favorite Irish Tunes Banna Irish Duo blend rich voices with guitar and keyboard to perform your favorite Irish ballads and rollicking sing-a-long songs. Co-sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Park District. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 7–8 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX
ESL Conversation Group
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1–2 PM
Practice your English conversation skills with other non-native English speakers. We will cover a wide variety of topics meant to generate discussion. The discussion leader will also spend a portion of the time discussing American culture, American idioms, and other relevant topics. Group meets every other Tuesday; register for each date separately. REGISTER
Do you speak English and a second language? Learn how you can use your language skills as a professional interpreter and about the interpreter certification program at College of Lake County. Registration is recommended.
TUESDAYS, 9:30–11:30 AM, MARCH 7 & 21, APRIL 4 & 18, MAY 2, 16 & 30
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 6–7 PM
Games for Grown-ups
Writer’s Support Group
Game on! Explore the ever-changing world of board games by trying one of ours or bring your own. Chess lovers, drop in for a pickup game. Open to adults and high school students of all skill levels. Registration is not required. SUNDAYS, 1–4 PM
This supportive community of writers meets monthly to share manuscripts and constructive feedback under the guidance of moderator Alan Woodrow. A guest speaker or discussion rounds out each meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. Registration is not required.
MARCH 12, MARCH 26, MAY 21: LIBRARY ANNEX
WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 15, APRIL 12, MAY 10, 6:30–8:45 PM
Professional Interpreter Information Session
APRIL 30: MAIN LIBRARY
Book Discussion with Judy Levin
Chinese Cultural Showcase Experience a sampling of traditional Chinese culture, including folk music, a qipao fashion show, tea ceremony, martial arts demonstration, and calligraphy. The 21st Century Institute brings local Chinese cultural experts to share their art with our audience. Discover the library’s collection of Chinese books, movies, and music, and meet our World Languages librarian. REGISTER
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. A hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys. Book discussion copies are available for extended checkout to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 10–11:30 AM
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2–3:15 PM
REGISTER FOR ADULT PROGRAMS AT CALENDAR.VAPLD.INFO OR 224-543-1485
Family-Friendly Saturday Movie—Finding Dory (PG) The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish from Finding Nemo begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the meaning of family. 103 minutes. REGISTER SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2 PM • ALL AGES
‘Stranger Than Fiction’ Nonfiction Book Discussion
THE EASTLAND DISASTER, MARCH 23
Thirsty Thursdays: Books on Tap In your 20s or 30s and thirsty to discuss crazy good books with awesome people? Join us at the Chatter Box for a book discussion over adult beverages and delicious food. Find details and registration on Meetup: http://bit.ly/tt-bot THURSDAYS, MARCH 16, APRIL 20, MAY 18, 7–8:30 PM • AGES 21+ CHATTER BOX, 330 OLD MCHENRY RD, LONG GROVE
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies—Sully (PG-13)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Years of embedded fieldwork and data gathering inform this brilliant, heartbreaking book that explores the stories of eight families in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. A limited number of books are available for checkout starting in March; ask at the Adult Desk. Registration is recommended. MONDAY, APRIL 3, 7–8 PM
How Hamilton Changed American Musical Theater Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones shares insights into the New York and Chicago productions, his interviews with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and discusses why this Tony Award–winning musical has taken theater by storm. REGISTER TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 7–8 PM
Based on the real-life story of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River. 96 minutes. REGISTER SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2 PM
10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Successfully Published Bestselling author Bret Nicholaus and literary agent/acquisitions editor Joseph Durepos walk you through the competitive world of today’s publishing industry. Full of strategies from two industry experts, this program is essential for anyone dreaming of becoming a published author. Attendees receive a complimentary publishing kit from the speakers. REGISTER SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 1–3 PM
Novel Night Book Discussion The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. A poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey during the summer of 1951. Book discussion copies are available for extended checkout; ask at the Adult Desk. Registration is recommended. TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 7–8 PM
Lunch & Learn—The Eastland Disaster On July 24, 1915, nearly 900 people died when the S.S. Eastland capsized in the Chicago River. Hear the story of “Chicago’s deadliest day” from the founders of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. Bring your lunch starting at noon, we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 12:30–1:30 PM
REGISTER FOR ADULT PROGRAMS AT CALENDAR.VAPLD.INFO OR 224-543-1485
For Your Business 30 Ways to Grow Your Mailing List Learn 30 concrete strategies for capturing new contacts, growing your list, and moving your business forward. Presented in partnership with SCORE Chicago. Registration is recommended. MONDAY, MARCH 27, 6–7:15 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX
How to Develop an Online Presence Whether you have an existing business or an idea for a business you want to start, having an online presence will help advance your goals. Social media strategist Crystal Maleski offers practical advice for online business name selection, branding, online listing with Google, website development, e-newsletter options, and social media strategies. Registration is recommended. TUESDAY, MAY 2, 6:30–7:45 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX
Senior Series—Learn the Value of Your Coins & Jewelry Lifelong coin collector Dave Ekstrom shares the basics of numismatics and gold and silver valuation. Bring your coins and gold or silver items (limit of three items) for a free appraisal after the presentation. REGISTER THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1–3 PM
ESL Book Club Practice your English conversation and reading skills in a supportive environment while learning about culture and meeting new people. This program is most suitable for intermediate level ESL learners. We will be discussing The Giver by Lois Lowry. A limited number of books are available for checkout; ask at the Adult Desk. REGISTER
APRIL 22–29, 2017
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30–8:30 PM
Community Conversation: Library Focus Group Wanted: your insight, issues, and ideas about your library and your community. Your input will help us develop the services and resources that are most valuable to you and help us all create the kind of community we want for ourselves and our families. Invite your neighbors! REGISTER
MONEY SMART WEEK is a national public awareness campaign coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hosted at libraries, financial institutions, and other partner organizations to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances. Find other free area events at http://www.moneysmartweek.org/events
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 7–8:45 PM
Identity Theft Prevention
VERNON AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT RESIDENTS
More than 13 million consumers were victims of identity fraud last year. This presentation from Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office gives you the tools you need to prevent unlawful use of your financial and other personal information. Learn what steps to take if you have been the victim of a cyber crime. Registration is recommended.
Book Discussion with Judy Levin Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson. This highly personal examination of race and culture by a Pulitzer Prize–winning cultural critic examines life in upper-crust black Chicago against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era. An excellent primer for the April 20 panel discussion. A limited number of copies are available to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders for checkout beginning March 16. Registration is recommended. THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 10–11:30 AM
The James Bond Phenomenon Everything you wanted to know about Agent 007 from Raymond Benson, the third official continuation author (and first American) commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate to write original Bond novels. Learn about Fleming, the novels, the movies, and what it’s like to continue this legacy. REGISTER TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 7–8 PM
How Contemporary Writers Depict Racism & Segregation in Midwestern Cities: Author Panel Discussion Hear from three authors with a deep understanding of racial inequality in our midst. Book club facilitator Judy Levin leads a panel discussion with Denise P. Bogard (The Middle Step), Natalie Moore (The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation), and Jennifer Morales (Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories). Books are available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of the Book Bin. REGISTER
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1–2 PM
Social Security & Medicare Demystified Are you having trouble keeping up with all the changes in Social Security and Medicare? If you aren’t sure how Part B differs from Plan D or what the Medicare supplement entails, this presentation is for you. GCG Financial, LLC, covers the recent changes occurring to these plans and the future potential for these programs. Registration is recommended. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 6–7:30 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX
Plan Your Estate Have you taken the first steps to protect your family? Are you wondering if your plan is still relevant for your current financial situation? Certified financial planner Mantas Tautkus and attorney Mike Blumenthal cover the proper ways to design and maintain your estate plan through life’s financial seasons. Registration is recommended. THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 6–7:30 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 7–8:30 PM
Lunch & Learn—The Brave Journey of Orphan Riders Nearly 250,000 children were transported from New York City to homes of farming families between 1854 and 1929. Author Clark Kidder shares the story of these children and his paternal grandmother who rode an “orphan train” to the Midwest in 1906, as portrayed in his book, Emily’s Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. Bring your lunch starting at noon; we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. REGISTER MONDAY, APRIL 24, 12:30–1:30 PM
Senior Citizen Expo Extravaganza Browse the booths at this free expo to learn about local vendors and service providers for seniors, including what the library has to offer just for you. Admission is free for all seniors and their families. Hosted by the Friends of the Parks Foundation and coordinated by the Buffalo Grove Park District and the Village of Buffalo Grove.
ROOTS DUO, APRIL 30
American Roots & Blues Concert
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 10 AM–1:30 PM
Harmonica legend Joe Filisko and percussive guitar marvel Eric Noden make an unforgettable impression. These high-energy and ultra-rhythmic virtuosos create performances that are simultaneously powerful and sophisticatedly subtle. REGISTER
THE ARBORETUM CLUB, 401 HALF DAY ROAD, BUFFALO GROVE
SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 1–2 PM • LIBRARY ANNEX
TEDx Vernon Area Library Live Watch a live simulcast of the official 2017 TED conference taking place in Vancouver. Join other tech, entertainment, and design enthusiasts to experience one day of the TED mainstage program of 18-minute inspiring talks, plus music, comedy, dance, video, and other surprises as they happen. Register for a single session or for the duration. Follow @TEDxVAPLD for details and the schedule of speakers as they are announced. REGISTER THURSDAY, APRIL 27
Senior Series—Steve Cooper Orchestra presents ‘The Music of Our Lives’ Musician and bandleader Steve Cooper and members of his orchestra perform songs from the early days of TV, radio, and the great phonograph records. Steve introduces each song with a fascinating and humorous story from his days as a musician with many of the great bands and singers. REGISTER TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1–2 PM
SESSION A: 1–2:45 PM
Snacks & Facts Trivia Night
SESSION B: 4:15–6 PM
A beer, great food, and good competition — break up your work week with a fun-filled library quiz night at the Chatter Box. Sign up individually or in teams up to four people to test your knowledge of world trivia. Appetizer provided, adult beverages and small plates menu available, and prizes awarded. REGISTER
SESSION C: 7–8:45 PM
Friday Film (Closed-Captioned)— The Light Between Oceans (PG-13) A lighthouse keeper living with his wife off the coast of Australia finds a baby in a drifting rowboat. They rescue and raise the child as their own. 132 minutes. REGISTER
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 7–8:30 PM, AGES 21+ THE CHATTER BOX, 330 OLD MCHENRY ROAD, LONG GROVE
Friday Film (Closed-Captioned)— Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13)
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2 PM
TED2017 SIMULCAST, APRIL 27
The inspiring true story of the world’s worst opera singer and the husband who was determined to protect her feelings. Starring Meryl Streep. 110 minutes. REGISTER FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2 PM
Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents Love’s Labour’s Lost A comedy about young love with an unexpected and unsettling ending. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago performs a full, live professional theatrical reading. Get the full experience by attending the introduction and talk-back with actors at the end. REGISTER
MONDAY, MAY 8, 6:30–9 PM (PRE-SHOW INTRODUCTION AT 6:15 PM)
Book Discussion with Judy Levin
Planting the Library Garden
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. Author Anne Tyler (The Accidental Tourist) recasts Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew as the story of a socially awkward preschool teacher and her father’s Russian research assistant in need of a green card. A limited number of books are available to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders beginning April 13. Registration is recommended.
Join us in the sunshine to help plant the first vegetables of the season in our library garden. Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Office provide instruction on planting and caring for a garden. Our summer harvest is donated to the Sharing Hands Food Pantry. Rain date: Sunday, June 4.
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 10–11:30 AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
How to Put Citizenship into Action Want to influence your government but not sure how? Wondering whether one person can really make a difference? Professor Dan Lewis, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement, provides a framework for putting citizenship into action. Learn about citizenship versus patriotism and how engaged citizens (including many young adults) are making extraordinary contributions right now. REGISTER THURSDAY, MAY 11, 7–8 PM
Free Movie Screenings Movies are more fun when shared with others. Friday film screenings at the library are shown with closed-captioning; Saturday features are shown without. All screenings include fresh popcorn.
Low Vision Fair This free event offers practical information for people with low vision, including vendor displays and social service agency representatives. Sponsored by the North Suburban Library Low Vision Consortium. FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1–4 PM • THE EAST WING GLENVIEW SENIOR CENTER, 2400 CHESTNUT AVE, GLENVIEW
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies—Jason Bourne (PG-13) Jason Bourne, the CIA’s most dangerous former operative, remembers who he truly is and comes out of hiding to uncover more hidden truths about his past. 124 minutes. REGISTER SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2 PM
Lunch & Learn—Forgotten Heroes of the Battle of the Bulge Learn about the American soldiers who defeated the enemy in Western Europe’s largest battle of World War II. Historian Robert Mueller recalls the men who beat Hitler’s last desperate gamble. Bring your lunch starting at noon; we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. REGISTER THURSDAY, MAY 25, 12:30–1:30 PM
Novel Night Book Discussion Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard. Struggling to make ends meet after alcoholism costs her her marriage and custody of her young son, a photographer slowly rebuilds her life before falling into the circles of a philanthropist couple whose help exacts a terrible price. Book discussion copies are available for extended checkout; ask at the Adult Desk. Registration is recommended. TUESDAY, MAY 30, 7–8 PM
Computers & Technology
These classes are free and open to the all. Registration is required. Register online at vapld.info, call 224-543-1485, or stop by any public service desk in the library. Registration begins 30 days before each class. Some classes have prerequisites; see each course description for specifics.
MICROSOFT OFFICE 2016 Excel Basics
Learn the fundamentals of using Microsoft’s spreadsheet program: create a spreadsheet; enter and format data and formulas; print, save, and retrieve spreadsheets. Word experience necessary.
Learn how to create tables and pivot tables, sort and filter data, and work with large spreadsheets. Prerequisite: Excel Basics. REGISTER
VLookup is an Excel function that allows you to compare two lists. Demystify VLookup by working through examples. Prerequisites: Excel Basics, Excel Tables, or commensurate experience. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 7–8:30 PM
Word Easy This Word class is for the true beginner. Learn to create, save, and format documents. Some mouse and keyboard experience necessary. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2–3:30 PM
Excel Formulas & Functions Ditch your calculator by using Excel formulas, answer questions with logical functions, and explore the differences between relative and absolute references in this hands-on class. Prerequisite: Excel Basics. REGISTER TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 7–8:30 PM
Word Basics Learn to create, save, and format documents in this introductory class. Mouse and keyboard experience necessary. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 7–8:30 PM
Word Document Formatting Learn how to format text in Word documents in this intermediate level class. Prerequisite: Word Basics. REGISTER
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 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 THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 7–8:30 PM
Word: Collaboration Tools, Mail Merge & Beyond Master mail merge, collaboration tools, and style options in this advanced Word class. Prerequisite: Word Basics, Excel Basics, or commensurate experience. REGISTER
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 7–8:30 PM
Excel Charts & Graphs Learn how to add visual interest and tell stories by displaying numbers and data sets in chart or graph format in this class. Prerequisite: Excel Basics. REGISTER TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 7–8:30 PM
Intro to PowerPoint Explore techniques for creating attractive slideshow presentations in this introductory class. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 7–8:30 PM
Intermediate PowerPoint Learn how to add animations, transitions, and multimedia to your PowerPoint presentation. Prerequisites: Intro to PowerPoint. REGISTER THURSDAY, MAY 11, 7–8:30 PM
Recording PowerPoint Slideshows Learn how to record your slideshows in this advanced class. Topics include posting presentations on YouTube and video compression. Prerequisites: Intro to PowerPoint, Intermediate PowerPoint, or commensurate experience. REGISTER THURSDAY, MAY 18, 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, MAY 23, 7–8:30 PM
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 7–8:30 PM
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 7–8:30 PM
LEARN BY APPOINTMENT: FREE ADVICE FOR YOUR DEVICE Vernon Area Public Library cardholders, you 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 http://bit.ly/devicehelp 8
SPECIAL TOPICS Library Media Lab: Digitize Your Photos & Video
Find Your Next Good Read
Learn about digital preservation in the library’s Media Lab. This class features demonstrations of VHS and DVD conversion plus information about scanning photos, slides, and negatives. REGISTER
Librarian and reader’s advisory expert Anne joins us as we explore the tools available for finding your next good read: Goodreads, NoveList, and Book News. REGISTER
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 10–11:30 AM
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 7–8:30 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1–2:30 PM
Intro to Photoshop Elements
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 7–8:30 PM
Find out what you can do with Photoshop Elements in this twopart class. Learn how to work with layers and make your photos “pop.” REGISTER
MONDAY, MAY 1, 7–8:30 PM
Windows 10 Learn the ins and outs of Windows 10 in this hands-on class. Navigate the desktop, start menu, Cortana virtual assistant, Edge web browser, and begin to personalize your experience. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 7–8:30 PM & WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 7–8:30 PM
iPhone Photography Learn tips and tricks on how to take incredible iPhone photos. iPhone with iOS 9 or 10 required. A portion of this class takes place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2–3:30 PM MONDAY, MAY 22, 7–8:30 PM
Plan Your Trip with Google Maps Make travel planning easy with Google Maps. Find restaurants, lodging and attractions to save to a map for offline use when your travels take you away from an internet connection. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 7–8:30 PM
Stargazing Apps Discover apps to explore the night sky with your mobile device. Bring your own device and password or use one of our iPads, preloaded with stargazing apps. Telescopes are on-hand for star sighting. A portion of this class takes place outside, so please dress for the weather. REGISTER
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 10–11:30 AM
Photoshop Elements for Photo Restoration Bring new life to your digitized photos. Learn how to use Photoshop Elements to remove dust and scratches, correct exposure problems, and make enhancements. Bring a flash drive with your photos. REGISTER WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 7–8:30 PM
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 7–8:30 PM
COMPUTERS & COFFEE Each of these of basic computer classes includes 15 minutes of instruction 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. Registration is now open for all Computers and Coffee classes. Computers & Coffee—The Cloud Enjoy a cup of coffee as we visit “the cloud” — no airline ticket required! REGISTER MONDAY, MARCH 13, 11 AM–12 PM
Computers & Coffee—Protect Your Privacy
Computers & Coffee—Why are people always on their phones?
Let’s look at ways to protect your privacy online, including secure passwords and safe shopping. REGISTER
Join us for a comforting cup of coffee as we learn more about what everyone seems to be doing. REGISTER
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 11 AM–12 PM
MONDAY, MAY 10, 11 AM–12 PM
REGISTER FOR COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS AT CALENDAR.VAPLD.INFO OR 224-543-1485
Glass Slipper Project Prom Dress Drive Make a prom dream come true: donate your new or gently used formal dresses and clutch purses to the Glass Slipper Project. This 100% volunteer-based, local, non-profit organization provides free prom dresses and accessories to high school students who are unable to purchase them on their own. Drop off your donation in the library lobby. Items will be cleaned and pressed by project partner Zengeler Cleaners, then offered at a Glass Slipper boutique “shopping” event in the Chicagoland area. DONATIONS ACCEPTED MARCH 6–24
DIY Art: Digital Light Painting Use light and imagination to paint the dark with amazing designs. Collaborate with other teens to create unique photographs using different light sources such as flashlights, LED lights, and glow sticks. We encourage you to bring additional light sources, such as flashlights or LEDs, to illuminate your own creativity! REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 7–8 PM • GRADES 6–12
SAT & ACT Practice Exams Ward off test day jitters by taking a free proctored practice exam. Participants receive a free detailed score analysis and conference with the C2 Education program director. Presented in partnership with C2 Education. REGISTER GRADES 8–12 • TAKES PLACE AT C2 EDUCATION BUFFALO GROVE, 147 MCHENRY RD, STE 10, BUFFALO GROVE SAT: SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 9:30 AM –12:30 PM ACT: SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
College Admissions from Start to Finish From researching potential schools to nailing your admissions interview, get some practical advice about making your college application process effective and efficient. Learn what admissions officers are looking for in an essay and what steps to follow to write an excellent original personal statement. Presented in partnership with C2 Education. REGISTER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 7–8 PM • GRADES 8–12
Off the Page: A Teen Book Club Love to read? Add your voice to the banter while enjoying frozen yogurt (on us!). Meet us at Menchie’s in Lincolnshire. A copy of the book (yours to keep) is reserved for you when you register. Bonus: participants get to vote on upcoming book selections. REGISTER
MONDAYS, 7–8:15 PM • GRADES 8–12 MENCHIE’S LINCOLNSHIRE COMMONS, 950-B MILWAUKEE AVE, LINCOLNSHIRE
MARCH 20: BONE GAP BY LAURA RUBY APRIL 17: THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL BY LISA YEE
Recoloring the Universe: NASA Astronomy & Coding Project A Women’s History Month program. Women astronomers chat with you over Skype about their daily work and careers. Then they guide us through a basic coding project using data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and other satellites to create a realworld application of science, technology, and art. No previous coding experience required. All genders welcome. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 5:45–6:45 PM • GRADES 7–12
Minecraft Mania Work with other teens to creatively build amazing structures and strategically defeat zombies, spiders, and skeletons. No personal Minecraft account is needed; we are exploring the unique worlds and modules of the educational MinecraftEdu software. REGISTER
Junior Volunteers Do you love the library and want to work with us? Apply to be a Junior Volunteer to assist with the Summer Library Club. The Junior Volunteer program is open to those entering grades 7–12 in fall 2017. STEP 1: Fill out an online application form at
http://guides.vapld.info/teenvolunteers APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 9 AM THROUGH MONDAY, APRIL 10, 9 PM ONLY STEP 2: Volunteers will be chosen via lottery from all
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 3–4 PM • GRADES 5–8
applications submitted. If you are selected, we will notify you by April 24.
STEP 3: Those selected will be asked to make an
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
appointment to schedule your volunteer shifts.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–8
Light-Up Mother’s Day Cards
15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE SUNDAY, MAY 7, 12:30–4 PM OR MONDAY, MAY 8, 6–8:30 PM STEP 4: After you schedule your volunteer shifts, you’ll
need to attend one mandatory training session.
Make a light-up card for your mom! Use the science of circuits to make it glow. Supplies included. REGISTER
REQUIRED TRAINING SESSION (CHOOSE ONE):
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 7–8 PM • GRADES 6–12
OR TUESDAY, MAY 30, 6:30–7:30 PM
LEGO® WeDo Robotics
SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1:30–2:30 PM OR THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 7–8 PM
Calling all LEGO fans! Build and program interactive models using the LEGO Education WeDo software in this hands-on program. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 7–8 PM • GRADES 5–8
Exam Cram It’s finals time. Come to the library and get your studying done. Gather with friends to hit the books. We provide a space for group study and refreshments. No registration required. GRADES 9–12 ONLY SATURDAY, MAY 20, 12–7 PM * SUNDAY, MAY 21, 12–7 PM * MONDAY, MAY 22, 3–8:30 PM TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1–8:30 PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1–8:30 PM *EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING IN STUDY SESSIONS ONLY
REGISTER FOR TEEN PROGRAMS AT CALENDAR.VAPLD.INFO OR 224-543-1486
Youth & Family
Let’s Travel to China Learn about China and its people through folktales, a craft, a movie, and other activities. REGISTER MONDAY, MARCH 6, 4:30–5:30 PM • GRADES K–2
Sing, Sing a Song with Laura Doherty
Registration is required for youth and family programs unless
Dance and clap along to original, catchy tunes at this upbeat, interactive concert. Chicago favorite Laura Doherty acoustically rocks your kid’s world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her Parent’s Choice Award–winning CDs. REGISTER
otherwise indicated and begins 30 days prior to the event date.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 11 AM–12 PM • AGES 0–8 WITH AN ADULT
Register online at vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1486, or in person at any public service desk in the library.
Draw Along with Andertoons Acclaimed Chicagoland cartoonist Mark Anderson taps kids’ humor and doodling tendencies to teach them how to express themselves on the page. REGISTER MONDAY, MARCH 13 GRADES K–2: ALPHABET ANIMALS, 4:30–5:30 PM GRADES 3–5: CREATIVE CARTOONING, 6:30–7:30 PM
Hansel & Gretel Improv Playhouse presents an interactive musical based on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel (with a hilarious twist!) in this family-friendly performance. REGISTER SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 11 AM – 12 PM • AGES 3–10 WITH AN ADULT
My First Robot Our KIBO robots and STEM games make learning the first steps to coding a breeze. Coding novices use building blocks and sensor modules to make the KIBO robots light up, make noise, and move. REGISTER
RECOLORING THE UNIVERSE, MARCH 23
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 4:30–5:15 PM OR 6:30–7:15 PM GRADES K–2 WITH AN ADULT
Recoloring the Universe: NASA Astronomy & Coding Project Science Sleuths This four-week series features stories, films, and hands-on science activities for the budding scientist. REGISTER WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 1, 8, 15 & 22, 4:30–5:30 PM • GRADES 2–3
Coding Kids—Intermediate Dive into CSS and learn how to organize a website layout. Make your web pages beautiful and functional through borders, colors, navigation, and buttons. At the intermediate level, you should already be familiar with creating a web page. Bring your own laptop if you have one or use one of ours. REGISTER SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1–2:30 PM GRADES 2 & UP; AGES 10 & UNDER WITH AN ADULT
A Women’s History Month program. Women astronomers chat with you over Skype about their daily work and careers. Then they guide us through a basic coding project using data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and other satellites to create a realworld application of science, technology, and art. No previous coding experience required. All genders welcome. A Women’s History Month program. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 4:30–5:30 PM • GRADES 4–6
Music for Life Explore the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Enjoy live music and engage in related games, activities, and lessons with instructors from Music Institute of Chicago. REGISTER SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 11–11:45 AM • AGES 4–8 WITH AN ADULT
REGISTER FOR YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS AT CALENDAR.VAPLD.INFO OR 224-543-1486
Spring Break Craft: Geometric Canvas Feeling artistic? Use your creativity to design your own painting of colorful geometric shapes. Please wear a smock or old T-shirt for this project. REGISTER TUESDAY, MARCH 28 GRADES K–1 WITH AN ADULT: 11 AM–12 PM GRADES 2–3 WITH AN ADULT: 1:30–2:30 PM
Minecraft Mania Spring break special! Work with other kids to creatively build amazing structures and strategically defeat zombies, spiders, and skeletons. A personal Minecraft account is not necessary, as we are exploring the unique worlds and modules of the educational MinecraftEdu software. REGISTER GRADES K–2 WITH AN ADULT: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 1:30–2:15 PM GRADES 3–4: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 3–4 PM GRADES 5–8: THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 3–4 PM
Little Yogis Storytime Twist, bend, and stretch in this kid-friendly yoga storytime. Miss Julia 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. Namaste. REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 10–10:30 AM • AGES 3–6 WITH AN ADULT
3D Nuudle Art Express your creative side! Nuudles are a biodegradable, nontoxic, colorful building product that you can use to create anything you can dream up. REGISTER FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 10–10:45 OR 11–11:45 AM AGES 3 & UP WITH AN ADULT
LAURA DOHERTY, MARCH 11
PIGEON PARTY, APRIL 6
Family-Friendly Saturday Movie—Finding Dory (PG) The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish from Finding Nemo begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family. 103 minutes. REGISTER
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2 PM • ALL AGES
BusyBee Coding Buzz, buzz! BeeBot robots help your very young child learn simple coding, sequencing, estimating, and problem-solving skills. A storytime teaches the basics for designing your own map for the BeeBot to follow. REGISTER MONDAY, APRIL 3, 4:30–5:15 PM OR 6:30–7:15 PM AGES 3–6 WITH AN ADULT
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, APRIL 4 GRADES 3–4: 4:30–5:30 PM GRADES 5–8: 7–8 PM
Science Explorers Young scientists learn about scientific concepts by conducting fun experiments with instructor guidance. REGISTER WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 7–8 PM • GRADES 4–5
Pigeon Party Celebrate Pigeon’s birthday by watching some of his exciting adventures, playing a Pigeon game, and doing a craft project that even Duckling would want to have! REGISTER THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 4:30–5:30 PM • GRADES K–2
Chess with CheckMates—Strategies & Beyond Step up to focus on strategy and tactics to move your game to the next level of play. This three-week class is for students who are proficient with the basics and ready to learn more in-depth strategies. REGISTER SATURDAYS, APRIL 15, 22 & 29, 10:45–11:45 AM • GRADES K–8
Chess Tournament All skill levels are welcome at this friendly competition facilitated by CheckMatesUSA. Requires separate registration. REGISTER SATURDAY, MAY 6, 9:30–11:30 AM • GRADES K–8
PUPPET POETRY, APRIL 12
Solve-it Cyrus: A Math Musical Cyrus can solve any puzzle, mystery, or riddle, but he has recently met his match: math class! Cyrus and his friends learn the ins and outs of all things math in this performance by Stars Within Reach Productions. REGISTER SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 11 AM–12 PM • GRADES K–5 WITH AN ADULT
Coding Kids—Beginner HTML Use HTML code to build a page with words, pictures, and links, and use basic CSS to add fonts and colors. Bring your own laptop if you have one or use one of ours. REGISTER SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 1–2:30 PM
Celebrate Earth Day by creating an upcycled terrarium using plastic soda bottles. Layer rocks, soil, and plants to build your own enclosed mini-garden that you can take home. REGISTER WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 GRADES K–2 WITH AN ADULT: 4:30–5:15 PM GRADES 3–5: 6:30–7:15 PM
Pokémon League Training Learn Pokémon Trading Card Game basics from World Championship competitors and siblings Alyssa and Evan Smith. Drop in with your Pokémon cards and video games for an afternoon of training, trading, and tournament play. No registration required. SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 1–3 PM • GRADES 2–8
GRADES 2 & UP, CHILDREN 10 & UNDER WITH AN ADULT
Children’s Book Week with Aaron Reynolds
Puppet Poetry with Kevin Kammeraad & Friends
Celebrate the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country with the author of the Caldecott Honor picture book Creepy Carrots. Learn what went into creating his new graphic novel series, Caveboy Dave, then invent a graphic novel of your own! REGISTER
Celebrate National Poetry Month with award-winning artist, performer, and author Kevin Kammeraad and his energetic cast of puppet friends! Activate your imagination while you move and groove through this show filled with music, movement, and poetry. REGISTER
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 6:30–7:30 PM • GRADES K & UP WITH AN ADULT
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 4:30–5:30 PM • GRADES K–3 WITH AN ADULT
Science Investigators combines literature and age-appropriate activities and experiments in this four-week, hands-on series.
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, APRIL 13 GRADES 3–4: 4:30–5:30 PM GRADES 5–8: 7–8 PM
Chess with CheckMates—Rules & Basics This three-week class for true beginners covers the basics, including rules, chess coordinates, chess terminology, and how to move each piece. Students will be able to play a full game by the end of the third week. REGISTER SATURDAYS, APRIL 15, 22 & 29, 9:30–10:30 AM • GRADES K–8
WEDNESDAYS, MAY 3, 10, 17 & 24, 4:30–5:15 PM • GRADES K–1
POKÉMON LEAGUE TRAINING, APRIL 30
Moon Over Lincolnshire Explore the night sky through powerful telescopes with the help of members of the Lake County Astronomical Society. Check library website for updates if the weather is questionable. No registration required. THURSDAY, MAY 4, 7–8:30 PM • ALL AGES • LIBRARY FRONT ENTRANCE
Free Comic Book Day We are pleased to join libraries and comic shops across the country today to give away new comics — absolutely free, no strings attached! After you’ve grabbed your comic, stay to make a related craft. Limit one comic per person while supplies last. No registration required. SATURDAY, MAY 6 • ALL AGES
Author Cammie McGovern Parent/Child Book Discussion Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern. Benny Barrows is feeling unlucky. His autistic brother can be difficult, his father has a serious accident, and his best friend moves away. But the events of Benny’s year prove to him that he, his family, and his community have the strength to deal with life’s challenges and that he may not be so unlucky after all. Join us for pizza and conversation. A complimentary book is reserved for you at registration. Have it signed and meet the author at the event immediately following (requires separate registration).
Dance-Along Mother’s Day Concert with Jeanie B.
This upbeat concert features dancing, sing-alongs, and interactive music with Parent’s Choice Award–winning musician Jeanie B. REGISTER
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 5:45–6:45 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 11 AM–12 PM • ALL AGES WITH AN ADULT
GRADES 4–8 WITH AN ADULT • LIBRARY ANNEX
Author Visit: Cammie McGovern
MONDAY, MAY 15, 7–8 PM • GRADES K–8 WITH AN ADULT
Acclaimed middle-grade author Cammie McGovern joins us to discuss Just My Luck and her new release, Chester and Gus, along with her advocacy for the special needs community. As the parent of a son with autism and a founder of Whole Children, Cammie draws from her connections with this underrepresented minority to show that the cornerstones of our personalities are essentially the same. REGISTER
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 7–8 PM • GRADES 4 & UP WITH AN ADULT
Bugs, Beetles & Bookworms Meet live bugs on an insect safari while learning about insect anatomy and communication. See the world through a bug’s compound eyes with special goggles. An interactive entomology program presented by Science Alliance. REGISTER
Calling all LEGO Fans! Build and program interactive models using the LEGO Education WeDo software in this hands-on program. REGISTER TUESDAY, MAY 16 GRADES 3–4: 4:30–5:30 PM GRADES 5–8: 7–8 PM
Mini Math Magicians The fun really adds up in this crafty program. Participants explore math concepts through books, games, and a craft. Bring your thinking cap, smile, and magical personality! REGISTER FRIDAY, MAY 19, 11–11:30 AM • AGES 3–5 WITH AN ADULT
Planting in the Library Garden Join us in the sunshine as we plant the first vegetables of the season in our library garden with the help and guidance of Master Gardeners. Create garden crafts to take home. Our summer harvest is donated to the Sharing Hands Food Pantry. Rain date: June 4. REGISTER SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 9:30–10:30 AM • GRADES K–4 WITH AN ADULT
REGISTER FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS AT CALENDAR.VAPLD.INFO OR 224-543-1486
Early Literacy Programs
Reading readiness starts at birth, so our programs do, too! Each class is carefully designed for the developmental needs of each age group; please choose programs based on your child’s age. Registration is not required except where indicated. Siblings are welcome at all early literacy programs except Preschool Storytime.
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime
Miss Kelsey guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and books that are sure to bring a smile to your baby’s face and stimulate baby brain development. Playtime immediately follows, giving babies and caregivers a chance to socialize and connect with their community.
Dress in pajamas, snuggle with your stuffy, and wind down from the day with books, songs, and rhymes at the library.
MONDAYS, MARCH 6, 13, 20, APRIL 3, 10, 17, MAY 1, 8, 15 9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM AGES 0–14 MONTHS WITH AN ADULT
Giggles & Wiggles Giggle, groove, sing, and jam along with your toddler and Miss Heather. Music and movement are the center of this active storytime that helps your child connect sounds, language, and fun! This is a very active program — please be prepared to move!
TUESDAYS, MARCH 14, APRIL 11, MAY 9, 6:30–7 PM AGES 0–6 WITH AN ADULT
Playdate @ the Library Get out of the house and play with your friends without all that winter gear during this drop-in program. Toys and a pop-up house entertain our little ones. FRIDAYS, MARCH 3 & 17, 9:30–11 AM • AGES 0–4 WITH AN ADULT
Under Five Family Time
WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 8, 15, 22, APRIL 5, 12, 19, MAY 3, 10, 17
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.
9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM
SATURDAYS, MARCH 4, APRIL 1, MAY 27, 11–11:45 AM
AGES 15−24 MONTHS WITH AN ADULT
AGES 0–5 WITH AN ADULT
Blast Off with Books
STEM Storytime — NEW!
The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places with Miss Sarah as you and your child share stories and learn sign language. Themed songs, rhymes, and books help your child develop letter recognition.
Explore early science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts during this engaging and interactive storytime. Using books, activities, and crafts, discover how STEM is all around us.
TUESDAYS, MARCH 7, 14, 21, APRIL 4, 11, 18, 25, MAY 2, 9, 16 9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM AGES 2–3 WITH AN ADULT
Preschool Storytime Through books, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, children build important pre-reading skills. This class promotes listening skills and individual confidence, builds literacy, and encourages children to develop a lifelong love of reading in preparation for school success.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 10–10:30 AM • AGES 3–5 WITH AN ADULT
A Taste of Storytime The whole family is invited to our “weekend blend” storytime that combines all of our weekday storytime offerings — plus coffee and donuts! Find out what early literacy is all about and meet other area parents, kids, and your library’s early literacy team. No prior storytime experience necessary. SATURDAYS, MARCH 18, APRIL 15, MAY 20, 10–10:30 AM AGES 0–5 WITH AN ADULT
THURSDAYS, MARCH 2, 9, 16, APRIL 6, 13, 20, MAY 4, 11, 18 10–10:30 AM OR 1:30–2 PM AGES 3–5 WITHOUT AN ADULT
Lil’ Spring Fling Dance off your winter blues and celebrate the coming of spring with your little sunshines. Register at http://calendar.vapld.info or call 224-543-1486. REGISTER MONDAY, MARCH 27, 9:30–10 AM OR 10:30–11 AM AGES 0–3 WITH AN ADULT
NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EARLY LITERACY STORYTIMES
Welcome, babies! A gift for our youngest patrons If you have a newborn or you just haven’t had the chance to introduce your little one under 12 months of age to the wonders of the library, now is the time. Stop by our Youth Services Desk to pick up a welcome gift. You’ll receive a tote bag and board book to keep. We’ll also give you a carabiner clip and activity card to engage your little learner when you’re on the go; clip it to a diaper bag, stroller, or handbag. Add a new activity card each month when you and your child come to a storytime at the library. Attend regularly to collect every card; each features activities that support the development of the five reading readiness skills — playing, talking, singing, reading, and writing. For more information, stop at the Youth Services Desk or call 224-543-1486. For info on our Early Literacy program, visit http://www.vapld.info/kids/early-literacy
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LIBRARY ANNEX MAIN LIBRARY
Library Hours Monday–Thursday Friday & Saturday Sunday
9 am–9 pm 9 am–5 pm Noon–5 pm
Closed The library will be closed on these dates this season: April 16
April 21 May 28–29
Library opens at 1pm Memorial Day observance
Get a library card Residents and owners of property or a business located within the Vernon Area Public Library District may apply for a free library card. Ask at the Checkout Desk. We extend borrowing privileges to cardholders from other Illinois public libraries, too. Bring your library card to the Checkout Desk to register.
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Find books, e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, video games, and other materials available for checkout or download at http://search.vapld.info. Log in with your library card number and PIN (typically the last four digits of your phone number) to place materials on hold or save to a wishlist.
Register for the free classes and special events listed in this newsletter by telephone at 224-543-1485 (adult) or 224-543-1486 (family, kids, teen) or online at http://calendar.vapld.info.
Access your account Renew checkouts. Check the status of items on hold. Build wish lists. Use your library card number and PIN (typically the last four digits of your phone number) to log in at http://bit.ly/lib-account, or through the Vernon Library app found in your device’s app store, or call 847-634-3650.
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