Welcome to the Woodridge Public Library's monthly e-newsletter, highlighting selected programs, collections, and happenings. See everything that's going on at our online calendar or Library Leaves. Newsletter editor Kay Kohut welcomes comments and can be reached by replying to this e-mail.
Woodridge Public Library
Library Announcements

The Library will be closed on Friday, August 22 for a staff in-service day. We will also be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day, although we will be open on Sunday, August 31. The outside book drops are always available so you can return items any time you want. All materials except e-readers can be returned in the drops.

From the Library Administrator

August already! Summer reading programs ended with remarkable statistics-the Children's Department program, Fizz, Boom, Read, had 1,292 readers who earned prizes by reading for either minutes or books, reading 678,423 minutes. Once they completed their reading for coupons and prizes, they donated tokens, each worth a nickel, to the West Suburban Community Pantry. They donated 1,951 tokens, giving the Pantry $186.65. We also had 64 children sign up for the Wee Readers program and they earned prizes for completing levels of five activities, totaling 337 levels. Children can still guess the number of beads (representing the number of books read) until August 3!


The teen reading program had 149 participants and they read 677 books, while the adult program had 94 participants and they read 474 books. The winners of the teen photo contest, which had three themes, are: Tiffany Nguyen for Motion, Madi Bromfield for Play, and Rachel Mackenzie for Red, White, and Blue. Congratulations!


A special thanks to all our donors from the many companies and organizationswho contributed over $247,125.50 in coupons and prizes.


Robot and Builder The children's department had numerous programs for the kids. They made robots out of recycled materials, did craft projects, and learned about fossils.  The adults had a full house for a program on juicing and smoothies. 


In July the Library Board approved a master plan for updating the Library's interior, the first major redesign since 1997, when the library expansion was completed. The plan was developed by Product Architecture + Design of Chicago, which had been chosen in March over several other firms.  The plan incorporates ideas gathered from focus groups, public comments, and staff.


The goal of this project is to increase and enhance public space. A library must remain relevant to the community it serves, and since 1997, technology, collections, and overall use of the building have changed. The plan will create more group-meeting spaces, more individual study areas, an improved teen area, and a more efficient computer area. The Children's Department will have more space and it will be more inviting to families, a key to successful early literacy.


The plans call for construction being phased in over more than one fiscal year. Initial phases will begin in the spring.


The Woodridge Junior Woman's Club is sponsoring a school-supply drive for Woodridge children who are in need. They will collect items until Monday, August 18. Items needed include backpacks and any other new school supplies. There is a collection box in the Lobby. Thanks in advance for your generosity!


We have recently purchased a portable electronic magnifier reader (Optelec) which can be checked out for a three-week period. This is to enable people with visual impairments to be able to read newspapers, letters, magazines, or look at photos. The device is small and light-weight and is ideal for use at home or on the go. We also have a full-size desktop Optelec available for home use. The larger viewing area makes it easy to read books and other large materials. If you are considering purchasing low-vision equipment, this is a perfect way to try before you buy. Contact the reference librarians if you have any questions or wish to reserve one of these magnifiers.  


For the safety and protection of children, the Library has an Unattended Children's Policy. This states that children 7 years old and under must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian, or caregiver who is at least 14 years old. Children under 3 years of age must have a caregiver with them in Library programs. Caregivers for those 3 to 7 year-old children who are in programs must remain in the library for the duration of the program. This policy also addresses children not picked up by the time the Library closes. The Library is not responsible for children waiting to be picked up at closing, and Woodridge police will be called if children are not picked up within 15 minutes after closing.


September is library card sign-up month, so if you don't already have a card, that will be a great time to get one! It's also a terrific back-to-school tool for the children. At the end of the month we will have a drawing for prizes for anyone who signed up for a new card!


Finally, Literacy DuPage will be offering tutor training here at the Library during September, which is Literacy Awareness month. Can you help change someone's future? Call Literacy DuPage at 630-416-6699, or check out their website  for more information. 


Susan McNeil-Marshall
August Events

Teens-there is a free ACT/SAT Writing Seminar on Thursday, August 14, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.


Are you tired of eating the same old boring lunch? Clair Boone, a frugal-living expert, will provide ideas for making nutritious, inexpensive lunches for you and your family. Sign up here.


The Adult Department is offering classes for using various Android tablets and learning how to stream movies


Several computer classes are being offered in August. Please note, however, Westwood College has cancelled Introduction to the Mac OS.


Registration for fall story times and other events in the Children's Department begins Saturday, September 6. Remember, every child needs their own library card to sign up for a program.
Book Discussions

Our regular book discussions and Crime Readers discussions will resume in September.

August's Recommended Resource
TumbleBooks TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  
Art Gallery Showing
Lisle Artists Guild: Mixed Media
Convex by Betty Kirk

The Lemont Artists Guild, established in 1992, is the gathering point for many local artists and friends of the arts. They welcome adults and young adults with various levels of ability and interests in art. Their purpose is to create a supportive environment to nurture creativity and individuality in the arts. The guild brings people together to share ideas, spark creativity, and encourage interest in all forms of art. 

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