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
From the Library Administrator

The Library recently had a staff in-service day which was very productive. This gives us a chance to meet as a whole group, discuss upcoming events, make plans for the future, and have department meetings.


Donations to the West Suburban Community Food Pantry Many people donated food to the Children's Department during our Summer Reading Program. This food is now being given to the West Suburban Community Pantry. Thanks to everyone for your generosity. 


September is Library Card Sign-up Month! If you don't have a card already, this is the time to get one. It's also a great 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.


Banned Books Week is September 21 through September 27 this year. It is one week during the year when national attention is focused on the efforts to remove or restrict access to books in libraries and schools. Displays in the Library will highlight some of these titles.


September is also Literacy Awareness month and Literacy DuPage will be offering tutor training in the Library during the month. Can you help change someone's future? Call Literacy DuPage at 630-416-6699 or click the link above for more information.


The 14th annual Woodridge Art show will be held during October. This popular exhibit provides an opportunity for our residents 18 years old and older to exhibit up to three pieces of art for viewing by the rest of the community. Beginners as well as experienced artists are welcome. Download information and registration forms or pick them up at the Circulation Desk. Artists may sell up to eight unframed works on paper or canvas. A Meet-the-Artists reception will be held on Friday, October 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Welcome to Woodridge, our new local-history webpage, is now available. See photos of early Woodridge and prominent people from the community, from our first mayor to our current mayor!


On a happy and sad note, I am announcing the retirement of Kay Kohut, editor of our newsletters and organizer of our very successful adult programs. Kay has worked at the Library for 16 years. Her last day will be September 19. We will miss her, but we wish her happy days in retirement.


We are pleased to announce that Patti Naisbitt will be taking Kay's place as program coordinator and as our public relations person. Patti is a Woodridge resident and has 20 years of experience working in libraries. Welcome, Patti!  


Susan McNeil-Marshall
September Events

Registration begins Saturday, September 6, for baby lapsits, toddler times, and storytimes. You can register in person, by phone, or online. Each child must be the correct age by September 1 and have their own library card. See our website or print Library Leaves to view other programs that are coming up.


There is an ACT practice test for high-school students on Saturday, September 6, 1:00 p.m. Students must register for this.


The Limitations (guitar, bass, and vocal harmonics) are returning on Sunday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m. They are always a lot of fun-they perform classic rock such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Ricky Nelson, and more. 


Registration is taking place for our new round of computer classes. Check our calendar and decide what you want to take.

Book Discussions

This month's book discussions are:

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood, Tuesday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m.

The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig,Tuesday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. 


The Crime Readers joint book discussion, cosponsored by Indian Prairie Public Library, will discuss Tug of War by Barbara Cleverly on Thursday, September 18, at Home Run Inn Pizza at 7521 Lemont Road, Darien. There is an optional dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the discussion begins at 7:00 p.m.

Septembers's Recommended Resource
CultureGramsBack to school means homework. We have online resources for students that can be accessed from home. A popular choice is CultureGrams where students can find country reports providing an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs and lifestyles of the world's people. Also, includes information about the 50 states, a photo gallery, famous people section, recipe collection and flag gallery.
Art Gallery Showing
Dharma and Evangeline Alagaratnam: Photography and Oil Painting

Dharma Alagaratnam Dharma Alagaratnam is a retired radiologist, originally from Sri Lanka. He has been in the U.S. for the last 39 years. He has dual interests, birds and photography. He calls himself a "lazy birder" because he waits for the birds to come to him! By providing food, water, shelter, and nesting areas in his backyard, the birds come close enough that he can sit on his couch and use his telephoto lenses to execute his photographs. He also takes his camera with him when he travels so he can photograph birds wherever he goes.


Peacock by Evangeline Alagaratnam

Evangeline Alagaratnam is also from Sri Lanka. She enrolled in her first art class at the College of DuPage 12 years ago and she has been hooked ever since. Oil paint is her medium of choice and she is inspired by the world around her-flowers, birds, landscapes, and people, with vibrant color and depth. Evangeline has gone back to Sri Lanka with donated art supplies: paper, pencils, crayons, and canvases. Many impoverished children were then able to begin exploring art. She is planning to visit again this fall in an effort to continue the progress.


There will be a reception to meet the artists on Saturday, September 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
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