Thursday, March 7, 2013
Renovations to the library will begin this fall and wrap up in spring 2014, according to library officials.
Downers Grove Public Library officials have chosen an architect to spearhead a planned $1.8 million interior renovation. Late last month, the library's board of trustees selected Chicago-based Product Architecture and Design to lead the project, which is slated to begin this fall. The firm has designed several library renovations, including buildings in Arlington Heights, Niles, Hinsdale and Evanston. It was chosen for the Downers Grove project after a thorough interview process and evaluation of qualification, officials said. "The Downers Grove Public Library is excited to benefit from this expertise," officials said in a release. The library has been located at 1050 Curtiss St. since 1891, occupying four separate facilities over the past…
Friday, January 4, 2013
"Iron-Jawed Angels" will be screened at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Downers Grove Public Library.
The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle will host a free movie screening and discussion Saturday on the topic of women's suffrage. Iron-Jawed Angels will play at 9:30 a.m. at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St. The award-winning film tells the story of a group of young women who put their lives on the line in 1920 to fight for women's right to vote, according to League officials. Stars include Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Angelica Huston, Julia Ormond and Patrick Dempsey. Light refreshments will be served, and a brief discussion will be held after the movie. For more information on the event, visit www.dgwl.il.lwvnet.org or contact Hilary Denk at 630-724-9528. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Check out ReadKiddoRead's list of the best Halloween books for kids.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
All of us—adults, teens and children—enjoy a scary chill. What better time of year than Halloween to indulge in stories that make our spines tingle? It's the perfect time for your family to share some spooky stories each evening. To get you started, here are some Halloween books filled with ghosts and ghouls, wizards and witches, haunted houses and black magic that everyone can enjoy together. The youngest children love the fun of Halloween: costumes, trick-or-treating and gentle tales of ghosts and goblins. Here are some books for this age group: GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE By Kazuno Kohara For ages 1-6 There are fuzzy pumpkin costumes in sizes as small as 6 months, so why not a Halloween board book for toddlers? This one tells the tale of a …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Censorship is alive and well, as highlighted by Banned Books Week—and you might be surprised by who the most vocal challengers of books are.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The importance of the First Amendment and the concept of "intellectual freedom" might not always be readily apparent to most kids, but Banned Books Week is a great opportunity to make those lessons come alive for children—and adults. Banned Books Week is held annually during the last week of Sept. (Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012). The week is an occasion for libraries and bookstores across the U.S. to help folks realize just how real and ongoing a problem censorship is. More than 11,000 books have been challenged (though not necessarily successfully censored) since 1982, the inaugural year of Banned Books Week. According to the American Library Association (ALA), the vast majority of challenges to books are initiated locally by parents, likely in …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thousands of VHS tapes, audiobooks on cassette and select CDs will be available for free this weekend as the library makes room for new material.
The Downers Grove Public Library will host a media giveaway this weekend as it makes room for new materials. More than 5,000 VHS tapes, audiobooks on cassette and select CDs will be available all day Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 9, at no cost to library patrons. The library, 1050 Curtis St., is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The giveaway is directly related to the library's recently adopted strategic plan, which calls for a "strong focus on books, reading and associated services." Melissa Doornbos, public relations manager for the Downers Grove Public Library, said librarians are in the process of adding new materials—such as e-books—and removing materials that…
Monday, September 3, 2012
What better way to celebrate American workers than by taking a day off?
It's time to fire up the grill one last time and say good-bye to the dog days of summer. Though summer doesn't official end until Sept. 21, Labor Day — a national holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of Amiercan workers — is often thought of as the season's last hurrah. And many people — especially public employees — have the day off. Here's what's closed on and around Labor Day 2012: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on Downers Grove news:
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The Downers Grove Public Library compiles a list of the most popular books of summer 2012.
Patch asked the staff of the Downers Grove Public Library what books have been checked out the most this summer. Here is the list the staff drew up. The titles are not listed in any particular order. How many of them have you read? Fiction Non-fiction
Friday, August 10, 2012
The friendly competition ends tonight. The goal: 900 likes for each.
Downers Grove Patch and the Downers Grove Public Library are “duking it out” on Facebook. Patch posted a request Thursday for more “likes” to get the site up to a nice round figure: 900. The library saw the post, and suggested that it would be nice if Downers Grove Facebookers would help the library get 900 likes, also. So, a friendly competition was launched. The library started the race with 870; Patch with 854. As of late last night, the numbers are: library, 878; Patch, 858. Come on, Facebook community, show us your love! Click here for Patch‘s Facebook page and here for the library’s Facebook page.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The winner will get $5,000 cash to spend on books and supplies.
Not often—outside some Chicago elections—can you vote once a day, every day for your favorite candidate. The Downers Grove Public Library is in a contest that will net $5,000 books and supplies from the Lego Duplo Read! Build! Play! project. But its patrons have to vote. LEGO® DULEGO® DUPLO®and the Association for Library Services To Children have joined to celebrate and support local libraries. The most nominated library in the "Read! Build! Play!" project will receive the cash prize. The top 200 libraries receive a special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit filled with cutting edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks. Downers Grove took an early lead when voting started…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The library is barely holding on to first place
UPDATE [7/15 11 p.m.]: With over 34,000 votes cast so far, the Downers Grove Public Library is holding on to first place by a 40 vote margin as of this writing in the Lego Duplo Read! Build! Play! project. A victory would net the library $5,000 in books and supplies. Remember, you can vote once a day every day, so make a habit out of it. Voting allegedly ends in October, but details on when exactly are hard to come by, so don't sit back and wait! ORIGINAL: As we mentioned last week, you can help the Downers Grove Public Library win $5,000 in books and supplies through an initiative with Lego Duplo. A week later, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is the library has fallen to second place behind the Rochester Hills Public Library …