Curious to know more about geology?

Echosofearth1We have a great program coming up this Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 pm at LaGrange Park Public Library: Echoes of Earth:Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet.  Writer-photographer L.Sue Baugh explores the breathtaking beauty and power of the world’s oldest rock and mineral sites in Australia, Greenland, Northwest Canada, and the Grand Canyon.   

If you’d like to know more about geology, our libraries have a variety of materials, including these selections:
Geology of Illinois by Dennis Kolata and Cheryl Nimz
Geology underfoot in Illinois by Ray Wiggers
Earth : the biography by Iain Steward
The nature of earth: an introduction to geology by John J. Renton. (DVD)

You may find these materials, and many more, in our library catalogs:  
SWAN and the Lisle Library catalog – or ask any of our friendly staff to show you what we have!

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Kids Read Book Party!

We hope you’ve been enjoying all of the fun Kids Read programs!  The last Book Party will be held at Hinsdale Library on Friday, April 18th at 1:30 pm.   


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Walt Whitman: America’s Poet

Whitman_at_about_fiftyComing up tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00 pm is Walt Whitman: America’s Poet, hosted at Indian Prairie Public Library. Poet Walt Whitman is portrayed by R.J. Lindsey, sharing both stories of Whitman’s life and readings of his poetry, including his masterpiece Leaves of Grass and his most popular poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”

April is National Poetry Month, so if you’re in the mood for some poetry, stop by any of our libraries. We have plenty of Walt Whitman to offer, as well as collections by other poets!  

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Seeking the Perfect Cinnamon Bun

CinnamonBuns07_medAlong his journey, author Philip Caputo samples cinnamon buns across the country, and finds one of the best at the Tetsa River Campground, with their claim of being the “Cinnamon Bun Center of the Galactic Cluster.”

In the Big Read’s tribute to Caputo’s side quest, Deliciously Yours chef Mary Gail Bennett helped our audience learn how to make their perfect cinnamon bun. The program was hosted at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 


The Hinsdale Public Library will also be hosting Mary Gail Bennett for this program on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00pm. There is already a waiting list for the event, which you can sign up for here

To see more photos from our programs, visit our Photos page! 

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Music of the Big Read: Woody Guthrie

Woody_Guthrie_NYWTSThis Sunday, April 13th at 2:00 pm, Indian Prairie Public Library is hosting a music program: Songs of Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer. Folk singer, storyteller, and Autoharp virtuoso, Adam Miller tells the true story of the man who wrote “This Land Is Your Land” through words and music.

If you’re in the mood for more Woody Guthrie, or more folk music, here are a few suggestions:
The essential Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl balladeer
Dust Bowl ballads by Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie: the Asch recordings. vol. 1-4
Woody Guthrie at 100! live at the Kennedy Center (songs performed by various artists)
Note of hope: a celebration of Woody Guthrie: a collaboration in words and music (songs performed by various artists)

For more music, please visit one of our libraries and ask our friendly staff to show you our music collections!

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Film this Friday: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

planes trainsFilms are just one facet of our varied programming during the Big Read. This Friday, you can see and discuss the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Thomas Ford Memorial Library. The doors open at 6:45 pm and discussion will follow the film.

This 1987 John Hughes comedy stars Steve Martin and John Candy.  Martin plays Neal Page, a salesman who just wants to travel home to see his family for Thanksgiving. When his flight is canceled, he’s forced to seek alternate transport home. And, as luck would have it, he meets Del Griffith (played by John Candy), a shower curtain ring salesman who is never short of conversation, advice, or bad jokes.

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