Thursday, August 27, 2009

Library Short List for Fall

The calendar still reads August, and, even if the weather outside doesn't reflect it, it is still technically summer. But here at the library we are already in fall mode. Our school supply drive is in full swing, our book club is cramming in the last few pages of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society before its September 3 meeting, and we are finalizing all our fall programs and events.

This year we're looking to help you save money while being eco-conscious with "Going Green, Saving Green" on Thursday, October 29, but not before well-known author Chad Lewis scares you with his talk on the "Most Haunted Locations in Illinois." And we are once again offering our Beginners Computer Classes throughout the fall. Registration begins the first full week of September, so get here early to sign up!

If that wasn't fun enough for you, we are pleased to announce that we will begin carrying passes for many of the museums around the greater Chicagoland area, such as the Bronzeville Children's Museum, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the Morton Arboretum. Click here for a full list of all participating museums. Unfortunately, none of the Chicago museums are participating in this, but don't forget that they do offer free days every month! Click here for a complete listing.

The back to school hustle and bustle will resume soon, if it hasn't already, and the long, lazy days of summer - the kind filled with swimming pools and melting ice cream cones - are giving way to the shorter, breezier ones of fall. You'll have to go inside eventually, we're just trying to make your time indoors a little more entertaining.

Photo courtesy of Avmaier's Flickr

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back to School

It seems like summer finally decided to make an appearance. After filing multiple missing reports and sending out the search party, summer showed. A little cooler than before and long overdue, but I know that we at the library are willing to forgive some fashionable lateness in exchange for warm sunny days (and some party dip). However, at the risk of sounding pessimistic, summer has no sooner arrived than we're already talking about the dreaded (for students and teachers alike) back-to-school. It isn't all bad though? The upshot of back to school is back to school supplies! Who doesn't like a new pack of crayons, still smooth and unbroken, shiny as a freshly waxed car. Even those of us who are adults get into the spirit; after all, we were all students once, right? The very word "August" inspires visions of Trapper Keepers, and don't get us started on that "new pencil eraser" smell.

Since we're on the topic of school supplies, it bears mentioning that we are a drop off point for the Worth Township School Supply Drive. Returning to the classroom in the fall is a lot easier with some new notebooks and pens, and there are a lot of people who need some help providing these materials for their children. If you can, please donate. Even if it is just a new binder or a set of colored pencils, any contribution helps. Just think about how excited you were going to school on that first day, a backpack heavy, not only with school supplies, but with promise.