Library News

Spelling Bee Champions

Congratulations to Eisenhower patron Bill Peterhansen for earning a spot in the final round of the Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee. After nearly four hours, Bill and his top competitor Christine Paulding agreed to a draw at the Spelling Bee held at the Library on Friday, May 31st. This duel-win sent Bill and Christine on to the regional round of spelling in Park Ridge on June 3rd. There, Christine took third place. Bill was awarded first place and will now compete in the state finals in August. Everyone at Eisenhower is proud of our champions. Please join us in wishing Bill the best of luck.

Big Library Read: Four Corners of the Sky

The Four Corners of the Sky book coverThe Big Library Read is an opportunity to unite readers all over the world around a single eBook. The Eisenhower Library, together with OverDrive, has joined the program to offer a compelling novel for all our patrons to read.

The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves?

Eisenhower Receives Grant to Fund Books for LitWorks 2014

LitWorks 2013 autograph party with teens getting books autographed by the authorsEisenhower Public Library District is the proud recipient of a $5000 Back to Books Grant from the Illinois State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funds from this grant will be used to buy books for the fifth annual LitWorks events in 2014. LitWorks 2013 was a huge success and LitWorks 2014 looks to be even more amazing. 

LitWorks: a Teen READ Event, a joint project between Eisenhower Public Library District and Ridgewood High School, gives teens a chance to meet with some of their favorite authors for a full day of events which take place both at the library and at the high school. The 2014 event will take place on Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It begins at the library with an open author panel and then moves to the school for small group breakout sessions and an autograph party. Confirmed authors for LitWorks 2014 include Jack Gantos, Marie Lu, and Dave Roman.  Other authors will be announced soon.  

The Back to Books Grant will allow the library to purchase multiple copies of LitWorks books, as well as books on CD for all of the authors who will participate. Look for LitWorks 2014 books in the Teen section of the library starting in October of 2013.  

Eisenhower Speaks Your Language

The Eisenhower Public Library District is offering a new program aimed at our patrons whose primary language is one other than English. With support from the American Dream Starts @ Your Library Grant, supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association, the Eisenhower Speaks Your Language program offers materials and events that engage the English learners in our community and support their progress to English language fluency.

Programs to learn English are available on dedicated laptops, CDs and iPods for a wide variety of languages. "Conversation Corners" will be taking place on the first Tuesday of each month throughout the year from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to offer an opportunity for learners to practice speaking English together in a friendly, non-critical environment. There will also be workshops with immigration specialists who will provide vital information to our patrons on the road to citizenship.

For more information on Eisenhower Speaks Your Language, call 708-867-2299 or ask at the Answers Desk.

New Explore! Backpacks

Explore! Backpacks logosWe're excited to tell you about an intriging new addition to our lending collection. Explore! Backpacks. Each of the bags in this series of adventure backpacks focuses on some exciting aspect of our community. Books, movies, maps, and other items will lead you on an expedition of local discovery. Each backpack also contains a booklet filled with activity ideas to make your adventure even more exciting. Fun, learning and exploration for the whole family. When returning your Explore! Backpack, ask for a special themed lapel pin to add to your pin collection.

Backpack themes include:

Very, Very Culinary
Fun & Games to Puzzle Your Brains
Hobbies, Crafts & Fun That Lasts
Amazing Star Gazing
Athletic Activity
Pets & Animals Fictional & Actual
Baked Goods in the Neighborhoods
Making the Rounds of the Burial Grounds

To start your adventure, look for the display of Explore! Backpacks in the Library Services area and check one out today.

Eisenhower receives Best Buy / YALSA Grant

Eisenhower Public Library District is pleased to announce that it has received a $2,000 grant from Best Buy Mobile and YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Division of the American Library Association).  The grant is earmarked for electronic resources for the Teen department.  Eisenhower plans to use the money to purchase dedicated nook e-readers.  These will be filled with e-books by authors for the 2014 LitWorks teen literature festival, a program sponsored by Eisenhower and Ridgewood High School.

2014 will be the fifth year for LitWorks, a community supported event that attracts approximately 300 teens, parents, and teachers.  Having participating authors’ books available electronically will give teens a different way to experience these vibrant stories.  LitWorks nooks will be available starting this summer. 

LitWorks 2013

Join us for our 4th Annual LitWorks Teen Reading Event on Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 to 4:00.  The program is free for all teens and only $5.00 for adults.  You will be able to meet six amazing authors: Jennifer Bradbury, Brent Crawford, Mark Crilley, Matt de la Pena, Alex Flinn, and Laura Resau.  Your day will start out at Eisenhower Library at 9:00 for an open author session where you'll meet all six authors and have snacks provided by the eCafe.

Eisenhower Public Library District Celebrates 40 Years of Community

2013 marks Eisenhower Public Library District's 40th anniversary as a tax-funded public library serving the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights. With our theme of "40 Years of Community," Eisenhower's upcoming year-long celebration will be putting the emphasis on you, the community we serve. The 40th Anniversary Planning Committee has been hard at work planning a year-long series of event to celebrate this important milestone. These activities will bring families, friends, and neighbors together as we share experiences and make new connections with one another.