Summer Reminders 2013
Libertyville Days is here again. That's a sure sign that summer has arrived. On Sunday, June 16, our Cook Park Library will be closed. Our Aspen Drive Library will be open as usual, from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Here a few seasonal reminders:
- Both of our locations will be closed on Sundays during July and August, as well as September 1st.
- During Libertyville Days, the Farmers Market, Car Fun on 21, and Out to Lunch in Libertyville, the Church Street exit from our Cook Park Library parking lot will be closed. Our Brainerd Street entrance has been widened to permit cars to exit as well as enter there. Please note: turning left from the Brainerd exit is prohibited.
- Additional parking is always available in the village parking structure at Brainerd and Lake.
- We have a lovely courtyard for outdoor reading at our Cook Park Library.
- Our Bookmobile will continue to make neighborhood stops throughout the summer.
- Please enjoy our Adult, Teen and Kids’ Summer Programs.
Your summer trip just got more entertaining! Thanks to Cook Memorial's Digi-Fare, you can take the library (books, audiobooks, music and magazines) with you wherever you go, without giving up precious space in your suitcase. Want an introduction to and a demonstration of these electronic resources? Come to the Digi-Fare Festival at our Aspen Drive Library on June 22. Stop in any time between 1pm and 4pm to try out the new resources and enjoy food and prizes. No registration necessary.
And speaking of summer trips, the theme for this year's Summer Reading Club is, appropriately enough, Have Book...Will Travel. Visit any of our locations to register and start keeping track of all the places you read this summer.Add a comment
Summer Reading, Learning and Fun
This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is Have Book…Will Travel. We want to know about all the places you read or listen to books, from the breakfast table to your car, to the beach and beyond. Read in 12 places and you’ll be eligible for prizes! Stop by any of our locations beginning June 1 to register all members of your family.
Summer is also for learning and we’ll be offering opportunities to increase your knowledge about subjects as diverse as Medicare and olive oil. If becoming more tech savvy is one of your summer goals, you can sign up for free computer classes beginning June 8. You will also want to attend our Digi-Fare Festival at Aspen Drive on June 22 to learn about all the downloadable and streaming services the library will soon be offering for music and movies as well as books, audiobooks and magazines.
Summer is for fun too, and we are including a healthy dose of that as well. Our Authors Out Loud series will include Jeff Shaara of Civil War fiction renown, Will Schwalbe, author of the bestselling The End of Your Life Book Club, and Helene Wecker, the Libertyville native whose debut novel is one of the most hotly anticipated books of the summer. Our book clubs will be in full swing, with the Classics club offering movies as well as book discussions. Fun program topics include a salute to the Lone Ranger, a chance to tour Adlai Stevenson’s home, and a musical performance by the Encore! vocal ensemble.
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Friends of the Library Book Sale
A patron contacted Ear this week to ask how to email the Friends of the Library for information about donating books and DVDs for future Friends’ sales.
Due to very limited storage space, we have been unable to accept donations for Friends' sales in recent months. However, in preparation for next month’s sale, we will begin accepting donations June 1.
The sale will be held in the meeting room at our Cook Park location. Here are the hours:
Friday, June 21 – 12:30pm – 6pm: Preview sale for members of the Friends. You can join at the door for $5.
Saturday, June 22 – 9am to 4pm: Open to the public
Sunday, June 23 – 1 pm to 4pm: Open to the public
Proceeds from the sale will be used by the Friends to fund the library's reading programs (the costs of supplies and prizes) and finance equipment and supplies not covered in the library budget.Add a comment
Our Early Learning Center
Question: What is the Early Learning Center all about?
To answer this question, Ear turned to Melissa Henderson, Children's Department Manager. She responded with an explanation and an invitation:
Thinkers as diverse and brilliant as Albert Einstein and Mr. Rogers have agreed that children learn through play. While children don't need to be taught to want to play, they do need have access to well-designed, well thought out programs and activities that encourage play with a purpose: learning!
The Early Learning Center offers a hands-on literacy play space for children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers. Located in the Children’s Department at Cook Park Library in Libertyville, the ELC has activities designed to stimulate, model and encourage repetition of fun activities that help children become ready to read.
Each month, the ELC offers a selection of activities, manipulatives, and books that feature a concept such as numbers or colors or a topic such as families or health & safety. The activities have been developed to support the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which addresses 5 critical pre-literacy skills: talking, writing, singing, reading, and playing.
The ELC is part of the library’s commitment to early literacy; in addition to the ELC, the library has long offered engaging storytimes and programming and Early Literacy Kits, which extend these activities into the home life of the child.
Next time you’re in the Cook Park Library, take a look inside the ELC. Better still, make a special visit with an early learner!
Melissa and her staff would also like to invite parents, grandparents, child care providers and preschool teachers to attend an Every Child Ready to Read – Early Literacy Workshop at 7pm, Monday, April 29 at our Aspen Drive Library. Register
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