National Library Week 2009
...celebrate @ your library!

National Library Week, celebrated in April each year, is a time to celebrate libraries and to promote library use and support.

Skokie Public Library has all kinds of free events and activities planned during our National Library Week celebration, April 13 through 19. Please plan to join us for one or all. We look forward to seeing you!

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Proud sponsor of National Library Week

PLEASE NOTE: Children under 8 years old must be accompanied to all programs by a parent or adult caregiver.


All Week Long...

Food (and more) for Fines!

photoPay your overdue fines in food or personal care items and get your Library account back in good standing during National Library Week! Up to 10 items will be accepted for fine forgiveness, at $1 per item, to help restock the Niles Township Food Pantry, which is now trying to help more than 1,000 households keep food on their tables each month during this difficult economic time. The following items are most needed right now...

  • Canned fruit
  • Baby food
  • Canned or bottled juice
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta or rice dishes
  • Tuna
  • Crackers
  • Sugar, flour, and cooking oil
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Razors
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent

Please note...

  • Expired or perishable items and damaged packages will not be accepted
  • The actual cost of each item will not be considered in canceling fines.
  • All contributions will be donated to the Niles Township Food Pantry.

Even if you don’t have fines, please consider making a donation to help those in need in our own community!

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photoIn the Bag!

The Youth Services Department will be filling a handful of "green bags" with staff favorites during National Library Week and on through to April 25 in observance of Earth Day! Check out all the materials inside the bag and keep the bag for FREE! The bags are also available for individual purchase at the low, low price of $1.
NOTE: Supplies are limited and may not be available through the entire period. Only one free bag will be given per household or family.

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On the Shelves!

Stop by the Youth Services Department an pick up a few good books. We'll have our floor display jam-packed with fiction and nonfiction all about libraries!

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At the Polls!

Students who have read at least three titles from the 2008-2009 Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) reading lists may vote for their favorite during National Library Week at the Library or a participating school.

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Day by Day...

Monday, April 13

coverMovie: Man on Wire
7:00pm
Petty Auditorium
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, this documentary chronicles the astonishing high-wire walk made by Philippe Petit between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City.
Released 2008 – 94 minutes – PG-13 for some sexuality, nudity, and drug references

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Tuesday, April 14

North Shore Musicians Club Scholarship Winners Recital
1:00 to 3:00pm
Petty Auditorium
Winners of college scholarships will perform a free classical music concert at the Library: Geraldine Ang, piano; Madeline Christensen, flute; Jiaxi Liu, piano; Henry Wang, violin; Bradley Whaley, baritone.
Registration is not required.

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Wednesday, April 15

photoSchool Stories with Skokie School Principals
6:30 to 7:30pm
Youth Services Department
Some of Skokie's very own school principals will join us for a special evening of school stories.
For preschool through grade 6. Registration is required. Sign up online or call the Youth Services desk 847.324.3149.

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Thursday, April 16

I Got Game @ the Library
graphic3:30 to 5:00pm
Mary Radmacher Meeting Room
We've got Wii! We've got PS2! We've got Xbox 360! Drop in and test your gaming skills during this open play event. We'll provide the consoles and games, but feel free to bring your own handheld systems (NDS, PSP, etc.) and E/E10-rated handheld games (please leave your console games at home). No experience required-- just drop in!
For grades 6 through 8. Registration is not required.
How to Get Published
photo7:00 to 8:30 pm
Mary Radmacher Meeting Room
Join published author Gail Lukasik as she provides practical tips on getting published in a variety of genres. She will discuss where to find agents and publishers, how to write a query letter, how to pitch a book, and other topics related to getting published. Copies of Gail Lukasik's latest book, Death's Door, will be available for purchase.
For adults only. Registration is required. Sign up online or call 847.673.3733.

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Friday, April 17

coverMovie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
1:30pm
Petty Auditorium
While spending the summer in Barcelona, Vicky and Cristina meet a charismatic artist named Juan Antonio, who finds both women attractive. Later, Cristina and Juan Antonio start to date, and his fiery ex-wife enters the picture. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Penelope Cruz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Also starring Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem.
Released 2008 – 96 minutes – PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality and smoking
Adventure Club Travels to the Land of the Midnight Sun
4:00 to 5:00pm
Mary Radmacher Meeting Room
Sweden is one of the northernmost countries of the world. It is also Europe's 4th largest country. Come discover the world @your library!
For grades kindergarten through 3. Registration is required. Sign up online or call the Youth Services desk beginning April 1.
Dance Show: 'Be the Groove'
7:00 to 8:00pm
Petty Auditorium
"Be the Groove" fuses a variety of movement, percussion, and rhythmic techniques to create a unique style of its own. Through high-energy performances and a strong commitment to education, "Be the Groove" shares its love of rhythm with people everywhere and the belief that rhythm is more than a beat... it's a mode of expression.
Registration is not required. Free tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the program.

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Saturday, April 18

photoFamily Fun @ Your Library: 'If You Take a Mouse to School'
4:00 to 5:00pm
Petty Auditorium
When a young boy takes a mouse to school the day’s events tumult into hilarity and hijinx! Proving learning can be fun and fabulous, this is a world premiere adaptation featuring Emerald City’s Theatre Company’s distinctive brand of audience involvement. Finish your homework, grab your backpack, meet the bus, and get ready for a day of school like no other! Based on Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s national bestseller.
Registration is not required. Free tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the program.

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Sunday, April 19

photoPeru Profundo Dance Company
3:00 to 4:15pm
Petty Auditorium
This multigenerational dance company presents dances of Peru, with all of its Indigenous, Criollo, and Afro-Peruvian musical traditions.
Registration is not required. Free tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the program.

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