As summer comes to a close and autumn quickly approaches, I am grateful for all that has occurred over the past few months. Our Summer Learning Challenge was once again a great success! We partnered with New Lenox School District 122 for the second year in a row to prevent summer slide and assist children in retaining the knowledge they’ve learned throughout the school year. Teens and adults enjoyed classes and events that aligned with our “Reading Takes You Everywhere” theme. Read More
Our talented staff created informative and interesting classes and events that were well attended, and patrons received wonderful prizes for participating in the Challenge. A big and hearty thank you goes out to all of the local businesses and organizations that supported the Summer Learning Challenge. Also, we couldn’t have registered and assisted the hundreds of Challenge participants without the help of our teen volunteers. The library truly appreciates those of you in our community that support us; we couldn’t have done it without generous individuals like you! Autumn means many are heading back to school, and this is a great time to remind you of our mission statement: We provide a high-quality public education that strives to inform, enrich, and enlighten. “A high-quality public education? But the library isn’t a school.” While we are not a formal school like the local elementary and high schools, we do provide publically accessible resources that result in a high-quality education. We are staffed by librarians with Master’s Degrees who focus on research assistance and instruction. We teach early literacy and social skills in our storytimes. We provide access to specialized online research tools, such as Lynda.com. We even can help you learn a new language with in-house materials as well as our new Mango software on our website. The library is a place of knowledge where you can ensure you receive a high-quality education even when you’re not enrolled in a formal school.