SFVPLD Newsletter: April 2014

April 2014

Reading matters

Monthly news and events from the Stickney-Forest View Public Library

Grant to help library create STEM garden

[graphic of a child and a grownup planting seeds]I am so pleased to announce that our very own Youth Services Assistant Verna Austen has secured a $3,500 "Another Opportunity for Back 2 Books” grant from the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.

Verna’s award winning idea to create a STEM garden will provide students with creative, educational materials and innovative programming that will unite the common core standards with the STEM principles of science, technology, engineering and math. This project will encourage students to apply practical skills to their daily lives, as well as ignite a spark of curiosity that is central to a lifetime of literacy and learning. Creatively tying together the science of horticulture, pride of creation with a lesson of healthy living eating habits tells me that Verna’s idea will grow a lot more than vegetables. The project is set to start with the commencement of the Library’s Summer Reading program.

[graphic of a tomato plant]As you all know, the library plays an essential role in reaching out to students in our communities who may experience poverty, digital divide issues, and an overall lack of opportunity. In some of our communities, 72% of our children are economically disadvantaged. The most important thing about library public service is that we provide enlightenment and entertainment to all, but addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in our community most certainly shapes our true mandate. At Stickney-Forest View Public Library District, we insist on being part of the solution.

See you soon at the library!

- Heather Shlah, Director
Please advise!

[alarm clock graphic]We at the library realize that our patrons have differing needs. Between your irregular work schedule, errands, picking up the kids from school, we understand that squeezing in a trip to the library can be a terrible challenge… especially if the library closes before you have a chance to make it over! So, to better serve the community, the Stickney-Forest View Public Library is considering changing its regular hours of operation!

Please let us know what you think by answering the nine easy questions on our survey, which can be filled out one of two ways (both are anonymous):

  • Fill out a bookmark questionnaire, located at any staff desk. Return the completed form to any staff member.
  • Take our online survey here.

Who knows? Based on your input, we might even open at 2am!*

The moment you take to fill out this survey will be invaluable in assessing the needs of our community. Thanks!

*We almost probably definitely won’t.

A St. Baldrick's Hair-shaving Success!

[graphic of a man being held upside down so all his money falls out of his pockets]After three months of hair-raising anticipation, the Stickney-Forest View Public Library held the St. Baldrick’s Event with amazing results. Saturday, March 15th, was a day filled with expectation, not only for its many participants, but for the many donors who have contributed to this honorable cause.

A total of 31 participants shaved their heads in solidarity with children, teens, and young adults with cancer, including SFVPLD staff, Stickney Police Chief John Sladetz, Forest View Fire Prevention Chief Tom Heller, and Library Board Trustee Anthony Murillo. Thanks to our volunteers, donors, special guest shaver Stickney Mayor Deborah Morelli, and our local sponsors Villa Nova and Andis, we doubled our initial goal and raised a grand total of $12,539!

But, if you still want to donate, it is not too late! You can still donate securely online here or submit to us a check, made out to ‘St. Baldrick’s Foundation’, along with a filled-out donation form (obtained from Circulation or Youth Department desks).

Whether you donated money or hair, we want you to know we value your generosity and support. Thank you!

We even made the Suburban Life News! Check out some event pictures here.

April’s featured programs

[graphic of a ticket to the 1919 World Series at Comiskey Park]History of the White Sox
Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30pm

Join author Rich Lindberg for a historical look at the Chicago White Sox baseball team.


[pile of trash graphic]Get Organized!

Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm

At home or work, do you feel like you’re:
  • Tired of losing important items
  • Weary of shuffling your belongings around
  • Weighed down by endless amounts of clutter
  • Overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?
Come listen to Heather Radzinski of Ready 2B Organized to discover how to overcome these and more organizational challenges that are keeping you from focusing your time and energy where you need it most.


[Abraham Lincoln's top hat graphic]Abraham Lincoln's Last Hour

Tuesday, April 15th at 7pm

An Abraham Lincoln impersonator will recreate Lincoln’s last hour in his one-man play "Last Full Measure”. Starting with Lincoln’s arrival at the theater with the intent to relax with Mary, his monologue will give us his thoughts on the last few months up until the last line, "You sockdologizing old mantrap!”, after which Lincoln will recount what happened after that critical moment.

New arrivals
For adults

[The Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson book cover graphic][Dance of the Reptiles by Carl Hiaasen book cover graphic][The Book of Heaven by Patricia Storace book cover graphic][The Martian by Andy Weir book cover graphic][Five Came Back by Mark Harris book cover graphic][I See You Made an Effort by Annabelle Gurwitch book cover graphic][Seedswap by Josie Jeffery book cover graphic][Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin book cover graphic]

New for kids

[Bird by Crystal Chan book cover graphic][Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle book cover graphic][Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord book cover graphic][I Heart Band! by Michelle Schusternan book cover graphic][Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney book cover graphic][Odd Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings book cover graphic][A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd book cover graphic]

New for teens

[Break These Rules: 35 Years of YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself book cover graphic][Cults: Opposing Viewpoints book cover graphic][Deadman Wonderland by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou book cover graphic][The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard book cover graphic]

New movies & music

[Diana dvd cover][Thor: The Dark World dvd cover][Girl by Pherrell Williams cd cover][Now (That's What I Call Music) 49 cd cover]

For these and more new arrivals, check out our pinterest page!

Can’t miss events in April

Walk-in Computer Help

Mondays at 1:30pm

Have a question about computers? Software? Technology? Come to one of our weekly walk-in computer help sessions and we will do our best to answer your question.
E-mail questions & appointment requests here. Or call the Reference desk at 708-749-1050 x120.


Bunco for Seniors

Tuesday, April 8th at 12:30pm

The Stickney-Forest View Public Library and Stickney Township Office for Aging are teaming up to introduce this new program. Bunco will be held at the Stickney Township Office on Aging at 6721 W. 40th Street. For more information, contact Jeanne at 708-749-1050, x150 or Jewel at 708-788-9100.

Senior Art Saturday

Saturday, April 12th at 12:30pm

Join Senior Artz instructor for an afternoon of creativity and fun.

Library Services on the Go

Monday, April 14th at 6:30pm

Did you know that many library services are available on your mobile device? In this hour we will talk about the various apps such as Zinio, Freegal, and more that you can use on your smartphone.

Ask the Assessor

Wednesday, April 16th at 3pm

Township Assessor Jay Grider will be at the Stickney-Forest View Public Library to answer taxpayer questions regarding their property tax situation. No registration required.
More Info

Facebook for Beginners

Wednesday, April 16th at 1pm & 6pm

In this hour session, we will help you:
  • Set up a Facebook account
  • Understand Facebook privacy
  • Create a profile
  • Find friends
... and much more. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited.
Register or call 708-749-1050 x120

Photography Workshop
Wednesday, April 16th at 6:30pm

Explore a new hobby, or fine tune the skills you already have. Bring your camera, your images and your questions! If you have any questions, call the library at 708-749-1050, or email. Please register in advance as space is limited.


Google Like a Boss

Thursday, April 17th at 6pm

In this session, we will help you set-up a Gmail account, learn tips and tricks to maximize your Google search, and explore how Google Drive can help you collaborate on projects and organize your life. Get hands-on experience and improve your computer skills with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Register or walk-in, but space is limited to seating. Seats are not guaranteed without registration.

Writers' Group

Saturday, April 19th at 10am

(Adults & mature teens) Aspiring writers meet to read and discuss poems, short stories, novel excerpts and creative essays. Walk-ins are welcome.

[Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson book cover graphic]Book Club: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson
Friday, April 28th at 7pm

Major Pettigrew is a stout umbrella-toting man, a man in control of his comfortable environment, until the day he answers his door to find the charming Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the local Pakistani shop-owner, standing on his doorstep.

More info

Elevate Energy

Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm

Liz Lyon, from Elevate Energy, will present on the new smart grid and smart meters that have been recently installed in our community. Learn what this means for you including installation, reduction of energy usage, energy sustainablity, and more.
More info
Register for any and all events on our website, by calling us at 708-749-1050, or in person at any of the library’s service desks. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Happy kids' super fun time

LegoLand: Pablo Picasso Workshop Saturday, April 5th at 1pm Ages 8-14) Legoland Discovery Center will bring out LEGOs for you to build with! The Pablo Picasso workshop introduces participants to the artistic possibilities of LEGO bricks. Using Pablo Picasso’s Chicago Daley Center sculpture as a starting point, students will work in groups to make their own unique, original LEGO sculptures and will use mathematics to create a large-scale model of their original sculpture. You must be registered to attend this event. RegisterLegoLand: Pablo Picasso Workshop

Saturday, April 5th at 1pm

(Ages 8-14) Legoland Discovery Center will bring out LEGOs for you to build with! The Pablo Picasso workshop introduces participants to the artistic possibilities of LEGO bricks. Using Pablo Picasso’s Chicago Daley Center sculpture as a starting point, students will work in groups to make their own unique, original LEGO sculptures and will use mathematics to create a large-scale model of their original sculpture. You must be registered to attend this event.


MWHS Homework Help

Saturdays at 10am-2pm
Morton West High School's Service Club will be offering tutoring and Homework Help to children ages 12 and under. Please have your child bring his or her textbooks and/or homework. For more information, call 708-749-1050 x130.
More Info

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny Saturday, April 12th at 11am The Easter Bunny is hopping into the library! Join us for a craft, photos, and light refreshments! RegisterSaturday, April 12th at 11am

The Easter Bunny is hopping into the library! Join us for a craft, photos, and light refreshments!

Lego Club

Thursday, April 10th at 6pm

(Ages 6-12) Use your imagination to make awesome LEGO creations! (Don't bring your own LEGOs so they don't get mixed up with ours!)


[An Awfully Beastly Business: Werewolf vs. Dragon by David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, & Guy Macdonald book cover graphic]

Guys Read Book Club:
An Awfully Beastly Business:
Werewolf vs. Dragon
by David Sinden

Tuesday, March 15th at 5:30pm

Read each book title prior to the discussion, join us to discuss the book and enjoy light refreshments.
More info

[Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto book cover graphic]Rags & Brags Book Club: Baseball in Aprilby Gary Soto

Thursday, April 17th at 6:30pm
Read each book title prior to the discussion, join us to discuss the book and enjoy light refreshments.

Kids Celebrate National Library Week

Monday, April 14th - Saturday, April 19th

(12 & under) Celebrate National Library week by attending our programs! For every program you attend, you can put your name in a raffle to win one of three prizes. Winners will be chosen April 19th.
Check out our events

Easter Storytime & Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th at 9:30am

(Ages 7 & under) Register for this very special Easter storytime and Egg Hunt!
You must be registered to attend this event so that we can be sure to have enough eggs!

Spanish Storytime presented by Language Stars

Thursday, March 24th at 10am
(Ages 7 & under) This special storytime will be presented by Language Stars.

[When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead book cover graphic]

Page Turners Book Club: When You Reach Meby Rebecca Stead

Tuesday, April 29th at 5:30pm
Read each book by the discussion date, and come by to discuss the book and enjoy light refreshments!

Children aged 9 and younger may not be unattended in the Children’s Department.
Ongoing events for kids

Super Science Wednesday

Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm
Cool science experiments the first Wednesday of each month!


Mondays at 5:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 10am (except the 28th)
For children ages 6 and under. Hear stories and songs and make a craft!

S.T.E.A.M. Builders

Thursdays at 5pm
(Ages 6-12) Register each week for fun and informational craft activities. Refreshments will be served!

Rainbow Loom Makerspace!

Tuesdays at 6pm

Kids ages 7-12, drop in to use our Rainbow Looms to create bracelets and other things! We'll provide the materials; you provide the creativity! Subject to availability, children must take turns while using looms.
More info

Art Club

Saturdays at 1pm
For ages 7-14, sign up to do an awesome art project every week!

Movie Night

Thursdays at 4:30pm (except the 2nd)
(Ages 12 & under) Stay after storytime to watch a movie!

Pajama Storytime

Wednesdays at 5:30pm (except the 16th)
(Ages 7 & under) Wear your PJs to these fun storytimes! Hear stories, songs, and make a craft!

Drop-in Netflix

Fridays, 11:30am-4:30pm

(Ages 12 and under) Stop by to watch popular kids' TV shows on Netflix every Friday!
All events are free and registration is required unless otherwise noted. All events are eligible for District 103 Reading Rally points.
Teen scene

Gaming Throwdown

Mondays, 4-6pm
(ages 13-18) Vote on movies or video games each week!

Findings: Jewelry Makerspace

Mondays, 6-7:30pm
Teen ages 13-18, drop in to create jewelry! We'll provide the materials; you provide the creativity!
More info

[knitting project]Get Loopy: Yarn Makerspace

Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
Teens ages 13-18, drop by to knit, crochet, and create yarn masterpieces. We'll provide the materials; you provide the creativity!

More info

Craftzilla: Collage Photo Frames

Tuesday, April 29th at 4:30pm
Teens, ages 13-18, join us to make awesome craft projects each month! Please register for each craft you plan on attending.

[graphic of a crossbow made out of office supplies]Register

Anime & Manga Club

Saturday, April 12th at 1pm

(Ages 12-18) Movies TBA. Bring your favorite manga! Pizza will be served. Please register so that we have enough food.

Office Supply Warfare: Simple Crossbow

Tuesday, April 22nd at 4:30pm

Build catapults, slingshots, cannons, and more - all using simple office supplies like rubber bands, pens, and tape! Sign up in advance to have enough supplies!
Mark your calendars
Future events for children[White Sox logo]
Future events for adults

If you want to learn more about these and other future programs, contact the library or watch for more details in future newsletters.

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