Monthly news and events from the Stickney-Forest View Public Library
Grant to help library create STEM garden
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Register
Senior Art Saturday
Saturday, April 12th at 12:30pm
Join Senior Artz instructor for an afternoon of creativity and fun. Register
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. Register
... 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.
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. Register
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. Register
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.
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.
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
Saturday, April 12th at 11am
The Easter Bunny is hopping into the library! Join us for a craft, photos, and light refreshments! Register
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!)
Guys Read Book Club: An Awfully Beastly Business:
Werewolf vs. Dragonby 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
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. Register
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! Register
Spanish Storytime presented by Language Stars
Thursday, March 24th at 10am (Ages 7 & under) This special storytime will be presented by Language Stars. Register
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! Register
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! Register
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! Register
Thursdays at 5pm (Ages 6-12) Register each week for fun and informational craft activities. Refreshments will be served! Register
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
Saturdays at 1pm
For ages 7-14, sign up to do an awesome art project every week! Register
Thursdays at 4:30pm (except the 2nd) (Ages 12 & under) Stay after storytime to watch a movie! Register
Wednesdays at 5:30pm (except the 16th) (Ages 7 & under) Wear your PJs to these fun storytimes! Hear stories, songs, and make a craft! Register
(Ages 12 and under) Stop by to watch popular kids' TV shows on Netflix every Friday! Register
All events are free and registration is required unless otherwise noted. All events are eligible for District 103 Reading Rally points.
(ages 13-18) Vote on movies or video games each week! Register
Findings: Jewelry Makerspace
Teen ages 13-18, drop in to create jewelry! We'll provide the materials; you provide the creativity! More info
Get Loopy: Yarn Makerspace
Teens ages 13-18, drop by to knit, crochet, and create yarn masterpieces. We'll provide the materials; you provide the creativity!