Park Ridge Public Library

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Tonight, Michael Duhn of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at the Center of Concern will outline the most common tax scams ...
01/04/2024

Tonight, Michael Duhn of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at the Center of Concern will outline the most common tax scams to avoid as you file your tax returns this year. Attend in person or online. Sign up via the link in the comments.

This Sunday, we welcome our sensory-sensitive and neurodivergent friends to experience the Library in an adapted and wel...
01/03/2024

This Sunday, we welcome our sensory-sensitive and neurodivergent friends to experience the Library in an adapted and welcoming environment during this early open time.

The Children's Department will be adjusted to be more sensory-friendly with supports and activities available.

Save the date for the Friends of the Library Winter Sale of games, puzzles and children's books!
01/02/2024

Save the date for the Friends of the Library Winter Sale of games, puzzles and children's books!

If you signed up to be in our Tiny Art Show, don't forget to pick up your kit before January 4! Pick up your kit at the ...
01/02/2024

If you signed up to be in our Tiny Art Show, don't forget to pick up your kit before January 4! Pick up your kit at the Reader Services desk, and return your masterpiece before January 8. 🧑‍🎨

Thank you to everyone in the community for a wonderful year! We wish you the best in the new year and can’t wait to see ...
01/01/2024

Thank you to everyone in the community for a wonderful year! We wish you the best in the new year and can’t wait to see you in the Library.

Do you have a middle or high schooler in your house looking for something to do? We have options! They can take a cartoo...
12/28/2023

Do you have a middle or high schooler in your house looking for something to do? We have options! They can take a cartooning class, make video reviews of their favorite books or shows, or attend a murder mystery party - our calendar is full of options to keep them busy this January. See the Kids & Teens link in our bio to sign up.

Did you get some new tech for Christmas? Get free, in-person device advice at the Library! The experts at FireLogic are ...
12/28/2023

Did you get some new tech for Christmas? Get free, in-person device advice at the Library! The experts at FireLogic are here on the first Saturday of every month to answer questions and give advice. No need to register; just drop in.

Looking ahead to the new year? Take a minute to look at the variety of adult programs happening at the Library in the co...
12/26/2023

Looking ahead to the new year? Take a minute to look at the variety of adult programs happening at the Library in the coming weeks! Painting, knitting, live music, and more lifelong learning opportunities are on our calendar. Sign up at the link in the comments or the link in our Instagram bio.

12/24/2023

We keep seeing memes on social media about a tradition in a European country that sounded too good to be true! And who better than to verify such a story than a reference librarian?

Our colleague Larry, filled the shoes of the recently retired Super Sleuth Grace. He confirmed that, indeed, Jólabókaflóðið is a tradition dating back to 1944.

During the festive season, gifts are opened on December 24 and, by tradition, everyone reads the books they have been given straight away, often while drinking hot chocolate or alcohol-free Christmas ale called jólabland.

More to the Story:
The retail cycle each year, from the launch of new books to the reading of these books at Christmas, is known as Jólabókaflóðið, which translates roughly into English as ‘the Christmas book flood’.

This tradition began during World War II once Iceland had gained its independence from Denmark in 1944. Paper was one of the few commodities not rationed during the war, so Icelanders shared their love of books even more as other types of gifts were in short supply. This increase in giving books as presents reinforced Iceland’s culture as a nation of bookaholics – a study conducted by Bifröst University in 2013 found that half the country’s population read at least eight books a year.

Every year since 1944, the Icelandic book trade has published a catalog – called Bókatíðindi (‘Book Bulletin’, in English) – that is sent to every household in the country in mid-November during the Reykjavik Book Fair. People use the catalog to order books to give friends and family for Christmas.

Iceland isn't the only country known for a seasonal surge in new book releases; France has a similar trend called Le rentrée littéraire.

Have a question for our Reference team? Email [email protected] - they're happy to help you find the answer.

(From jolabokaflod.org)

Winter Reading starts today! Here are just a few of the perks for adults who sign up:❄️ Read four books by February 9 an...
12/22/2023

Winter Reading starts today!

Here are just a few of the perks for adults who sign up:
❄️ Read four books by February 9 and you could win a gift card to a local business or restaurant. Audiobooks count, too!
❄️ You could develop a solid reading habit by the end of the season.
❄️ If you're a little burned out from the holidays, reading time = alone time. We're just sayin'... 😉

Kids and Teens can win a prize book and more!

Take a minute to sign up through the link in the comments or on our website. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Library.

12/22/2023
Tomorrow’s the day to jump start your reading habit! Sign up at the link in the comments, or stop in and see us and we’l...
12/21/2023

Tomorrow’s the day to jump start your reading habit! Sign up at the link in the comments, or stop in and see us and we’ll get you started (and send you home with a stack of books)!

Today's weather reminded us how much we love reading...indoors. 🥶 Sign up for Winter Reading today, start tracking your ...
12/19/2023

Today's weather reminded us how much we love reading...indoors. 🥶 Sign up for Winter Reading today, start tracking your reading this Friday, and get ready to read - and earn chances to win - all winter. Prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Library.

❄️ Adults, finish 4 books between December 22 and February 9 to earn tickets toward a drawing for a gift card to a local business. Keep on reading - or complete fun activities - for more tickets!

❄️ Teens can read 20 days between December 22 and February 9 to win a prize book; for every ten days up to 40 days you can earn virtual raffle tickets for a chance to win a bonus prize.

❄️ Kids will earn rewards for every 10 days of reading they log in Beanstack (or, bring the reading log to the Children's Services desk for help). Read for 20 days to get a free book. Read for 30 days to play a game for a prize. Read for 40 days to be added to our Gallery of Readers!

Sign up via our website or at the link in the comments.

We’re still appreciating the beautiful work from the Henna Workshop earlier this week. This program for middle and high ...
12/15/2023

We’re still appreciating the beautiful work from the Henna Workshop earlier this week. This program for middle and high schoolers featured a discussion about the history and use of henna, as well as a lesson in making basic shapes. Participants received a small design created for them by the instructor.

Get details on our full lineup of programs on our website under the Get Involved tab.

One week from tonight, the Mick Archer Trio channels Vince Guaraldi to perform the full 1965 soundtrack of “A Charlie Br...
12/14/2023

One week from tonight, the Mick Archer Trio channels Vince Guaraldi to perform the full 1965 soundtrack of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” from “O Tannenbaum” to “The Christmas Song.”🎄

     ‘Tis the season. Best of luck, everyone! 📚📝🎓
12/12/2023

‘Tis the season. Best of luck, everyone! 📚📝🎓

Today after school, learn the history and use of henna from its origins to modern day application with Kendra from Cresc...
12/11/2023

Today after school, learn the history and use of henna from its origins to modern day application with Kendra from Crescent Moon Henna. Participants will also get a quick lesson in making basic shapes with henna cones and receive a small design created for them by the instructor.

The henna used includes leaves of the henna plant, organic sugar, organic lemon juice, a blend of lavender and tea tree essential oils, and lemongrass oil.

TONIGHT get mentally ready for the holidays - and winter in general - with Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling aut...
12/06/2023

TONIGHT get mentally ready for the holidays - and winter in general - with Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,' and co-host of the “Dear Therapists” podcast. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season. Register at the link in the comments. Lori Gottlieb Illinois Libraries Present

12/04/2023
There are only a few seats left for tonight's College Test Prep program with Excellerate Learning Studio.  Discover the ...
12/04/2023

There are only a few seats left for tonight's College Test Prep program with Excellerate Learning Studio. Discover the essential college admission and standardized test trends every high school student needs to know. Both students and caregivers are welcome to attend this program; please sign each attendee up separately.

This program will take the format of a spoken presentation with visual aids.

Excellerate Learning Studio

We predict our First Friday Fun Kits will go as quickly as ever today with this hot cocoa-appropriate weather! Kits avai...
12/01/2023

We predict our First Friday Fun Kits will go as quickly as ever today with this hot cocoa-appropriate weather! Kits available today while supplies last. Stop in and pick one up!

Now you can get the Library's print newsletter the same way you download ebooks and audiobooks on Libby! Search "PRPL Wi...
11/30/2023

Now you can get the Library's print newsletter the same way you download ebooks and audiobooks on Libby! Search "PRPL Winter Newsletter" to find the latest issue that has our full lineup of classes, performances and more for patrons of all ages. Need help accessing Libby? Visit our website or ask a staff member for assistance.

This Giving Tuesday, consider supporting the Friends of the Library. The Friends raise funds that support things like ne...
11/28/2023

This Giving Tuesday, consider supporting the Friends of the Library. The Friends raise funds that support things like new furnishings in the Children’s department and prizes for Winter and Summer Reading. Here are 3 easy ways you can help:

❤️ Become a Friend! Memberships start at as little as $25.
❤️ Donate your gently used or unread books and magazines for inclusion in their ongoing sale, the Book Nook. Donations can be placed in the drive-thru dropbox near the staff parking area of the Library.
❤️ Easiest of all, SHOP the Book Nook! Check out the sale on the second floor of the Library! Choose what you want and leave a donation in the Dropbox.

Learn more about the Friends and how to join at the link in the comments.

Watch your mailbox in the coming days for the newest edition of our newsletter! The issue includes details about Winter ...
11/24/2023

Watch your mailbox in the coming days for the newest edition of our newsletter! The issue includes details about Winter Reading programs for all ages, tips from community members on using ebooks and audiobooks, and our full program schedule for the next three months.

📪 Newsletters are delivered to every home in Park Ridge. If you live in a multi-unit building, a stack of newsletters should be left in your lobby or vestibule. If you miss your copy at home, copies are available at all our service desks.

Gather your family and roll out your mat for a story and some stretches! We will do stretches and poses inspired by our ...
11/23/2023

Gather your family and roll out your mat for a story and some stretches! We will do stretches and poses inspired by our picture book, while practicing breathing techniques and relaxation. Register via the link in our bio or on our website.

Make plans to attend this free program to help you get a leg up on the college admissions process. Both students and par...
11/23/2023

Make plans to attend this free program to help you get a leg up on the college admissions process. Both students and parents are welcome to attend. Register under the Get Involved tab on our website.

No school? No problem! We're opening The Teen Loft at 11 a.m. Monday - Wednesday and again this Friday. (Please note, th...
11/20/2023

No school? No problem! We're opening The Teen Loft at 11 a.m. Monday - Wednesday and again this Friday. (Please note, the Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and will reopen Friday at 9 a.m.)

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20 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL
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Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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