Online: Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants: August 4

Talk to a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative from World Relief DuPage/Aurora for free for half an hour on immigrant related issues (including citizenship) on August 4, 2020. There are six time slots. By appointment only. Click on the time that you want to register. All one-on-one meetings will be over a secure virtual platform. You will be sent instructions to join the meeting the day before, or the morning of, the appointment. If you have questions, please call 630-887-8760 and ask for Joe Popowitch.

Shazam!

An orphan in search of his mother unexpectedly obtains superpowers while at yet another foster home. Shazam! (2019, rated PG-13) is an odd mix of low-brow humor combined with typical superpower action scenes and a dramatic storyline that is ultimately very touching.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys superhero movies and silly comedies. Starring Zachary Levi as Shazam and Asher Angel as his alter ego Billy Batson.

Place a hold on the DVD or Blu-ray for pickup. Also, read Shazam! comic books on Hoopla.

Amelie

This quirky French comedy very loosely parallels the plot of Jane Austen's Emma. The title character is a cute young waitress with a vivid imagination who comes to realize her joy at helping others. There is no end to the outlandish stratagems that Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is plotting, but will she be able to find love for herself ?

Amelie (2001, rated R) is a fun film with plenty of computer-generated visuals, giving it a unique and farcical feel. Watch the film on Hoopla today. In French with English subtitles.


Online Adult Advisory Board Introductory Meeting: Monday, June 29 from 7-8 p.m.

What is the Adult Advisory Board?

This committee of adults will consider the needs and interests of our community by evaluating the resources and services of the library and will facilitate communication with the community. This introductory meeting on June 29 at 7 p.m. will answer all your questions.

Mission: To improve communication between the library and the community and to enrich this relationship.

We will focus on:

  • Getting NEW ideas.
  • Getting feedback on EXISTING programs/services.
  • Becoming advocates for the library.
  • Evaluating a specific program, service, or resource at each meeting.

Who can join the board?

Indian Prairie Library cardholders in the district, age 18 or older.

When will the board meet?

After the initial meeting, we will meet quarterly.

Responsibilities of the board include:

Attend four regularly scheduled meetings during a one year period.

Actively participate in meetings.

Suggest programs, services, and resources for adults and the community.

Promote the library's programs and services in the community.

Please register if you are interested.

Learn a New Language with Pronunciator

Have a lot of extra time on your hands? Now would be a perfect time to learn a new language. Pronunciator allows you to learn any of 163 languages with more than 4,000 language learning combinations at your fingertips. Courses are offered in your native tongue, and you can learn whatever language you choose. Live, teacher led conversation groups are offered in many languages. Start today!




Movie Discussion: And Then There Were None

Get together with others to discuss the movie And Then There Were None on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Watch the movie BEFORE the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.

Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before. Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register here.



Movie Discussion: Mona Lisa Smile

Get together with others to discuss the movie Mona Lisa Smile on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Watch the movie before the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.


Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before.  Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register Here.



Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow is a great one-stop resource for landing a dream job. It includes:

Live online job coaching Mon.- Sun. from 2-11 p.m.
Expert resume analysis and feedback.
Real-time interview practice.
Access to local job resources.
This valuable tool will help you identify the job you want, create an eye-catching resume, and prepare for the interview with the guidance of live, expert help!


Movie Discussion: Bull Durham

Get together with others to discuss the movie Bull Durham on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the movie BEFORE the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.

Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before. Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register here.



Movie Discussion This Thursday, April 16: Amelie

Get together with others to discuss the movie Amelie on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.. Watch the movie BEFORE the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.

Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before. Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register here.



Veterans History Project

Like many people throughout the country, the staff at Indian Prairie Library is working from home to not only prepare for the reopening of the library, but to deliver quality service to its members right now. Having been isolated for so long, I have had time to think about all the people in essential careers keeping the country running while most of us wait out the pandemic. Of course there are many important people out there, including workers in healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and trucking and delivery. Today, though, I would like to highlight the efforts of our military personnel who have been keeping our country safe.

At Indian Prairie Library, we have been interviewing veterans as a part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project since 2002, and we have interviewed over 120 veterans. Many interviews stand out in my mind, ranging from sailors who had to abandon ship to soldiers wounded in heavy combat, and even from personnel stationed on the homefront to musicians who entertained the troops. Everyone had a role to play.

If you have the time, I urge you to visit our website at veterans.ippl.info, where you can read and listen to all of these interviews. With National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day coming up on April 9, I would particularly recommend checking out the interviews we have conducted of pows. Three of these were World War II prisoners of war who were in the Air Force and shot down over enemy territory: Robert Atkins, John Baber, and Norman Toft.

Our site includes many other important interviews of the military men and women who risked their lives to keep us safe. As you shelter in place, don't forget to honor our servicemen by listening to their stories.

Big Hero 6 (2014) PG

844856_1_ftcBig Hero 6 is a superhero movie that adults would enjoy watching with the whole family.  The plot revolves around orphans Hiro and Tadashi, technological whiz kids living with their aunt.  College-age Tadashi created an inflatable robot named Baymax, whose purpose is to act as a portable paramedic/doctor. When someone steals younger brother Hiro’s invention to use for evil, Hiro gives Baymax a few superhero upgrades.  Also, check out our list, Great Movies: Kid Movies for Adults.

 
 

The Matrix (1999) R

51vpnbwfhrl-_sy445_Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker with a somewhat ordinary life…but all is not as it seems.  When government agents suddenly show up at his work looking for him, Neo is forced to enlist the aid of a mysterious man named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who promises to reveal the true nature of reality—the Matrix.  Should Neo join Morpheus’s secret group?  The Matrix is full of amazing visual effects with a mind-blowing plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat right ‘til the end.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)

allthelightSet in WWII, this book alternates between the life of a young German orphan (soon to be soldier) named Werner, who is a whiz with electronics, and Marie-Laure, a young, blind French girl who is forced to leave her home in Paris when the Germans invade. Their lives intersect in a seaside town called San-Malo as the Allies are about to bomb the city and repeatedly flashes back in time showing how they came to this moment.

All the Light We Cannot See has very short chapters, so it has the feel of being fast paced, but the novel is also very detailed with tactile and audio descriptions of how Marie senses the world around her. Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel depicts the horrors of WWII from a unique point of view revealing both the evil within men and also the heroism, too.

If you enjoyed this novel, check out related book lists: Novels of WWII and WWII and the Women in the Resistance.

Roxanne (1987) PG

26290332_saThis modern day retelling of Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah, is satisfyingly funny. C. D. Bales (Martin) a fire chief in a small town, falls in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Hannah), a visiting astronomer.  Unfortunately, C. D. has an extraordinarily long nose, and Roxanne is smitten with Chris, one of C. D.’s new firemen.  C. D. agrees to help Chris woo Roxanne, even going so far as to feed Chris romantic lines through a one-way radio. But will Roxanne discover C. D.’s true feelings?  This romantic comedy will not disappoint.

Enjoy Roxanne?  We’ve created a list of rom coms (and more rom coms).