Brainfuse HelpNow is Mobile

Available for both Android and Apple devices, the Brainfuse app is an easy way to learn anywhere, anytime. To use, you will need to have created a username and password on Brainfuse (click here to do this). With the app, you can get live tutoring, view your message center, take notes, track tasks, use Snap-n-Send, and more!

Book Club: And Then There Were None

Join us on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. for our second online book club meeting. We are discussing And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Read the ebook or listen to the audiobook from Hoopla with your IPPL card.

Please register here so we can send you a Zoom invite closer to the date so you can join the online discussion.

Continue the fun with a discussion of the TV miniseries based on this book on Tuesday, May 12. Register here!

Free Workouts: 3 Ways to Stay Active At-Home

  • Yoga with Adriene: Adriene is a renown Yoga instructor and YouTube sensation. Known for her gentle and friendly presence, she makes Yoga accessible, easy, and enjoyable for all skills levels. You can dive right into her YouTube channel to find videos, or you can visit her website and get started with a specific 30-day program. Note: some courses on her website will have a fee, but the majority of her videos (over 500) are free to watch. 

  • The 7-Minute Workout: The 7-minute workout requires only a wall and chair to be completed. (You can add hand weights to up the intensity). Start by reading this article about the workout in the New York Times. If you're ready to try it, you can simply use a smart phone timer, or download a dedicated app that will prompt you with each exercise. 

  • Couch to 5K: Take advantage of the spring weather by walking/running. Like its name says, Couch to 5K is a program designed to prepare you for a 5K walk/run by starting at scratch. The app will tell you how far to walk/run each day, and an average week consists of 3-4 workouts of about 30 minutes each. There are many sites that will outline a similar couch to 5k approach if you prefer to track your own progress without using an app. 

Experience Shakespeare at Home

​Shakespeare's birthday is widely thought to be sometime in April, though the exact date is unknown. So we say, why not celebrate The Bard all month long? 

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has much to offer from at-home learning and activities for young ones, to instructional cooking videos, and of course, plenty of bonus content about Shakespeare and the plays brought to you by the players themselves. 

Check it out!

Business owners: Live Webinar-When is it OK to Make the Sale Again?

On April 15 at 2 PM, customer service specialist Laurie Guest ​presents a free live Webinar.

Laurie says,"When is the right time to make the sale again? It's an understandable question right now, as we navigate balancing our "new normal" with the need to keep business running. The answer isn't as easy as it seems, depends. It depends on your industry, your relationship with your customers and most of all, your reason for diving back into business.

Join me Wednesday, April 15 at 2p CT for a live conversation about ... when is it OK to get back to selling? A limited number of seats are available at the live, free webinar. By registering, you'll have access to the live Q&A and you'll receive my "Market Plan After Crisis" guide that walks any business through how to rethink their sales plan after an unexpected disruption."

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.

Tribute to Kenny Rogers

Award winning singer-songwriter, Kenny Rogers, passed away recently at the age of 81. The country artist who crossed over into multiple music genres had a career that spanned six decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Country Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Listen to some of Kenny Roger's music, including "The Gambler", "Lucille", and "Islands in the Stream" on Hoopla.

LIVE Online Storytime this Friday!

​Tune in for a LIVE storytime with Miss Lexy hosted on our Facebook page this Friday at 4pm! 

Perfect for caregivers who need some time to get dinner started or finish up some work at home.

You will be able to view the video even if you do not have a Facebook. All are welcome.

Business owners: Live Webinar on policy updates and programs for businesses impacted by COVID-19 on April 16.

Which of the many programs and initiatives now available for small business owners will best suit your business? This webinar, presented by Brian Pifer with the Small Business Majority, will help untangle your options. He'll review CARES Act loans and other policy recommendations that will help now. Sign up here for the 12 PM, April 16 program.

It will cover:

  • The Payroll Protection Program(PPP)
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans(EIDL)
  • State and local emergency relief funds
  • Nonprofit, mission-driven lending

Zoom 101: Practice Zooming With Us

Zoom is platform that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. More and more organizations are using Zoom to provide their services remotely, and you may have had family or friends ask to meet on Zoom. 

Because the library will be hosting programs and classes on Zoom, we want to give you the opportunity to practice using it. You can test your microphone, see yourself on camera, learn to chat, and more. Once you feel comfortable with Zoom, you can leave the practice room. 

The dates for the practice rooms are below with links to registration. You need to register so that you receive an email with the Zoom meeting invite. This invite will come 1 day before the event and it will include a direct URL link to the Zoom meeting. You only need to register for 1 time slot. 

Mon. Apr 13, 11am

Wed. Apr 15, 5pm

Thur. Apr 16, 2pm

Mon. Apr 20, 11am 

Wed. Apr 22, 5pm

Thur. Apr 23, 2pm

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, but would still like help with Zoom, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Zoom works on computers and mobile devices. You will need the Zoom app for a mobile device. Visit the Zoom website learn more. Signing up for a Zoom account is optional. You will not need a Zoom account to join a meeting, but it can be useful to have an account if you think you'll use Zoom frequently. 

And continue to check our website, calendar, and eNews for new programs that we're hosting on Zoom. 

Pen Pals for Seniors

Our staff are sending emails to cardholders inviting them become a pen pal.  We're reaching out to our seniors 80 years old and older to offer a virtual hello and a chance to make a connection, if they like.  So if you've received an email that looks like this - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - that's us saying, "hello."

Online Rollick & Roll Coming Next Wednesday!

It's back! Get ready to experience different kinds of music, movement, and mindful moments, from the comfort of your own home. Rollick & Roll is fun for all ages, but is geared specifically toward children birth to 7 years old.

Registration is required with a working email account to receive the information on joining the event with Zoom.

Support local businesses without leaving home

If you're like me, you plan on helping local businesses. Try these ideas:

  • Shop online, but at the smaller local businesses
  • Leave good reviews for your favorite businesses on sites such as Yelp, Google, or Facebook
  • Like and share their social media posts
  • Buy a gift card. Some businesses may offer a discount now.
  • Look for donation-based online classes or presentations at businesses, such as online fitness classes
  • Tip generously
  • Don't accept refunds for canceled events.
  • And we all know about delivery (or takeout) from your favorite small restaurant.
  • More ideas? Let me know. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Get Excited! New Digital Content from YA Authors

During this time, we've seen a lot of celebrities offer some great digital content. Young Adult authors are no exception, offering both content and activities. These are just a few of our favorites to keep us busy during this time:

Neal Shusterman is offering virtual reading sessions of his very own short stories.He has both video and audio. You can either watch them on YouTube or listen to them on SoundCloud.

Veronica Roth has taken her The Chosen Ones book tour virtual.

Tomi Adeyemi is hosting a writing challenge on Instagram, with videos and activities.

Kelly Yang is offering free writing classes live for teens on her Instagram M/W/F at 2pm.

Jacqueline West is offering read-alouds and activities on her website.