Online Book Club: Welcome to Lagos

Join our next Online Book Club. On Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm, we will discuss Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo. Register here to receive a Zoom invite before the event. Visit Hoopla to read the ebook or listen to the audiobook.

A little bit about the book: Full of humor and heart, Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. It offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria. One reviewer described it as a "tangy Ocean's 11-esque escapade."

Listen to Daniel Radcliffe Read 'Harry Potter'

Many of us are finding comfort in our favorite stories these days and that means many of us are reading, watching, and re-reading the beloved Harry Potter series. 

The latest news to come from the Harry Potter at Home program is the exciting announcement that an all-star cast of friends from the Wizarding World have offered to read us the first book of the series, chapter by chapter.

And who better to kick this off than Harry Potter himself? Visit the Wizarding World website to listen to Daniel Radcliffe read chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone today. Then take the chapter challenge to earn points for your house!

Keep checking the Wizarding World website for more special video readings in the upcoming weeks.


Online Teen Reader's Theater on May 8th at 3pm

Are you a teen or know a teen who loves to act or do improv?   Are you a teen who is bored and looking for an opportunity to virtually hangout with other teens? If you answered yes, then join us on May 8 at 3p.m. online for Online-Teen Reader's Theater! We will read/act out some classic tales. To register, click on the red link. 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over France on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Celebrate with your family at home by dressing in festive clothing, drinking a margarita, eating tacos and guacamole, listening and dancing to mariachi music, and sharing books with your children.

The library has many resources to help you plan and enjoy your celebration, including Mexican cookbooks on Overdrive and HooplaMargarita recipes on Hoopla, Cinco de Mayo books for children on Hoopla, and Music on Hoopla.

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!

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is usually raced on the first Saturday in May. The 2020 thoroughbred horse race has been postponed until September 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can still dress in your finery, wear a large elaborate hat, and drink a mint julep or virgin mint julep and celebrate the "Run for the Roses" with your housemates at home on May 2. From 2 – 5 p.m. NBC will show the 2015 Kentucky Derby followed by a virtual Kentucky Derby featuring the 13 Triple Crown winners.

To get in the spirit of the Derby watch Seabiscuit: America's Legendary Racehorse or the travel film, Kentucky, to learn what it's like to train and prepare thoroughbreds for racing at Churchill Downs on Hoopla. Read about horse racing on Hoopla.

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.

Babies Need Words Every READ to them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to READ to your baby:

  • Read or recite a rhyme aloud to your baby. Your baby learns words from the rich language.
  • Read to your child every day. It's okay if your baby gets restless. You can finish the book later.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.

Honoring Hamilton Bohannon

Hamilton Bohannon, disco percussion pioneer, passed away on April 24 at the age of 78. Hamilton Bohannon who became known as Bohannon started his music career as a drummer for a young Stevie Wonder, and then was hired by Motown Records as a bandleader. When he went solo, one of his biggest hits was "Let's start the dance" which was featured on the Studio 54 soundtrack. Bohannon created what he called the "four-on-the-floor" beat that became a foundation for much disco, house and hip-hop music. His tracks have been sampled by Jay Z, Paul Johnson, Digable Planets, and Snoop Dog.

Listen or dance to Bohannon's music in the Here Comes Bohannon album and on Funky Stuff: the best of funk essentials on Hoopla.

Genealogy Zoom Chat Series

Do you want to learn more about genealogy? Click here to see a great line-up of free online Zoom chats organized by the Algonquin Area Public Library District. Have your questions answered live by genealogy librarians from around Illinois.

Wednesday April 29 6:00 PM Break Down Brick Walls

Wednesday May 6 6:00 PM Ancestry Library Edition

Wednesday May 13 6:00 PM Finding Military Records

Wednesday May 20 6:00 PM About DNA

Wednesday May 27 6:00 PM Using FamilySearch

Did you know that Indian Prairie Library has a genealogy group? 

Their next meeting will also be held via Zoom - sign up here:

Thursday May 28th 1pm-3pm Researching at the Newberry Library


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Podcasts for Kids & Families

Tired of screen time? Try listening to a podcast! Here are a few of my family-friendly favorites:

Ear Snacks with Andrew and Polly: Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled family-friendly podcast that parents enjoy and younger kids eat right up.

Wow in the WorldHosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. Go inside the brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids: But Why is a show led by real kids's questions! It's a big interesting world out there. On But Why, tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.

Book Club for KidsBook Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions, and a celebrity reads from the book.

ChompersMake tooth time easy with this morning and night tooth brushing show for kids. When it's time for your family to brush teeth, start Chompers. Kids will hear jokes, riddles, stories, fun facts, silly songs and more, that'll keep them giggling - and brushing - for the full two minutes that dentists recommend.

Honoring Harold Reid, The Statler Brothers Singer

Harold Reid, the bass singer and songwriter for the award winning group, The Statler Brothers, passed away on April 25 at the age of 80. The Statler Brothers vocal quartet began in 1955 first in Gospel Music then moved into Country and sang backup for Johnny Cash.  The group was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Listen to some of The Statler Brothers music, including "Bed of Roses" written by Harold Reid and "Flowers on the Wall"on Hoopla.

Online Program: Storytime Socials! Starting Thursday, April 30th

We have loved bringing storytime to you through our YouTube videos, but we miss seeing your faces! On Thursdays at 9:30a.m. from April 30th to May 28th, we will have a live, interactive storytime option to help us feel a little more like we are all together again. 

Register for each week you'd like to join us!
A valid email address is required to get the Zoom invite.

We look forward to being with you again!

Self Sufficiency

I know many of us have been thinking about becoming more self sufficient recently. There has been a surge of interest in this area, so I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of eBooks we have on many of these subjects. If you need help with an outdoor project, browse our catalog for ideas on vegetable or herb gardening, composting, chickens and their coops, bee keeping, homesteading, carpentry and self sufficiency.