Library News


Read the Zoo

Plan your trip to the Brookfield Zoo this summer by going to the library first. Utilize the Museum Adventure Pass Program to check out zoo passes and then find books about your favorite animals. Here are a selection of animal books we think you'll go wild over:

Flight School by Lita Judge

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Eric Carle

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Giraffe's Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Brookfield Zoo is just one of the many local museum, parks and activities you can check out a pass for. To begin your Museum Adventure, visit your local public library to check out a pass. Passes are restricted to registered borrowers of each library.


Do You Have The Sound?

CALLING ALL TEEN MUSICIANS! Do you sing, rap, rock, or jam? We're looking for you! The Sound is an exciting opportunity to play music for an audience, and you'll have the chance to win a cash prize. Thanks to our sponsor The Gift of Carl we'll be giving out $500 total in cash prizes. So get your application in by May 25 for your chance to prove if you have THE SOUND!

Get the details and application at the library, by phone 630/887-0718, or on our website at Don't miss out!


Pop Art Photo Creation

Create a pop art style picture using the online photo editor, Pixlr. Bring the pictures you want to use on a flash drive, or be able to access them online during the class. This class requires registration.

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Video Game Systems

You can play all of your favorite games by checking out a console and a game from the library! Because they've been so popular, we've added four more Nintendo Switch consoles and a Super NES Classic console to our collection. We've also added two PlayStation 4 and two Xbox One Consoles. Visit us today and get ready to play! 

Spring is Hopping(and growing) in Kids & Teens

Baby Chicks In Kids & Teens

​The chicken eggs are hatching. Check out the 24/7 Chick incubator video to see the new arrivals and how the Darien Dragons 4H team prepared the incubators for the chicks arrival this week. This is a great learning opportunity for families and classrooms.

If you haven't stopped into the Kids & Teens Department recently, you might also want to take a look at the tadpole tank. The tank has two tadpoles for visitors to see how a tadpole becomes a frog. Kids can also vote for the names of the tadpoles. Check out the list of name pairs and add your sticker to your favorite.

Kids & Teens staff are also getting ready to visit the schools in the Indian Prairie Library District. We'll be sharing some of the Summer Challenge events, activities and prizes you can have fun with over your summer. We'll be coming to your school beginning the week of May13. We'd love to hear if you came to visit the chicks and tadpoles.


Work at the Library

​Are you a teen that loves the library? Have you always wanted a chance to work here? With summer on its way, we have some fantastic opportunities for you.

If you're entering grades 7-12 and want to help at the library the Summer VolunTEEN program is just right for you. We have a variety of opportunities to fit your interests and summer schedule. Visit the Summer VolunTEEN page for more details and to download applications. Most applications are due on May 26. Don't wait or you may miss out on your first choice.

We also have a fantastic summer teen internship for people 16-19. If you're interested in learning new things and love to play with and help younger children, this position is for you. Visit our Job Opportunities page for more details and information about how to apply. Applications are accepted until May 3.

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The Gentle Gym

LittleTown is a place to learn, grow, and play. Stretch your body and imagination in the new Gentle Gym. Try some yoga poses and exercise moves. Fuel your workout in the LittleTown play kitchen with healthy choices using My Plate placemats.


Teen and Young Adult Job Fair

Getting a job is an important step in the process of growing up. It can be exciting and terrifying if you're just starting out, especially if you're young and have no or limited work experience. IPPL is here to help! This spring we are offering programs to help build your resume and practice the interview skills that could help you land the job. Then bring your new knowledge to our Teen and Young Adult Job Fair on Saturday, April 6, 1-3 pm, where you can meet a variety of employers looking to hire the right person. These programs are intended for young people 16 and up.

Register online, by phone 630/887-0718, or in person for the Writing Your First Resume program on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8 pm

Drop by the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or call 630/887-0718 to book your 20-minute Mock Interview time slot on Saturday, March 30, 1-4 pm 

Visit for more details about participating employers.


Students Art on Display

Inspiring art work from Darien area youth, 4-years-old through 12th grade, is on exhibit on the 2nd floor library art gallery. These unique works show a wide range talent by the children in our community. Pieces displayed are part of the annual contest held by the Darien Woman's Club.

We would also like to congratulate Mr. Etherington, from Cass Junior High School. Mr. Matt Etherington was named Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. Some of Mr.Etherington's students are featured in the Darien Woman's art display.

Congratulations also go out to Gower School District #62. They are the winners of the Follett Challenge for Schools. The challenge was featured in last months Library News blog. Thank you for the community support in voting. Their video had the 2nd highest number of votes!


Turn Your Smartphone into a Digital Wallet

Indian Prairie Public Library is now on the free app Stocard, available for Apple and Android devices. Scan loyalty cards from a list of companies and organizations in the app or manually add your own. Cards work just like the physical ones— they are just stored on your smartphone via the app, including your Indian Prairie Public Library card!
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Convert Pictures & Slides to Digital


It's not too late to register for Saturday's class from 2:00 - 3:30 PM and learn how to convert pictures and slides to digital images.  Learn simple photo editing techniques using Pixlr, a free online software similar to Photoshop. 


Good luck Gower School District

Gower School District has entered their library in the 2019 Follett Challenge.

Voting takes place the week of January 21-25. Each person over age 13 may vote once per day during the five days, and the contest closes at 4pm CST on Friday 1/25. Winners will be announced at the end of February. Here is the link to vote for Gower’s submission, called “This Is Gower.”

We would also like to extend a shout out to District 61 Librarian, Diane Nelson for coming by to help the kids and staff at the Path to Progress Maze Building on Monday, for Martin Luther King Jr Day. Our community built our maze paths using the book, Love will see you through : Martin Luther King Jr.'s six guiding beliefs (as told by his niece).  Ms. Nelson's team built their path on Belief number 2: Love Your Enemies. Check out more pictures and video on Indian Prairie's social media pages.

Are You Ready for the SAT?

On April 9, all Illinois high school juniors will be sitting down to take the SAT. With the gray skies and wintry weather, it's easy to forget that April isn't so far away. So start now, and get ready for the SAT at Indian Prairie. Here are resources that may help:

  • Stop by the test prep books on the first floor to find SAT guides and practice tests, or check the catalog to place your hold.
  • Visit our Test Prep page and log in to Brainfuse for guides, tips, and practice tests.
  • Take a practice test at the library. Our January session is full, but registration for the February 16 practice test opens this Saturday, January 19.
  • Make sure you're prepared with the College Board Test Day Checklist.



IPPL Language Story Kits!

It's a new year and with those New Year's Resolutions, here's a resource to learn some new vocabulary in another language: IPPL Language Story Kits!
Our Language Story Kits feature two books (one in English and one in another language) as well as a flannelboard or a puppet to re-tell the story and practice new vocabulary. Our books and languages offered are listed below:

Displays two clear plastic bins that hold up vinyl pouches. The vinyl pouches have a clear front and you can see the books and handouts inside of the kits.

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Japanese/English)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Panjabi/English)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Polish/English)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Urdu/English)
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster (Chinese/English)
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster (Spanish/English)
  • The Snowy Day (Chinese/English)
  • The Snowy Day (Spanish/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Bengali/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (French/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Panjabi/English)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Polish/English)

Our Language Story Kits are located on the second floor, in the Kids & Teens department Junior Language collection. Check out our catalog to see which Story Kit you can check out today!


Binge Boxes Are Here!


We are happy to announce a new collection: Binge Boxes! These nifty kits are loaded with DVDs for your movie watching needs. Do you want to revisit Hogwarts on a weekend?

There's a Binge Boxes for that. Do you need some dance and cheerleading fun for a sleepover? We've got you covered. 

Want to journey to Middle Earth and back again? Book your trip with a Binge Box. Our first 10 boxes are located on the second floor with Teen DVDs. Click on the link to search our Binge Boxes and view their contents.

Do you have an idea for a Binge Box. Let us know in the comments or stop by the Kids & Teens desk to share.