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  2009                        Library Presents Film Noir Series
                              What is film noir? The
  What’s Inside!              term usually conveys
                              images of shadow
  Message from the            and light, of seedy
   Library Director           urban settings and
                              fallen angels. Dark
  Green Initiatives           and morally complex,
                              the style haunted
  Staff Picks                 American filmmaking
                              during the 1940s and
  Programs and Films          early 50s, capturing
                              the mood of a country
                              recovering from the
                              effects of war.
Park Ridge Public Library
     20 S. Prospect Ave.         This spring the
    Park Ridge, IL 60068   Park Ridge Public Library celebrates a classic era of Hollywood with its first
                              Film Noir Series in nearly a decade. The series will showcase examples less well
For more information          known than famous works like The Maltese Falcon, yet considered among the best
           call               of their kind.
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                                              “I wanted to feature rarer films that still had a broad appeal,” says series host Matthew C.
                                              Hoffman, who formerly worked as the manager of the LaSalle Theatre, a popular venue for
                                              classic films. “I hope that once younger patrons especially have a chance to view them, they’ll
                                              be hooked.”

                                              When he isn’t working as Assistant Manager in the Library’s Circulation Department, Hoffman
                                              is a classic film buff, with a particular fascination for film noir. “We think of it as a genre but it’s
                                              really more of a style,” he says. “For me, the main appeal was that visual style, how the stories
                                              were told.”

                                              Certainly there are few better examples in movie-making where cinematography reigns
                                              supreme, using the black and white medium to underscore the dark psychological aspects of
FROM THE                                      the story. Critics in post-WWII France coined the term to describe a particular type of film
                                              coming out of America at the time – very different, they noted, from the usual studio product.
                                              “I think because of all the real horrors the War gave us, audiences weren’t going to accept the
Everyone is watching their expenses           kind of feel-good fantasies Hollywood presented in the 1930s,” Hoffman explains. “Filmmakers
these days and looking for more ways to       didn’t intentionally set out to make ‘film noir.’ It was just their subconscious response to the
save money. A great way to do this is to      reality of world affairs.”
take advantage of the many resources
and services that are available at the Park   Many of the films were based on short crime novels popular at the time, titles like The Postman
Ridge Public Library.                         Always Rings Twice and Nightmare Alley. Once considered “pulp” fiction, many of the novels
Here you’ll find thousands of books to        are now given serious consideration by critics, with authors like Raymond Chandler, William
choose from, including multiple copies        Lindsay Gresham and others taking their place among better-known American writers like
of the latest best sellers, large print       Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
editions, and books on CD and cassette
that you can listen to while driving or       What compels a library to create a series like this? For Adult Program Librarian Gena Zelenka,
exercising.                                   the chance to offer the Film Noir Series provides an opportunity to support what she calls visual
                                              literacy. Films, like other forms of storytelling, preserve the past.
The Library subscribes to all the local
newspapers and many out of town               “The Park Ridge Public Library definitely provides an opportunity to introduce new generations
papers, along with over 450 magazines         to these films,” Zelenka says. “In a sense, they are our fairy tales.”
that you may read here or check out.
Music CDs of all kinds are available, as      Hoffman agrees, noting that much of the imagery of film noir pervades popular culture.
well as a wide range of DVDs and video-       Hardboiled detectives and femme fatales, for example, may be as quintessentially American as
cassettes. The Park Ridge Public Library      Mickey Mouse.
has one of the largest foreign film
collections in the area. Best of all          Yet beyond that, he says, the films stand as some of the finest examples of American art.
everything is free to check out – what a
bargain!                                      “Here at the Library, people will get a chance to see film noir the way it’s meant to be seen: on
You can even save gas by downloading          the big screen. Once they do, it’ll change the way they think about movies.”
digital books at home, renewing items
online, placing reserves online and
                                              The Film Noir Series starts March 26 and runs on Thursday evenings until May 7. There will be no
accessing over 50 databases through the       showing on April 30. For more information contact the Reader Services desk at 847-825-3123.
Library’s website. Specialized databases
provide hard-to-find information on
business topics, magazine and
newspaper        articles,      investment
information, and much more.
All you need to take advantage of this
wonderful community resource is a
library card, available to all residents of
Park Ridge. So start saving money by
using your Library regularly; I think you
will be amazed by what you’ll find here.

                      Janet Van De Carr
                        Library Director
  Staff                                                                     Library Launches Green Initiatives
  Picks                                                                     What could already be “greener” than a public
                                                                            library, which circulates its materials constantly? Yet
                                                                            for institutions like the Park Ridge Public Library,
                                                                            finding new and better ways to use resources and
                                                                            help the environment has become a growing trend
                                                                            In spring 2008, the Library joined the City of Park
                                                                            Ridge’s Green Task Force to find ways to reduce waste
                                                                            and improve the energy efficiency of city buildings. Library
                                                                            employees were invited to contribute their own ideas, and the

                                                                              Using energy-efficient bulbs in light fixtures
                                                                              Turning lights off in areas that are not is use, including meeting
                                                                              rooms and storage closets
This issue, Library staff members choose                                      Limiting use of cleaning chemicals and adopting “green”
                                                                              products wherever possible
some of their favorite adult fiction and                                      Changing paper towel dispensers and converting to low-water
memoir.                                                                       use toilets in bathrooms
                                                                              Using low VOC paint
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde                                              Reducing office paper use by limiting paper copies and better
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to step inside one of your              utilizing email
favorite books? In this novel, Literary Detective Thursday Next
makes her way into the pages of Jane Eyre and tries to save the story
                                                                              Finding new uses for recycled paper, office supplies, and
from utter destruction at the hands of the villain Acheron Hades. The         equipment
Eyre Affair is witty, zany, and action-packed – and fortunately the first     Installing recycling bins in all staff and patron areas
in a series. Dara Gocheski, Reader Services Manager                         And what about all of the older items that the Library withdraws
Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man
                                                                            each year? Most of those items end up in one of four used book
by B.D. Wong                                                                sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, or on the shelves in
Wong plays a doctor on TV’s Law and Order and has long been a               our book sale corner. Many other items are donated or recycled.
favorite actor of mine. In this book he writes about the process he         As the Library finds more ways to “go green”, the public is
and his partner went through trying to have a child. The surrogate
mother goes into labor and loses one of the twins. The medical ups
                                                                            encouraged to participate. For example, while the Circulation
and downs of the surviving twin make for a story that’s touching and        Department still offers reusable plastic bags to carry checked-out
heartbreaking and joyous all at the same time.                              items, patrons may also purchase canvas Friends of the Library tote
Brandee Crisp, Reference Librarian                                          bags for $8.00, or eco-friendly bags made of non-woven material
                                                                            for $2.00 each.
Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
If you don’t mind death scenes, this novel will keep you in a constant
state of tension and suspense. You find yourself talking to the
victims and cheering them on (usually to no avail). The story does-
n’t wind down – you’re held captive until the last page.
Mary Maniatis, Senior Page

Walking Through Walls by Philip Rand Smith
Smith’s unique memoir details his coming of age during the ‘60s
with a father who worked as a spiritualist, psychic, and interior
decorator. Alternating between dying of embarrassment and
accepting his father’s gifts, Smith makes us laugh throughout it all.
Gena Zelenka, Reader Services Librarian

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
This massive work of science fiction, about an almost religious order
of cloistered mathematicians, is the most engaging and philosophi-
cal book I’ve read in years. I’ve never thought more about the
intricacies of friendship, belief, authority, history and – surprisingly
for me – mathematics. (Also, there are aliens.)
Sarah Hagge, Children’s Librarian
                          Three ways
                                         ADULT                           PROGRAMS
                                                 1. In person at the Second Floor Reader Services Desk
                          to register:           2. By phone at 847-825-3123                                   Unless otherwise indicated, all programs
                                                 3. Online at                         are free and have a limited seating of 90.

Trillium: The Band                               Stars of the Silver Screen                             Alicia: Story of a Polish Heroine
Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.                  Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.                          Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively concert just a few days     Roberta Randall returns to entertain with brief        Listen to the harrowing story of Holocaust
before St. Patty’s Day with this acoustic        biographical sketches of famous classic screen         survivor and heroine Alicia Appleman-
music quartet. Fiddle, guitar and mandolin       actors. Bette Davis, Judy Garland, and                 Jurman, as portrayed by professional actor
are just a few of the instruments that will      Elizabeth Taylor will be featured.                     Betsey Means. Her flight took her across
make up for a fun evening.                                                                              seven countries occupied by the Nazi regime.                       Money Smart Program                          
A Friends of the Library presentation.           Rebounding From the Economic Downturn of 2008
                                                 Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.                  Africa’s Great Game Preserves
Music of Ireland on the Hammered Dulcimer        Chuck Courtney of Turner Financial Services Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.                   talks about what we have learned in the past
Dulcimer master Phil Passen mixes anec-          year and puts the financial markets in perspec-
dotes with a series of Irish songs, reels, and   tive. Catch-up strategies and techniques for
jigs, making this a St. Patrick’s Day delight.   rebuilding your savings, education funding, A Friends of the              and retirement savings will also be discussed.
Library presentation.
                                                 Friday Morning Coffee Club
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn                Friday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.                  Streamliners: America’s Lost Trains
Space: the Final Frontier. Jon Vitallo returns   Follow the Zephyr as it leaves Union Station,
by popular demand to amaze us with stun-         Chicago in 1934, bound for Denver. Using
ning photos of NASA’s exploration of space       beautiful period footage and rare photos, this         World traveler Bill Helmuth takes you across the
and their mission to Saturn.                     film reveals the dramatic rise and fall of an          Serengeti Plains and the Ngorngoro Crater, deep
                                                 American passenger rail system that was the            within Tanzania, East Africa. There you can see
Pianist Eugene Kwok                              envy of the world. Coffee and discussion will          the big five in their natural habitat: elephants,
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.                    follow.                                                hippos, Cape buffalo, leopards, and lions.
Eugene Kwok has performed widely                                                              
throughout the Chicago area, including
twelve years as the in-house pianist at
Nordstrom in Oak Brook. Welcome in spring          COMPUTER CLASSES
as he plays tunes from Broadway musicals          All classes are free. Phone and in-person registration begins the first of the month before the class. For
and Hollywood movies. A Friends of the            example, Feb 1st you can sign up for March classes. Online registration begins the next day. For example,
Library presentation.                             Feb. 2nd for March classes.
                                                                                                     Using E-mail with Yahoo!
Chef Victoria Torres from Applauze Catering                                                          Saturday, April 4
Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.                                                                       2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
New Executive Chef Victoria comes to the                                                             Mouse experience and previous Internet experience
Library and shows how to prepare a spring                                                            required.
dinner menu, from appetizers to dessert. A Friends of                                                                Microsoft Excel 2007 Basics
the Library Presentation.                                                                            Saturday, March 21 and April 11
                                                                                                     10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Independence without Driving                                                                         Create lists and keep records on the computer with
Friday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m.                                                                       this spreadsheet program. Learn how to enter data
Frustrated with not being able to get                                                                and perform basic functions. Microsoft Word 2007
around? This DVD presentation and group                                                              experience and mouse experience required.
                                                  Basic Internet Class
discussion allows participants to share their     Wednesdays, March 18 and April 15                  Plug into the Past with Ancestry Library Edition
experiences with other seniors who have           2:00 – 3:30 p.m.                                   Saturday, March 14 and April 25
given up driving due to vision loss.                                                                 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Strategies for independent travel will be dis-    Microsoft Word 2007 Basics                         Hands-on computer class demonstrates Ancestry
cussed.                                           Wednesdays, March 4 and April 1                    Library Edition. Learn about the genealogy collec-
                                                  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.                                   tions and how to search for family records. Mouse
Affordable Housing and Resources                                                                     experience and previous Internet experience
Tuesday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m.                    Intermediate Microsoft Word 2007                   required.
Housing costs too high? Park Ridge Center         Wednesdays, March 4 and April 1
                                                  Saturdays, March 7 and April 18                    Fun With Flickr
of Concern, a non-profit organization serv-       10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
ing the elderly and other adults in Park                                                             Wednesday, April 15
                                                  Microsoft Word 2007 experience and mouse           10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ridge, can help through their Home Sharing        experience required.
services, which link homeowners with indi-                                                           Flickr is an online photo management and sharing
viduals who need affordable housing.                                                                 website. You will create a Flickr account and learn to
                                                                                                     upload and manage your digital photos. Mouse and
                                                                                                     previous Internet experience required.
                                                                                       Book Discussion Groups
 Films @ the Library                                                                   Books are available to pick up at the Reader Services Desk prior
                                                                            to the discussion. Registration is required. For further details, visit the
No registration needed. All films are on a first come-                      Reader Services Desk or call the Library at 847-825-3123.
first served basis. Doors open for seating 1/2 hour
before show time. Seating limited to 90 people.                             Thursday Morning Book Discussion
                                                                            The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
MARCH                                                                       March 19 or 26 at 10:00 a.m.
                                                                            When Haruko falls in love with and marries the Crown Prince of Japan, she
Feature Film: Tuesday, March 10 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.                         becomes the first commoner to be a part of the monarchy. Within the walls of
W PG-13               2:09 min.                                             the Imperial Palace, however, Haruko finds her life as a princess tightly
Josh Brolin stars as the 43rd President of the United States in this film   controlled and her voice stifled.
about George W. Bush’s rise to power. Directed by Oliver Stone.
                                                                            Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Film Noir: Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.                                  April 16 or 23 at 10:00 a.m.
OUT OF THE PAST, 1947 N/R             97min.                                Written in 1961 and set in the Connecticut suburbs of the
Jeff Bailey’s past catches up with him as he finds himself enmeshed         1950’s, Richard Yates explores the lives of two young
with the gangster and moll he left behind. Robert Mitchum, Kirk             successful suburbanites who are at odds with their life and
Douglas.                                                                    surroundings. They plan to run away to France with their two
                                                                            children to develop lives of artistic freedom, only to risk the
                                                                            ruin of their marriage and family.
Film Noir: Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.                                   Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
FALLEN ANGEL, 1945            N/R      98 min.                              May 14 or 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Otto Preminger’s classic features Dana Andrews as a con man who falls       Eight stories by the critically-acclaimed author of The Namesake delve into the
for a bad woman and ends up being suspected of her murder. Also             lives of Bengali immigrants and their American-reared children.
starring Linda Darnell and Alice Faye.

Film Noir: Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
                                                                            Evening Book Discussion
NIGHTMARE ALLEY, 1947 N/R 1:50 min.                                                        Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Tyrone Power stars as a carnie who schemes his way into high socie-                        Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
ty, in one of the darkest and most psychologically complex of all film                     Three friends, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, come of age at a
noir.                                                                                      mysterious boarding school in the English countryside. As an
                                                                                           adult, Kathy meets up with her old friends and the chilling truth
Feature Film: Tuesday, April 14 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.                                        behind their idyllic childhood is revealed.
Based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, this is the story of      Testimony by Anita Shreve
Lily Owen, a motherless girl who runs away from her abusive father and      Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.
finds a second home with three beekeepers.                                  A headmaster of an elite boarding school discovers a sex tape involving
                                                                            students. When the scandal comes to light, it rocks the community,
Film Noir: Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.                                  destroying reputations, relationships, and futures.
A DOUBLE LIFE, 1947 N/R                1:44 min.
Ronald Colman won an Oscar for his role as Anthony John, an                 Non-Fiction Book Discussion
obsessed actor who begins to identify too closely with the role of
Othello. Also starring Signe Hasso and a young Shelley Winters.             The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. Pham
                                                                            Friday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m.
                                                                            Moving back and forth through time and space with vignettes, Andrew X.
Film Noir: Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.                                  Pham tells the story of his father, Thong Van Pham, who endured the French
THE SET-UP, 1949             N/R       72 min.                              occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the
A washed-up boxer goes up against a younger opponent, unaware that          Vietnam War.
his manager has agreed to throw the fight for the benefit of some gang-
sters. Robert Ryan plays an unforgettable lead role in this tense, “real-   The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
time” drama.                                                                Friday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m.
                                                                            A visceral, unforgettable account of the wars in Afghanistan and
Film Noir: Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.                                     Iraq from the perspective of an award-winning war correspondent
CRISS CROSS, 1949             N/R       88 min.                             for the New York Times.
This tale of doomed lovers and multi-layered betrayal stars Burt
Lancaster as a man still in love with his ex-wife (Yvonne DeCarlo), who     Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
lures him into a robbery.                                                   Friday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.
                                                                            This provocative work from the author of Blink and The Tipping Point explores
                                                                            how and why certain people become successful.
Feature Film: Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE             R       2 hours
A young Indian teenager, about to become India’s’ first winner of “Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire,” is suddenly accused of cheating. His
explanation of how he came to know the answers takes us through a
journey of his tumultuous life.

        2009 THURSDAYS, 2-3PM
             C                H I L D R E N                                                                              ’          S
Monday                                                You may register for Children’s programs in person, by phone, or online. Tickets must be picked
Teddy Bear Time (Birth – 24 months with an            up at the Library and cannot be held for you. Please do not be a no show! If you’re unable to
adult)                                                attend, let us know so that we can make a place available to another child. Call Children’s
Siblings welcome                                      Services at 847-825-4527.
March 16 – April 20       9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

                                                      Early Childhood Programs                                 Music and Movement 3 - 5 years
                                                                                                               Get your kids up and moving as they learn
Teddy Bear Time (Birth – 24 months with an            Little Tykes      2 - 4 yrs
adult)                                                                                                         about having fun with music. LIMIT: 15
                                                      Thursdays, March 19 – April 23                           children.
Siblings welcome
March 17 – April 21       9:30 – 10:15 a.m.           11:00-11:45 a.m.                                              Monday, March 23
Storytime for 4s & 5s                                 Come with your children to be part of our
                                                                                                                    10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
March 17 – April 21       10:45 - 11:15 a.m.          playgroup! Drop in.
                                                                                                                    Registration begins Saturday, March 7
Wednesday                                             Toddler Art          18 months - 3 yrs
Storytime for 2s with an adult                        Toddlers and their parents are invited to come           Discovery Days All ages
March 18 – April 22         9:30 - 9:50 OR            have fun with a different art project every month.       Drop by with your little ones. We'll have
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.                                                                                             crafts, activities and lots of fun each month
Storytime for 3s                                      LIMIT: One class per month.
                                                                                                               as we discover topics of interest to toddlers
March 18 – April 22        10:45 - 11:15 a.m.             Monday, March 9 OR 16                                and preschoolers.
Storytime for 4s & 5s
March 18 – April 22        1:45 - 2:15 p.m.               10:45 - 11:15 a.m.                                        Weather
                                                          Registration begins Saturday, February 21                 Friday, March 20
Thursday                                                                                                            Drop in between 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Storytime for 2s with an adult                            Monday, April 13 OR 20 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
March 19 – April 23        9:30 - 9:50 a.m.               Registration begins Saturday, March 21
                                                                                                                    Friday, April 17
Storytime for 3s
                                                                                                                    Drop in between 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
March 19 – April 23        10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

2nd Saturday Family Storytime
March 14 and April 11 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
                                                      School Age Programs
                                                      Webkinz Party        Kindergarten and up           Just for Boys Grades 2 - 5
                                                      Tuesday, March 24                                  Join us as we go on exciting adventures and
                                                      1:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.               explore new things at this boys-only program.
    What Makes This                                   Bring in a Webkinz and play some fun games, do
     Your Library?                                    a craft, and explore the world of Webkinz with us.
                                                      Registration begins Saturday, March 7.
                                                                                                            Animals of Long Ago
                                                                                                            Friday, March 13          4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
                                                                                                            Registration begins Saturday, February 21.
                                                      Wacky Wednesday Kindergarten - Grade 1                Grossology
                                                      Join us for stories, jokes and play.                  Friday, April 17 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
                                                                                                            Registration begins Saturday, March 21.
                                                          Wednesday, March 4 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
                                                          Registration begins Saturday, February 21.     Brickton Art Center Classes Grades 2 - 5
                                                                                                         Come to the Library for these special monthly
                                                          Wednesday, April 1 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.            art classes taught by Brickton Art Center
                                                          Registration begins Saturday, March 21.        instructors. MAX: 15.

                                                      Science 4 the Fun of It! Grades 1 - 4                   Thursday, March 19       4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
                                                      Join us each month as we have fun with science          Registration begins Saturday, February 21.
                                                      through projects, games, and more.                      .
                                                                                                              Thursday, April 16       4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
                                                          Friday, March 6         4:00 – 4:45 p.m.            Registration begins Saturday, March 21.
                                                          Registration begins Saturday, February 21.
  “We come to the Library two or three times a                                                              Chow Down           Grades 4 - 6
  week for Storytime or arts and crafts. We moved         Friday, April 3 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.                  Join us each month as we have fun making,
  to Park Ridge to raise our family here because it       Registration begins Saturday, March 21.           eating, and exploring food. (NOTE: No nuts
  has an excellent sense of community, and the                                                              will be used in any of the recipes.)
  Library was definitely a draw. I grew up with       Love Your Mother (Earth) Family Science
  books, and some of my favorite memories are of      Program                                                 Wednesday, March 18       4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
  being in a library. Books open up a world of        Wednesday, April 22 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. or                 Registration begins Saturday, February 21.
  imagination and creativity. ‘Book’ was one of                              7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  Xander’s first words.”                              Families will really “dig” this special Earth Day       Wednesday, April 15       4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
                                                      science program full of cool experiments and            Registration begins Saturday, March 21.
  Mom Victoria Cokee with Xander (age two)            information. Registration begins Saturday, April 4.
ALL AGES PROGRAMS                                                                                         Gaming & Technology
JINGO Time!         All Ages     Friday, March 27           1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                              Programs
Jingo's like Bingo but easier because you play with pictures. Join us for some fun and maybe a prize
                                                                                                          Open Access Gaming All ages
or two. Drop in.
                                                                                                          Monday, March 23, April 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
20th Century Progress Saturday, March 14 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                                                 School's out so it's the perfect time to come in and
Join a returning World War II soldier as he witnesses the events, advances, and growing pains that our    try some of the library's video game systems.
country experienced throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Has progress helped or hindered us? Co-           We'll have Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation out for
sponsored by the Park Ridge Historical Society. Tickets available beginning Saturday, February 21.        you to try. Drop in.

                                                                                                          SCRATCH: Beyond the Basics Grades 3-6
JUST FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS                                                                             Saturday, April 11      2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What’s Great in Children’s Books: For the Classroom                                                       For those familiar with SCRATCH, here’s a chance
Monday, March 16 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.                                                                         to take your game to the next level. LIMIT: 10.
Teachers and other interested adults are invited to join us for a whirlwind series of talks about great   Lottery registration begins Saturday, March 21.
books for science, math, social studies, art, music and more. A light dinner will be provided.            Ten names will be drawn on Monday, March 30;
Teachers will be eligible to receive CPDUs. Stay for one session or all three:
                                                                                                          selected participants will be notified.
• Picture books - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Beginning readers (Grades K-3) - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
• Books for 4-6 grade - 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, February 21.
                                                                                                          All-Access Gaming         Grades 4 and up
Science on a Shoestring                                                                                   Wednesday, March 11, 25 and April 8, 22, May 6
Monday, April 20 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.                                                                         3:30-5:00
Discover a whole new way to teach science using materials that are inexpensive or already on your         Come and play DDR, Wii, Guitar Hero or Rock
shelves. Also learn why science is the great melting pot of each and every discipline you teach.          Band on a Giant screen with surround sound
Teachers will be eligible to receive CPDUs. Registration begins Saturday, April 4.                        music. Drop in.
                                                                                                          Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
                                                                                                          April 24 and May 29

                                                                                                            Join us for coffee while
                                                                                                           sharing information with
                                                                                                            others and listening to
                                                                                                          guest speakers discuss the
                                                                                                                latest research.
  Special Preview Night for members on May 1. Memberships can be                                             For more information,
                         purchased at the door.                                                            contact Cathy Thompson
Come view our biggest selection of gardening books, children’s literature,                                     at 847-720-3382.
      and much more. We haven’t raised our prices in ten years!
            Interested in joining the Friends of the Library?
                Call 847-825-3123 for more information.

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        Library Hours
        Monday – Thursday      9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
        Saturday               9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Sunday Noon to 5:00 p.m.

        Library Trustees
        Shlomo Crandus, President • Dorothy Hynous, Vice President
        Margaret Harrison, Secretary • Richard Van Metre, Treasurer
        John Benka • Anthony Borrelli • Kathleen deGrasse • Patricia Lofthouse • John Schmidt

        Library Director
        Janet Van De Carr                                                                       ECRWSS
        Mary Dalton                                                                             Postal Customer
        Photographs                                                                             Park Ridge, IL 60068
        Mary Dalton
        Design & layout
        Graphic Expressions, Ltd. • Becky McMorrow
        Kasco Printing

                                           “     The purpose of the Park Ridge Public Library is to advance
                                                 human knowledge and understanding by providing access to
                                                  information, literature, technology, and the arts relevant to
                                                 the community it serves.