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We're Stirring Up Summer With “Reading is So Delicious”

May 24, 2012

This summer, the Park Ridge Public Library sets out to entice readers of all ages with its 2012 theme for the Summer Reading Clubs, “Reading is So Delicious.”
We’ve laid out a smorgasbord of tempting programs, special family events, concerts, films, and plenty of great books to satisfy your craving for learning, enrichment, and entertainment! All clubs run from June 8 to August 12.
Kick-Off Day and sign-up for all reading clubs is June 8 in the First Floor Meeting Room from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For Children and Families

Very Hungry Readers       Infants – Going into Grade 1
The picnic is about to begin! Collect food, drinks, and other items as you follow the path on your reading club folder through town on your way to the Park. Collect a sticker and prize drawing ticket for every 100 minutes that you read. Collect four stickers to reach the Park and receive a special surprise.
Library Café       Going into Grades 2 – 6
Enter the Library Café’s reading challenge and add to your stack of books as you record the minutes you read this summer. Earn a sticker and a prize drawing ticket for every 150 minutes you read. Read 600 minutes to complete the club and receive a prize! 
Family Reading Club: Reading Family Style
This is your chance to involve the whole family in Summer Reading. If every member of your household signs up and reaches their Summer Reading goal, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a one night stay for a family of four at The Waverton Hotel/ Mayan Adventure Waterpark in Elmhurst, IL. When you sign up for Summer Reading be sure to pick up a Reading Family Style Place Card.

Young Adults         
Café Loft                     Grades 6 – 12
It’s this simple: Read 5 books and get a free paperback book; read more for extra credit and additional prizes. For each 5 books you finish, stop in for a raffle ticket to win a new PlayStation Vita.
This summer you can choose to sign up for the Summer Reading Club in person at the Library or online at the Young Adult Loft page.
Reading is So Delicious
Read books and win prizes!
Sign up on Summer Reading Kickoff Day, Friday, June 8, in the First Floor Meeting Room, or at the Reader Services Desk anytime during the summer. You’ll be entered to win Ravinia tickets just for signing up. Read at least four free-choice books this summer to earn raffle tickets and a chance to win restaurant gift certificates, cooking classes, and more.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Library will also feature a variety of special programming in connection to the reading clubs. Here are just a few of the great programs offered this summer:
Children’s Programs
Kids Concert Featuring Laura Doherty        All Ages
Tuesday, June 5          10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Laura Doherty acoustically rocks your kid’s world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her new CD, Shining Like a Star, and her award-winning CD, Kids in the City. This upbeat program engages children in dancing, singing, puppets, and more. Laura is a longtime early childhood music teacher in the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms program. Max: 125   Tickets available beginning Saturday, May 19.
What’s Pop’n Popcorn with Lisa’s Italian Ice          
Going into Grades 4 – 6
Wednesday, June 20                        
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Popcorn experts from Lisa’s Homemade Italian Ice and Popcorn in Park Ridge will demonstrate the science behind popcorn and provide hands-on activities. All participants will get to try some yummy popcorn. Max: 24 Registration begins Saturday, June 2.
Chillers! Scary Stories for a Summer’s Eve             
Going into grades 1 - 6
Monday, July 9         7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
What better way to spend a summer’s night than by listening to scary stories? Join us, if you dare, for a selection of interactivespine-tingling tales from storyteller Paddy Lynn. 
Max: 125   Tickets available beginning Saturday, June 16. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Junior Chocolate Factory      Going into Grades 1 – 3
Wednesday, July 18
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Come join us as Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory owner Linda Hills gives us a taste of the chocolate factory life! Kids will make their own chocolate treats, including chocolate-dipped pretzels, marshmallows, and fruits. Max: 24   Registration begins Saturday, July 7.
The Frog Lady            All Ages
Wednesday, August 1              2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Meet the Frog Lady and her froggy friends! The Frog Lady will share her passion for frogs and other animals. Learn the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians and meet and interact with over 20 live animals,   Max: 125   Tickets available beginning Saturday, July 21.
YA Programs
Thursdays on the Road
Thursdays, June 14, 21, and 28, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
We’ll be spending Thursdays in June with All on the Road Catering, getting hands-on training in the kitchen. Pick a Thursday and sign up to join us! Meet at the Library at 3:45. Events will take place at All on the Road Catering. Max: 10
Just Desserts
Friday, June 15, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate summer break with an afternoon of making favorite desserts. From cake pops to fruit kabobs, there will be lots of fun treats for you to take home. Max: 30
Food Experiments
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Are you ready to get out of the kitchen and start preparing food in a new way? Try new recipes using the science of molecular gastronomy. We’ll make food and drinks and see if they taste as good coming from the lab as they do the kitchen! Max: 25
The Next Library Food Network Star
Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Come to this two-day event and create your own food network show using Flip cameras and movie editing software. Must attend both days. Max: 16
A special note on YA program registration:
 Young Adult program registration will be done via lottery this summer. Visit the YA Loft through Wednesday, June 6 to enter your name into the lottery for programs you are interested in. You may also visit the Young Adult Loft page to submit your name into the program raffle. Entries will be accepted through 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 6. Stop by on Kickoff Day to receive a list of the programs you got into. Participants will be notified by Monday, June 11. Online and phone registration will begin for remaining spots on Monday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Adult Programs
Chicago’s Sweet Candy History
Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
For nearly a century, Chicago produced one-third of the nation's candy. Historian Leslie Goddard will explore what made Chicago such a powerful location for candy makers.
Charles Dickens in Film
Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the world’s greatest storytellers in this special 90-minute film presentation! Steven Frenzel will show scenes from some of the most famous movies based on Dickens’ novels.
Making Dessert with Chef Gale Gand
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Chef and author Gale Gand, who has appeared on Oprah, Top Chef, and Martha Stewart, will demonstrate how to make delicious desserts.
An Evening with All on the Road Catering
Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Local favorites All on the Road will prepare some excellent dishes and give you tips on how to recreate them in your own kitchen.
For more information on Children’s Programs, please call the Children’s Services Desk at (847)825- 4527. For Adult and YA Programs, please call the Reader Services Desk at (847)720-3280.

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