Things to do this September at the Vernon Area Library

Check out this list of things to do at the Vernon Area Library throughout the month of September.

LINCOLNSHIRE, ILL. — August 12, 2014 — Vernon Area Public Library District programs are free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. Register for programs online at http://calendar.vapld.info, by telephone at 224-543-1485 (adult programs) or 224-543-1486 (youth or teen programs), or in person at the library at 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Ill. 

September 1–31

Food for Fines

We’ll waive $1 in fines for each nonperishable food item that you donate (no fees or replacement costs). All donations benefit the Vernon Township Food Pantry and local hungry families. Presented in partnership with Move for Hunger and Von Sydow’s Moving & Storage.

Tuesday, September 2, 9:30–10 am or 10–10:30 a.m.

Blast Off with Books

The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places as you and your child learn sign language and together use our iPad apps. For ages 2–3 with a caregiver, registration not required. 

Wednesday, September 3, 1–3 p.m.

Searching the Internet

Learn Internet and browser basics, and tips for searching online. Mouse and keyboard experience necessary. Registration required.

Wednesday, September 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Science Sleuths

This three-week series features stories, films, and hands-on science activities for the budding scientist. For grades 2–3, registration required.

Thursday, September 4, 10–10:30 a.m. or 1:30–2 p.m.

Preschool Storytime

Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5 without a caregiver. No registration required. 

Thursday, September 4, 6:45–8:45 pm

PowerPoint 2010 Basics

Explore techniques for creating attractive slideshow presentations in this introductory class. Word experience necessary. Registration required. 

Friday, September 5, 2–4 p.m.

Friday Films – Paths to Glory

When a WWI French battalion’s suicide mission fails, the general that planned the mission selects three soldiers to be executed for cowardice, and selects their leader as their attorney. Registration recommended. 

Sunday, September 7, 2–3 p.m.

Grandparents’ Day Celebration & Service Project

Bring your grandparents or another favorite senior to celebrate Grandparents’ Day! Listen to stories about family, then together make a craft to donate to Ronald McDonald House.  For ages 3–8 with an adult, registration required.

Tuesday, September 9, 10–10:30 a.m.

Blast Off with Books

The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places as you and your child learn sign language and together use our iPad apps. For ages 2–3 with a caregiver, registration not required. 

Tuesday, September 9, 1–3 p.m.

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing in this overview presentation. Registration required.

Tuesday, September 9, 7–7:30 p.m.

Jamma Tales

Evening storytime for ages 2–6 with a caregiver. Siblings and PJs welcome. No registration required. 

Wednesday, September 10, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Giggles & Wiggles

Music and movement are the center of this very active storytime. Help your child connect sounds, language and fun. Choose one session each week. For ages 15−24 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Gmail Basics

Practice sending, receiving, and organizing messages, and learn to create a contact list using Gmail. Internet experience necessary. Registration required. 

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

Writer’s Support Group

Support, feedback and inspiration for writers of all levels, all genres. Facilitator Robert Bresloff is a published children’s author. Newcomers are always welcome. No registration required.

Thursday, September 11, 10–11:30 a.m.

Book Discussion with Judy Levin

“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker.  A limited number of books are available for Vernon Area Public Library cardholders to check; ask the reference desk. Registration is recommended. 

Thursday, September 11, 10–10:30 am or 1:30–2 p.m.

Preschool Storytime

Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5 without a caregiver. No registration required.

Thursday, September 11, 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Intermediate PowerPoint 2010

Take your slideshow presentations to the next level with animations, sound, video and enhanced design techniques. PowerPoint 2010 experience necessary. Registration required.

Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Voter Registration Drive

Stop at the library to become a registered voter and be ready for the November election. Bring two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address. You must be a US citizen, at least 18 years of age by Election Day (November 4), and you must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days. 

Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Miss Jamie Music & Puppet Friends

Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take us on a magical barnyard adventure in this sing-along, dance-along show that’s fun for all. For ages 2-8 with an adult, registration required. 

Sunday, September 14, 2–4 p.m.

Voter Registration Drive

Stop at the library to become a registered voter and be ready for the November election. Bring two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address. You must be a US citizen, at least 18 years of age by Election Day (November 4), and you must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days. 

Sunday, September 14, 1–4 p.m.

Games for Grown-ups

Choose from the library’s collection of popular table games or bring your own to share. Open to adults and high school students of all skill levels. No registration required. 

Monday, September 15, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime

Bond with your baby as Ms. Heather guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and a board book. A short play time is included for social interaction and to reinforce early literacy skills. Choose one session per week. For ages 0–14 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Monday, September 15, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Toontastic Jr. Animation

Use your imagination and this creative iPad app to create an adventurous tale starring fantastic, funny pirate characters and your own voice. For grades K-2, registration required.

Tuesday, September 16, 9–9:30 a.m., 10–10:30 a.m.

Blast Off with Books

The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places as you and your child learn sign language and together use our iPad apps. For ages 2–3 with a caregiver, registration not required.

Tuesday, September 16, 1–3 p.m.

Social Networking for Seniors

Discover the benefits, purpose, and safety guidelines of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Registration required. 

Tuesday, September 16, 7–8 p.m.

Novel Night Book Discussion

“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. Book club copies are available at the reference desk. Registration is recommended.

Wednesday, September 17, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Giggles & Wiggles

Music and movement are the center of this very active storytime. Help your child connect sounds, language and fun. Choose one session each week. For ages 15−24 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Wednesday, September 17, 1–2 p.m.

Senior Series—Illinois Gateway to the American West in Story & Song

Discover the surprising role that Illinois played in the development of American western history, culture, and myth from 1850–1950 with musician Rick Pickren. Registration required. 

Thursday, September 18, 10–10:30 a.m. or 1:30–2 p.m.

Preschool Storytime

Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5 without a caregiver. No registration required.

Thursday, September 18, 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Internet Privacy & Security

Learn helpful methods to secure your personal computer and online data with software updates, strong passwords, and other best practices for safe computing. Registration required. 

Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Best of Free Online Streaming Video

Enjoy the best free streaming video sites with this overview of Vimeo, Vevo, Crackle, YouTube, Hulu, and the library’s awesome new Hoopla service. Registration required.

Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Library Pirates … Arrrrggghhh!

To celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day, we will make our very own cardboard pirate ship! Costumes are optional, cardboard box and supplies will be provided. Pirate jargon is encouraged. For ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration required. 

Sunday, September 21, 12–3 p.m.

Fall for Your Library Festival

Celebrate autumn with this fun, family-friendly afternoon of live music, snacks, crafts, library tours, library card sign-up and more. No registration required for ongoing activities. 

Sunday, September 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Big Sadie Bluegrass Concert

Enjoy the delightful sounds of bluegrass band Big Sadie. The Chicago-based trio – on upright bass, guitar and fiddle – boasts an impressive selection of bluegrass, old-time, and original music in three-part harmony.  For all ages, registration required.

Monday, September 22, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime

Bond with your baby as Ms. Heather guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and a board book. A short play time is included for social interaction and to reinforce early literacy skills. Choose one session per week. For ages 0–14 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Monday, September 22, 7–8 p.m.

Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre previews “The King and I”

The artistic team from the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre discusses and previews their upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless romance, “The King and I.” Registration required. 

Tuesday, September 23, 9–9:30 a.m. or 10–10:30 a.m.

Blast Off with Books

The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places as you and your child learn sign language and together use our iPad apps. For ages 2–3 with a caregiver, registration not required.

Tuesday, September 23, 1–3 p.m.

Internet for Job Seekers

Jump start your online job search with this demonstration of LinkedIn, Indeed, Dice, Monster, and several online library resources. Internet experience necessary. Registration required. 

Tuesday, September 23, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Cock-a-Doodle Oops! Storytime & Craft

Listen to the rollicking rhymes in local author Lori Degman’s silly new book, “Cock-a-Doodle Oops!,” about a rooster that enlists other farm animals to crow each morning so that he can take a vacation. For grades K–2 with an adult, registration required. 

Wednesday, September 24, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Giggles & Wiggles

Music and movement are the center of this very active storytime. Help your child connect sounds, language and fun. Choose one session each week. For ages 15−24 months with a caregiver, registration not required. 

Wednesday, September 24, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Gmail Beyond the Basics

Uncover the power of email filters, searching your Gmail, adjusting settings, and working with attachments. Gmail experience and account required. Registration required. 

Saturday, September 27, 11–11:45 a.m.

Sensory Storytime

Sensory storytime engages all of the senses through music, movement, stories, and play. Designed for children with special needs, autism, or other sensory integration challenges, but all are welcome! RSVPs appreciated but not required. For all ages. 

Saturday, September 27, 2 p.m.

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies—Winter’s Tale (PG-13)

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, follow a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Registration recommended.

Monday, September 29, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime

Bond with your baby as Ms. Heather guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and a board book. A short play time is included for social interaction and to reinforce early literacy skills. Choose one session per week. For ages 0–14 months with a caregiver, registration not required. 

Monday, September 29, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Learn—European Art at the Time of the Great War

Art historian Jeff Mishur explores how Picasso, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Boccioni and WWI-era European artists established the dominant paths their successors would follow for a century. Bring your lunch starting at noon, we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. Registration recommended. 

Monday, September 29, 7–8 p.m.

Unique Animals

Say hello to a sloth, befriend a fruit bat, and smile at a civet. Learn about these unusual creatures and others as the staff from the Flying Fox Conservation Fund shows us their favorite animals. For grades K & up with an adult, registration required. 

Tuesday, September 30, 10–10:30 a.m.

Blast Off with Books

The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places as you and your child learn sign language and together use our iPad apps. For ages 2–3 with a caregiver, registration not required.

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