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Smiles, laughter, shared memories, and truly magical moments filled the Woodridge Public Library during its 50th birthday party celebration on Saturday, April 22. Magical moments:
The Library’s past and present came together when four library directors, Pam Dubé, Susan McNeil Marshall, Mary Sue Brown and Laurie Kagann, shared the stage along with the first Children’s Librarian, Carol Ifflen Todd, and current Children’s Librarian—and longest serving staff member with 40 years—Kelly Girard.
Democratic State Senator Pat McGuire and Republican Representative David Olsen jointly presented the library with an Illinois State recognition of its 50 years of service, each expressing support for public libraries as well as their personal pride in being avid readers. Senator McGuire showed off the two most important cards that he carries–his voter card and his library card—while Representative Olsen highlighted the importance of a public library to its community.
Earth Day was observed with Library Trustees stepping out into the beautiful afternoon to dedicate a “50 year” anniversary tree. The tree is expected to be growing strong when the library celebrates its 100th birthday in 2067.
A time capsule ceremony engaged the crowd as objects meaningful to the last 50 years of library history were preserved for a future generation. Objects included an old library-edition of the book Harry Potter, a catalog card, and a humorous letter to the Woodridge Library of 2067 which ponders the possibility of library books being returned by drones.
Once the formal ceremonies were over and “Happy Birthday” had been sung, partygoers of all ages enjoyed nearly 450 servings of cake, cake-pops and cupcakes.
The bash continued with singer Chris Colletti taking the crowd back to 1967, performing songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior, delighting attendees who fondly recalled the days of the Rat Pack.
Magician Christopher George wrapped up the day, mesmerizing the standing room only audience when he seemingly made one young partygoer float on a magic carpet.
Fun and community building celebrations of the Woodridge Library’s 50th Year will continue with a big Trivia Night program on May 18 and upcoming summer programs that will recall the 1967 “Summer of Love.”
The Library now offers wireless and mobile printing through PrinterOn. Print jobs can be sent remotely from anywhere--including laptops being used at the Library. Go to our wireless printing portal to send a print job.
Print jobs can also be sent through mobile devices using the PrinterOn app. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. Simply select one of the Woodridge Public Library's printers to have your job sent to our printing queue.
Jobs will be held in the queue for 24 hours. To retrieve a job, go to the printing station in the Computer Commons at the Library, enter your information, and pay for the job.
Our 50th anniversary is April 22nd and we're throwing a party! There's a lot going on and fun for the whole family. Here's what you can look forward to:
Noon - 1 p.m.: Greetings, tree planting, and time capsule dedication.
1 - 2 p.m.: Birthday cake, coffee and tea served in the Lobby. Interactive cake decorating demonstration.
2 - 3 p.m.: Chris Colletti sings hits from the Library's early days--enjoy songs from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, and more.
2 - 3 p.m.: Magic show with Flash, the Magic Bunny and photos with Flash after the show
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Library history will be on display throughout the building.
Special Kids & Family Activities
Decorate a Birthday Candle
Craft a Cupcake
Eat a Cake Pop
Jelly Bean Guessing Contest & Prize
There was a wonderful turnout for the Willy Wonka Event that kicked-off a yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration. These numbers tell the story:
1300 local residents of all ages attended
1077 Willy Wonka Chocolate Bars were handed out
175 moviegoers watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the library’s big screen
257 was the correct number for the “Guess-the-number-of-candies-in-the-jar” drawing
1200 bags of freshly popped popcorn were enjoyed
#17 of the Trivia Contest was the hardest question: What were the candy bars used in the filming of Willy Wonka made of? Answer: wood
400 lollipop bookmarks were created by kids
41% of those in attendance voted Charlie Bucket as their favorite Golden Ticket winner, with Veruca Salt second at 26%
2 candy bars rose to the top of the “Candy Bar Personality Test,” with attendees choosing Almond Joy or Snickers
8000 pieces of retro candy were collected on the “Candy Walk,” including the most popular Caramel Creams (Bull’s Eyes)
Want to see how you did on the Trivia Contest? Feast your eyes on the questions and answers.
Throughout 2017 the Woodridge Public Library will mark 50 years of serving the Woodridge community with special events, giveaways and new services. The Library will kick-off the Golden Anniversary celebrations with the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket Event for all ages on Saturday, January 14, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The library will be transformed into a candy wonderland, with free Willy Wonka candy bars for all attendees. Five lucky winners will find a golden ticket inside their candy wrapper and will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Freshly popped popcorn will be served at the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. showings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. Event attendees can explore the library to discover bins of retro candy, book and movie displays and trivia challenges. Fun children's activities and crafts will take place throughout the day.
The year 1967 saw a referendum formally establishing the Woodridge Public Library. Each month of 2017 the library will offer special Golden Anniversary themed programs related to 50 years of history, literature and entertainment.
A "Blizzard of Programs" will take place in January 2017 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1967. Attendees to the Brain Fitness program on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. or the Music Streaming program on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. will receive commemorative ice scrapers. Movie-goers who attend the Groundhog Day Movie Marathon on Friday, January 27 –show times at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.—will get to make and eat their own mini-blizzard ice cream treats.
Throughout February the Woodridge Library will continue its blizzard theme with programs and giveaways reflecting the idea of being snowed in. Family board games will be played on February 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. Adults, teens and seniors can sign up for Retro Card Games programs on February 2 or February 10, with the first 50 registrants to receive commemorative playing cards. Drawings for a nostalgic Yahtzee dice game set will be held at each of the February Yahtzee Parties.
The first of the new library services being rolled out to mark the 50th Anniversary is free music streaming and music downloads for library cardholders. Patrons can stream music to their smartphone, tablet or computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no limits. Artists range from Adele to Elvis and Ray Charles to One Direction. Access to the Streaming Music Service is now available at woodridgelibrary.org.
The library will be inviting the community at large, as well as community leaders who played a role in establishing and growing the Woodridge Public Library, to a grand 50th Birthday celebration on Saturday, April 22, 2017. More information related to the birthday party—and an invitation for residents to share their own Golden Memories of the past 50 years living in Woodridge and visiting the Woodridge Public Library—will be available on the website and at the library beginning on January 14, during the Golden Ticket kick-off event.
Woodridge Public Library has joined Library Ideas® network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalogue of legendary artists.
The Freegal® Music Service increases the size and diversity of our collection by offering access to over 28,000 music labels from 101 different countries.
Registered cardholders Library can download three Freegal Music MP3 files each week and stream three hours of music every day at no direct cost via http://woodridge.freegalmusic.com/homes/index. The Freegal Music Service also has popular music videos for download.
Learn more about the Freegal service by browsing their FAQs or come in and talk to a librarian.
Would you like help setting these services up on your device?
Bring your personal device to the library for a one-on-one tutorial with a knowledgeable Adult & Teen Services staff member.
Recent visitors to the library have been delighted by the lovely book tree and cleverly created paper snowman sitting in the lobby.
To make the book tree, members of the Circulation Department set a tall sign easel (wrapped in bubble wrap) in the center of the lobby, then laid oversized books in a circle around the easel's base. Books were stacked row by row--using slightly smaller books as they reached higher and higher.
Stop by the lobby and enjoy the book tree as well as an outstanding art exhibit from the Downers Grove Artists Guild. Visit throughout December to attend an event--VFW Pearl Harbor Day Service, holiday music concert, Jingle Tales performances--or browse the festive displays of: holiday music, cookbooks for bakers, books that foster peace and kindness, or tales and DVDs celebrating holiday traditions around the world. We look forward to seeing you.
The Library will be closed on:
Saturday, December 24; Sunday, December 25; Monday, December 26; Sunday, January 1; and Monday, January 2.
Would you like to "Win Black Friday" or find the perfect "Gift of Tech"?
The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide from Consumer Reports has the latest money-smart gift ideas. Woodridge library cardholders can read Consumer Reports from their computer or smartphone for free, including monthly reports and buying guides.
Use your free access to Consumer Reports today!
Did you know that patrons who are unable to visit the Woodridge Library because of a disability, illness or special circumstance can receive books delivered to their door by staff members or volunteers?
Request specific items or let us know your interests and we will make selections for you.
On Friday, October 7 the Krafty Kids met and made some awesome crayon art. Click Read More to see what they made.
Members of the library's Group of Advising Teens—GOATs—will be collecting supplies for donation to Almost Home Kids, a nearby transitional facility for children with complex medical needs.
Donations will be accepted in the Library's lobby September 3 through November 11.
Needed Items: (All items must be new.)
Children’s Wish List
Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion, Baby Wash, Unscented Baby Wipes
Desitin (tubes), Pacifiers, Wrist Rattles and Foot/Ankle Rattles
Light and Sound Mobiles, Crib Light & Sound music boxes
Batteries for Toys (AA, AAA, C & D)
House Supplies Wish List
Ivory Soap Liquid Detergent, K-Cup Coffee Packs (for staff, family members)
Full Sized Boxes of Kleenex, Bath Towels (large), Washcloths
Hand Sanitizer (2 oz. travel size and 12 oz.)