Libraries launch curbside service
Beginning Wednesday, June 3, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., and Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, begin touchless curbside pickup of library materials. At this time, items are limited to the libraries' collections only.
Brookfield cardholders can place holds on materials in the SWAN catalog as usual. When items are ready for pickup, patrons will be notified via their contact preferences. Cardholders are encouraged to use the SWAN app to manage pick-up of materials.
The app offers a new curbside communicator feature which coordinates curbside pickup via chat with library staff. Or, patrons can text the library at 708-426-0041 or call the check-out desk at 708-485-6917, ext. 150.
Curbside pickup hours will be Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info at the Brookfield Public Library website.
Riverside cardholders can order materials from the online catalog using your card and PIN, by phone (708-442-6366), by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (adult materials) or email@example.com (child/teen) or using the new live chat option on the library website. Limit 10 items per request.
Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m.
Visit the Riverside Public Library website for more info.
North Riverside summer reading program
North Riverside Public Library will kick off its "Imagine Your Story" summer reading program for all ages on June 1.
The program continues through Aug. 31, and the more you read, the more opportunity there is to win fabulous prizes. More info is available at the North Riverside Public Library website.
New exhibits at RAC
Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts two exhibitions under the umbrella title "Towards Luminescence: Radiant Frisson | Solace Supercut" – designed to be viewable from the street at all hours -- through June 26 in its FlexSpace Gallery.
The two-part exhibition features work by Chicago artists Mayumi Lake and Stacia Yeapanis.
Part 1 of the exhibition focuses on the work of Mayumi Lake, whose entry "Radiant Frission" features colorful spirited photographic collage sculptures within a bedazzling installation of light. It continues through June 5.
Part 2 is Stacia Yeapanis' "Solace Supercut," which updates her 2012 collage of TV show clips "Solace Supercut," evoking twinned experiences of isolation and empathy. The show runs from June 14-26.
An artist talk with Yeapanis is scheduled for June 20. Visit riversideartscenter.com for more information. An artist talk with Lake will be held at a date to be determined.
LaGrange Rocks 5K going virtual
Join The LeaderShop as it takes the annual LaGrange Rocks 5K virtual this year. For the first time, you can participate from anywhere and complete this "Any-K" your way.
Participants are encouraged to run/walk/roll a distance of their choosing between May 29 and June 26, following the most up-to-date safety guidelines for your state.
Choose a location that works best for you -- your neighborhood, a local trail or even your treadmill.
All registered participants will receive an event T-shirt, a curated LaGrange Rocks playlist and a virtual event goodie bag that includes special offers from local area businesses.
You can also submit your running results and receive a finisher's certificate should you choose to do so. All proceeds from this event help the LeaderShop raise crucial funding to help keep its mission alive.
Visit the LeaderShop website to register.
'Figuring' the 2020 presidential election
Brookfield Public Library invites you to join Matt Baron -- a champion of numeracy, or mathematical literacy – as he presents "Go Figure: Lies, Damn Lies & Navigating the 2020 Presidential Campaign Trail" on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
The presentation equips participants to become more vigilant citizens, from the coming presidential election to a host of other decisions that, over time, can mean the difference between failure or success.
Register for access at the Brookjfield Public Library website.
• North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virt ual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Talented Tuesdays every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library's Facebook page; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; Cooking Demo: Slow Cooker via Facebook Premier and Instagram TV on May 30 at 10:30 a.m.; and Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on June 1 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for all Zoom meeting access info.
• Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library's Facebook page . Events include literacy classes and Geek Labs, Zumba for Families and Mammals & More. Youth Services will also host a weekly sidewalk art challenge on Sundays. Each week's winner will receive a gift card to a local business.
Adults can participate in programs by signing up for events, including Chair Yoga via Zoom on May 28 at 11 a.m.; D&D Online on May 28 at 5 p.m.; and Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times on June 1 at 7 p.m. Register to get access info at the Brookfield Public Library website.
• Riverside Arts Center offers Boredom Buster Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun. Each box contains 6 pounds of clay, a scoring tool, a sponge, six underglaze colors, a slip, a paintbrush and project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact). RAC delivers to Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Brookfield, Berwyn, LaGrange, Oak Park, Austin and Belmont Cragin. Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order at the Riverside Arts Center website.
• If you hold a Riverside Public Library card, you can delve into your family tree using Ancestry.com for free during the month of May. Get started at riversidelibrary.org/genealogy. The library also offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Kids and Family Guided Meditation via Zoom on May 29 at 10 a.m. Visit the Riverside Public Library website to register and get access info.