Library Closed Until Further Notice to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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Warrenville Public Library is closed until further notice, effective Monday, March 16 at noon. Closing the library was a difficult decision, as we know many of you rely on the library for research, education, entertainment and technology. However, the library stands in support of all efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Watch a message from Library Director Sandy Whitmer.

Adjustments to our usual timelines regarding return of library materials are as follows:

Due dates for ALL materials have been extended through May 15. You do not need to renew any materials through May 15.

All library book returns are closed; do not return any materials in the drive-up or walk-up book returns in the lower level parking lot.

No late fees will accrue during this closure.

WPLD cardholders can access downloadable, streaming or online resources at warrenville.com under the Reading and Research tabs or through these links:

eBooks | eAudiobooks | Movies | Music | Magazines | Online databases

When accessing these resources, have your library card number and PIN handy. Your PIN is your 4-digit birth month and day (mmdd).

Although the library building will be closed, some staff members may be onsite for limited hours. If you have questions, call our main number at 630/393-1171 and leave a message or visit the Contact Us page and email our management team.

Updates about when the library will reopen and timeline for return of materials will be posted here.

At this time, we also plan to post updates and provide information about accessing online library resources on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please visit one of these sites for more information about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Illinois Department of Public Health
DuPage County Health Department

If you have general questions, please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline via phone at 1-800-889-3931 or send an email to DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

What Book Changed Your Life?

Can you remember a book that changed your life? Perhaps you read something that gave you hope or answered a burning question. Maybe you related to a quirky character or a memorable setting. Or at some point in your life you got lost in a book that simply spoke to you in a way you can’t describe.

Prior to the onset of this worldwide crisis we all find ourselves in, we asked our library visitors to tell us what book changed their lives. This list might look a little different in a few months when people tell us what they’ve read during periods of self-isolation, but for now here is our list of books that changed someone’s life. It includes Youth, Teen and Adult content. The title under the book image links to our catalog. Many of these books are available for free digital download through the OverDrive or Hoopla apps.

If you search our catalog and your only option for a title is to place a hold for a digital download, you will need to establish an account on the app in order to be notified when your “hold” becomes available. For help getting started on Hoopla or OverDrive, visit eBooks & eMedia.

We hope you find a book that changes your life, too!

Once our library reopens and we resume full services, you will be able to place a hold on a book to pick up or request something from our interlibrary loan system.

Get a WPLD library card

Beginning now, if you reside in the Warrenville Public Library District boundaries, you can register for a temporary WPLD card online. You will have access to digital books, audiobooks, music, movies and magazines as well as online learning and research databases.

Here’s how it works:
Once you submit your application online, we will review it and activate an account for you. You will then receive an email with your temporary library card number and PIN and other instructions for its use, including how to fully activate your card once our building reopens.

This process applies to WPLD residents who…
– don’t have a library card
– aren’t sure if they have a library card
– know their card has expired
– lost their library card/don’t know their library card number or,
– are current WPLD members but are unable to login and access digital resources

Complete your online registration form now. This process might take a few days as we are working offsite with limited staff. You will be notified if for some reason we are not able to create a temporary card for you at this time.

Chic Knitting Books

Books – I love to knit, I love the calming rhythm of it and the feel of the yarn and the finished product, but sometimes the whole process of picking out a new project is the best part. Fortunately there are a lot of gorgeous knitting books coming out lately that make this even more enjoyable, full of stunning photos of beautiful projects. Sure, I’ll never buy the $400 in luxury yarn they recommend to make that sweater, but I can enjoy thinking about it.

Coffehouse Knits offers a selection of simple projects with just enough fancy details to make them feel special, and the photos are wonderful. I want to move into this book; it looks so comfortable. (I’ll have to settle for knitting that Morning Brew Sweater…someday.)

For those of us who sometimes struggle with fit, Plus Size Knits is a great new collection of sweaters designed for larger figures, no additional math required. And, importantly, they’re extremely cute – a variety of styles, some with lace and some with interesting shapes. There’s something for everyone.

Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles is a godsend for anyone who likes to knit shawls, because yes, there are thousands of free patterns, but sometimes you can’t find the thing that’s exactly what you need, and this book will help you figure out how to build it. If you like neatly organized diagrams, this is the book for you.

Wool Studio is one of those $400 sweater books, but they’re lovely sweaters (and they would still be lovely in a more affordable yarn). While a lot of knitting patterns are fun to make but difficult to wear, most of these projects are wardrobe staples that I can see wearing for years, and some of them are trendier updates of the same.

Alas, I can’t knit and look at lovely knitting books at the same time, so I’ll have to pick one or the other.

U.S. Census – F.A.Q.

The U.S. census count affects allocation of funding for important public resources like schools, roads and libraries. Take part in your civic duty and make sure Warrenville gets counted. Here are some brief answers to questions you might have with links to complete information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. It’s mandated by the Constitution and occurs every 10 years. National Census Day is April 1. Your response is required by law. Census Information

Why is the Census important?
Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, libraries and other resources based on the responses you provide on your Census form. Community Impact

How and when do I respond to the Census?
By about mid-March, you will receive an invitation to complete the Census form online, by phone or mail. Reminder notices will be sent to households that haven’t completed a form. Beginning in May, Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded. Important Dates

Who do I count on my Census form?
You should count everyone who is living in your house as of April 1, 2020. This means all family members, including infants and children, friends, roommates and renters who are living and sleeping in your house most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response. Don’t include any family members who live outside your home, such as college students, military personnel or nursing home residents. Who to Count

Will my responses be sold to businesses or given to law enforcement?
The responses you give on your form are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home. The form does not ask for social security, drivers’ license or state ID information. Data Protection

Where do I go to ask questions? Complete my form?
The U.S. Census has published answers to popular questions at 2020census.gov/en/help.html. For questions about responding to the 2020 Census, call 844-330-2020 from 8 am to Midnight Central Time or visit the Language Support page for help in additional languages. When you’re ready to complete your Census questionnaire, visit my2020census.gov.

 

 

Columbus (2017)

Cover image for ColumbusMovieColumbus film centers around Jin (John Cho) who is stranded in Columbus, Indiana after his father, an scholar of architecture has fallen into a coma. Jin’s relationship with his father means that he knows a lot about architecture, but is at best ambivalent about the unique structures that populate Columbus. Casey (Halley Lu Richardson) is a young woman who works at the local library, who on the other hand, is fascinated by her hometown’s architecture and its place in history. Though their world experiences differ, the two meet by chance, and what develops is a relationship built on mutual dissatisfaction.

Director Kogonada utilizes the town’s architecture in each frame, letting the various buildings and structures inform his shots. The screenplay has a lot to say about architecture, and the way he balances these more informative aspects of the script with the emotionally resonant moments is masterful. Columbus is a character study of the town, as much as it is of Jin and Casey.

I was moved not only by what I saw on screen, but also by what was withheld from me as a viewer by the script and the editing. This is a film about two fragile people that never becomes maudlin or melodramatic and maintains its balance from beginning to end.

2020 Census is coming in March

The census is coming! The census is coming! Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States is asked to complete a simple but vital task: fill out a census form!

Beginning in early March, you will receive your invitation to complete the Census. For the first time, online responses are being accepted. You will also have the option to phone in your information. A paper form will be sent at a later date if you don’t respond online or via phone.

The Census provides an incredible opportunity to participate in shaping the future for your family and community. Results from the 2020 Census will be used to:

• Direct over $675 billion in federal funds for local schools, roads, libraries and other services
• Help our community prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs
• Determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and your representation at all levels of the government

Beginning March 12, we will have secure, dedicated devices for you to submit your responses. You do not need a WPLD library card or other ID to use our computers to complete the Census.

On April 1, National Census Day, our entire Computer Lab will be reserved for anyone wishing to complete their census form online.

Not sure who to include on your form? Uncertain how the information will be used? We can help! Stop by or call our Adult Services Desk at 630/393-1171 x121.

For upcoming Census events at WPLD, visit our calendar.

For more information about the U.S. Census, watch this video.

Be counted, Warrenville!

 

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

BookThe Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is one of my new favorite romance novels and an endearing love story! For fans of cutesy, sweet Cover image for The flatshareand awkward romances, this is the book for you! Tiffy is reeling from a bad breakup and has no where else to turn. She needs somewhere to stay, anywhere, cheap and fast!  Against her best friends’ judgement, she responds to an ad to share a flat with a stranger she’s never met–a guy named Leon.  With completely opposite work schedules, it seemed likely they’d never meet face to face. So, sharing the same bed would never be an issue, or so they think. Then a passive aggressive post it note on cleanliness soon develops into a budding friendship.

This is a unique love story with more twists and turns than I anticipated. Tiffy is a bright ball of energy, while Leon is more cold and distant. It’s a slow romance with plenty of awkward encounters and hilarity ensuing around every corner. I enjoyed learning about each of the main characters and past lives, woven throughout the story. Their hardships served to bring them closer together. A heartwarming story of opposites attract, Tiffy and Leon come together as friends and eventually something more.

Quiet Space and a Fireplace

Need a digital detox, breather or place to enjoy blissful silence? You’ll love the Quiet Room nestled behind our Adult Services Desk near our magazine section. Here we have cozy reading chairs and desks for studying and working (if you must!). Come for a short retreat to read, meditate or write in your journal. Or, stay for a long while to ponder the marvels of the universe. Complementing the space is our beautiful dual-sided fireplace, which we operate during the colder months. Keep Calm and Quiet On!

John Wick Series (2014-2019)

Movies – If you are looking for an action-packed movie with a dose of dark humor, look no further than the John Wick series starring Keanu Reeves. Reeve’s delightfully deadpan delivery coupled with the superb fighting sequence choreography sets this movie franchise apart from others.

The first film simply titled John Wick, gives us a glimpse into John Wick’s character, a “retired” shadow assassin grieving the death of his wife. Wick is soon pulled back into the shadowy fray when an envious young thug and his lackeys break into Wick’s residence to abscond with his ride, a pristine 1969 Boss 429. In the process of this ill-advised trespass, the thug callously kills Wick’s pet puppy, a parting gift from his beloved wife. The attack is the impetus behind the resurrection of Wick’s former persona “The Babayaga” and his relentless road to vengeance. Soon it becomes clear why the criminal underground is alight with fearful whispers at his return.

John Wick: Chapter 2 continues the tumultuous arc of our intrepid assassin. His trail of corpses leads the shadowy cabal of assassins and their rules-obsessed governors, the High Table, right to his doorstep. The High Table’s grip on John Wick is not easy to shake leaving him no choice but to take one last job. To complete the job Wick must break a number of important rules a big no-no in the eyes of the High Table. Naturally, when all the dust settles, Wick is designated excommunicado by the High Table. Wick is now persona non grata, stripped of all the rights and privileges offered to the rest of the cabal and with a hefty open contract on his head. Cue the storm of assassins trying to cash in on his demise.

John Wick 3: Parabellum directly follows the end of Chapter 2 and opens with a tense race against the clock as Wick struggles to reclaim his status from underneath the High Table. This third installment continues the world building from the first two films and it’s safe to say that the series’ overarching theme is actions always have consequences. As the film progresses, viewers are introduced to members of Wick’s past including his ruthlessly austere mentor–wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston. The film’s final scene leaves us at the edge of our seats and wanting more. Worry not my fellow Wick fans, John Wick 4 will premiere in 2021!

Fans of Luc Besson will have a blast with this series. I know I did!