May/June 2014 Crystal Lake Public Library Welcomes Jennifer Drinka New Head of Youth Services Visit the Storytime Room at the Antioch Public Library and you will immediately notice a lifesize picture of a mermaid painted by Jennifer Drinka. Jennifer drew the mermaid more than 15 years ago when she was a page at her hometown library. Jennifer Drinka, CLPL’s new Head of Youth Services, stays strongly connected to a “child’s point of view.” Jennifer is pictured above with her Beatrix Potter Barbie and a Peter Rabbit book. Inside: Director’s Desktop. . . . . . . 2 Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Teens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Adult Services. . . . . . . 4 & 5 Kids’ Pages. . . . . . . . . 6 & 7 Jennifer’s connection to libraries runs deep. The youngest of nine children, when she was growing up, Jennifer’s family used the library to stretch the family budget. “My mother always read to us,” says Jennifer, who remembers going to the library as a girl, borrowing numerous books, then laying them out on the kitchen table to decide which order she would read them in. “I had the distinction of consistently coming in second place for the number of books read during the Summer Reading Program,” she laughs. Since working in the Antioch Public Library during high school, Jennifer has worked in five libraries prior to coming to CLPL as the new Head of Youth Services. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago Jennifer earned her Masters in Library and Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois. Her first professional position after graduation was a Youth Librarian at Fox River Grove Memorial Library where Jennifer knew that she had found her niche in life. “I love ‘youth stuff,’” says Jennifer. “I love storytelling, crafts, and stimulating young imaginations.” Jennifer’s love for children and respect for their developmental stages is apparent. She has a box of toys, in her office that she unpacks daily, including her Beatrix Potter Barbie and Le Petit Prince doll. She also has a six foot tall board game collection in her home. “I think it’s important to stay in touch with the things of my youth. It gives me the ability to see things from the kids’ point of view.” Jennifer is energized by what she refers to as the “power of the public library.” Several years ago Jennifer worked with some middle schoolers on a public library outreach, where she encountered several students with remarkable promise. She later met the students’ teacher who was shocked at the high caliber of work the students were doing with Jennifer. The teacher reported that she and her colleagues had never seen such academic talent in these students. Jennifer was grateful not only for the strides the students had made, but also for the insight. “Each student who walks into the library is fresh to us,” says Jennifer. “We are not aware of their past academic struggles and can meet them where they are.” In addition to her position at Fox River Grove, Jennifer worked at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich as Assistant Head of Popular Materials/Teen Librarian, at the Barrington Public Library as the Youth Program Coordinator, and at WarrenNewport Public Library as the Head of Youth Services. Jennifer lives in Cary with her husband, Joe, who is also a librarian. She says she is excited to be in Crystal Lake because, “I’ve never seen a Library so involved with the community.” She also reports that prior to coming to Crystal Lake, she had heard from multiple sources about the wonderful reputation of the Youth Services staff. “There’s a PhD, and multiple staff with master’s degrees in the department. They are talented, educated and so delightful!” Director’s Desktop Your Community Place for Lifelong Learning The Crystal Lake Public Library is “Your Community Place for Lifelong Learning” and our Mission is helping people, of all ages and background, learn, enjoy, and better their lives. What does this mean to you? Let’s think of an example, a classic title Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. CLPL could provide it to you in as many as nine different formats: book; large print book for adults; large print book for youth; book on CD; Playaway (preloaded MP3 player); DVD movie of the book; graphic novel format (comic book style with pictures and dialog); e-Book; or e-Audio Book. In addition, if you are studying Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, the Library offers Pride and Prejudice Cliff notes, twentieth century interpretations of Pride and Prejudice, or Jane Austen for Dummies. If you are looking for something entirely different, there are a variety of take offs of Pride and Prejudice such as The Second Mrs. Darcy; Pride & Prescience, M/M Darcy Mystery; Jane Austen in Boca; Bride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy, Vampire; or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The public library provides service to all people, regardless of age, race, or economic status. We strive to provide whatever a person may need, in whatever format works best for each individual. I invite each of you to stop by and see what your Library of today has to offer you. Kathryn I. Martens Support the Friends Board of Library Trustees Terri Reece, President 815.790.4698 • [email protected] William Weller, Vice President 815.455.2193 • [email protected] Carol A. Heisler, Treasurer 815.455.1473 • [email protected] Charles K. Ebann, Secretary 815.459.3375 • [email protected] Vanessa Baker 815.451.5230 • [email protected] Ron Eberle 815.356.0531 • [email protected] John Engebretson 815.459.3099 • [email protected] Mary Alice Fellers 815.356.5933 • [email protected] Don Peters 815.459.6971 • [email protected] Kathryn I. Martens, Library Director 815.526.5102 • [email protected] 2 The Beacon :: May/June 2014 Used Book Sale Thanks to all who came to the Friends Used Book Sale and bought books, CDs and DVDs. While our biggest fundraiser is the annual used book sale, we also offer several opportunities to support the Friends during the year. Market Days The Friends will hold Market Days this summer. Mark your calendars for June 21, July 19 and August 16, 2014. Forms will be available in the Library or you may place an order at www.marketday.com and enter account # 19790. Next Meeting The next Friends meeting is May 19, 7:00 pm at Panera Bread, Crystal Lake. If you have questions, please e-mail us at [email protected] All programs are held in the Ames II Meeting Room unless otherwise noted. Paws to READ! Teens - this summer make sure to Paws to READ! Early sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Program begins Tuesday, May 27 and the program runs through August 2. Read what you want and then come in to log your minutes, Spin-to-Win on the big spinning prize wheel, and earn chances for great prizes. May the 4th Be With You Sunday, May 4 1:00 - 2:00 pm Star Wars fans, come and meet the members of the Midwest Garrison of the 501st Legion. Members wear detailed costume replicas of classic Star Wars characters. It’s a great photo opportunity be sure to bring your camera. Teen Anime Club VIVs Wanted - Ages 12+ VIVs, Very Important Volunteers, are wanted to help with the Youth, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program – Paws to READ! Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and be able to fill a three-hour time slot each week, for at least six of the program’s eight weeks. The program runs from June 9 - August 2. Applications are available at both the Adult Services Desk and the Youth Services Desk. Completed applications are due by Saturday, May 17. Time slots will be filled in the order the applications are received. Thursdays, May 22 and June 26 7:00 - 8:30 pm Teen anime fans - get together with friends to view some anime. Share your opinions and enjoy some snacks. Tuesday Teen Craft - Tie-Dye Tuesday, June 24 3:00 - 4:30 pm Teens, unleash your inner Picasso. Bring a prewashed white cotton item (or two) for tie-dying. We will supply the rest. Activity will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Registration required. May/June 2014 :: The Beacon 3 Adult Services For more information about our Adult Services programs, please visit our website at www.clpl.org and click on the Calendar or Programs. All programs are held in the Ames II Meeting Room unless otherwise noted. Book Discussions Share your views in a friendly setting. Books are available at the Circulation Desk. New members are welcome. Bookies (fiction book discussions) 9:30 am May 13 (R) - View this 2013 Best Picture Oscar Winner based on a slave narrative written by Solomon Northup. So Big by Edna Ferber Wednesday, May 21 June 10 (PG-13) - Robert Redford portrays a lone sailor whose resourcefulness is stretched to the limit as he struggles to survive at sea. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson Wednesday, June 18 Real World Reads (nonfiction book discussions) 7:30 pm Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff Tuesday, May 20 Movies Due to movie studio guidelines, CLPL will no longer publish movie titles in the Beacon. Below are movie descriptions which we hope will give you a clue for each of the featured films. Please call the Adult Services Department at 815.459.1687, x7, for movie titles. Monday Chick Flicks 2:00 pm May 5 (PG) - Enjoy this 1995 British-American film directed by Ang Lee and based on a popular 1811 Jane Austen novel. May 19 (PG-13) - Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason star in this 1977 romanticcomedy based on a Neil Simon play. June 9 (Not Rated) - According to the American Film Institute, this classic 1957 Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr film is considered one of the most romantic of all time. June 30 (PG-13) - You’ll feel like a “Dancing Queen” when you watch this 2008 ABBA musical starring Meryl Streep. The Beacon :: Wednesday Matinee 12:00 pm - BYO Lunch May 28 (PG-13) - We were at zero gravity in March when the Library had to turn away numerous patrons to watch this recent release starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. June 25 (PG-13) - Walt Disney meets Mary Poppins in this Academy Award-nominated recent release. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer Tuesday, June 17 4 Tuesdays with Movies 6:00 pm - BYO Dinner May/June 2014 Film Lovers Group Screening and discussion 6:00 pm - BYO Dinner Thursday, May 15 - (Not Rated) Gable and Colbert star in this 1934 romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra. Thursday, June 19 - (Not Rated) Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair star in this Academy Award Winning 1955 American romantic drama. New Magazines Cloth Paper Scissors Craft Ideas Gluten-Free Living Kiwi, Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way Soap Opera Digest Thank You to Our Generous Donors Dennis Depcik Paws to Read Summer Reading Program June 9 - August 2 (Early Registration begins May 27) Readers of all ages will want to “Paws” and join our Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” from June 9 – August 2. Read and earn chances to win terrific prizes. This is a “purr”-fect way to spend your summer. Registration required. May the 4th Be With You Sunday, May 4 1:00 - 2:00 pm Star Wars fans, come and meet the members of the Midwest Garrison of the 501st Legion. Members wear detailed costume replicas of classic Star Wars characters. It’s a great photo opportunity - be sure to bring your camera. “Piping In” the Summer: Myths and Facts about the Great Highland Pipes Wednesday, June 4 7:00 pm Learn more about bagpipes. Presenter J. Kevin Chapman discusses the history of the pipes and tells the story behind one of the oldest instruments still played in the world. Also includes a piping demonstration and display. Keep Your Paws Off My Garden! Monday, June 23 7:00 pm Tired of planting your garden only to lose it to a hungry critter? The Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension program will share tips and ideas on how to keep your plants out of paws reach. Job Club Thursdays, May 15 and June 19 1:00 pm Join other job hunters for information and networking in a supportive environment. Upcoming topics include: May 15 - Learn what’s going on in the world of job hunting with Jeni Neuman, Stateline SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) member. June 19 - Find out about volunteer opportunities available in McHenry County, and join us for some informal networking. Speaker is Rebecca Stiemke, Executive Director of Volunteer Center McHenry County. Small Business Week Beginning Excel® 2007 Monday, May 5 9:30 - 11:30 am or Monday, June 16 7:00 - 8:45 pm Learn the basics of working with the Microsoft Excel® 2007 spreadsheet program during this class for beginners. Internet Skills Workshop Friday, May 9 9:30 - 11:00 am Hands-on supported exploration of popular Internet sites. Master Internet Marketing iPad Basics Monday, June 16 2:00 - 3:00 pm Are you a little hesitant when using your iPad? Bring your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini and learn about the parts of the iPad, tips and tricks for using the touchscreen and keyboard, common settings, WiFi; and security. Get hands-on practice and discover how to download apps. Registration required. Tuesday, May 6 7:00 - 8:15 pm Learn how to move your company website to the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing search engine results, and how to put Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to work for your business. This workshop will teach current and future business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals how to stand out, and how to stay on top of the latest online marketing techniques. Registration required. Android Tablet Basics Monday, June 23 2:00 - 3:00 pm Are you a little hesitant when using your Android Tablet? Bring your Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Tablet, Kindle Fire/ FireHD, Nook HD/HD+ or Kobo Arc and learn the basics, including the parts of the tablet, tips and tricks for using the touchscreen and keyboard, common settings, WiFi, and security. Also discover how to download apps and get hands-on practice. Registration required. The computer classes listed below are held in the Computer Lab. Mouse skills and registration are required. Small Business Resources at McHenry County College (MCC) Intro to Google Docs and Google Drive Friday, May 16 1:30 - 3:00 pm This introductory class will cover how to access Google Docs and Google Drive, the difference between the two, how to use Google Docs, and how to organize your Google Drive. Learn to Code Basics Friday, June 20 2:00 - 3:30 pm Learn to Code Basics will introduce basic computer programming vocabulary and problem solving skills by doing the Code.org “Hour of Code.” Participants will also learn about Codecademy. Beginning Word® 2007 Tuesday, June 24 7:00 - 8:30 pm This beginning class will introduce basic features of Microsoft Word® 2007. Excel® 2007 - Next Steps Friday, June 27 9:30 - 11:00 am A continuation of the skills learned in Beginning Excel® 2007. Thursday, May 8 7:00 - 8:15 pm The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at MCC has a variety of valuable resources available for small business owners. Find out how the ISBDC can help your small business improve and grow. Registration required. May/June 2014 :: The Beacon 5 Registration information is at the bottom of each program description. If there is no registration indicated in the program description, no registration is necessary. To register for a Youth Program, please visit our website at www.clpl.org and click on the Calendar or Programs, call the Library at 815.459.1687, x6, or register at the Youth Services Desk. Storytimes Monday - Thursday, June 9 - July 3 Storytimes are a wonderful opportunity for children to interact with others, adjust to being separated from a parent or caregiver, and learn what it is like to be in a classroom environment. Children also have fun learning early literacy skills while singing songs and listening to stories. Registration required. Age Room 2 Birth to 17 months* 18-35 months* 1 18-35 months* 2 Birth to 3* 1 2 Birth to 3* Birth to 3* 2 Birth to 3* 2 1 3 & 4 year olds 3 & 4 year olds 1 1 3 & 4 year olds 4 and up 2 4 and up 1 6 and up (includes craft) 1 Birth - 5* 1 & 2 Family* (Drop-in) 1 & 2 1 & 2 Birth - 5* Day Time Monday Monday Tuesday Monday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Monday Thursday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 9:30 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 10:30 am 9:30 am 10:30 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 10:30 am 10:30 am 9:30 am 1:30 pm 10:30 am 7:00 pm 10:30 am *A parent or adult caregiver must accompany children to the Storytimes marked with an asterisk. Drop-in Crafts — Grades K-3 Monday, May 5 & 19 and Monday, June 2 3:30 - 5:00 pm Monday, June 16 1:30 - 3:00 pm Storytime Room Making a craft builds self-confidence in children, further develops their imagination and helps with problem solving abilities. Although each child’s patterns and pieces may be the same at the start of a project, children create their own unique, finished project in the end. Children decide how a project should look, they decide the best way to put it together, and they receive the satisfaction of seeing it through to completion. Children in grades K-3 are welcome to stop by on the dates listed. (Please note the time change beginning when school is out for the summer). 6 The Beacon :: May/June 2014 May the 4th Be With You Sunday, May 4 1:00 - 2:00 pm Youth Department The Midwest Garrison of the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer organization formed to promote Star Wars, is making a stop at our Library. The volunteers wear detailed costume replicas of classic Star Wars characters. Bring your camera and come celebrate Star Wars at the Library. Screen-Free Week May 5-11 Youth Department Celebrate Screen-Free Week with the Library. Are you looking for things to do that don’t involve screens? Stop by the Youth Department. We will have a display of our favorite books you might like to read, along with books describing things to do when you don’t have a screen to use. Hands-on Science Grades 3-5 Thursdays, May 8 and June 12 4:00 - 5:00 pm Storytime Room Learn about the wonders and excitement of science when you attend these hands-on science programs. May 8 - Build a table from newspaper June 12 - Mobius strips and paper helicopters Registration required. Drop-in LEGO® Mondays Monday, May 12 and June 9 3:30 - 5:00 pm Monday, June 23 and 30 1:30 - 3:00 pm Storytime Room Does a LEGOsaurus have paws? Could you build such a creature? How about a LEGOrilla? Come create animals (with or without paws) during LEGO® Mondays. Why not use your imagination to design an animal that may not even exist? Read to the Dog Saturday, June 14 and July 12 10:00 - 11:30 am Storytime Room The Pet Partners volunteers and their dogs are here to listen to you read. (Remember to record the 15 minutes that you read on your Summer Reading Program Log). Come to the Youth Services Desk to reserve your spot. Registration required. Paws to Read Summer Reading Program June 9 - August 2 (Early Registration begins May 27) Readers of all ages will want to “Paws” and join our Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” from June 9 – August 2. Read and earn chances to win terrific prizes. This is a “purr”-fect way to spend your summer. Registration required. Preschool Crafts Ages 6 & under Friday, May 16 and June 20 9:30 - 11:00 am Storytime Room Preschool Crafts is not only play time, it is learning time too. Small children are constantly watching what is going on around them, which helps them understand their world. In addition, Preschool Crafts is a special time for them to work together with a loved one. Scooby Doo and Daddies, too! Ages 4 and up Saturday, June 14 1:00 pm Ames Meeting Room Bring your Dad for this Scooby bit of fun. We will have games, songs and a craft-making activity. Children ages 4 and up may register with their CLPL card. Registration required. Make Animals Out of Scrap June 18 Wednesday, June 18 2:00 pm Youth Department Make an animal out of boxes, balloons, Easter eggs and more. Use your creativity to turn trash into treasure. Please wear appropriate clothing because you may get messy. Critter Camp Friday, June 13 1:30 - 2:30 pm or 3:00 - 4:00 pm Ames Meeting Room II Critter Camp is bringing pets with many paws to the Library! Critter Camp is a charitable organization that rescues abused and abandoned exotic and unusual pets. It is supported by people who care about animals. Please come to one of the programs to see the animals and bring them a gift. Some things the critters can use are canned pet food, bird food, paper towels, “Cinch” kitchen trash bags, or a gift card to Blain’s Farm and Fleet, Office Max, Home Depot or Staples. Space is limited. Registration required for all attendees (including adults). Octopi Robotics Team Wednesday, July 9 1:30 - 5:00 pm Ames Meeting Room II The Octopi Robotics Team is a group of Crystal Lake South High School students whose sponsors include Motorola Solutions, Inc. and AptarGroup, Inc. They are the first and only robotics team in McHenry County to be part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge. The team designed, built and programmed a robot to perform specific tasks. In their first year, they were Illinois State competition champions. Also exhibiting at the Library is the FIRST LEGO League team, Fruit Salad. This team is for younger members. The teams will repeat their demonstrations every half-hour, from 1:30 – 5:00 pm. McHenry County Conservation District Thursday, June 26 2:00 pm Ames Meeting Room II The McHenry County Conservation District is coming to talk to us about the many animal paws found in McHenry County. Who has paws? How do they use them? What do paws look like? Stop by to learn about the animals in McHenry County. Space is limited. Registration required for all attendees (including adults). Friday Movies Friday, June 20 and 27 1:30 pm Ames Meeting Room The Library will be showing movies in the Ames Meeting Room during the summer. Come join us to watch a recent release or an older classic. Due to movie studio guidelines, CLPL will no longer publish movie titles in the Beacon. Below are movie descriptions which we hope will give you a clue for each of the featured films. Please call the Youth Department at 815.459.1687, x6, for movie titles. June 20 (G) - After the Pixie Hollow’s blue pixie dust is taken from the fairies, they head to the pirate-filled Skull Rock to reclaim their special dust. Join us to view this 2014 Walt Disney adventure film about everyone’s favorite fairy. Space is limited. Registration required for all attendees (including adults). June 27 - (G) - A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog - or, rather, sheep pig - in this charming 1995 Academy Award nominated Australian film. Space is limited. Registration required for all attendees (including adults). May/June 2014 :: The Beacon 7 Mission Statement Crystal Lake Public Library: Helping people, of all ages and backgrounds, learn, enjoy and better their lives. The Library Board of Trustees will meet: May 21 and June 18 at 7:00 pm in the Ames II Meeting Room of the Library. Library Hours: Mon - Thurs Fri & Sat Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (through Memorial Day) Due to staff training, the Library opens at noon on Friday, May 2 and Friday, June 6. The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 11, Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26. Non-Profit Organization US Postage PA I D Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Permit #224 126 Paddock Street Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Phone: 815.459.1687 www.clpl.org www.crystallakenet.org ***ECRWSS*** POSTAL PATRON CRYSTAL LAKE, IL Sign up to receive notifications of Library closings at [email protected] and find us on Facebook. Photos: The Library regularly takes photos and uses them in Library publications. Written consent will be obtained from those named in a photo. ADA accommodations are available with at least 72 hours advance notice. Please call 815.459.1687, x 8 to make arrangements. Penny Ramirez Head of Technical Services While working toward her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago after her high school graduation in 1981, Penny Ramirez dreamed of going on for a Masters in Library Science (MLS). At that time, the graduate students in the library program talked her out of it, citing that the degree was expensive, salaries in the profession were low, and graduates had a hard time finding full-time positions. After completing college and working for 16 years as an Administrative Assistant, Penny finally decided to follow her dream and entered the MLS program at Dominican University in 2000. Today she is the Head of the Crystal Lake Public Library’s Technical and Automation Services Department. Penny’s affinity for libraries dates back to her youth. She recalls being so comfortable with the librarians in her public library that when asked to do a career interview in high school, she selected a librarian to speak with. She also gained firsthand knowledge of library technical services while working in the Cataloging Department of the Regenstein Library as an undergraduate student. As she grew into adulthood, Penny discovered that she had two additional vocational interests: computers and business organization. “I developed my love of computers in 1982 while in college,” Penny says. “Back then, there was only one computer in the dorm and we would stay up until 2:00 am to play Adventure, a text-based MS-DOS game.” Having worked for nearly 20 years as an Administrative Assistant, Penny also has a penchant for business organization. “When I was younger and working as an Administrative Assistant, I found that I liked the challenge of ‘fixing’ everything in an office. I still love that feeling.” After graduating from Dominican, Penny took a position at River Forest Public Library as a Reference Librarian. She then worked at the Melrose Park Public Library. She was hired by the Crystal Lake Public Library in 2004 as a full time Reference Librarian in the nonfiction area, then became Assistant Head of Adult Services in 2008. While in Adult Services Penny was always at the forefront of technology, leading the way in helping patrons learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks on a variety of devices. She also served on the Library’s Website Committee and was the envy of her team as she took Committee notes on her little red netbook. Penny was hired as the Head of Technical Services position in 2013 when her predecessor Mary Van Sickle retired. The consummate “fixer,” Penny has been enjoying the challenge of trying to provide better access in a facility that was built “before WiFi was even dreamed of.” She is also committed to getting patrons what they want, when they want it and staying at the forefront of emerging technologies. Penny’s new position combines her love of libraries, a love of technology, and eagerness to “fix stuff,” and today she’s glad she followed her dream to become a Librarian.
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