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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Let freedom ring!

Wow, it seems like summer just got started but here comes the 4th of July! It's been a tough year for our country and our world, but I think it's great that Des Plaines is continuing its traditions of a 4th of July parade and fireworks. When the going gets tough, it can be a very good thing to get outside, mingle with your neighbors, see your children smile and celebrate the freedom we can too easily take for granted.

Two reminders: First, the Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, so our staff members can enjoy the holiday with their families and friends. We'll reopen at 9 AM on Monday, July 6.

However, many of us will be here anyway, participating in the fabulous 4th of July parade down Center Street! When we heard that the parade might be canceled, we were really saddened, so we're doubly excited that it's back on and we'll be able to participate. Our minds usually work overtime trying to come up with a new and unusual way to entertain you while we march in the parade. This year, members of our book cart drill team, The Cart Wheels, will be out in perfect formation. We've also got giveaways, including Summer Reading t-shirts celebrating the "Wild Women of Literature," thanks to our sponsor, Bishop Plumbing.

And speaking of wild women, the famous (or infamous - you make the call) Singing Librarians will also perform in the parade. You may have seen us Christmas caroling at the History Center or at Prairie Lakes, and may have caught our musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz last April. Now we're taking our act on the road, literally, so watch for our float in the parade. We'll be singing great classic rock songs, a few disco favorites and, yes, even a tribute to that music legend the whole world has been talking about for the last week. We hope you'll join in with us, move your feet, clap your hands and sing along, because it's the simple pleasures like music, dancing, family, friends and the 4th of July that make life worth living.

Can't wait to see all of you on the 4th! The parade begins at 10 AM on Saturday, all along Center Street from Oakton Street to Prairie Avenue, rounding the corner over to the History Center on Pearson. Speaking of the History Center - don't forget their ice cream social. Enjoy root beer and ice cream right after the parade. Get full details from the City's Web site.


  1. The parade was so much fun. It's nice that our parade is a smaller one and we don't have to fight for viewing space (like other neighboring communities I could mention)and the Cartwheels and Singing Librarians were most excellent!

  2. Off topic, but be advised: 4 August is US Coast Guard Day


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