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Monday, April 25, 2011

How Do You Dewey?

I’d like to invite you to do three things you NEVER get to do at the library – dine, dance and drink! On the evening of May 7, from 7 to 10, we are having our annual fundraiser for the Des Plaines Public Library, featuring a fabulous buffet, beer, wine and soft drinks, and the Motown sounds of Charles and Company (CHECK THEM OUT HERE).

There will be a wine sale, a silent auction for thousands of dollars in prizes, airbrush tattoos, samba lessons and more. All this for $35 per person, $40 at the door!

This event also benefits the Des Plaines Rotary Club, which provides annual scholarships and donates funds to many local organizations as well as supporting medical missions worldwide.

So get your party hats on – you can see that Melville Dewey is wearing his! – and join us Saturday, May 7 at 7 PM for the ninth annual Do the Dewey! Click here to securely purchase tickets or donate directly to the event.

Call Roberta S. Johnson at 847-376-2816 if you have any questions.

Some Highlights From The 2010 Event:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Elaine Tejcek Honored for 7 Years of Distinguished Library Board Service

Des Plaines resident Elaine Tejcek was recently awarded a plaque commemorating her many years of distinguished service to the Des Plaines Public Library as a member of the Board of Trustees. Tejcek retired from the board in 2010 after serving seven years. During that time Elaine, herself a talented artist, chaired of the Board’s Art Committee for six years. She also served as the board liaison to Friends of the Library and served on the planning, management, building & grounds committees during critical times of library growth and expansion. Other highlights of her tenure include her representation of the library at the annual American Library Association’s Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Elaine is a true lover of libraries and supporter of the humanities. In addition to a commemorative plaque, two books representing her interests were purchased and entered in the library’s circulating collection on her behalf: Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World War, 1931-1941 by Joseph Mailo and Envoy by Alex Kershaw.

Thanks for all you have done, Elaine, to make the Des Plaines Public Library an award-winning resource for the residents of Des Plaines!

Below: Des Plaines Public Library Director Holly Sorensen presents retired Board Member Elaine Tejcek a plaque in recognition of 7 years of distinguished service.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Food For Fines Is Back

Click the photo to see an enlarged list of suggested food and personal care items
For every item you bring in, you'll get $1.00 off your Des Plaines Public Library overdue fines (not applicable to fines for items from our neighboring libraries or fees for lost/damaged items). Donated items go directly to the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines, so please - check the expiration dates. We will not accept expired items. What items are most needed?
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Soup
  • Tuna/canned meat
  • Beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned meals
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Cereal/Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix/Syrup
  • Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate
  • Juice
  • Drink mixes
  • Dry/canned milk
  • Baking supplies
  • Baby food/formula
  • Diapers
  • Paper products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
You'll feel better for taking care of your library fines and best of all, you'll provide nutrition and sustenance to a local person in need. Food For Fines - now through April 17, 2011 at your Des Plaines Public Library.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Party At The Library

Library + party might seem a strange equation to some, but here at DPPL our annual spring fundraiser, "Do The Dewey," adds up to one great evening out on the town.
2011 will be no exception. On Saturday, May 7, 2011, join us from 7-10 PM at the Des Plaines Public Library. For $35.00 per person ($40.00 at the door), you will enjoy all you can eat appetizers and desserts, and your choice of beer, wine and soft drinks all night long.

While you enjoy the food and drink, you can also get down to the Motown and R&B sounds of Charles and Company. As usual, there will be entertaining and educational programs all evening. Here's a sampling to whet your appetite:
  • Brazilian Carnavale – Drop in and try percussion music and Samba dance instruction
  • Airbrush Tattoos – get a temporary airbrush tattoo
  • Chair Yoga – learn simple yoga poses you can easily do while sitting comfortably at home or in your office
  • The Perfect Box – choose a special gift box constructed with decorated card stock or wallpaper samples
  • Garden Center – get started on your vegetable garden with a tomato plant from Pesche’s
  • Facebook – take a guided tour of the world's most popular social networking site
  • Raffles and other surprises
We'll be adding to the line-up as we confirm other presenters. Buy your tickets online today through this secure link. Prefer to mail in your payment? Download a printable form. Remember, you'll save $5.00 per ticket by purchasing in advance. All proceeds benefit the Des Plaines Public Library and the Rotary Club of Des Plaines. It's never been more fun to lend your support to these two local organizations. See you at the Dewey!