#Capture Kindness: Week 7

Hello, all!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday season regardless of which or whether you celebrate any winter holidays!

Last week’s kindness challenge was to be kind during the holidays. This can be a really stressful time for a lot of people with family obligations, shopping, cooking, travel, and just a whole lot of demands on our time. That also means there are a lot of opportunities for kindness and lending a hand to someone who needs it.

Food drives for the homeless or economically challenged, delivering meals to those who cannot (for whatever reason) leave their homes, or even inviting over a neighbor or friend that doesn’t have any family in the area so that they don’t have to spend a holiday alone are all hugely kind things to do during the holidays. As always, though, kindness doesn’t have to be huge. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t spend your entire winter break delivering toys to children in the hospital. Mad props to you if you did, but that level of generosity is simply more than many people can manage. Did you help wrap presents? Did you clear your stuff off the table when your parents asked? Did you spend some time talking to your senile Auntie Grizelda and brighten her day? Seriously. Small things. Big impact.


I spent the weekend of Christmas at my sister’s place with some of my favorite people. We have a typical “blended family” with step-siblings and people that may not be related to me by blood but are family nonetheless. We come from five different homes throughout Illinois and Wisconsin so it can be hard to find time to get together. My kindnesses included planning and organizing to get us together, finding a way to get my 83-year-old father to the celebration, asking people to bring food (so the burden wasn’t all on my sister), preparing parts of the feast, bringing a few fondue pots and crock pots for our traditional fondue feast, cleaning up, and spending time swapping silly stories with my youngest nephew who sometimes feels left out because he’s the only one under the age of 25. (He loves to tell me about his Dungeons & Dragons character A LOT.) So, yeah, nothing huge. However, all those small kindnesses helped to make the weekend a lot less stressful for everyone involved.

This week’s challenge is to be kind to yourself. Check back in next week to see how I handled this challenge!

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Submission for our Peep Diorama Contest has started!

Last year we had a lot of fun when we held our first Peep Diorama Contest so we decided to make it an annual event!

The idea is to use marshmallow peeps to create a diorama inspired by your favorite book, movie, or video game! The peeps are the characters! This is a contest for all ages.

To help give you an idea of what you can do, please see my example of the classic “Charlotte’s Web.” This is a great children’s book and the original animated movie based on it (made back in 1973) is one of my personal favorites. I looked at images from the movie and made a diorama inspired by it – and renamed it “Charlotte’s Peep.” Please see my images below – the first of the actual movie scenes followed by my final product.


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There are some basic rules and guidelines to follow – the entry form along with those guidelines can be picked up at any of the service desks in the library. Entries will be accepted Monday, March 4 – Monday, March 25. No late entries will be accepted.

Entries will be displayed on our website as well as posted on the library’s Facebook page. The dioramas will also be displayed in our Meeting Room A for voting on March 27 from 5:30-7:30pm and again in Meeting Room B on Thursday, March 28 from 9:30am – 8:30pm for viewing.

Prizes will be awarded and winners need not be present to win.

If you have any questions, give us a call or stop in and see us!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good luck!

– Carly T.

Peep Diorama Contest is under way! Don’t miss the April 9th deadline!

April 9th is the deadline for turning in all Peep Dioramas! We are open until 9pm that day!

Use Peeps to create a diorama inspired by your favorite book, movie or video game! Submissions are being accepted March 26th-April 9th. Entries should be submitted in a standard size shoe box or other comparably sized item. This contest is for all ages as we have various categories.  Bring us your diorama and be sure to fill out a contest entry form. Entry forms with rules and regulations can be found at any of the reference desks at the library. If you have any questions, please call us at 630.685.4199.

Thanks! Can’t wait to see your entry!

-Carly T.

National Gaming Day 2010 was a Success!

I just wanted to take a moment and say THANKS! to everyone who attended our first ever National Gaming Day celebration.  National Gaming Day @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to connect communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. We were among more than 1,880 libraries participating in this event. We had a GREAT turn out for our Lock-In, Friday night and we had a blast playing games all night. The crummy weather didn’t stop over 100 people from showing up for the Tournaments and open gaming on Saturday!!!

Why is the American Library Association promoting gaming in libraries?
In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books! In fact, libraries work very hard to provide people of all ages with a rich and current menu of CDs and DVDs, as well as electronic and online resources. Video game resources and programs at the library complement these existing services. Featuring this new gaming media helps the library expand its reach while meeting community expectations.
You can read more about the event at ilovelibraries.org
I would also like to thank Wal-Mart, Chili’s, and Nancy’s Pizza for their generous donations:
Wal-Mart’s donation allowed us to purchase some great games to give out as door prizes.
Chili’s and Nancy’s provided coupons toward a free food item which were used in the goodie bags we handed out.
All are located in Bolingbrook.