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  • April 26, 2019 7:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    CineYouth Festival 2019

    See the next generation of filmmakers now!

    Featuring 64 films from 18 different countries, this year’s CineYouth selection showcases the astounding talent of filmmakers 22 years old and younger by exhibiting new works in a variety of genres and thematic programs.

    Come celebrate CineYouth’s 15th anniversary April 26-28, 2019 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL). All screenings are FREE and open to the public. Select award-winning films from CineYouth will screen at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival in October.

    Click here for complete details.

    Full CineYouth Schedule

  • April 25, 2019 5:54 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Opening Night: Wed., May 1, 5-9 PM, $10 Admission (Adults)

    Other Sale Days:
    Thurs., May 2, 9 AM-8 PM, Free Admission
    Fri., May 3, 9 AM-8 PM, Free Admission
    Sat., May 4, 9 AM-2 PM, Free Admission, Books by the Bag, $10 each.

    New Location:
    First United Methodist Church
    424 Forest Avenue, Glen Ellyn

    Our new location is just 1/2 block east of the Glen Ellyn Civic Center (just next door and adjacent to the GECC parking lot). It is on the SW corner of Duane Street and Forest Avenue. Enter from the Forest Avenue door directly into the Church’s lobby adjacent to the Great Hall and Dining room where the sale will be held. Free parking is available on the side streets nearby. Also, after 11 am weekdays and all day Saturday, you may park free in the commuter parking lots. 

    Why do we collect and sell used books?

    The AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch’s main fundraiser is the annual AAUW Used Book Sale. Each year, we sell more than 35,000 volumes to members of the community and visitors from surrounding states. Proceeds fund fellowships and grants nationally and COD scholarships locally.  AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch, NFP is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  AAUW stands for American Association of University Women, a national organization founded in 1881.

    Click here for complete details, including a coupon!

  • April 16, 2019 2:32 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Email from the College of DuPage received 4/16/2019 . . .

    Greetings from College of DuPage!


    Thank you for your interest in the GADgET Girls summer camp!

    The camp schedule has been finalized, and registration is now open!


    GADgET Girls

    Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology


    This one-week camp is designed to introduce girls, ages 11 to 14, to design and manufacturing processes, brought to you by the Youth Academy and Manufacturing Technology department. This camp will encourage creativity, self-confidence and innovation by introducing students to design and manufacturing processes and equipment. Students will be able to complete their own projects through guided instruction and will have the opportunity to explore career paths in manufacturing and engage with women currently working in the field. Students should bring a sack lunch each day. There will be at least one field trip to a local manufacturing facility during the camp.


    Monday to Friday, July 8 to 12

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    YEEXC-0002-100, $239

    Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0014


    There is a limited capacity for this camp due to the number of workstations available in the manufacturing lab. We highly recommend registering as early as possible to ensure a spot is available for your child.


    You may register online at or over the phone with our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. When registering online, click on “Continuing Education Classes” on the right side of the screen, then choose “Youth Classes (Grades K-8)” on the right side.


    Once capacity has been met, a waitlist will be started. To be added to the waitlist, please call our registration staff at the number listed above.


    We hope to see you this summer!



    Jenna Greenfield


    Youth Academy

    Continuing Education

    College of DuPage

    425 Fawell Blvd.

    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


    Phone: (630) 942-2208| |

  • April 15, 2019 5:22 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Block Museum to offer week of programs highlighting archaeologist scholars

    In conjunction with their exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, The Block is excited to announce a week of conversations, workshops, and symposia featuring a panel of international archaeologists. These public events, ranging from scholarly conversations to a keynote lecture delivered by noted archaeologist Susan Keech McIntosh, offer rare opportunities to interact with these scholars and learn more about their research. All events are free and open to all.

    Click here for view all events.

  • April 13, 2019 2:31 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    The following is a blog post from professional member Midwest Academy for Gifted Education. You can see this post and others on the MAGE website.

    This article is brought to you by MAGE - non-profit, private gifted option in City of Chicago.

    Families of gifted students in the Chicago Public School District, and those in nearby areas should be aware of the just announced CPS-run Engagement Forum regarding the Accelerated Placement Act in less than 2 weeks time. Here are some key events around that time:

    • CPS sends out their first round of offer letters for the 2019-20 year for selective enrollment and options programs electronically to the CPS application portal on Monday, April 22, 2019.

    • CPS Forum Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00PM - 7:30 PM Colman Office, 4655 S. Dearborn Street

    • CPS Forum Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:00PM - 7:30 PM Lincoln Park High School, 2001 North Orchard Street

    • IAGC Policy Meeting, Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00AM-12:00PM IMSA

    The only information about these forums publicly available currently is here. In 2017, a new law was passed in the State of Illinois that set the framework for the support needed for some gifted students. The law is called the Accelerated Placement Act and you can view the actual full text of the law here. The law was passed with a 1 year grace period, to go into effect on July 1, 2018. The state issued a guidance - a reminder - to districts to remind them of this new law, albeit, an unfunded mandate. Many districts jumped into action, creating policy to comply with the new law. CPS is the largest district in IL and the 3rd largest in the country. Their reaction to the law is a big deal. What did they do?

    First, some key bits of the law from the above link:

    “For purposes of this Article, "accelerated placement" means the placement of a child in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the child. "Accelerated placement" under this Article or other school district-adopted policies shall include, but need not be limited to, the following types of acceleration: early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a child in a single subject, and grade acceleration.” (Illinois General Assembly Public Act 100-0421)

    The rest of the act goes through important detail around notification of program availability, identification, and wording that could potentially be interpreted as the foundation for a Gifted IEP in the state.

    Chicago Public Schools, CPS, in a meeting on August 22, chose to defer the adoption of this act, and the deferral decision can be read here. Only 3 people came to speak for the immediate adoption of the Accelerated Placement Act in CPS in that August 22nd meeting, which was well covered by Chalkbeat, and you can read about it here. After 3/4 of a year with news from CPS, these new forums are finally scheduled. They come at an auspicious time - CPS Selective Enrollment School results come out for Kindergarten through eighth grade on the 22nd of April, the day before the meeting. Therefore, it is unclear if there will be change, what year the change will take effect, and how it will impact the decisions made for the coming year. It is important to show CPS that you care about gifted education in the city, and that you show up. Unless people step up and show up, CPS will continue to defer the adoption of this act. You can read our coverage of the Accelerated Placement Act Part 1 here.

    What can you do beyond just these forums? You can go to learn more at CGCC and IAGC, our two local gifted organizations, that periodically have policy-related events. You can even join the IAGC Policy Committee that works with Illinois Board of Education to create new policy for the gifted. That committee’s next quarterly meeting is Saturday, May 4th at IMSA, at 10AM, so mark your calendar.

    Not in Chicago? Your district is watching. The state is watching. The country is watching. If you care about gifted education, you should come and participate in those forums because your support is paramount in improving the gifted education in Chicago and everywhere that will use it as a case example.

    Stay tuned for part 3 in a few weeks. We hope that update brings good news for the city’s gifted.

    About Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE): We are a not for profit, private gifted school focused on building community for gifted families in Chicago. If we don’t speak up for the City’s gifted, who will? Our next Admissions Coffee is on April 27th at 9AM and is a chance to connect to other gifted families in the city.

  • April 12, 2019 3:13 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Sprout is a professional member of CGCC.

  • April 07, 2019 8:23 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From . . .

    Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to the Loop—are collaborating on a third annual #ChiLoveBooks Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day.

    The annual challenge is being held again on Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which is a one-day national party celebrating indie book stores on the last Saturday in April. Each store creates its own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales.

    To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #ChiLoveBooks passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice.

    Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

    Visit TEN stores in one day and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

    Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

    Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on #ChiLoveBooks.

    The #ChiLoveBooks Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed in 2016 to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores, and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA).

    Here is the list of participating stores so you can start to plan. You can also head to for even more info!
    57th Street Books
    Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc.
    Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville, Lagrange & Downers Grove
    Book Bin Northbrook
    The Book Cellar
    The Book Stall
    The Book Table
    Bookends & Beginnings
    Bookie's - Chicago
    Bookie's - Homewood
    Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
    City Lit Books
    The Dial Bookshop
    Lake Forest Book Store
    Open Books - Pilsen & West Loop
    Pilsen Community Books
    Powell's Books Chicago
    Quimby's Bookstore
    Read It & Eat
    Rosenberg Bookshop at the Newberry Library
    Sandmeyer's Bookstore
    The Seminary Co-op Bookstores
    Volumes Bookcafe
    Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
    Women & Children First Bookstore

  • April 07, 2019 8:09 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the AudioFile Magazine April newsletter . . .

    Free Summer Listening

    April 25th, Opening Day!

    SYNC Audiobooks for Teens 2019 will give away 28 titles—two paired audiobook downloads a week—April 25th through August 1st. Authors include Jennifer A. Nielsen, Emma Donoghue, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tanaz Bhathena.

    Check out the complete list of exciting audiobook titles.

    How can you promote SYNC?

    • Utilize the print and digital items available in the SYNC Toolkitto introduce SYNC to your patrons, students, and other readers.
    • Encourage teen readers to text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.
    • Visit and sign up for title alerts by email.
    • Have your listeners download the OverDrive appin advance of the program. [Please note – the Libby app will not work with SYNC]

    SYNC Program Questions

    For questions about the program, titles, and how to use the toolkit to connect with students, patrons, and other listeners, please contact the SYNC Manager, Michele Cobb, at

  • March 26, 2019 7:43 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the Museum of Science and Industry web site:

    Teen Advisory Committee

    Apply for the 2019 program now through April 12!

    Teens are invited to share their ideas on how MSI can better engage youth audiences in this new initiative.

    MSI provides experiences that deepen the engagement and interaction of youth, and people of all ages, in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

    Our Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) is seeking youth ages 14–17 who love science, especially MSI. We want to hear your ideas on “Hacking the Museum” and feedback on a range of Museum content.


    • Youth ages 14–17 by July 11, 2019
    • Able to commit to a term lasting from July–August 2019
    • Have access to the internet for online assignments
    • Be able to attend ALL meetings at MSI as scheduled


    Teen Advisory Committee members are required to attend four meetings, complete short, online tasks before each meeting, and provide feedback on a variety of content topics. Members should be comfortable speaking in front of a group of their peers and senior Museum management.

    MANDATORY meetings (from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.):

    • Thursday, July 11
    • Thursday, July 18
    • Thursday, July 25
    • Thursday, August 1


    All TAC members will receive:

    • 20 service learning hours
    • $50 Amazon or Target gift card
    • A voucher to visit MSI separately with friends and family (five people maximum)

    Also, participating in TAC will look great on resumes and college applications!

    Important dates

    • Applications open from February 18 – April 12, 2019
    • Applications/essays reviewed from April 15 – April 26, 2019
    • Selection decisions made by May 10, 2019
    • New committee members notified via email by Friday, May 17, 2019


    Complete the application and answer a few questions that will help us get to know you better. All applications must be submitted by April 12, 2019 to be considered for the committee.

    Apply now


    For questions regarding the Museum of Science and Industry’s Teen Advisory Committee, please email

  • March 25, 2019 8:02 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Every Saturday in April, Sulzer Regional Library's home-grown poet, Eleanore Tisch, will lead their Pop-Up Poetry Club, culminating in an open mic during their Poetry Fest on April 27.

    Pop-Up Poetry Club (Grades 6-12) Saturdays, Apr. 6–27, 11 am–noon, In this four-week long workshop, young poets will be invited to generate new material, discuss the work of a wide array of classic and modern poets, and learn re-visioning techniques for their own writing. All levels and experiences are welcome - come exactly as you are and be a ready to dive deeply into the luminous world of poetic language!

    Click here for complete details.

    There is a lot going on at Sulzer Regional Library! Check out their spring brochure: Sulzer Spring 2019.pdf

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