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Date
Monday, May 28, 2018
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Closed for Memorial Day
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, May 28, 2018
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Library closed for holiday
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time
9:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Description
Sign up for Summer 2018 storytimes and programs today.
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Monday, June 04, 2018
Time
9:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Description
This summer the Youth Services department invites all young readers (birth through 5th grade) to participate in the Summer Library Challenge. This summer’s theme is Libraries Rock!
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Time
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM
Description
Venue: McClure Junior High Gym, 4225 Wolf Road. Families welcome. No Registration Required.
Welcome to this unique, informative, and entertaining presentation of music and marimbas from around the world. While dressed in a full costume for each culture presented, Marimbaman David Hall performs musical selections from South America, Mexico, Africa, Japan, Germany, and the USA on authentic marimbas and xylophones from around the world. You will be continually engaged with singing, dancing, drumming, rhythmic clapping, and a Q&A session. Thanks to Western Springs Library Friends for sponsoring this event.
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Monday, June 11, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
3-23 months w/adult. It’s never too early to help your baby grow up to love books and language! Share stories, songs, and rhymes with your little one in this “lap-sit” program.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 11, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Description
3.5-5 years. Hear stories, sing songs, and have fun with your friends. Storytimes will highlight early literacy skills that children need to learn before they can read. Children attend this storytime without their grown-ups so that they can practice independence.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
3-23 months w/adult. It’s never too early to help your baby grow up to love books and language! Share stories, songs, and rhymes with your little one in this “lap-sit” program.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Description
Let’s explore our sense of hearing with pop rocks candy! In this fun, hands-on experiment, we’ll use different types of fluids to determine which one pops the loudest with our candy.

Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Beginning or independent readers love to practice reading aloud to one of the dogs from Hinsdale Humane Society’s Pet Assisted Learning Program because it’s pressure-free! Reading time is a one-on-one experience; no parents or siblings allowed. Register for one 15-minute time slot either in person or by phone starting May 30.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
2-3.5 years w/adult. Introduce your toddler to early literacy storytimes which help in building the foundation of reading. We pair short books with songs and rhymes to engage them. Toddlers love to wander and listen during our time together. Participation of caregivers with their toddlers is important in order to help them learn while they are having fun.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Description
Can you name the three types of rocks? We’ll explore the differences of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks in this hands-on, food-based experiment.

Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Description
3.5-5 years. Hear stories, sing songs, and have fun with your friends. Storytimes will highlight early literacy skills that children need to learn before they can read. Children attend this storytime without their grown-ups so that they can practice independence.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
2-3.5 years w/adult. Introduce your toddler to early literacy storytimes which help in building the foundation of reading. We pair short books with songs and rhymes to engage them. Toddlers love to wander and listen during our time together. Participation of caregivers with their toddlers is important in order to help them learn while they are having fun.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Before the traditional movie viewing, we will have a sensory friendly movie time. The lights will be brighter, and the volume of the movie will be lower than usual, and children should feel free to walk around, shout, and dance. Feel free to bring a quiet fidget toy, and we will provide scarves.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time
5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Description
Cool off at the library by watching a movie with us. Feel free to bring a pillow to get comfy!
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Friday, June 15, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
3-23 months w/adult. It’s never too early to help your baby grow up to love books and language! Share stories, songs, and rhymes with your little one in this “lap-sit” program.
Location
Storytime Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Monday, June 18, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Bring a little hope and cheer to Western Springs by setting out a Kindness Rock. We will supply the rocks, paints, and examples, and you bring your imagination.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
All ages with caregiver; No Registration Required
We’ll have different activities for all age groups, feel free to drop in for a bit or stay for the whole time!
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Join us for this rocking challenge! Compete in a variety of challenges that will test skills you didn’t know you had. Stack, spin, shake, bounce, and launch your way to victory. All participants will receive a door prize for participating.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
In celebration of National Music Day, we’ll dance our way through stories, songs and a craft!
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, June 22, 2018
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Best suited for ages 4 yrs. and up Registration Required
Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to rehabilitation of injured, sick and orphaned birds of prey (raptors) with the goal of returning healthy birds back to the wild. Utilizing the nonreleasable birds they will educate us about birds of prey, their place in the environment, wildlife conservation, ecology and habitats.Thanks to Western Springs Library Friends for sponsoring this event.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Getting Started
Welcome to Thomas Ford Memorial Library’s 2017 Summer Library Challenge, “Build A Better World.” We’ll be making a difference in our community by building relationships, caring for our environment, and learning to make useful things.

You can sign up for the Summer Library Challenge here and print your logs from the links at the lower left, or you can sign up at the library.

For children between the ages of 0-4 years, you can sign him or her up for this challenge and complete the Young Kid Activity Log.

For children 5 years and up choose between the Kid Reading or Kid Activity log and then they can start checking off activities.

Happy Summer!