Archive for P5/2016

Happening at the library

Jo Bonell Is DPPL’s New Library Director

Des Plaines Public Library's board of directors is pleased to announce that Jo Bonell has been appointed executive director of the Des Plaines Public Library, effective immediately.

Jo is a famililar face around the library, having worked for over a decade as the Head of Adult Services.

She is also a familiar face in the community as an active participant in the Des Plaines Arts Council and other Des Plaines initiatives.

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Miner Recs Episode 58 Now Available!

On the latest episode of Miner Recs, Dave, Jami, Tony and Joel discuss Octavia E. Butler's 1979 novel Kindred, as well as the 2017 graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings. Hear it on the player below:

Interested in listening to more episodes of Miner Recs? You can subscribe with iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or on our Podomatic page.

For more information about the podcast and the DPPL staff who make it, visit our podcast page.

Staff Picks

Parenting Small Humans: There’s A Book for That

Stephanie Gelb, space librarian, reporting for duty.

Stephanie Gelb, space librarian, reporting for duty.

As DPPL's school liaison librarian, I have lots of tools to capture a child's attention. 

Outer space props, robots, a prize wheel, glow in the dark T-shirts and my blow-up astronaut costume all make getting the attention of a room full of children for fifteen minutes a piece of cake.

More difficult: corralling the attention of my own children.

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DPPL’s Overdrive MyMediaMall Changing to Digital Library of Illinois

It has been about ten years since we started providing Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks through the MyMediaMall portal.

In that time, the number of you checking out, reading and listening to "e" has grown exponentially!

To support that growth, DPPL has worked continuously to improve and expand our offerings and ensure it is easier than ever to check out, download or stream digital materials for free with your library card.

One very visible sign of that improvement:

Starting July 1st, DPPL's Overdrive MyMediaMall name and web address are changing to Digital Library of Illinois and  

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Goodbye and Thanks

Dear Des Plaines Friends and Colleagues:

In just three days on July 4th, I retire and say goodbye to the Des Plaines Public Library. I can’t believe that 20 years has passed since I came to this incredible library and the wonderful community of Des Plaines.

I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to work to make Des Plaines a better place. The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis, and the friends I have made there, will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the staff and board of DPPL, who have never failed to deliver excellent service to our community with respect and generosity. It’s been an honor and privilege to steer the great ship that is Des Plaines Public Library.

I know I leave this place in great hands that will continue to work hard for this wonderful community and the best library in the world!

Best wishes and all my respect.

Holly Sorensen
Library Director