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The Library Never REALLY Closes

We are looking after our patrons in many ways during this temporary closure of the library from March 16 through March 31, 2020.

We have a lot of great online resources available to patrons with Des Plaines Library cards. If you do not have a library card, you can fill out our online application from home. We will process temporary cards while we are closed so that you can access our online resources. We will issue physical cards once we re-open. 

We want you to get what you need now, so we will be increasing access to checkouts in Hoopla from 10 a month to 20.

We will also be keeping a close eye on holds and ordering additional copies of in-demand ebooks and eaudiobooks so that our patrons can get them faster.

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Setting the Story Straight: DPPL is a Generous and Safe Place for All

This library is a joyful space for the 400,000 people who visit every year, and for the staff who serve them.  

Summer with the Beatles

Summer With the Beatles concert on the Terrace, 2019.

If you walk through the building, you will see people engaged in book clubs, or learning how to research their genealogy, or teens making cards for hospitalized kids, or seniors having a free lunch, or people learning English, or people voting early for the Presidential primaries.  

Did I mention the 300,000 books, movies, music, video games and WiFi hot spots?  Did I forget all the kids’ story times?

It is indeed a wonderful place, and I am honored that the people of Des Plaines have entrusted me to be the Director of their treasure.  

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4 Lessons I Learned Playing Board Games

On any given week, I can tell you what board game was left on our kitchen table from recent play. 

Or which I'm anticipating opening for our next game night. 

Right now, it's Terraforming Mars (played, loved) and Azul: Summer Pavilion (played its prequel, expecting to love).

As a former YA librarian, I also spent the last 5+ years playing board and card games in teen programs each week. 

Board games have evolved to include some pretty complex mechanics and more varied themes.

Going beyond the fact that board games have been proven to boost cognitive function.

Here are a few skills or life-lessons that have come into focus through the lens of playing board games:

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Miner Recs Episode 64 Now Available!

On this episode, Dave, Jami, Joel and Charlie discuss Cats, Tom Hooper's already notorious film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical. Is it as awful as the critics say? And what qualities make a musical so satisfying? Listen to their conversation in 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.


Teen Book Boxes



Some people spend $30-$40 a month on different book subscription services.

That’s $360 a year!

Of course, some people also like to buy movies. Or board games. Or GoPros.

But here at the library, we’re continuing to do what we do best: Offering you awesome trendy things at no additional cost.

For any teen that loves books, or any teen that maybe needs a little help loving books, our Teen Book Boxes are for you!

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