Visitors to the Vernon Area Public Library are encouraged to drop off new or gently used formal dresses, dress shoes and other prom-appropriate accessories through March 24, 2024.
The donations will make their way to the “Pop Up Prom Shoppe,” a partnership among Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF), Zengeler Cleaners, College of Lake County and University Center of Lake County.
The 2024 Pop Up Prom Shoppe will be held at the College of Lake County University Center, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, 2024. The event is open to any high school student in Lake County. A current high school ID is required for entry.
The tagline for the Mothers Trust Pop Up Prom Shoppe is “It's more than a dress,” a sentiment that underscores its distinctive approach compared to other dress giveaways.
The event pairs the formalwear giveaway with an informational session about higher education opportunities at College of Lake County and University Center, along with assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
In advance of the event, program partner Zengeler Cleaners inspects, cleans and repairs the donations as necessary to make sure the dresses are “prom-ready.” MTF volunteers sort the dresses by size, style and color, assuring the shopping experience is as smooth and easy as possible for students. More than 300 volunteers contribute to the success of the event.
Those interested in attending or volunteering at the event or making a monetary donation should visit the Mothers Trust Foundation website at http://MothersTrustFoundation.org.
The Vernon Area Public Library has served as a donation point for prom attire since 2010. In the past 14 years, library visitors have donated more than 700 dresses.
Vernon Area Public Library District in Lincolnshire, Illinois, received $22,000 this month from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for costs associated with parking lot improvements.
The funds were part of a 2019 appropriation from the Build Illinois Bond Fund to local governments for planning, engineering, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, development, improvement and extension of the public infrastructure.
The library replaced the public parking lot in 2021, after 30 years of use. The $22,000 award received this month reimburses the library for a portion of the associated cost.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grants are directed by the Governor and General Assembly to bolster the state's economy, promote a clean environment and improve the overall quality of life throughout the state of Illinois.
Vernon Area Public Library (Lincolnshire) joins more than 20 libraries across Illinois to host an online event with former US Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, IL-16) on Thursday, February 29, at 7 p.m. on Zoom
Kinzinger will discuss his bestselling memoir, Renegade: Defending Democracy and Liberty in our Divided Country. The book captures one of the most transformative periods in recent history in a personal account from inside Congress.
From 2011–2022, Congressman Kinzinger served six terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois’ 16th Congressional District. Kinzinger was one of only two Republicans who served on the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Kinzinger will be joined in conversation by award-winning journalist and interviewer Steve Edwards. Edwards is the former host of Chicago Public Radio’s “Eight Forty-Eight” and “The Afternoon Shift” programs. Edwards also helped launch and lead the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, a non-partisan program devoted to cultivating the next generation of public service leaders.
“An Evening with Adam Kinzinger,” presented in partnership with 22 Illinois libraries, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 29. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To sign up, visit the library's online calendar.
University of Illinois Chicago associate professor of Political Science Dr. Alexandra Filindra will serve as Political Scientist in Residence at the Vernon Area Public Library District to help library patrons successfully navigate and engage with the 2024 election cycle.
For many adults, United States civics and government classes were long ago and some of the procedural details may have been forgotten. For others, the 2024 elections may be their first time voting in the US. For all prospective voters, the library aims to be a reliable and nonpartisan source of accurate information.
As Political Scientist in Residence for the library, Filindra will lead lectures, provide recommended reading, and create opportunities for residents to explore topics of importance to the Vernon Area community.
“I look forward to answering questions about what we know about politics, why people behave the way they do in politics, and how to distinguish good information from bad information, said Filindra.
“I hope to help people understand a little bit better about how the government works,” she noted. “Trust in our government is fundamental for tackling society’s major challenges.”
The first lecture, “Election Literacy 2024: Political Process & Psychology,” will take place on Sunday, January 29, from 1-2 p.m. at the library and on Zoom. Participants will hear about the primary season, debates, and fundraising, along with some introductory concepts about how psychology plays a role in voter behavior.
Attendance is free and open to all; signup is required. Interested adults can sign up online, by telephone at 224-543-1485 or in person at the library.
Filindra holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and served as a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Policy Studies Journal, Regional Studies, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Harvard Education Review, Migration Studies, International Migration and other scholarly journals.
This article was amended January 31 to clarify that Dr. Filindra holds a position at University of Illinois Chicago.
Community members are invited and encouraged to share their ideas and preferences as planning begins for improvements to the building and grounds of the Vernon Area Public Library.
Associates from RATIO Design of Chicago will conduct two Planning Open House sessions open to the general public as they begin a conceptual study for redesign, remodeling and a possible addition to library building.
Residents are encouraged to drop in during either session to connect with the planning team. Attendees can review vision boards, share ideas, ask questions and express their desires and priorities.
RATIO representatives will also conduct targeted listening sessions with representatives from various stakeholder groups including community leaders, English as a Second Language students, young families and teens.
Additional opportunities for public review and feedback will be made available online at VAPLD.info/LibraryPlan.
The 2024 project will build on previous work that was underway when the COVID-19 pandemic began in spring 2020.
Since 2020, public libraries have seen changes in patron behaviors, including demands for outdoor gathering spaces, a desire for ongoing hybrid-service delivery models and programs, and increased attention on building qualities such as physical security, air quality and environmental sustainability.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to align library plans with today’s service needs and expectations, rather than pre-2020,” said Vernon Area Library Director Anne Rasmussen.
The project will assess and make recommendations about space use across the entire library campus, including the 50,000 square foot main building, the 10,000 square foot annex building, and the library grounds and parking areas.
In addition to space use, architects will make sure all library spaces meet applicable standards for accessibility, air quality and environmental sustainability. The team will also evaluate the library building’s overall ability to accommodate future renovations.
Vernon Area Public Library joins more than 200 other Illinois libraries to host an online program, “Speculating About Our AI Future with Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu and Martha Wells” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 11. Three science fiction authors will discuss the promise, perils and possible impacts of artificial intelligence.
A recording of the event will be available for two weeks following to registrants only.
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, journalist and technology activist. He is the author of many books, including The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation, a Big Tech disassembly manual; Red Team Blues, a science fiction crime thriller; Chokepoint Capitalism, nonfiction about monopoly and creative labor markets; and the Little Brother series for young adults. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. He also serves as a special advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties.
Ken Liu is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards, he wrote the Dandelion Dynasty series, as well as the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, machine-augmented creativity, history of technology, bookmaking and the mathematics of origami.
Martha Wells is a bestselling fiction writer whose work includes the Books of the Raksura series, the Ile-Rien series, The Murderbot Diaries series, and other fantasy novels, most recently Witch King. She has also written media tie-in fiction for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, young adult novels and nonfiction. She is the winner of Nebula Awards, Hugo Awards and Locus Awards. She is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and her books have been published in 25 languages.
This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events.
ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Vernon Area Library app is permanently out of service.
Any information that you see there is not current, including item availability, checkouts, holds, and returned items — this info all remains frozen as of the end of November.
This is a nationwide issue impacting numerous libraries, and we are doing everything possible to transition to a new app provider as soon as possible.
Until then, for best mobile access, please use the mobile-friendly version of the library catalog and your account in your browser:
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Other apps that you use with your library card (including Libby, Hoopla, and Kanopy) are not affected by this outage and will continue to work as normal.
Please call 847-634-3650 or stop by with any questions.
Please note: there was no cyberattack and data was not compromised. This situation has disappointed everyone involved. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
A note about barcodes
If you are currently logged into the Vernon Library app, you still have access to your library barcode that is stored there. You can continue to use it to check out physical materials.
There is also a copy of your barcode in the cloudLibrary app.
If you need additional help, please stop by the desk so we can assist you.
Get the most out of every dollar by making informed purchasing decisions through Consumer Reports online. Access is free for Vernon Area Public Library cardholders when logging in through the library website at VAPLD.info/CR.
Consumer Reports online offers a convenient want to assess and compare products in almost any category from coffee makers to cars. Reliable information about how a product is expected to perform is especially important for big-ticket items like TVs, appliances, and electronics -- doubly so for gifts -- no one wants to waste money or frustrate loved ones with stuff that breaks or under-performs.
By combining laboratory testing with insights from hundreds of thousands of product owners, Consumer Reports gives consumers the most complete information available on each product. The site also offers money-saving advice and tips, buying guides, videos and more.
Full access to the unbiased ratings, reviews, and recommendations on their website is typically available only to Consumer Reports members, at a cost of $59 per year. However, Vernon Area Public Library cardholders can enjoy complimentary access to the site by logging in through the library's website using their library card number.
Brighten the holidays for a local child in need. Drop off new, unwrapped toys in the Toys for Tots donation boxes located in the library lobby from Friday, November 17, through Sunday, December 10.
Toys for Tots provides gifts to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. Toys for Tots does not accept used toys, food, clothes or realistic-looking weapons.
Vernon Area Public Library has served as a Toys for Tots collection site since 2006.
ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS
The 2023 holiday season marks the 76th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Since its inception in 1947, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 600 million toys to more than 281 million children in need.
In addition to being a flagship children’s Christmas charity, Marine Toys for Tots assists families in need year-round.
The Toys for Tots Literacy Program was launched in 2008 to close the reading gap and help improve academic success by providing books to children in difficult circumstances.
The Toys for Tots Foster Care Initiative, launched in 2022, provides tangible signs of hope to children living in foster care with the goal of reducing their anxiety and making a positive impact in their lives.
For more information about donating, collections, or registering to receive toys, visit ToysForTots.org.
Vernon Area Library employees are more prepared than ever to make sure that the sentiments expressed in the "All Are Welcome Here" entryway sign are felt by every visitor and colleague, thanks to eight hours of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training they completed in October.
One in five American adults will experience a mental health illness this year, according to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health. More than 50 percent of people will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.
“It’s very likely that library employees will eventually interact with someone experiencing a mental health concern while at work,” noted Vernon Area Library Head of Human Resources Mikki Johnson, Ph.D. “Mental Health First Aid training prepares us to respond in a thoughtful, compassionate and safe manner.”
Mental Health First Aid training prepares participants to provide initial help to people experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders.
Participants learned how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is going through a mental health crisis. MHFA trainees learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge, how to listen non-judgmentally and give reassurance, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Eighty-two of the library’s 85 employees (97 percent) completed the 8-hour course and received MHFA certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health. The certification is valid for three years.
“The library serves to provide access to information and to serve as a community hub for the district,” said Library Director Anne Rasmussen. “The knowledge staff gained from the mental health first aid course exhibits our values of lifelong learning and striving to continually improve service to those who walk through our doors.”
The course was provided through the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center by instructors Charla Waxman and Jenny Morales, and coordinator Phillip DeRuntz, M.Ed. CBT.