Should this book be banned?

Posted September 23, 2014 | Posted in Readers Advisory,Uncategorized

In my family there is no such thing as a bad book, so banned books and those never challenged to me have always been just one and the same. This makes picking just one banned book so hard, but the series with the most influence on my life thus far is Harry Potter. In ways big like staying up way too late to stand in line at Borders with my Dad to get the latest book the minute to the small of laughing over a joke only Harry Potter readers would understand, Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the rest were all an active part of my childhood. In addition to being an entertaining story that takes the reader to a world so different than ours, but yet made so tangible by Rowling, Harry Potter also presents themes that show the reader that love is key and happiness can always be found even in the hardest of times. That these seven books created such an impact on my life those of many other around the world or all different, ages, genders and races is why I find it so unimaginable that someone would want to ban Harry Potter. At what point do we stop judging a book for its merits and start allowing fun and fantasy to be just that? If we were to ban all stories that present an alternative to the reality we live because it might cause children to believe then there would be no Peter Pan, Santa, or Cinderella.

So, I leave you to think on that and these wise words of Albus Dumbledore….“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

Lesley C. – Adult Services


Kids Book Club, May 18th @2pm

Posted April 7, 2014 | Posted in Kids News & Events,Uncategorized

Join us for Kids Book Club on Sunday May 18th. We are reading One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Join us for a discussion of the book and a book themed snack. All kids age 10 and up are welcome. Please call 630-834-1176 to register.

New Display: Not Your Average Dictionary

Posted April 4, 2014 | Posted in Adult Services,Uncategorized

avrg dictionary

Dictionaries have come a long way and now come in many fun and interesting types. For help finding your new favorite fun dictionary make sure to come and check out our new display, which includes titles such as:

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer

The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories by Glynnis Chantrell

Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson



It’s National Poetry Month!

Posted April 2, 2014 | Posted in Adult Services,Uncategorized
“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.” – Paul Engle

Celebrate National Poetry Month with one of these books:


erotic poetryThe Best American Erotic Poems
811 BES









love poems around the worldLove Poems from Around the World
811 LOV









best of best american poetryBest of the Best American Poetry
811.008 BES









outlaw bible poetryOutlaw Bible of American Poetry
811.008 OUT

2013 Tax Information

Posted March 7, 2014 | Posted in Adult Services,Uncategorized

The Villa Park Public Library now has a limited number of tax forms available. The Library will have copies of federal and state tax forms, as well as a small number of instructional packets. The forms will be displayed in the Multi-Media Center on the first floor. If we no longer have any copies available, you can have copies of the forms printed for .10 cents a page.  If you have any further questions, please contact the Information Desk.

There are currently a number of 2013 Federal forms and publications available online from the IRS.

The 2013 Illinois Individual Income Tax forms are available from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Free Tax Return Preparation for those who qualify by Volunteers.

The College of DuPage is also offering free electronic filing.

AARP Tax Aid Locator.

For information on Tax Preparation for Elderly and Low Income individuals, follow this link.

Click here for additional tax information.

Earlier Posts »