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Balloon Creations with Suzette

Posted July 24, 2014 | Posted in Front Page

Celebrate summer reading in style! Suzette, balloon artist extraordinaire, will be designing balloon creations just for you on Thursday, July 31, from 6–8 p.m., at the Villa Park Public Library. Select from favorites, including critters with “paws,” and wear your hand-picked creation home.

“Shop” for your favorite animal shapes and colors from her balloon menu, then watch up-close as Suzette customizes a balloon creation just for you!

This fun family program, sponsored by the Youth Services Department, is offered as a part of the library’s “Paws to Read” summer reading initiative. The incentive program encourages children to read for fun and earn prizes, while maintaining and strengthening reading skills used during the school year. For more information, visit our website at or call 630-834-1176.

Please note: The program will end promptly at 8 p.m. No registration is required but early arrival is recommended because space will be limited for this special event.

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Acclaimed Folksinger Weaves Stories through Song

Posted July 11, 2014 | Posted in Adult Services,Front Page


Nationally acclaimed folksinger Chris Vallillo will perform at a special after-hours music event at the Villa Park Public Library on Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. This program is supported in part by an Illinois Arts Council grant.

Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Chris Vallillo weaves original, contemporary and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest. Dirty Linen magazine describes Vallillo’s music as “vivid, original story songs” delivered with an “eye for detail and a sense of history.” Folk Wax editor Arthur Wood says “Vallillo’s guitar playing flows like warm honey and is a true aural delight.”

For Vallillo, a good song is as much a work of art as any painting or sculpture. His prairie poet style has been compared to Edgar Lee Masters and Vachel Lindsay, and you can hear the strains of the Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers reflected in his writing. It’s roots-based original and contemporary folk with the rich acoustic textures of bottleneck slide, finger style and flatpicked guitars that echo the influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, Doc Watson and John Fahey.

A recipient of a 1986 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for music composition, Vallillo was also a nominee for the Illinois Arts Council’s 1987 Governor’s Award for Individual Artist. In 1987 he conducted the Schuyler Arts Folk Music Project to document the last of the pre-radio generation. These recordings were accepted into the American Folklife Collection at the Library of Congress.

From 1990 through 1998 he served as the performing host and co-producer of the nationally distributed, award-winning public radio performance series Rural Route 3 where he performed next to (and with) a virtual “Who’s Who” of contemporary and traditional folk musicians. His most recent project, a one-man show titled Abraham Lincoln in Song, received the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the accompanying CD reached #10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart in March 2008.

He recently completed his second term as the Illinois State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institution’s New Harmonies traveling exhibit on roots music and just finished a new instrumental bottleneck slide guitar CD titled “The Last Day of Winter.”

For more information or to register, check out the Villa Park Public Library website at or call 630-834-1164, ext. 5.

Field Museum Presents Soil Adventure

Posted July 3, 2014 | Posted in Front Page,Kids Books,Kids News & Events,Summer Reading

SoilThursday, July 24 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Model the movement of matter through our soil ecosystem and explore the critters that play an important role in decomposition.

Registration is required. For grades K–4.

COD Improv Theater Group Puts On ‘Troll Booth’


The Troll

The College of DuPage student theater group will perform an improvised production on Tuesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Villa Park Public Library Annex.

The production, entitled “The Troll Booth,” is a script inspired by improvisation, where the Three Billy Goats Gruff collide with Goldie, the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs. Finding out what fits all three and what it means to grow up is what pays the toll and the mighty troll.

The actors encourage everyone to participate, resulting in a lively “no-shushing” experience for the entire family.

The touring performance is directed by Amelia Barrett.

The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, check out the Villa Park Public Library website at or call 630-834-1164, ext. 5.

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New Book Discussion Group

Posted June 6, 2014 | Posted in Book Discussions,Front Page,What We're Reading

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Lounge with a latte as you share your latest great read with other book lovers! The Villa Park Public Library will host its newest Small Talk book discussion series at C U Latte Café, 9 E Blvd., Villa Park, IL.

The first Small Talk discussion will be held Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and will center around non-fiction favorites. Each of the small-group discussions will be facilitated by a library staff member.

In the cozy café setting, those participating in the June 24 program may discuss current non-fiction books they’ve read or obtain reading recommendations from library staff and others attending.

Other upcoming Small Talk book discussions this summer at C U Latte Café will include:

• Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.—Young Adult Literature for Adults

• Tuesday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.—Fiction

No registration is necessary. For more information, check out the Villa Park Public Library website at or call 630-834-1164, ext. 2.


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