Have you heard of April? Not the month, the 15-year-old giraffe who lives in Harpursville, N.Y., at Animal Adventure Park. But April isn’t your ordinary pregnant giraffe.

She has become a social media sensation. due to live-streaming.



Hi I’m April!

She is due to give birth in a few days. Watch the Live Feed here.

Learn more about giraffes at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife in Kenya

It’s Time to Vote 2016!


Election day is fast approaching!

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 we will elect our new president.

Ballot Ready is a great site to learn about all of your candidates and their views on issues.

Several locations offering early voting also offer grace period registration, which means you can register to vote and vote that same day. More information can be found here.

Early voting sites can be found here

Our two nearest sites are

Berwyn City Hall at 6700 W. 26th St


The Stickney-Forest View Public Library

the  times and dates are:




We love the new trend in social media where we get to post what three fictional characters best describe us. Please tell us your three in the comments below!

Deb:  Clarice Starling: The Silence of the  Lambs,  Louisa Clark: Me Before You, and Scout Finch: To Kill a Mockingbird


Kristen: Hermione: The Harry Potter series, Novalee Nation: Where the Heart Is, and Hazel Grace: The Fault in Our Stars


Mary: Dorothy Parker, Temperance Brennan: Bones, and Alice: Alice in Wonderland


 Verna:  Lizzie: Pride and Prejudice, Badger: The Wind in the Willows, and Princess Giselle: Enchanted

Banned Books Week

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read  

Banned Books Week

September 25- October 1, 2016


Most Americans would be surprised to know that some people believe they have the right to determine what others read. Books are challenged everyday at schools and libraries across the US.

The American Library Association or the ALA designates a week each year to bring special attention to these books in order for all people to celebrate their freedom by reading a book that others have deemed unacceptable. The ALA states that the purpose of Banned Books Week is to,

“highlight the value of free and open access to information and bring together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

So join us and celebrate your freedom by visiting the library today and checking out a book from one of our Banned Books Week displays.

Here is a list of frequently challenged books.


Registering to Vote Online

Did you know that you can

Register to Vote Online?  

It’s true!  All you need is your State ID/ Driver’s License #, date it was issued and the last 4 digits of your social security #.  Visit https://ova.elections.il.gov/ to start the registration process.  October 23, 2016 is the last day to register online.  In person registration at select locations are available until  November 7/8, 2016.  

Identification needed when registering in person:

If registering to vote in person, you must display two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Illinois driver’s license
  • Illinois state ID
  • Employee or student ID
  • Credit card
  • Social security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Utility bill in applicant’s name
  • Mail postmarked to the applicant
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Lease or rental contract

Remembering September 11, 2001

There are a great deal of powerful images associated with the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center,the attack on the Pentagon as well as the downed flight near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  September 11th 2001 is a day that is burned into the memories of so many people.  They can remember what they were doing at the exact moment they found out about the attacks.    This terrible event brought so many people together and made Police and Fireman heroes.

According to CNN there was a total of 2,977  people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Timeline (from CNN):

The North Tower of the World Trade Center was hit at 8:46 a.m.

The South Tower of the World Trade Center was hit at 9:03 a.m.

The Pentagon Building was hit at 9:37 a.m.

South Tower of WTC collapsed within 10 seconds at 9:59 a.m.

Flight crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.

North Tower of WTC collapsed at 10:28 a.m.


Firefighters Raise A U.S. Flag At The Site Of The World Trade Center
NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY – NO COMMERCIAL SALES) Firefighters raise a U.S. flag at the site of the World Trade Center after two hijacked commercial airliners were flown into the buildings September 11, 2001 in New York. (Photo by 2001 The Record (Bergen Co. NJ)/Getty Images)
Soldiers spell out 9-11 WE REMEMBER
President Bush finds out about the attacks