The Itasca Community Library continually evolves to meet the changing needs of its patrons and community members. In addition to ever-popular print materials, the library has expanded its collection of digital content. Through its website, itascalibrary.org patrons have access to eBooks, eMusic and eMovies. Available now also are eMagazines. Patrons can access RB Digital and download from over 50 popular magazines to a tablet, smartphone or laptop. If you’ve never tried downloading to a device or computer and would like to know how, arrange a one-on-one appointment with a librarian who will walk you through all the steps to get you set up.
Along with its collection of resources, the Itasca Community Library is also a dynamic community center offering programs and activities for all ages. This past year, the library has expanded its kids’ programs, adding evening story time hours for working parents and bilingual story times in Polish. We have also made great strides in organizing more programs in the area of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programming to help students maintain a competitive edge.
This year the Youth Department won a grant that has enabled the library to purchase science kits called STEM-on-the-Go Kits that include books, DVDs and other interactive materials on topics like architecture, robotics, coding, circuity and engineering. These are available for circulation to patrons.
For adults, the library can help residents transform their lives. From offering opportunities to practice conversational English language skills to providing assistance with resume writing and technology literacy, the library helps to improve the lives of its citizens thereby strengthening the community.
With the variety of special interest groups, including quilting, crafting, Mah Jongg and the ever-popular monthly Trivia Night at the local Fox and Turtle, the library is also a community hub for residents to convene, share, learn, collaborate and enjoy.
In addition to having complimentary notary services, the library is now also qualified to be a passport acceptance facility. Those interested in the service may call (630) 773 1699 to make an appointment or request more information.
The Itasca Community Library today houses more than books. If you haven’t already done so, drop by to see what the library has to offer. You will be amazed by the variety and depth of live programming and other amenities available to patrons of all ages.