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In the mood for a party? Come to Stickney-Forest View library

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:42 p.m. CDT
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Heather Shlah is the director of the Stickney-Forest View Public Library District.

The Stickney-Forest View Public Library District is kicking off summer with a bang. 

Our Summer Reading theme – Have Book Will Travel – is guaranteed to have you and your family soaring to new heights. Join us on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our Summer Read Block Party kickoff. We promise to dazzle and amaze with our fantastic lineup of entertainers. Also, help us thank our partners in the business community for sponsoring this event. 

The renowned Jesse White Tumblers, sponsored by Standard Bank and Trust, start promptly at 10 a.m. Sky Jumps D-Jay Service, sponsored by The Friends of the Stickney Forest View Public Library, will provide music for dancing and fun all day – and yes, there will be Polka. For animal lovers, we are hosting A Zoo to U, sponsored by Clorox Products Company Inc. Thank you also to Multistate Transmissions of Naperville for supplying the tenting, tables and chairs, and to Stickney Jewel-Osco for assisting us with the food purchase.

This event also will feature a celebrity-style photo booth, face painters courtesy of Morton West High School, balloons and giveaways for the first 100 people that sign up to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Our very own Friends of the Library will host their annual book sale/bake sale throughout the event. Extra-special appreciation goes to the many local businesses and organizations that have generously donated the prizes that will keep our community reading, growing and entertained throughout the summer. I am thrilled to have the problem of having too many prize donations from our local businesses and organizations to mention. Consult our website at for the list of contributors you will want to reward with your patronage.

Sometimes in this brave new world, we struggle to define the role of the public library. To say that we are more than just books or that our library exists virtually beyond the bricks and mortar of our building walls is now almost cliché. The events described above remind us of the businesses and organizations that have become part of the fabric of our library, and underscore how our library proudly can define itself as: a place where we celebrate community.  

Heather Shlah is director of the Stickney-Forest View Public Library District

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