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Opinion

Layman: Indian Prairie Public Library targets young single adults

Community Voice

Jez Layman
Jez Layman

DARIEN – Are you in your 20s or 30s and wondering how to make friends as an adult? Whether you’re new to the area or just want to hang out with people your own age without spending a lot of money, Indian Prairie Public Library has something for you.

Adults in their 20s and early 30s are among those least likely to use their local libraries, with only about 50 percent visiting in the last year. There are always programs for teens, families and seniors, but young, single adults often felt overlooked.

IPPL changed that in 2010 with the creation of the GenLit reading collection and book group, both geared specifically for this demographic. In 2015, #LibSocial was launched to complement the book club with a series of social, creative and educational events.

This summer, we have lots of fun programs planned, ranging from a class on how to buy your first house to a board game night to an adult coloring night. We’re hosting a Harry Potter Trivia Night to celebrate the release of "The Cursed Child," and a Classic Computer Game Night to revisit old favorites as part of our Flashback Friday (#FBF) series. In June, we’ll set up a digital media makerspace for you to learn how to record a podcast, play a digital instrument, or make something with our 3-D printer.

In addition to #LibSocial’s programs on the first and third Fridays of the month, the GenLit book club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at various local restaurants. On May 25, we will meet at La Cabanita in Burr Ridge to discuss "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver.

Follow GenLit on Facebook for more information at facebook.com/genlit. All #LibSocial and GenLit programs are open to anyone in their 20s or 30s, and you can find all of them on the library’s calendar at calendar.ippl.info to register or get more information. Want to stay up to date on everything the library offers for young adults? Sign up for our 20s and 30s newsletter at bit.ly/ipplnews to get the latest on programs, our GenLit book club, and recent book releases.

Jez Layman is adult services librarian at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien.

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