Monday, August 31, 2009

All Heads in Helmets!

Enjoying a cool treat at the August Heads in Helmets raffle drawing.

Did you know that, if you suffer a bike crash, a helmet can reduce your risk of brain injury by 90%?* That's why we think helmets are cool, and that's why the River Forest Park District is encouraging everyone to wear a helmet with the Triple Header Campaign - All Heads in Helmets.

The program continues through October, during which time police officers and public officials are rewarding young helmeted bikers with raffle tickets; plus helmeted parents will receive an extra ticket to give to each child they are riding with. The raffle tickets can be deposited at drop boxes locations around town, including the River Forest Public Library. Each month, a drawing will be held with the winning ticket holders receiving a prize, such as helmets, biking gear, theater tickets, restaurant vouchers, and even a brand new bike. The August 28th drawing was held here at the library, and it was a great event - congratulations to the prize winners Miranda, Thomas, Cindy, and Isabel!

Check out the River Forest Park District's Triple Header Campaign webpage to learn more facts about the benefits of wearing a helmet while biking, and for more details on the campaign.

*statistic from the River Forest Park District

They were movin' and groovin'

We shook up the month of August with our Creative Movement for Kids program. Joanne of Flex and Point Dance Studio led the kids in a fun, creative dance session that had everybody moving. Check it out!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A good thing come to an end...

Summer's not over yet, but the Summer Reading program at the River Forest Library is. It was great, wasn't it?

To mark your accomplishments, the weekend was full of celebration. Thanks for all who joined in the festivities - but most of all, thanks and congratulations to all the kids who participated in summer reading!

Friday evening, musical performer Dave Rudolf joined us for a Beach Party on the library lawn. Songs, dancing, hula hooping, and limbo galore ensued.

Dave got the folks dancing!

How low can you go?

(Did you know Miss Sue is a hula hoop champion??)

For completing the Summer Reading challenge, participants received a t-shirt and the opportunity to come decorate with others. We even tried out a new way to tie-dye - with sharpies! They turned out pretty sharp! (Hee hee, get it?)

Good reading, and good partying, everyone. Keep reading and sharing your good reads with us here at the library, and with your family and friends!