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Spring Storytime Session Information:

parents-blog-bannerThe Youth Department’s Winter Storytime Session will end on Friday, March 8.

Registration is underway for the 5-week Spring Storytime Session beginning Monday, April 8. Patrons can register for Storytimes by visiting our online calendar.

The Youth Department will be offering several exciting programs between Storytime sessions including:

  • Smart Starts: Playdough Power on March 11 from 2:30-4:30pm
  • Storytime & Craft on March 12 and March 13 from 10:30-11:00am
  • Family Gaming Day on March 27 from noon-4:00pm

For a complete list of all Youth Department events, please visit the library’s Winter 2013 Event Guide.

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Jennie Fields Visits the Glen Ellyn Public Library this Saturday

news-blog-bannerAcclaimed novelist Jennie Fields will be visiting the Glen Ellyn Public Library this Saturday, March 2. Jennie’s book, the Age of Desire, tells a fascinating story of Edith Wharton’s time in Paris and her relationships with her governess-turned-secretary Anna Bahlmann, her husband Teddy Wharton, and her much younger lover Morton Fullerton.

Come to the second floor of the Glen Ellyn Public Library this Saturday to hear Jennie read from her new book. The Library is partnering with The Bookstore to make books available for purchase and signing. For more information, contact the second floor information desk at (630) 469-0879 or reference@gepl.org.


A limited number of tickets for Jennie’s author luncheon at Bistro Monet are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.gepl.org/jenniefields.
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The Glen Ellyn Public Library Now Offers Tax Forms


The Glen Ellyn Public Library now has a limited number of tax forms. All other forms can be printed from the IRS website. We would be happy to print forms for patrons at the 2nd floor information desk at 10 cents per page.

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Federal and state tax forms
Tax advice for seniors
Quick links to common forms
Free tax assistance at COD

  • Call (800) TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order federal forms by phone
  • Call (800) TAX-1040 (1-800-829-1040) for federal tax information
  • Visit an IRS Taxpayer Assitance Center (TAC)
  • Individuals making $50,000 or less can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation and, in many cases, free electronic filing. Phone: (800) 906-9887
  • Individuals aged 60 and older can take advantage of free tax counseling and basic income tax preparation through Tax Counseling for the Elderly
  • IRS Free File provides options for free brand-name tax software or online fillale forms plus free electronic filing. For more information, visit IRS Free File on IRS.gov
  • Call (800) 356-6302 to order state forms by phone
  • Call (800) 732-8866 or (217) 782-3336 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for state tax information
Tax Advice for Seniors
Beginning February 4, 2013 the Glen Ellyn Park District is offering tax help for seniors by appointment. Call (630) 858-2463 for details.
To locate the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call (888) 227-7669 or visit AARP’s website

Quick links to common forms:

COD accounting students will offer their services for free under instructor supervision through April. Sessions are from 9 to 11:30 on Saturdays, February 16 and 23, March 9, 16 and 23, and April 6 in the Berg Instruction Center (BIC), rooms 1640 and 1644. Make sure to bring all relevant tax information and last year’s return. For more information, call (630) 942-3400.
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Bummed the Superbowl is over? Check out Super Tuesday at the Glen Ellyn Public Library


Bummed the Superbowl is over? Check out Super Tuesday at the Glen Ellyn Public Library! On Tuesday, February 12, the Glen Ellyn Public Library will feature six programs certain to delight patrons of all ages:

All Ages:

Glen Crest Fine Arts Night (5pm-9pm) Join the Glen Ellyn Public Library for a night of fine art from the young artists at Glen Crest Middle School.


Free One-on-One Career Counseling (9:30am-12pm) Register for a free 30-minute session with a JVS career counselor who will review your resume and discuss the current job market.

Facebook and QR Codes for Business (7pm-8:30pm) Learn how QR codes and Facebook can be useful and profitable tools for both you and your business. Brought to you by Weiskopf Consulting.

20s and 30s:

Getting Your Plate into Shape (7pm-9pm) Learn how to make healthy meals quickly and without wiping out your entire budget, including: The Naked Lunch Burrito, Chicken and Cashew Asian Lettuce Cups with Edamame, Brown Rice, and Carrot Salad.


Drop-in Storytimes (1pm-1:30pm and 7pm to 7:30pm)  Children of all ages are welcome to drop in for these special Storytime sessions.

Presidents’ Day Book Party (5pm-6pm)  All 4th and 5th graders are invited to a book party fit for a president! Enjoy fun crafts and learn exciting new facts about your favorite founding fathers.


The Right Bite (5-6:30pm) Learn how to make three delicious dishes during this cooking and tasting session.

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Assistive Devices Available to Glen Ellyn Public Library Cardholders


Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholders have access to a special collection of assistive devices from the Bloomingdale Public Library including magnifiers and devices to aid everyday living. Checking assistive devices out from a library provides an excellent risk-free opportunity to try them before buying them.

Some of the assistive devices available for checkout include:

Arthwriter Hand Aid: A device for assisting those with arthritis or a hand disability to hold a pen or other utensils.

CRIS Radio: A special radio that receives news, entertainment, and sports for those with visual impairments.

Large-Numbered Calculators, Playing Cards, Timers, and Book Holders.

Magnifiers: Over 20 different styles, including Nitewriter: a pen with a built-in spotlight.

Talking Alarm Clock, Calculator, Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, and Telephone.

For more information please contact the 2nd floor information desk at (630) 469-0879.

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GEPL Offers Free Digital Downloads of Ebooks and Music for Your Mobile Device


The Digital Downloads page offers all Glen Ellyn Public Library card holders the ability to download thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and music directly onto their mobile devices, including: Kindle, Android, Nook, iPad, iPod, and iPhone.

Upon visiting the Digital Downloads page, users will find easy to use step-by-step instruction on how to download various media directly onto their device from the following databases:

Overdrive: Download and enjoy thousands of ebooks and audiobooks directly onto a mobile device.

Freegal Music: Download three songs a week to any MP3 player.

Learning Express Library: Find a wide variety of career and academic test preparation and skill-building titles designed for lifelong learning.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Access thousands of ebooks on virtually any subject.

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So You Want to Be the Next Hemingway? All Great Writers Must Start Somewhere



Want to be the next Hemingway or Fitzgerald jotting down your next literary masterpiece over breakfast at a Parisian café? Join fellow aspiring authors in a series of library sponsored programs designed to offer inspiration, encouragement, and information about the writing process. These free seminars by the Dupage Branch of Inside Writing and Publishing cover a variety of topics and authors of all skill levels are invited:

The 10 Secrets to Getting your Book Successfully Published:
Saturday, February 9 at 2pm
Literary agent Joseph Durepos and national bestselling author Bret Nicholaus have a true passion for helping aspiring authors understand what works and what doesn’t in the book industry. With 30 years experience, Durepos has sold more than 150 titles as a literary agent with many ending on a bestseller list. Nicholaus has written 26 books, including two national bestsellers. At the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Nicholaus and Durepos will share their insightful publishing knowledge while providing a rare opportunity to learn from a successful literary agent and bestselling author.
Contact: Glen Ellyn Public Library at (630) 469-0879

Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling a Screenplay:
Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm
Do you have a great idea for a movie but no idea how to get started or what to do with your screenplay once it has been written? Screenwriter and former university professor Marie Murray visits the Bloomingdale Public Library to guide you through some of the basic of writing and selling a movie screenplay. Topics will include idea creation, story development, dealing with agents and more.
Contact: Bloomingdale Public Library at (630) 924-2735

A Writer’s Guide to Tech Tools:
Saturday, February 23 at 2pm
Success is just around the corner for writers who seek publication, but succeeding today requires sharp tech skills to understand and participate in the online world of publishing and book sales. Helen Gallagher brings together the tools and skills you need to gain visibility in the industry at the Hinsdale Public Library. Explore blogs, social media sites, eBooks and other digital options.
Contact: Hinsdale Public Library at (630) 986-1976

Collaboration and Spectacle: How to Promote your Book (Even When your Publisher Doesn’t):
Saturday, March 2 at 2pm
Nowadays, even big publishers expect authors to do much of their own marketing and promotion. James Kennedy, author of the young adult fantasy book “The Order of the Odd-Fish” will visit the Barlett Public Library to share the unusual ways he promoted his book including a gallery show of fan art, costumed dancing parties and tackling Neil Gaiman. Learn how to find the promotional style that’s right for you and your book.
Contact: Bartlett Public Library at (630) 837-3560

For more information about Inside Writing and Publishing, click here.

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Tonight: Learn How to Use LinkedIn to Enhance Your Career


On January 30, the Glen Ellyn Public Library will host LinkedIn: Your Professional Image from 7-8:30pm in the Meeting Room on the library’s first floor.

LinkedIn: Your Professional Image is the third installment to the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s Job Seeker Series, which offers programing and services designed to enhance the community’s employment marketability and increase job opportunities.

During tonight’s program attendees will learn how to take charge of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, to create useful contacts that lead to a job opportunities.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets.

This program is sponsored by Weiskopf Consulting.

To register for tonight’s LinkedIn program, click here.

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Breaking News: The Glen Ellyn Police Department to Design a Hole for Tomorrow’s Swinging Thru the Stacks Event!


Members of the Glen Ellyn Police Department stopped by the library earlier today to design a hole for tomorrow’s Swinging Thru the Stacks Golf Event.

Officers will assemble and decorate the 10th hole between 3pm and 4pm tomorrow afternoon, when the entire library will be closed to prepare for the major miniature golf event.

All members and friends of the Glen Ellyn Community are invited to enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf inside the library from 4pm to 8pm. Participation requires a $5.00 donation to help fund Bookfest 2013.

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Let the Glen Ellyn Public Library Help Reduce Your Stress


On Monday, January 28, the Glen Ellyn Public Library will host a program aimed to enhance the community’s mental heath awareness.

During “Reduce Anxiety and Stress in Your Life,” professional counselor Joy Davy will provide insights, tips, and techniques anyone can employ to lead a calmer lifestyle.

If you have been searching for peace and balance amid life’s increasing rush and demands or if someone you know has difficulty falling asleep, is preoccupied with troubling thoughts, or chronically feels tense, please join Joy Davy as she give provide tips to find the balance that we all crave.

The program runs from 7pm-8pm in the Meeting Room on the library’s first floor. For more information please click here. 

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