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Honoring Bonnie Pointer

Bonnie Pointer, a founding member of the Pointer Sisters, passed away on June 8 at the age of 69. Bonnie and her sisters grew up singing in the choir at their father's Oakland church. Bonnie and June Pointer formed The Pointers in 1969 which evolved into The Pointer Sisters when their older sister, Anita, joined the group. Bonnie was a singer and songwriter who embraced elements of soul, pop and jazz. Bonnie and Anita wrote the group's country hit, "Fairytale," in 1974, which crossed over to become a Top 20 pop hit and won the group their first Grammy for Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group. Anita and Bonnie also were nominated for Best Country Song at the same ceremony. The group performed "Fairytale" at the Grand Ole Opry making them the first African-American vocal group to appear there. Three years later, Bonnie and Anita wrote "Bring Your Sweet Stuff Home To Me" with Stevie Wonder, and recorded it with him for The Pointer Sisters' album, Having A Party.

Bonnie Pointer left the group in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Her biggest successes were on the dance charts. When Bonnie signed with Motown Records in 1978, "Heaven Must Have Sent You" was among the tracks chosen for her first album there. The entire project was produced by Berry Gordy and Jeffrey Bowen whom she married in 1978, but later divorced. It became a major hit when released as the second single from her first album, Bonnie Pointer. The album featured Bonnie's version of another Motown classic, "When I'm Gone," as well as new material composed by Jeffrey Bowen and Donald Baldwin. Pointer released another album, If the Price Is Right, in 1984, but then largely stepped away from recording, except for Like a Picasso released in 2011. She also occasionally reunited with her sisters to perform.

Listen to some of Bonnie Pointer's solo performances or the Pointer Sisters music on Hoopla. 

Census Follow Up Calls Are Underway

Follow-up calls ensure that everyone is counted, counted only once, and counted in the right place.

If you get a call from (844) 809-7717, it is not a scam. It is the US Census with a question about some part of their self-response.

If you don't pick up, you can call them back at the same number. For those concerned about spoofed calls, this is the safe way to handle incoming calls. 

Learn more from the official Census page.


Online Adult Advisory Board Introductory Meeting: Monday, June 29 from 7-8 p.m.

What is the Adult Advisory Board?

This committee of adults will consider the needs and interests of our community by evaluating the resources and services of the library and will facilitate communication with the community. This introductory meeting on June 29 at 7 p.m. will answer all your questions.

Mission: To improve communication between the library and the community and to enrich this relationship.

We will focus on:

  • Getting NEW ideas.
  • Getting feedback on EXISTING programs/services.
  • Becoming advocates for the library.
  • Evaluating a specific program, service, or resource at each meeting.

Who can join the board?

Indian Prairie Library cardholders in the district, age 18 or older.

When will the board meet?

After the initial meeting, we will meet quarterly.

Responsibilities of the board include:

Attend four regularly scheduled meetings during a one year period.

Actively participate in meetings.

Suggest programs, services, and resources for adults and the community.

Promote the library's programs and services in the community.

Please register if you are interested.

Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The weekend is also the unofficial start of summer. This year we will be celebrating differently. Because of the stay-at-home order restrictions, there will be no parades or in person ceremonies. That doesn't mean you have to forego enjoying the weekend.

Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. on WTTW or stream it on PBS.org, YouTube, or Facebook featuring new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor all of our American heroes.Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traditional live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will not be held.

To commemorate Memorial Day from home and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ancestry® is presenting its "Parade of Heroes," a virtual event hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford with a musical performance by Tori Kelly. Watch it live on Facebook on Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

Watch war movies and television programs on Hoopla. Read an ebook about World War II on eMediaLibrary or listen to patriotic music on Hoopla.

Cook out with your family at home and try some recipes in these barbeque and grilling books on Hoopla. An alternative is to order from a local restaurant for pick up or delivery.

Honoring Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard

Talented comic actors, Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard, passed away on May 11 at the age of 92 and on May 15 at the age of 86, respectively.

Jerry Stiller was part of the Stiller and Meara comedy team with Anne Meara, his late wife of over 60 years. He was a comedian and an actor in movies, such as Hairspray, and on Broadway. Jerry was best known for his grumpy and eccentric character roles as Frank Costanza, George Costanza's father, in the tv show, Seinfeld, and later, as Arthur Spooner, Carrie Heffernan's father, in the sitcom, The King of Queens.

Listen to Presenting America's New Comedy Sensations: Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, a comedy album on Hoopla or watch one of Jerry Stiller's movies on Hoopla.

Fred Willard got his start at Chicago's renowned Second City. He starred in Best in Show, Anchorman: the legend of Ron Burgundy, and This is Guffman. His television roles included playing Hank MacDougall, Amy's father, in the tv show, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Frank Dunphy, Phil Dunphy's father,  in Modern Family.

Watch one of Fred Willard's movies on Hoopla.

Pick Up Theater Popcorn and Watch a Movie Mother’s Day Weekend

Starting this weekend Classic Cinemas is offering your favorite concession stand snacks and drinks with curbside pickup.  The Tivoli in Downers Grove and Ogden 6 in Naperville are the closest movie theaters.  Indian Prairie patrons can download a movie from Hoopla for the whole theater experience.  For Mother's Day weekend here are variety of movies about mothers: Mothers and Daughters, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mermaids, Pocketful of Miracles, Baby Boom, Room, Philomena, and The Sound of Music Live.


Update: Frugal Muse Bookstore Offers In Store Browsing by Appointment

While the library is closed, a source for books is Frugal Muse in Darien.  The local family owned bookstore that sells gently used and new books, music, and movies now offers curbside service.  In addition to curbside pickup the store is now allowing customers in the store by appointment.  Frugal Muse located at 7511 Lemont Road is now open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Call 630-427-1140 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment or to order.

Tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll, passed away on May 9 at the age of 87.  His mix of boogie, gospel, and jump blues crossed racial barriers. His flamboyant performing style with his trademark pompadour and makeup set the standard for rock & roll showmanship.  He was instantly on the level of his contemporaries Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.  He was born Richard Wayne Penniman and wrote "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" in 1955 and '56 while washing dishes at a Macon, Georgia greyhound bus station.  Briefly he switched to gospel music. 

Little Richard's music influenced many artists, including the Beatles, James Brown, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones.  Little Richard was one of the ten original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Also, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Listen to Little Richard's songs "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" on his debut album, Here's Little Richard or some of his other music on Hoopla.

Watch Little Richard perform Tutti Frutti at the 1995 concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


View the Flower Moon

Go outside to see the Flower Moon.  It is visible tonight through Friday morning, but the best time to view it is Thursday at moonset (5:45 a.m.).  This is the final supermoon of 2020.  A supermoon occurs when a full moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to the Earth. The Flower Moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

To learn more about supermoons read "5 Things to Know about Supermoons" from the Adler Planetarium.

If clouds obscure your view, the Virtual Telescope Project will be sharing a livestream of the supermoon over Rome on May 7 beginning at 1:55 p.m. CT.


Honoring Tony Allen

Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer and Afrobeat pioneer, passed away on April 30 at the age of 79.  Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 in the 1960s and '70s.  Afrobeat is a pulsating West African style of music with horns, soaring vocals, and a driving groove combined with American funk and jazz.

He later worked with singer Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, the Clash's Paul Simonon, and guitarist Simon Tong of the Verve who together recorded as The Good, the Bad & the Queen.  Tony Allen released his last album, Rejoice, in March which was a collaboration with Hugh Masekula.

Listen to Tony Allen's music on Hoopla.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over France on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Celebrate with your family at home by dressing in festive clothing, drinking a margarita, eating tacos and guacamole, listening and dancing to mariachi music, and sharing books with your children.

The library has many resources to help you plan and enjoy your celebration, including Mexican cookbooks on Overdrive and HooplaMargarita recipes on Hoopla, Cinco de Mayo books for children on Hoopla, and Music on Hoopla.


Learn a New Language with Pronunciator

Have a lot of extra time on your hands? Now would be a perfect time to learn a new language. Pronunciator allows you to learn any of 163 languages with more than 4,000 language learning combinations at your fingertips. Courses are offered in your native tongue, and you can learn whatever language you choose. Live, teacher led conversation groups are offered in many languages. Start today!




Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is usually raced on the first Saturday in May. The 2020 thoroughbred horse race has been postponed until September 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can still dress in your finery, wear a large elaborate hat, and drink a mint julep or virgin mint julep and celebrate the "Run for the Roses" with your housemates at home on May 2. From 2 – 5 p.m. NBC will show the 2015 Kentucky Derby followed by a virtual Kentucky Derby featuring the 13 Triple Crown winners.

To get in the spirit of the Derby watch Seabiscuit: America's Legendary Racehorse or the travel film, Kentucky, to learn what it's like to train and prepare thoroughbreds for racing at Churchill Downs on Hoopla. Read about horse racing on Hoopla.


Movie Discussion: And Then There Were None

Get together with others to discuss the movie And Then There Were None on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Watch the movie BEFORE the discussion. It is available to IPPL cardholders through hoopla.

Registrants will receive the link to the online discussion the day before. Email is required at registration in order to receive the link to the discussion forum. Register here.



Honoring Hamilton Bohannon

Hamilton Bohannon, disco percussion pioneer, passed away on April 24 at the age of 78. Hamilton Bohannon who became known as Bohannon started his music career as a drummer for a young Stevie Wonder, and then was hired by Motown Records as a bandleader. When he went solo, one of his biggest hits was "Let's start the dance" which was featured on the Studio 54 soundtrack. Bohannon created what he called the "four-on-the-floor" beat that became a foundation for much disco, house and hip-hop music. His tracks have been sampled by Jay Z, Paul Johnson, Digable Planets, and Snoop Dog.

Listen or dance to Bohannon's music in the Here Comes Bohannon album and on Funky Stuff: the best of funk essentials on Hoopla.