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ZION-BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, Illinois 60099 * 847.872.4680 * www.zblibrary.info
Serving the Communities of Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion

Registering for a Library Card is Easy

Chris S. gets his ZBPLD library card with Jean, a staff member at your library. Don’t delay, get your library card today.  Bring 2 pieces of ID and enjoy Zion-Benton Public Library.


It’s easy to get a library card.  Just provide a photo ID and proof of residency such as a current utility bill or current lease.   For those under the age of 18 who want to register for a library card, you must show a photo ID and bring a parent or guardian who will show their photo ID and proof of residence. For further details call 847.872.4680,ext.100

Clear the clutter for the new year and donate your gently used books and DVDs. All proceeds will benefit  Zion Benton Public Library District 

Show your support for your library by donating gently used books, VHS tapes, records, DVDs, and magazines.  Best of all this is tax deductible, and your donation will help Zion Benton Public Library District (ZBPLD) purchase more materials. Stop by ZBPLD  located at 2400 Gabriel Ave. in Zion and bring your books or audio materials If you are searching for gently used books for adults or kids, or even movies (DVDs or VHS) or magazines; check out what you can purchase for only $1 per item. You'll find great deals! For details call Rosemary at 847-872-4680 or email rkauth@zblibrary.org.  Zion-Benton Library District is located at 2400 Gabriel Ave. in Zion. 


SIGN UP FOR E-NEWS

Stay up-to-date on all the ZB Library has to offer! Sign up for the weekly electronic newsletter
at http://zblibrary.info and you’ll receive library news, special features,
and coupons good for video rental, book sale purchases, and beverages from ZBistro.

 


Your Most Valuable School Supply

Getting your child a ZBPL library card is important for a successful school year.  With it, students can download audiobooks, e-books and music.  All for FREE!  They can also use it to access specialized research databases, including an online encyclopedia.  You won’t find this information from Google!  Just come to the library with your child and two forms of identification.  One must be a photo ID and the other is some proof of your current address.  ZBPL cards are FREE to anyone residing in the library district (Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion).  Not only can your child check out books, magazines, movies and more, but he or she will need a valid ZBPL card to use the public computers at the library or to access any of the electronic resources from home.


After School Program

The Zion Community Focus Group provides free supervised homework help and tutoring to kids in third through tenth grade.  The After School Program will provide a way to enhance communication skills, tutoring and a model for personal responsibility. There is an emphasis on caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, respect and citizenship.  Reading is a must and students learn how to use library resources for enrichment, as well as, schoolwork.

 
For details, contact Beverly Mull at 847-746-2901. Mondays and Thursdays,
September 12, 2011 to June 7, 2012, 4:00-6:00 p.m


Steps to Success

Photo Info - The entire S2S Laptop kit available for checkout to use in the library. 

The Steps to Success (S2S) laptops are now available for use!  Laptops are available most hours the library is open.  They are equipped with everything you need to help with your job search, enhance your skills or manage your small business. For more information and requirements to use the S2S laptops, visit http://zblibrary.info/steps-to-success.  The S2S program will provide workspace, training and equipment for users to enrich and enhance their lives. The program will support, train and educate users to find a job, advance in their career or start a small business.  S2S was made possible by an Eliminate the Digital Divide grant, awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


Free Notary Service

The library now has free notary service. Several staff members are commissioned notary publics and will notarize your important documents at no charge during regular library hours.


Tax Time!

Get tax forms and instructions at the library this tax season.  Popular Federal, Illinois and Wisconsin forms will be available free of charge through April 2012.  Reproducible forms are available to photocopy for 15¢ per page/side.


Rubber Ducky Reading Club

Readers in K-8th grades will earn a different duck every time they complete a category.  Readers can collect up to eight different duckies!  Register at the Youth Services Desk.  The Rubber Ducky Reading Club runs March 1 through June 1.


Care and Share-1st Annual Clothing Exchange

From April 1 through May 10, bring in a donation of new or gently used children's clothing items, sizes newborn to 6x.  Donations will be accepted at the Circulation desk.  For each item donated, you will receive a coupon to be used at the Care and Share 1st Annual Clothing Exchange on Saturday, May 12.


Tax Time!

Get tax forms and instructions at the library this tax season.  Popular Federal, Illinois and Wisconsin forms will be available free of charge through April 2012.  Reproducible forms are available to photocopy for 15¢ per page/side.


Care and Share-1st Annual Clothing Exchange

Recycle your new or gently used children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 6x)!  Drop items off at the library by May 10.  For each item, you will get a coupon to use at the Care and Share Clothing Exchange on Saturday, May 12.


Art Café - May 1 from 5:30-7:00PM.

Tweens (in 5th-8th grades) are invited for an evening of art and coffee house drinks on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30-7:00PM.  We'll provide the coffee drinks, along with paint, charcoal, clay and paper.  You bring your creativity.  Registration is requested.  To register, call 847.872.4680, ext. 5 or register online at http://zblibrary.info.


Wednesday Explorers - May 2 at 3:45 p.m.

Does your child need something to do after school?  Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to build and create as we explore the world in Wednesday Explorers, on May 2 at 3:45 p.m.  Students come whenever they can, registration is not required.  These activities will help keep your student busy and they’ll have so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning!


Free Genealogy Workshop - May 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Volunteers from the Zion Genealogical Society will be available to assist you in researching your family tree on Wednesday, May 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Mother/Daughter* Book Tea - May 5 at 1:00 p.m.

Discover the international story of Cinderella with your special girl when you read, "Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella," by Paul Fleischman.  Read the book together and come to the tea on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m.  Discuss the story and enjoy delicious foods from the book.  Girls in K-5th grade and their Mothers (Mom, Grandma or a Special Lady) are invited.  Registration is required.  The first six mother/daughter pairs to register at the youth services desk will receive a copy of the book to keep!  If you can’t make it to the library, call 847.872.4680, ext. 5 or register online at http://zblibrary.info.


Harry Potter's World

In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions which played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine.

Step into Harry Potter's world at the Zion-Benton Public Library, with an exhibit provided by the National Library of Medicine.  Harry Potter's World:
Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine.  The traveling exhibit will be on display at the library, May 7 through June 16.

During the exhibit, the library will offer other programs to captivate fans.
On Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m., alchemist Nicholas Flamel (played by Terry
Lynch) will decipher the secrets of the Philosopher's Stone.  Join us for a family movie on Saturday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m. and experience the beginning of a young wizard's journey, as he is rescued from his horrible aunt and uncle to attend a magical school.

For more information about the exhibit, including educational links, visit the library's website at http://zblibrary.info.


Wednesday Explorers - May 9 at 3:45 p.m.

Does your child need something to do after school?  Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to build and create as we explore the world in Wednesday Explorers, on May 9 at 3:45 p.m.  Students come whenever they can, registration is not required.  These activities will help keep your student busy and they'll have so much fun, they won't realize they are learning! 


Chess Night - May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Young and old are invited to play the world's oldest war game and meet new people.  Bring your own chess set or use one of ours.  All skill levels are welcome.  Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.


Free Genealogy Workshop - May 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Volunteers from the Zion Genealogical Society will be available to assist you in researching your family tree on Wednesday, May 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Care and Share-1st Annual Clothing Exchange - May 12 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Redeem your Care & Share coupons at the Clothing Exchange on Saturday, May
12 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  There is a wide variety of infant and children's clothes.


Nicholas Flamel Alchemist - May 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited for a trip back in time to take a look at the 15th & 16th century thinkers who were seen to be wizards and warlocks for their new and unproven ways of thinking.  Your host, alchemist Nicholas Flamel will help decipher the difference between the fact and fiction of finding the Philosopher's Stone. Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. Registration is requested.  Call 847.872.4680, ext. 5 or register online at http://zblibrary.info.

 


City of Zion, Illinois   
Zion City Hall
2828 Sheridan Road
Zion, IL 60099
(847) 746-4000