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Dundee Township Library scores $10,000 in children's books

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The Dundee Township Library has scored $10,000 in children's books from Random House, courtesy of JetBlue Airways, through the airline's "Soar with Reading" Program.

Want to see them get it in person? JetBlue and PBS Kids, its program partner, will hold an awards ceremony during a special story time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the library.

As part of the free event, children's author David Carter will read from his book "Lots of Bots" and PBS celebrities, including Mr. Steve, Hooper and Super Why -- stars among the preschool and kindergarten set -- will also be in attendance. The airline held a sweepstakes for families over the summer to encourage children to read while they weren't in school.

To qualify for the grand prize trip to the Bahamas, families had to nominate a library. A separate contest for the libraries offered the $10,000 grand prize in children's books, a $2,500 prize in children's books and five, $500 prizes in children's books. Dundee Township won the grand prize.

"We're going to be filling a lot of new shelves with our new branch opening next fall," said Kirstin Finneran, who handles the library's marketing. "You always need books, right?"

Through the sweepstakes portion of the program, more than 115,000 entries were received, representing libraries in all 50 states.

For more information about the awards ceremony, the library at (847) 428-3661, ext. 310, or visit

Historic homes to receive honors: The Dundee Township Historical Society his awarding plaques to a pair of historic West Dundee homes at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the museum.

To qualify for a plaque, the home or site has to be at least 100 years old.

The first home is a Victorian house on 218 Oregon St. According to Marge Edwards, a historical society board member, it was built as a much smaller house in the mid 19th century. It underwent an expansion in the late 1800s and turned into the three-story home that still stands.

The second house is on 410 Washington St.

Its original design was Victorian, but during the time of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century the design was changed. For over 100 years it has been a brick and stucco, Prairie Style home.

As part of the event, society members will learn the history of the homes and the people who lived in there. The program is free and refreshments will be served. For more information call the museum at (847) 428-6996 or visit

• Lenore T. Adkins covers Huntley, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Hampshire and Sleepy Hollow. To reach her, send an email to or call (847) 608-2725.

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