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  • Naperville teen programmer takes on cyberbullying Sep 14, 2014 7:30 AM
    Trisha Prabhu of Naperville says she has found a way to prevent cyberbullying: give teens a chance to change their minds before posting potentially offensive messages. Based on research she conducted on local teens, Trisha is developing a program called "Rethink" and taking it to the Google Science Fair finals this month. "I knew I had to do something to stop this problem," the 14-year-old said about cyberbullying.

     
  • NaperLaunch begins offering business help at library Sep 8, 2014 4:08 PM
    Naperville-area residents with business ideas now can take advantage of weekly meetups, workshops and one-on-one appointments at the Naperville Public Library’s new business startup center — NaperLaunch. “(We’re) taking our business services, many of which we were already offering, and we have packaged them together under the auspices of the NaperLaunch new business startup center,” said Kent Palmer, business librarian.

     
  • Story along the Riveewalk combines reading, nature Sep 7, 2014 5:18 PM
    Lying in bed, curled on the couch or cocooned in a hammock is a relaxing way to read. But sometimes bookworms have the most fun while reading alongside Mother Nature and Naperville’s Riverwalk is the perfect setting to soak up the sun and take a stroll while reading.

     
  • Naperville library board member reappointed Jun 19, 2014 1:46 PM
    Kay Severinsen has been reappointed to the Naperville Public Library board by a 7-1 vote of the Naperville City Council. The reappointment was delayed two weeks while Naperville’s legal department reviewed whether any potential conflicts of interest might arise because Severinsen is married to council member Joseph McElroy.

     
  • Digital downloads help Naperville library circulation grow Jun 19, 2014 1:45 PM
    Naperville Public Library didn’t have a record year in terms of total circulation, but it did hit a mark officials call “kind of a big deal,” with patrons checking out more than 4 million items in fiscal 2013-14. Total materials checked out reached 4,088,625 as the library saw increased circulation of DVDs and Blu-rays as well as digital downloads, Deputy Director Lynn Hoffman said.

     
  • Teen Ignite event designed to spark young minds Jun 18, 2014 9:10 AM
    Once school lets out, many students slam shut their textbooks and pedal as fast as they can to the nearest pool. But even in the summer, curious teens still need an outlet to expand their minds.

     
  • Conflict of interest in Naperville library reappointment? Jun 5, 2014 4:36 PM
    The library board reappointment of a Naperville woman whose husband is a city council member is under legal review after a member of the council brought up concerns about a possible conflict of interest. “Now we have a husband and a wife overseeing a line on our property tax bill,” council member Grant Wehrli said.

     
  • Would consolidation reduce library administrative costs? Jun 4, 2014 12:39 PM
    Wildly fluctuating salaries throughout the suburbs for top library administrators are leading to calls for consolidation to curb unchecked salary growth and ultimately cut costs to taxpayers by eliminating redundancies and duplicative services. However, library officials remain skeptical such initiatives would have the desired financial results.

     
  • Naperville libraries planning renovations for business incubator, teen space Apr 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    Naperville Public Library is working with an architect to reshape its three buildings with the reasons that residents come to the library in mind. And those reasons don’t necessarily include books. “What we find now is we have people coming to use our space almost as much as anything else,” said Julie Rothenfluh, executive director.

     
  • Idea Lab ‘phenomenal asset’ for teens, businesses at Naperville library Apr 10, 2014 7:53 PM
    Once a quiet study lab, the second floor of the 95th Street Library in Naperville has become a hub of technology and digital media. It’s called the Idea Lab. “We are taking technology that is very useful and bringing it to the forefront and making it accessible for our community,” Library Manager Karen Dunford said.

     
  • How new co-working trend is redefining workspace Feb 16, 2014 1:33 AM
    "Co-working" is a hot trend in tech business hubs, offering the amenities of an office and the freedom of working from home. It's primarily for people, often entrepreurs and small start-up businesses, who can benefit from collaborating with others as opposed to working alone at home or in a coffee shop. It's much cheaper than renting or buying traditional office space. And it's coming to the suburbs.

     
  • Chef to discuss benefits of cooking healthy at Naperville library Jan 21, 2014 8:31 AM
    He’s been in the company of celebrity chefs like Alton Brown, Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis. Now, chef Judson Todd Allen, a former finalist on the “The Next Food Network Star,” will visit Naperville Public Library with his wide smiles, delicious eats and healthy tips.

     
  • Toasty Tales celebrates fun of reading in Naperville Jan 27, 2014 4:51 PM
    Gregory Middle School in Naperville recently hosted its first family reading night, drawing roughly 275 people for Toasty Tales, an evening of literacy-themed activities. “Everything we do comes back in some way to reading,” Bevan said. “The variety of activities we had really showcased how important literacy is and that things that involve literacy are fun.”

     
  • Winter reading in the suburbs: What's hot right now Jan 17, 2014 3:33 PM
    Barrington High School grad Veronica Roth's debut trilogy is on the minds of teens across the suburbs. Her three novels are consistently among the most checked out young adult books from Naperville to Grayslake.

     
  • Naperville library developing business incubation center Jan 16, 2014 10:52 PM
    Naperville library officials are developing plans for to provide space, technology and mentors for budding entrepreneurs through a new initiative called BiblioTek Centers for Innovation and Discovery, which could launch as soon as this spring. BiblioTek is imagined as a workspace within the library for innovators who are developing ideas they hope will blossom into businesses, said Julie Rothenfluh, the library’s executive director.

     
  • Cold-related closures bring ironic twists in Naperville Jan 6, 2014 4:19 PM
    Classes have been canceled because of extreme cold just four months after one school district canceled them for extreme heat. Frigid temperatures caused one library to close early on the first day it was set to begin extended hours. And it’s so cold, even ice skating or sledding is a bad idea.

     
  • Sixth straight five-star rating for Naperville library Nov 29, 2013 4:15 PM
    The Naperville Public Library again is among the top such facilities in the country, based on national ratings released this month. The library system received a five-star rating for the sixth straight year from the Index of Public Library Service published in “Library Journal,” which evaluates circulation statistics, number of visits, program attendance and public computer use per capita.

     
  • Naperville library creating digital media lab at 95th Street Oct 18, 2013 11:13 AM
    A 3-D printer, 12 iMac computers and one iBook laptop are set to be the main components of a digital media lab the Naperville Public Library is creating at the 95th Street Library. The lab will be the first dedicated area for patrons to use creative software such as iMovie, GarageBand, Adobe InDesign or Adobe Photoshop to do things like edit movies and photos, compose basic songs or even print 3-D models of architectural designs, said Julie Rothenfluh, executive director.

     
  • Naperville library budget includes extended Sunday hours Sep 18, 2013 9:20 PM
    The Naperville Public Library plans to extend Sunday hours at the Nichols location downtown during the next budget year without adding additional staff, officials said Wednesday. The library’s $15,836,300 budget includes about $11.4 million for the roughly 280 employees who will continue to staff the Nichols library as well as the 95th Street and Naper Boulevard branches, even when Nichols’ hours are extended to last 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays instead of 1 to 5 p.m.

     
  • Naperville library names interim director Rothenfluh as new permanent leader Aug 21, 2013 11:27 PM
    When the Naperville Public Library board named its new executive director Wednesday night, she already was in the room responding to board questions and leading the meeting. Interim Director Julie Rothenfluh now is officially the library’s executive director, and she jumped right into the role Wednesday night discussing strategic planning, the library’s strengths and weaknesses and early ideas for next year’s budget. “It is definitely a seamless transition,” library board President Sandy Benson said.

     
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