Library News

"It was a dark and stormy night..."

Do these words create a picture in your mind? Share it! We're seeking drawings, photos, videos, poems, short stories or anything else that shows what pops into your mind when you hear these words.

Your entry can be spooky or funny, mysterious or tongue-in-cheek--whatever inspires you! We're accepting entries submitted via email only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through Friday, October 18th. With your permission, your entry will be included in our Dark & Stormy Night Collection that will be shared with the community on BiblioBoard just in time for Halloween.

This is for all ages. A great family project!

We can't wait to see all the creative entries! Get them in the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, October 18th. Questions? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Explore More Illinois is now available to CH Library cardholders!  To use this free service, you may go to "Museum Pass Programs," click on the Explore More Illinois link, choose from a variety of participating museums and attractions throughout Illinois, enter the date(s) you'd like to visit, and check out the deals available.  Some organizations offer free passes, others discounted admission.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Chicago Children's Museum and Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History are just a few of the participants.  So let's go exploring! And don't forget to check out our Museum Adventure Pass Program as well.

Just in time for our upcoming "Reading is a Blast!" Summer Reading Clubs, the library has 2 new space-themed Launchpad devices that can be checked out. Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets that do not need to be connected to the Internet. 

  • Mission Mindpower!
    Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
    Kids will explore the galaxy with games, books, and interactive learning tools that will fill their minds with knowledge about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

  • The Intergalactic Classroom!
     Ages 3-5, Pre-K to K
    Kids will travel all over the galaxy to learn early science, technology, engineering, art, and math fundamentals against a backdrop of planets, moons, rockets, aliens and more.

CIRCULATION INFORMATION:
 - Launchpads have a 2 week loan period and an overdue fine of $1.00/day if returned past their due date.
 - Launchpads must be returned directly to the Clarendon Hills Public Library and NOT any other library.
 - Launchpads CANNOT be returned in the book drop.
 - Launchpads can only be checked out by CHPL adult card holders.

Launchpads are kept at the Circulation Desk. Please ask staff if you are interested in checking one out.

Check Mission Mindpower! for availability.
Check Intergalactic Classroom! for availability.

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Are there old VHS tapes hiding in your drawers—family videos from days gone by?

Convert those VHS tapes to computer video files that can easily be stored, viewed and shared using the library’s Elgato Video Capture converter.  CHPL cardholders may check out the converter for two weeks. Because a VHS player is also required for the conversion, we have one of those for you to borrow as well, or you can use your own. 

And what about those mix tapes from the 80s? You can convert all your cassette tapes to digital files as well using our Wikoo cassette-to-mp3 converter.  This device is also available for two-week check-out for CHPL cardholders.

You'll need your computer to store the converted files for both these processes.

Overdue fines for these devices are $1/day. Please also note that these devices must be returned to the main desk at CHPL; please do not leave in book drop or return to another library. For more details, just ask at the main desk.