Library News

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.

The library has free lawn tickets - given out in sets of 2 - to select Ravinia shows throughout the summer available to Clarendon Hills residents on a first-come, first-served basis.  If interested in getting tickets, please stop by the library's Check Out Desk on the main level of the library.

List of Library Ravinia Shows


Get ready to blast off to a universe of stories this summer! With programs like Aliens: Escape from Earth, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap, Smarty Pants: Balloon Space Odyssey and much more, there's something for everyone. And there will be prizes for all ages just for reading!  How easy is that? We are grateful for our fabulous sponsors: Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Dogs Baseball, Clarendon Hills Bank, Chipotle, Enchanted Castle, Kane County Cougars, 7-Eleven, Sky Zone, Suburbanite Bowl, Tivoli Theater and Wendy's.

Here's what you do:

Age: Birth to 36 months

Program: Read to Me Summer Reading Club
Complete eight activities listed in the booklet; your little one earns a prize. Complete another eight activities (total of 16); your child earns a board book to keep!

Age: Preschool through entering 5th grade

Program: Youth Summer Reading
For every ten days a child reads up to 30 days, they earn a prize coupon. For every five days of reading beyond the initial 30, they earn bonus chances to win more prizes. Participants must read 15 minutes per day to count.

Age: Entering Grades 6-12

Program: Young Adult Summer Reading
Participating young adults earn their choice of a prize coupon for every two completed books (up to four books). After four books, young adults earn raffle tickets for a chance to win a $50 cash prize!

Age: 18 and up

Program: Adult Summer Reading
Adults earn a raffle ticket with every completed book.Win one of three prizes: $50 Trader Joe's gift card, $50 gift certificate to Talley's Kitchen & Bar Restaurant, or a $50 Visa gift card.
Adult Summer Reading Entry Form - Fill out one per book read and return to the Check Out Desk.

For everyone

Anyone can earn prizes simply for coming to the library!  Each week for the eight weeks of summer reading, there will be a prize drawing for a $10 gift card to an area business.  Just fill out an entry form when you come in. (Limited to one entry per day per person.)
List of Weekly Prizes

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.

 - 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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