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Carol Dolin Hired as Library Director
We are pleased to announce that Carol Dolin has been hired as our new Library Director. Dolin comes to us from Sugar Grove Public Library District where she has been director since May 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Studies from Roosevelt University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University, which she earned in 2010. Dolin has seventeen years of experience in public libraries across the Chicago suburban area.

Dolin, who is excited to join the ZB Library, will start on October 6. She looks forward to working with the board and staff and connecting with district residents. “I am very impressed by the library staff’s and board’s energy and creativity. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to learn and grow, and I can’t wait to get started. My first priority is to learn more about the library and the communities and people of Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion, and how we can continue to evolve to serve them. Nann will be a tough act to follow, but I aim to do my best!”

A public reception at the library will be planned to welcome Dolin to our community. Details will be coming soon!

Coming Soon
The online catalog we currently use is provided by a third-party called BiblioCommons. We are moving from this third-party to the company which provides the software for our materials database called Enterprise. Click here for details.

Featured Programs

Zion Community of Character Walk
Join us on Thursday, 9/11 at 6:00 p.m. This is a night to demonstrate the type of community we want Zion to be; a night to celebrate all the good things happening in Zion; and a night to meet neighbors and make new friends with other people who are also working to make Zion a better place. We will be meeting at the Zion Park District Band Shell. We will then walk west to the Zion Police Department. The walk is FREE. There will be several events at the Zion Police Department, including an outdoor Movie – Frozen (after the walk); a Blood Drive (all day); and a  Food Drive (please bring one non-perishable food item for the Northern Illinois Food Bank)to be collected at the Zion Park District Band Shell and the Zion Police Department.

National Voter Registration Day:
Celebrate National Voter Registration Day by registering to vote at the library! On Tuesday, 9/23, we’ll have voter registrars on hand and light refreshments from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you can’t make it on the 23rd, you can register to vote any time the library is open in accordance with the Lake County Clerk’s calendar. Click here for details.

Secretary of State Mobile Event
Get your driver’s license or state ID updated or renewed, purchase vehicle stickers, sign up for the organ donation registry, and more on Tuesday, 10/21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Super Seniors is a convenient and voluntary program for driver’s license renewal, which includes Rules of the Road classroom instruction and a vision-screening exam. The Rules of the Road review will be held at 9:30 a.m. Click here for details.

Sugar Skulls
Volunteers of the Academia Cultural Xilotl will be conducting a “Calaveritas de Azúcar” decoration workshop as well as educating you on the traditional Hispanic celebration, Day of the Dead. Everyone is invited to come learn more about Day of the Dead and decorate their own candy skull. There will also be storytelling and face painting! Everyone is welcome on Saturday, 10/25 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Registration is recommended. Call 847.872.4680, ext. 5 or click here to register.

Something for Everyone

For Kids
From reading clubs to science programs, there is something sure to entertain and educate your youngster. Visit our ZB Kids Page for details on upcoming programs for preschoolers and students.

For Teens
You’ll have fun with cool programs just for ZB Teens in 5th through 12th grades. Discover new reads with the Hardcover Society (and Hardcover HIGH Society) and get free books. Visit our ZB Teens Page for more exciting events!

For Adults
Join the Casual Crafters and have fun while you work on projects, take a computer class, and research your family tree with free help. Visit our ZB Adults Page for programs, news and resources.

For Home School Families
Join other home school families at the monthly Home School Network meetings. Visit the Home School page for details.