Free Creativity Expo in Chicago

From April 16th-19th, the Lake FX + Expo will be located in Chicago. The keynote speakers that attend this event focus their presentations on informing entrepreneurs, artists, businesses and organizations of new ideas and concepts that interact with this years theme of “Improvisation and Innovation.”

Presented by Google, the Lake FX + Expo is the largest free conference in the region; thousands of people attend it annually. This Expo includes a resource fair, a marketplace with artisans from local areas, panels, workshops, and networking opportunities. Registration is available for the overall event, but not available for specific tracks or programs. Those that register before attending the event might receive a fast pass and free prizes.

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Friday, April 17

10:30a.m.  How to Win at YouTube
12p.m.         Website Demolition Derby
1:30p.m.     Breaking Down the Walls: Art and Creative Industries and the Making of Community
3:00p.m.     Keynote Speakers: Tom Yorton, Second City Works, and Kelly Leonard and Frank Sennett

Saturday, April 18

10:30a.m.   Arts Keynote Speaker: Carlos Rolon/DZINE
12:00p.m.   Maker to Market
1:30p.m.      Chicago Art in the Global Context
3:00p.m.      Film Keynote





This Week is National Library Week

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week is April 12th-18th this year. Participation from various types of libraries such as school, public and private are commonly supported. This week is spent celebrating all of those who have contributed to libraries, as well as promoting the use of libraries within communities. Celebrate National Library Week by recognizing those who keep libraries in existence throughout communities and by spreading the word of  their importance.

According to the ALA, Celebrations during National Library Week include:

National Library Workers Day: Tuesday, April 14th is a day for recognition of the workers that contribute to the upkeep of libraries.

National Bookmobile Day: Wednesday, April 15th is a day to recognize professionals that create and exploit bookmobiles as well as recognize the importance of bookmobiles themselves.

Celebrate Teen Literature Day: Thursday, April 16th is a day to raise awareness of what literature has to offer to the young adults of communities across the country.




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River Forest Librarypalooza Tonight

The 6th annual Librarypalooza is tonight, April 10th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the River Forest Public Library. Community members that attend the event will get to experience multiple performing acts and will receive free prizes and food. Festivities at Librarypalooza this year include: free ice cream, a balloon artist, a magician, a photo booth, games, prizes, bowling, a dance floor and a DJ! Join the River Forest community library at this welcoming event.

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Author Gives 1.25 Million Dollars to School Libraries

Well known thriller author James Patterson recently announced a donation of $1.25 million to school libraries around the country. To individual institutions, grants from $1,000 to $10,000 will not only be administered, but doubled. James PattersonThe Scholastic Reading Program pledged to match each grant given by Patterson to the schools of his choice. A nomination for these grants can be made for any school that provides education to preschoolers through 12th graders. These schools may be nominated by anyone; from a community member to a teacher, through a simple online process.

The reason behind Patterson’s contribution to libraries is his determination for schoolchildren to be able to obtain bound books, not simply electronic books. He states that finding a book in person has benefits because of human interaction. It is previously known that school libraries have a tight budget and are often neglected financially. The donations from Patterson and the Scholastic Reading Program are intended for libraries to update their books, technology, and reading programs. Small and large donations like Patterson’s are the beginning to preserving a sound environment for learning in both schoolchildren and their school communities.




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Bestselling Author Jennifer Holland at Chicago Library Today

Discussing her new book Unlikely Heroes, –which can be checked out through I-Share– bestselling author Jennifer Holland will be at the Harold Washington Library Center today from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Through Chicago’s “One Book, One Chicago” program, Holland will be conversing with radio show host Susan Frank about personalities of animals that are not well-known. Concluding the program, Holland will be selling her newest book,  Unlikely Heroes, and will be available for meet and greets.




Dominican Adjunct Professor Gives TED Talk

Gathering and sharing experience and knowledge is what TED talks are all about. Standing for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, these conferences are in place to explore how the three broad subjects connect and form the world. Topics that are generally discussed include global issues, science, business, technology, and the arts. Each TED talk is 18 minutes and may include performances and presentations. Many of these talks are subsequently made available on the internet. Audience from around the world may also view these conferences online via live-streaming video. TEDxIIT is a student organization created with goals to host TED, a world class event, on their campus and spread the experience to neighboring communities. 

Dominican University’s own Dr. Kate Webster was selected to give a TED talk at the TEDxIIT event on April 12th, 2015 in the IIT Auditorium. She will be discussing how “we can believe in ourselves and connect mind and body to communicate authentically” through her presentation “Quiet Power: The Key to Speaking Up.” The theme for TED talks in 2015 is X-Fusion. What is fusion? According to TEDxIIT, fusion is “combining things together to form something new. The range can be from technology to culture; from the subatomic level to the global economy. The idea could have already been done in the past, doing it now or will be doing so in the future. The idea could be in the field of technology, humanity or basic needs.” TED talks have a wide based audience and bring up important topics to the public eye thanks to its vastly knowledgeable speakers.

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Tired of Presenting with the Same Old Software? Learn Prezi, Haiku Deck, and Google Sites at Crown Library this Thursday!

Are you tired of using the same old software for meetings and presentations? Looking for a new way to present information to your colleagues?

We are offering one last Prezi/Haiku Deck workshop this semester.
These free tools are easy to use and will help you create dynamic and effective presentations.

The workshop is on Thursday, March 19 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Crown 111.

We also have workshops and webinars on Google Sites and other free web site building tools this month.  See the workshop calendar for more information.


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