Category: Education

Kiwanis Club of Aurora members receive the Aurora Public Library Foundation Lifelong Learning Inspiration Award at a recent event at Santori Public Library of Aurora. From left, Kiwanis members Larry Frieders, Jack Hienton, Amy Roth, and Kim Groom.

Big hearts, generous volunteers, donors help Aurora Public Library Foundation

By Miriam Meza –  Valentine’s Day is not just roses, cards, and yummy chocolate. It is about expressing love and appreciation to those around you. When you think of Valentine’s Day, hearts may come to mind. For Aurora Public Library Foundation (APLF), big-hearted individuals are what comes to mind. Generous…...

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Community science fair April 11

Science fair projects don’t have to be stuffy or boring. They can examine almost anything youth have an interest in, from slime to music to a certain situation involving deflated footballs. “This is a wonderful way for youth to explore the world around them, and experience all the benefits of…...

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Rosary High School Alumnae Association members are, from left: Alison Brzezinski, ESL tutoring coordinator; Sandra Galindo, alumnae director at Rosary; Sister Jane Ann Beckman, citizenship program coordinator; and Shireen Bacchetti, president of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus. Submitted photo

Rosary Alumnae assist Dominican

Rosary High School Alumnae Association sponsored a drive to collect warm Winter items for the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora. Items collected included hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, socks, and blankets. Rosary held a donation drive at home basketball games. New this year, patrons and members of the Fox Valley Festival…...

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NAMI presentation Feb. 23

Officer Douglas Rashkow’s presentation “Crisis Intervention Training” will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, 300 Randall Road, Geneva, Building 351 in conference room 1, 2, 3. Topics will include: Crisis intervention skills; De-escalating a crisis; Tips to resolving conflict; mental health…...

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Digital safety seminar Feb. 21

To equip residents with information about how to use technology safely, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, will be host to a digital safety seminar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Library, at 555 S. Eola Road in Aurora. For more information or…...

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Illinois Math and Science Academy Black Student Union

Aurora City Council presents certificates to Black Student Organizations

By Jason Crane –  Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, and the City Council honored city of Aurora government employees and students in Aurora’s schools with Black History Month proclamations (see below). Mayor Irvin appointed: • Symone Lewis and Hortencia Ramos and reappointed Susan Sosa Bachmeier to the Aurora Human Relations…...

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Parents Corner at the Aurora Public Library offers assistance at all three locations

Aurora Public Library: Moving ideas into reality, feed imagination

By Miriam Meza –  Imagine what it would be like if that popular book or top-chart audio was available faster and easier at Aurora Public Library (APL). Imagine more Aurora residents having library cards and coming together to discuss the same book. Imagine having accessible answers to those parenting questions…...

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Knit, crochet, book group, citizenship, at Plano Library

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events. For more information and to register, visit planolibrary.info or call 630-552-2009. • Knit and Crochet Group, Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. This informal group works on individual projects, discusses types and colors of yarns, and…...

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At Risk Mobile Lab: Grand opening of the At Risk Mentoring Mobile Computer Lab with a ribbon-cutting at the Community Center on Monomoy Street in Aurora draws a crowd. Aurora alderman Mike Saville and David Smith president of At Risk Mentoring cut the ribbon. Saville assisted with the acquisition of 13 computers with a grant of $3,500 from his Sixth Ward fund. The computers will bring free education from the Khan Academy to the youth who need help with their homework and studies. Carlise Welton photo

At Risk Mentoring Mobile Computer Lab in Aurora grand opening

Grand opening of the At Risk Mentoring Mobile Computer Lab with a ribbon-cutting at the Community Center on Monomoy Street in Aurora draws a crowd. Aurora alderman Mike Saville and David Smith president of At Risk Mentoring cut the ribbon. Saville assisted with the acquisition of 13 computers with a…...

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DuPage offers occupational help

The DuPage County Department of Community Services is offering college and occupational training scholarships for low-income individuals with high academic potential. This scholarship financing is designed in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applicants are required to provide proof of DuPage County residency, gross household income…...

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Little White School Museum volunteer Stephanie Just, right, helps a visitor with her Victorian Valentine project. Families are invited to visit the museum, 72 Polk Street in Oswego, Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, to make and take home an instant heirloom during the museum’s annual free “Victorian Valentines” craft activity. Crafters three and older may stop in between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. either day. Submitted photo

Victorian Valentine project at Little White School Museum in Oswego

Little White School Museum volunteer Stephanie Just, right, helps a visitor with her Victorian Valentine project. Families are invited to visit the museum, 72 Polk Street in Oswego, Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, to make and take home an instant heirloom during the museum’s annual free “Victorian Valentines” craft activity…....

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Kendall County master gardener Steve Wolf shows Josephine Breyne of Yorkville how to test germination of seeds Saturday, Feb. 2 in Yorkville. The event allowed community members to share vegetable and flower seeds in the third annual Seed Swap by the University of Illinois Extension in Kendall County. Submitted photo

Master gardeners demonstrate seed-starting system at seed exchange event in Kendall County

Kendall County master gardener Steve Wolf shows Josephine Breyne of Yorkville how to test germination of seeds Saturday, Feb. 2 in Yorkville. The event allowed community members to share vegetable and flower seeds in the third annual Seed Swap by the University of Illinois Extension in Kendall County. Submitted photo…...

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North Aurora resident Lisa Edwards-Shields, asks the North Aurora Village Board Monday for assistance with finding a free Spanish language class for those who speak English. She moved to North Aurora from Mississippi in 2016 for a job at the former Armour-Dial plant in Montgomery and became unemployed when the plant was sold and the new owners moved the facility to Ohio. She stated difficulty in finding employment with bilingual candidates preferred. She sees free classes for Spanish-speaking individuals to learn English, but can not afford paid classes. Suggestions included the Spanish Language Center Naperville. Jason Crane/The Voice

North Aurora resident Lisa Edwards-Shields seeks assistance with finding a free Spanish language class for those who speak English

North Aurora resident Lisa Edwards-Shields, asks the North Aurora Village Board Monday for assistance with finding a free Spanish language class for those who speak English. She moved to North Aurora from Mississippi in 2016 for a job at the former Armour-Dial plant in Montgomery and became unemployed when the…...

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Aurora Public Library staff members at outreach events with show and tell demonstrations. Submitted photo

Aurora Public Library in middle of three-year strategic plan

By Miriam Meza –  Wonder where the Aurora Public Library is with their strategic plan? Didn’t really know the Library had a vision or simply wondering where our initiatives stem? Here’s a quick overview of our 2017-2020 strategic goals and update. Our vision and strategic plan has four pillars as…...

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Lincoln’s presidency details in Oswego

Author Georgiann Baldino will present little-known details of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Her most recent book, “A Family and Nation Under Fire,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Oswego Public Library, Oswego Campus, 32 West Jefferson Street, Oswego. The book is a collection of previously-unpublished diaries and letters between…...

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The Yorkville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) poses for a victory photo at the Player’s Choice Award after winning the Mini Golf FUN Raiser for the third straight year in Yorkville. This year TAG’s theme was “Dr. Seuss.” TAG scored twice as many votes as the second place winner. The Mini Golf FUN Raiser was held Sunday, Jan. 27 and was sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Left to right: Jennette Weiss, Children’s Department manager and TAG coordinator; Stella Tejada, Mikayla Mol, Lexi Roehr, Brooklyn Souza, Mark Sanford, Naytona Faedtke, Elianna Black. Leah Nieman was not in the photo. Submitted photo

Yorkville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group wins Mini Golf FUN Raiser for third straight year

The Yorkville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) poses for a victory photo at the Player’s Choice Award after winning the Mini Golf FUN Raiser for the third straight year in Yorkville. This year TAG’s theme was “Dr. Seuss.” TAG scored twice as many votes as the second place winner…....

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Writer’s, Book, Groups in Plano

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events. For more information and to register, visit planolibrary.info or call 630-552-2009. • Knit and Crochet Group, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon This informal group works on their own projects, discusses types and colors of yarns, and…...

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T.A.G. shares teen ideas

The Yorkville Public Library Youth Service Department will have many events in February. All events will take place at the Library, 902 Game Farm Road, unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to register, call 630-553-4354 or visit www.yorkville.lib.il.us. • Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 26, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.,…...

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Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, above, left, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in "How to Protect Yourself if Attacked" at Aurora Navy League Council 247's monthly dinner meeting at Grandma's Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15

Self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County demonstrates self-defense tactics at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting

Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in “How to Protect Yourself if Attacked” at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting at Grandma’s Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15. Below, Rosner…...

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HOPE Taskforce seeks reduction of opioid deaths

The DuPage County Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce recently outlined its framework and means to reduce the number of opioid deaths in DuPage County over the next three years. At its January 18 meeting, the Taskforce agreed to five objectives to address the ongoing public health crisis facing…...

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