Naperville’s 95th Street Library: Info, Hours, & More

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As Naperville continued to grow and expand and the first two libraries found themselves struggling with heavy traffic volume, the Library Board decided to purchase a 3 acre parcel of land in southwest Naperville, located at 95th Street and Book Road. This became the site of the third library in the Naperville Public Library system, the 95th Street Library.

The 95th Street Library opened its door to the public on September 12, 2003, just one day shy of the 105th anniversary of the opening of the first Nichols Library. [Read more…]

Naper Boulevard Library – Hours, Location, Services

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The second library in the Naperville Public Library system was the Naper Boulevard Library, which opened on December 29, 1992.

Naper Blvd Library Hours

  • Monday through Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location & Phone

  • 2035 S. Naper Boulevard – Naperville, IL 60565
  • 630-961-4100

The Naper Blvd library is adjacent to Scott Elementary School and was built to accommodate the growing population of this city.  This is a full-service, Prairie-style library that measures 32,000 square feet. The Main Level contains Children’s Services and a computer lab, while the Lower Level houses the Adult and Teen Services area. [Read more…]

Naperville’s Nichols Library – What You Need To Know

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Nichols Library Hours

  • Monday through Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location & Phone

  • 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
  • (630) 961-4100

General Services [Read more…]

Naperville Public Library: Hours, Locations, Services & More

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Naperville is very fortunate in that it has an outstanding library system that is truly an asset to our community.  In fact, it’s been ranked as the best public library in the country beating out a list of over 8,000 others.

Hours

Library hours are the same at all branches.

  • Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 9:00pm
  • Saturday from 9:00am until 5:00pm
  • Sunday from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.

Branches

The Naperville Public Library is comprised of three separate branches that act as one unified library system, while still providing three convenient locations for residents throughout the city. The branches include the Nichols Library, located in the heart of downtown Naperville, the 95th Street Library, and the Naper Boulevard Library.

The main library is the Nichols Library, and as Naperville continued to grow significantly, the other two branches were added over the years. [Read more…]

Cafe N Play Is A Naperville Mommy Destination & More

cafe N play napervilleWhen owner Cathy Suber took over The Naperville Mom’s Network from the original founder, she had a vision not only to bring NMN to where it is today, but to also create an in-person “club house.”  She wanted to take the online experience of the Naperville Moms Network and make it a face-to-face experience.

In 2012, she opened Café N Play, a unique meeting place and way for children to unplug and play while Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa,  caregiver or friends can meet, work, and enjoy a coffee or latte or get a healthy snack. [Read more…]

What Is The Naperville Moms Network?

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Living in one of the best communities in the country, Naperville, we have wonderful luxuries like the best parks and trails, dining, unique neighborhoods, shopping, museums, schools, the list goes on and on. Something to be truly grateful for.

Something unique to Naperville that helps foster an even stronger community is the Naperville Moms Network. [Read more…]

Xtreme Dance Center In Naperville For Young Dancers

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Looking for a great dance studio nearby for your son or daughter aged 2 and up? Anything from a preschool child taking their first ballet or tap class to the highly competitive students wanting to learn the latest dance moves, the Xtreme Dance studio may be the place for you. Xtreme Dance was voted the Number 1 dance studio in Naperville and serves as the premiere studio of the Western Suburbs.

The studio offers classes of all sorts, from Jazz and Lyrical to Ballet and tap.  There are fairy tale ballet classes or Disney hip hop for the child of yours just beginning, breakdancing classes and many more.  Xtreme Dance Studio offers competitive teams as well which involves an audition which is held over the summer months.  Most dancers who begin at this studio continue well through their high school years. [Read more…]

EPCOT’S International Food and Wine Festival Review

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note:  this is one segment in a multi-part series on how to plan a trip from Naperville to Disney World.

Growing up, Walt Disney World was all about the attractions. How many times can we get on Peter Pan this trip? Aw Mom, do we HAVE to do the Hall of Presidents? Hey, the parade is coming through, let’s get on Space Mountain while no one is there! Hungry? Let’s grab a burger at Pecos Bill’s and get back in a line!

Once a trip we would visit the Papeete Bay Verandah at the Polynesian for Minnie’s Menehune Breakfast (sadly, the restaurant is now ‘Ohana and the Menehue Breakfast has said Aloha). Other than that, we were a family of five hitting the counter service restaurants as we went along between rides.

Now that I am an adult (and met my husband and his Disney values) I appreciate something different: shopping! Just kidding. I appreciate the dining options in Disney. There are so many places to dine in so many ways I could dedicate an entire site to it (but I won’t because there are already fantastic people doing that).

There is one special time of year I recently discovered is a great time to eat in Disney. Every fall as September fades into October, EPCOT takes its worldly perspective one step further. I present:

EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival! [Read more…]

What’s The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club All About?

members of the naperville junior woman's clubIncepted in 1967, the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC) strives to uphold the community with philanthropic donations and fundraisers to serve those in need.  This not-for-profit organization was created by individuals who serve, share, and volunteer their services to improve quality of life in the Naperville community and surrounding areas.

Following this vision, the NJWC organization has worked with several foundations and organizations, including, but not limited to: Children’s Research Foundation, DuPage Child Center, Make a Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, and Susan G. Koman.  Along with donations and fundraisers, NJWC works within local community projects such as: Scholarships for High School Seniors, Martin Avenue Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors, Community Improvement Projects, and more.

Every year, thousands of hours of service are donated to the community.  Further, they support organizations with a combined total of thousands of dollars in money that goes to make direct and tangible differences.

The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club allows you many opportunities to be directly involved in all these contributions and to make a real impact for change.

naperville junior woman's club logoAs an example, NJWC’s passion for the community shines through their work with the Safety Town Summer Program. This program was formed in 1978 and since then has opened and operated a Safety Town that includes a classroom building and a kid-sized town complete with buildings, streets, a fire safety house, railroad crossing and traffic signs and signals. The Safety Town facility is used for various safety and health related programs tailored to different age groups. Programs within Safety Town include: Scouts Play it Safe, Scouts First Aid, Baby-sitting Clinics, CPR, Trick or Treat at Safety Town, Fingerprinting, Keeping Yourself Safe, WDSRA Safety Town Sessions and Safety Town Mini Sessions.

Along with community and fundraising work, NJWC offers activities throughout the year. NJWC is involved with the Labor Day Parade, Last Fling, and has several activities for members to be involved in, such as: Book Club, Gourmet Dinner Club, Ladies Night Out Events, and more.

You can get involved by making a donation or becoming a member of the group.  The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club membership is open to all women who want to commit to making a difference through volunteering.  You may choose the programs that most interest you so you can focus your time on those.

Club meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Join the NJWC facebook page or download an application to join today.

This article was contributed by Your Naperville community member, Kavita Jaswal.  You can write for us, too.

Naperville Business Spotlight: Cartavi (And Why I Love It)

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I’m one of those people that loves technology and what it can do for us.  When applied in just the right way, it helps make our lives easier and more productive.  And that’s exactly what Cartavi, a Naperville-based real estate software company, does for me.

When I got into the business of helping people sell and buy their dream homes, I was pretty surprised to see that there was so much time, effort, and paper being used to sign and store simple documents.  I didn’t understand why we’re still faxing, printing, and scanning things in this day and age.

So I started hunting around to find a solution.

Enter:  Cartavi, “a simple way to share.”

Turns out that Cartavi is exactly what I was looking for.  It, along with the integrated DocuSign capabilities of electronic signatures on your desktop or mobile device, was my digital solution.

The cherry on top is that they’re based in Naperville, my hometown and the geographic focus of my real estate business.  So, I decided to learn more about the inner workings of this company and contact them.

Paul Koziarz, Cartavi founder

Paul Koziarz, Cartavi Co-Founder

Below is my conversation with Cartavi co-founder, Paul Koziarz, about what makes his company tick. [Read more…]