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…]

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…]

What Is Kidz Kabaret In Naperville?

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Did you know that Naperville is the home to Chicagoland’s premier non-audition children’s theater company?

Kidz Kabaret in Naperville offers kids from Kindergarten through high school (and even beyond) wonderful opportunities to develop their self-confidence as they learn the exciting aspects of theater production.

If you have a stage diva or master thespian living in your household, the Kidz Kabaret staff offers professional, high-quality children’s theater to give your child the experience of acting on stage.  Children will not only learn how to memorize lines, but they will sing, learn choreography and do improv as well. It’s a fantastic jump into theatre.  It’s also a place to meet new friends where it’s so comfortable that many call it “a home away from home.”

Owner Kandiss Hernandez started doing plays with her children and neighborhood kids in her backyard in 2001.  Kidz Kabaret was formed in 2002 and currently has over 400 student actors.

This amazing theater has a state of the art sound system along with staff and students who consistently produce professional, high-quality children’s theater for the community.

kidz kabaret naperville logoSpecial acting workshops that provide extra training and tools run throughout the year and include: Vocal Motion, Act Out, Auditions, and a Show Stopper Class. These workshops are grouped by age and have a performance at the end of the session, too.

Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, The Aristocats, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Avenue Q, Pop’s Malt Shop, and Thoroughly Modern Millie are just a sampling of some of the plays in the past year.  And each play has an elaborately constructed/painted set, costumes, lighting, microphones on the actors, and they probably even run more smoothly than some of the shows on Broadway due to the dedicated staff and volunteers.

Girls Scout and Boy Scout troops are welcome to come in for special classes to work on badges.  In addition, the Kidz Kabaret staff will customize a birthday party for your child including rehearsal and a 30-minute performance for parents to attend at the end.

Kidz Kabaret is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping put “every child center stage” and give them an opportunity to be in the spotlight.

If you want to sign up your future Tony Award winner, they’ll be happy to hear from you.

Kidz Kabaret

 

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

What’s The Naperville Chargers Football Program All About?

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If you’re looking for a great sporting activity for your son or daughter and want something a bit different than the typical school program, check out the Naperville Chargers Football and Cheer organization.

We talked with John Gaca, VP of football and recruiting, to ask him more about what it is.

1.  What exactly is the Naperville Chargers Football program? 

The Naperville Chargers is a youth football and cheer program that is part of Pop Warner.  Within Chicago alone, there are over 25 towns that participate in Pop Warner Football and Cheer. [Read more…]