How do we love the library? Let us count the ways

We are big fans of the Hinsdale Public Library and know residents are, too. In honor of National Library Week this week, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things we love about the library.

10. Super subscriptions — why pay a fortune to subscribe to some fancy service when the library offers monthly book boxes with a curated book and swag for adults, teens and students in third through fifth grade?

9. • I Spy cases — these creations from members of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club give kids — and their parents — the chance to test their visual skills and, perhaps, to learn something new.

8. A seedy space — cardholders can “borrow” up to 10 packets of flower, vegetable and herb seeds from the seed library behind the Adult Services desk to enjoy the plants and harvest. At the end of the growing season, cardholders collect and return seeds to the library for use next spring.

7. Travel tips — the library is a great place to learn more about different kinds of trips — such as river cruises during a program from 7 to 8 tonight — or to get ideas for new destinations — such as spots along the Mississippi River on June 26.

6. Something for everyone — the library offers programs for every age group, from newborn babies to seniors. It also offers special programs for new moms, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and those struggling with dementia, making all feel welcome.

5. Art appreciation — in addition to its permanent collection, the library offers exhibits of works by local artists, including students from District 181 and Hinsdale Central.

4. Tasty treats — special programs not only introduce residents to unique foods, they offer a chance to sample them. United Foods of America on April 25 will focus on Mexican Inspirations. Residents also can register for the Spice Club to receive a selection of spices and curated recipes once a month.

3. A helping hand — whether students need a hand with homework or authors need research for their latest book, librarians are more than happy to assist.

2. Special events — Just this week the library hosted an eclipse viewing party and a conversation with Hinsdale author Cristina Henríquez on her new book, “The Great Divide,” hosted by another Hinsdale author, Susan Blumberg-Kason. The May installment of HPL After Dark will feature a craft beer tasting with Imperial Oak Brewing. In late April and early May kids, can enjoy Ben’s Bubble Show and a May the Fourth Be With You party.

1. A captivating collection — In addition to its collection of physical books, the library offers ebooks and streaming audio books; streaming movies, music and TV; and digital magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

To celebrate National Library Week, the library is offering a special raffle for residents who refer a fellow Hinsdalean to the library for a new library card. Potential card-holders can stop by the library at 20 E. Maple St. or visit New card-holders also will receive a raffle entry. Winners will receive a gift card to Toni’s in May.