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Diverse Individuals Share Life Experiences at 95th Street Library | Forest Preserve Plant Sale | Children Explore Philanthropy

Upcoming Human Library Event at 95th Street Library

A distinctive event known as the “human library” is being organized by the city of Naperville, the Naperville Public Library, and Naper Pride. This innovative concept allows individuals with diverse life experiences to be borrowed for conversations, similar to checking out a book.

Scheduled to occur on April 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the 95th Street Library located at 3015 Cedar Glade Dr, this free event is part of the city’s 2024 series “Embracing Community: Expanding Our Dialogue, Deepening Our Understanding.” The primary objective is to promote inclusivity across different generations, cultures, and backgrounds.

Originating from a Denmark nonprofit group, the Human Library facilitates safe, personal dialogues that challenge prejudices and discrimination. Instead of traditional books, individuals become the storytellers, sharing their life narratives. Attendees are encouraged to engage by asking questions on various topics such as disability, ethnicity, gender, health, ideology, lifestyle, mental health, occupation, religion, and sexuality.

Registration for the event is recommended at

Online Native Plant Sale Offered by Nature Foundation

The Nature Foundation of Will County is hosting its annual online native plant sale focusing on pollinators. Running until April 27 at 4 p.m., the sale features a variety of plants favored by monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Proceeds from the sale support the foundation’s efforts in nature preservation and habitat conservation.

Plants can be purchased through the foundation’s website at Pick up for the plants is scheduled for May 18 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and May 19 (9 a.m. to noon) at Isle a la Cache Preserve, 501 E. Romeo Road in Romeoville. Additionally, rain barrels can be ordered through the Conservation Foundation and Upcycle for pickup during the plant sale dates.

Teen Philanthropy Initiative Applications Open by KidsMatter

KidsMatter is currently accepting applications until May 3 for the Teen Philanthropy Initiative spanning from 2024 to 2026. This two-year program, commencing in September, offers hands-on experience in philanthropy, fundraising, and community service to 30 high school students. Sophomores are particularly encouraged to apply for this initiative.

Participants have the opportunity to earn college credit through North Central College for relevant coursework. Based on the Three Pillars Initiative, the program equips students with essential skills in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, and communication, preparing them for future philanthropic endeavors. For more details and application guidelines, visit

New Release: Hobson Oak White Peach Wood IPA by Noon Whistle Brewing

Noon Whistle Brewing, located in Naperville, introduces a new beer infused with Hobson Oak wood staves from the historic burr oak that once stood near Hobson Road. The Hobson Oak White Peach Wood IPA is now available for draft and takeaway in four-packs at Noon Whistle Brewing stores in Naperville and Lombard.

In collaboration with the Naperville Outdoor Alliance, a portion of the sales from this unique beer will support outdoor experiences and recreation for individuals and families. The IPA, featuring oak nuances and fermented with white peaches, aims to blend local history with a commitment to outdoor well-being. Matt Sharritt, the president of Naperville Outdoor Alliance, expressed enthusiasm for the beer’s distinct flavors and its contribution to promoting outdoor recreation initiatives.