When Michael Ding, who will be a senior at Naperville North High School in the fall, approached Jen Ohzourk about the possibility of starting a chess club at the Lisle Library, he wasn’t expecting his program idea would launch only a couple months later.
“I was actually really surprised when Jen said ‘yes’ so quickly instead of saying she would think about it,” the 16-year-old said. “She was just as enthusiastic about it as me, which made me confident that this program would be a success.”
For Ohzourk, assistant director of adult services, there was no reason to hesitate.
“This is exactly what our library is here for,” Ohzourk said. “One of our goals is to continue to evolve with the changing needs of our patrons. Michael saw the need for a chess club, and I was committed to help him create one.”
Thanks to Ding’s suggestion, the library is offering Chess Mondays this summer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14, 21 and 28, and Aug. 11. Both teen and adult players of all experience levels are welcome. The tables are first-come, first-served, and the format will be “open play.” The library also will provide chess boards, tournament-sized pieces and light refreshments.
Ding, who also is helping promote Chess Mondays by talking to friends and hanging up fliers in the community, says his idea was about more than just wanting something else to do at the library.
“I think chess club can be a really important program for the library. It offers an activity that can bring everyone together,” Ding said. “I thought this was a great opportunity to show how much chess meant to me and how I could share it with everyone.”
Building on Ding’s goal of bringing the love of chess to a wider audience, the library also is offering a special program that will teach basic chess moves from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 10.
For more information about Chess Mondays, contact Ohzourk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-971-1675 or visit lislelibrary.org.
This installment of Beyond the Bookshelves is courtesy of Lisle Library.Tags: Lisle Public Library