I usually appreciate all seasons — the sounds of spring, the sunshine of summer, the smells of fall and the peacefulness of winter. However, this winter has got to go.
My friends are falling on ice; my mom’s pipe burst; my dogs’ paws get stiff; and my car is chugging and sliding with all it has to survive.
These weather-related complaints can be heard throughout Chicagoland, so I know I am not the only one with winter whimpers. Many people just want to curl up in bed and resurface when Suzy Snowflake melts away, but what’s getting me through the 20-below temperatures is getting out and seeing friends.
This past weekend, I went to Milwaukee to celebrate my sister Becky’s birthday. We had so much fun dancing to ’80s hits at a local hot spot and trekking through the snow to get a much-needed, one-hour massage. Granted, there was a warm wave — it almost hit 25 degrees. Get out your bathing suits!
Braving the cold to make a path to see friends and do fun activities is the only way to fight the winter blues. And Naperville Public Library makes it easy for families and friends to get together with its countless programs throughout the year.
The library’s spring program is out this week. It’s full of fun and interesting children, teen and adult programs, including 3D Printing — It’s Not Your Grandma’s Library on March 18 that will feature a MakerBot Replicator 2 printer. Another great family-friendly program scheduled for March 25 is Bartholdi and his Lady of Copper that will explore the life of the creator and sculptor of the Statue of Liberty.
Patrons can pick up their spring program guides at any of the three library buildings: Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave.; Naper Blvd. Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd.; and 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.
Mark your calendars with all the interesting spring programs offered at the library, and take Ol’ Man Winter head on. I know I will, and in a couple of months, I will much more appreciate soaking up the sun on those warm 80-degree summer days.
Mary Rakoczy is a multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library.