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Hitting the books, and then the hay, at Dundee Library

Kids were excited be able spend night sleepover Friday Fox River Valley Public Library East Dundee.
ErSauder-For The Courier-News

Kids were excited to be able to spend the night at a sleepover Friday at the Fox River Valley Public Library in East Dundee. Erin Sauder-For The Courier-News

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Updated: July 15, 2013 2:15PM

EAST DUNDEE — The Fox River Valley Public Library closed early last Friday, but it was by no means empty.

Instead, it was overrun with about 50 youths in second through sixth grade who participated in the Fox River Valley Public Library District’s first library sleepover.

The event, held from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, included games, crafts, movies, snacks, pizza and tours of the library. Kids got to bring their sleeping bags and pillows, and lay them out in various areas of the library.

Elizabeth Novak, the library’s new head of children’s services, came up with the idea. She was involved with sleepovers at libraries where she worked previously and said they were always a big hit.

“It’s a lot of fun and something you don’t get to do very often,” Novak said. “Everybody’s positive they’re going to be able to stay awake all night, but I’ve never had anybody actually do it. What happens is that 5 o’clock in the morning hits and kids that have been determined to stay up all night are leaning against the stacks sleeping.”

Dundee resident Grace Soh, 8, was excited to attend the event.

“I haven’t had a sleepover yet on my summer vacation,” she said. “And even if I didn’t know the girls here before, I’ve made lots of new friends.”

Carpentersville resident Paulie Rudolph, 7, was initially hesitant about going to the sleepover.

“First I said no. Then I said yes. Then my mom said no. Then I told her I wanted to go and she said yes,” he said.

Paulie was glad he went.

“I’ve never slept over at a library before,” he said. “And I’m getting to sleep over with my friends.”

Grace Clark, 10, of West Dundee has long been a fan of the library.

“My dad and I are really into books,” she said. “And I always enjoy doing library activities. Plus, I wanted to spend some time with my best friend.”

She said she and her fellow sleepover attendees likely all had a common trait.

“I think everyone here is probably a bit of a book nerd,” she said.

Library officials hoped the event would encourage kids to sign up for the summer reading program.

Library Director Roxane Bennett said many have already signed up.

“It’s going amazingly,” she said. “The library has been mobbed.”

Sign-up for the summer reading program can be done at the East Dundee library or the Randall Oaks Branch in West Dundee.

More information is at www.frvpld.

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