The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for our region. A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected to last over the weekend. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to  create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of water, wear light weight and loose fitting clothing, stay in an air-conditioned room if possible, stay out of the sun and take frequent breaks, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

For more information visit:

www.ready.gov/heat

www.lakecountyil.gov/3168/Emergency-Preparedness

www.facebook.com/LakeCountyEMA/

www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety#About

The Beach Park Public Works Department is partnering with American Public Works Association Lake Branch, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for a county-wide food drive.

The food drive is titled ‘Responding to Hunger’ and will also help to highlight the role of Public Works as first responders during emergency management situations, who serve in capacities that complement and even support Police and Fire services during these times of need in our communities.

A collection box for donated canned goods and other non-perishable food items will be at the Village of Beach Park; inside the main entrance at Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth Road. The box will be available through Monday, July 23, 2018Food Drive 3 

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Only these libraries look like birdhouses. They don’t require library cards or late fines, don’t insist that patrons whisper or stay quiet, and don’t mind if you do not return a book.

As of 2017, there are more than 65,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 80 countries…and now, Beach Park!

The Village of Beach Park, in cooperation with the Zion/Benton Library and Lynne Epperson of Illinois Meemic Insurance is pleased to roll out the Little Free Library program throughout the Village of Beach Park. Ms. Epperson began the program through her connection at Kenneth Murphy Elementary in 2017, and earlier this year the Village and Zion-Benton Library joined forces with her to get the program rolled out throughout Beach Park.

Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from a library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Little Library full of good choices for the whole neighborhood, the next time you swing by the Library bring a few books to share. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. This way, we all win!

Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens and easily accessible locations. The Libraries are built to withstand weather of all kinds and hold 10-20 books. There will be a library installed in Founders Park, at Village Hall and other public places.
What do the Little Libraries look like?

The libraries are about the size of a mailbox and sit about four feet high once they are mounted.
The library box is approximately 22” wide, 20” deep and 28” tall and comes mounted on a five-foot 4" x 4" post. Residents who are interested in hosting can see the first library that was recently installed in front of Village Hall.

I am interested in hosting – what do I do?
Residents who are willing to host a Little Free Library can contact Village Hall at 847-746-1770 and Public Works will install the library on your property, in a location of your choice, but near a sidewalk or bike path. The libraries come as pictured, but hosts are free to customize them.

Do I have to fill it with books to start?
Nope! After your library is installed by Public Works, all you have to do is contact Ms. Lynne Epperson at 224-643-7506 provide the name and address and ages of family members and they will deliver books to you to get your library started.

Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Let’s bring this movement to Beach Park -- call Village Hall to sign up to host your library today!

The Summer 2018 edition of the Village Link will be arriving in mailboxes soon. Read all about this summer's fun special events!

A group of teachers and students led by Megan Pavelske from Zion-Benton Township High School, are part of a subcommittee of the Culture and Climate Initiative.  This initiative plans community activities for students, one that began last year is called Swarm It Forward.  One of the activities they recently participated in was the planting of spring flowers at each of the Village of Beach Park entrance signs.  The flowers were donated by VM Landscaping, and although the weather was a bit cooler than we had hoped, the students that participated did a fantastic job and we are grateful they chose Beach Park as a recipient of their selfless commitment to beautifying our community.

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office has achieved accreditation through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police ILEAP (Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program). 

Read more about this impressive achievement:  Media Release