Updated: August 28, 2014 6:43AM
Anyone with a TV probably has heard of the show “America’s Got Talent.” We’ll soon find out how much talent exists in Chicago Ridge.
A talent show for kids through their teen years will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 Oxford Ave. The event is free to all participants and those watching, said Irene Ciciora, the library’s director of youth services.
It’s the second big event planned for the library in two days.
Friends of the Library will host a free ice cream social, complete with an Elvis impersonator, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Ciciora said. That’s when the winners of 23 gift baskets will be announced. For several weeks, tickets have been sold, and people have placed them into canisters near each basket.
There’s a wide range of prizes in the baskets — including kid-oriented items, meals at local restaurants and, of course, plenty of books — and tickets still are being sold at the library’s circulation desk. The price is $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5.
It’s all part of an ongoing fundraising effort by the Friends of the Library, which is trying to raise $6,000 to purchase iPads for the library’s youth services department. Thus far, $3,800 has been raised, according to a sign near the front door.