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Lisle Library Seeking 'Turtle Racers'

Jun 30, 2015 09:15AM ● By Nicole Mueller
As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, Lisle Library is hosting a “Throwback Turtle Race” on Saturday, August 1 at 1:30 p.m.  Those interested in racing their own turtles must complete an application and return it to the Library's Youth Services Desk by July 25.

The Lisle Library Turtle Races were started back in 1986 by former Youth Services Librarian Lynn Tarantino who thought that the Library’s two pet turtles should race against others.  With support from Irv Goldstein and the Friends of the Lisle Library, the annual turtle races continued into the mid-1990s.

“We thought our 50th anniversary was a great time to revive a Library tradition,” said Will Savage, Director of Youth Services.  “Back in its heyday, the turtle races used to attract 25-30 turtle competitors and a crowd of more than 100 spectators. This is the perfect year to bring back an event that so many people in our community enjoyed.” 

Applications to compete in this year’s turtle race, which will be held in conjunction with the Library's "Summer Read Wrap-Up Party,"  can be picked up at the Youth Services Desk or downloaded from  Applications must be completed and returned to the Library by July 25.  For more information, visit