Patrons must register for programs unless otherwise noted. Avoid disappointment by registering in advance. Regrettably, we must cancel events with fewer than the minimum number of registrants. Please register for programs by calling the Adult Services Department or stopping by the Helen Plum Library.
Health Care Solutions
December 5 at 12:00 pm.
Julie Sparks, a qualified Health Insurance Agent will be provide an hour long information session on Open Enrollment and a brief Q & A session.
Afterwards she will be available to walk you thru your health insurance options so that you can make the best choice for you and your family. Having access to a LIVE person to act as your advocate and agent is vital during the open enrollment period and for the life of the Insurance policy.
Appointments can be scheduled and open walk in time slots will be available.
Job Seekers - Resumes!
Thursday, January 8, 7 PM
Senior Socials have moved to the third Monday of each month at 1 PM.
Monday, December 15: Christmas Music in the Movies
"Not a creature was stirring...Except Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton and many of your favorite stars, here to ring in the season with style in this wonderfully wintry presentation!" Enjoy Jack Benny's holiday special, and watch clips from some of your holiday favorites, including: "White Christmas", "Holiday Inn" and "Meet Me in St. Louis". Register here.
Helen Plum Quilters
Wednesday, December 10, 6-8 PM.
PlumKnits Drop-In Needlecraft Club
Wednesday, January 28 , 7-8:30 PM
Monthly Monday Knitters in the Auditorium
Monday, December 15, 10 AM-Noon
GENEALOGY Drop-in Program: Genealogy Assistance with the DAR
Wednesday, December 10, 6-8 PM.
Genealogy Club - What's the Buzz About BillionGraves?
Tuesday, November 25, 7 PM.
Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Join us for our Book Discussions
1:00 PM on Wednesdays and at 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM on Thursdays.
HPL cardholders only. Sign up at the Circulation Desk, choosing the afternoon or evening discussion.
January 21 at 1 PM & 22 at 1 PM and 7:30 PM - The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
“Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.” -excerpt
HPL cardholders only. Register and check-out books at the front desk.
Designed with library lovers in their 20s through 40s in mind, Library Lounge is a monthly meetup at varying locations in the Lombard area. At meetings, which are usually the first Tuesday of the month, we hang out, support the establishment hosting us, and discuss a new book. Titles chosen are a mix of contemporary fiction, classics, and nonfiction.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
"After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. " -books.simonandschuster.com
We meet off site and will be meeting at Brick's Wood Fired Pizza on 132 W St Charles Rd. in downtown Lombard.
History Book Discussion
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2 PM at the Carriage House
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott
Please join us for our History Book Discussion Group meeting when we gather to discuss Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. We will meet at the Carriage House, behind Lombard Historical Society's Victorian Cottage (across Maple Street from HPL). Jointly sponsored by the Helen Plum Library and the Lombard Historical Society. Register here.
Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history–and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago’s notorious Levee district at the dawn of the last century, the Club’s proprietors welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons into their stately double mansion. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia, and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot’s earnings and kept a “whipper” on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and even tutored in the literature of Balzac. Not everyone appreciated the sisters’ attempts to elevate the industry. The sisters’ most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of “white slavery”——the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America’s sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House. Jointly sponsored by HPL and LHS.
Film & Discussion
Join us every 4th Sunday for our monthly film viewing and discussion. Registration is open to all.
Our next film will be "Nebraska"
November 23, 2014