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.
Literary Elements Summer Reading
June 7 – August 10! Sign-up for Summer Reading to discover your favorite books and ebooks, and a chance to win a Kindle Fire, home brew beer kit, Museum of Science & Industry pass or restaurant gift cards.
Sounds of Sci-Fi Summer Reading Finale! August 10 at 2 p.m.
ZAZZ Quintet fuses its unique jazz/cross-over chemistry with elements of your favorite sci-fi movie music. There’s a high probability this musical formula will spark a positive reaction!
Free Movie Kicks Off Sweet’s Civil War Encampment at Four Seasons Park: Lincoln.
July 25 at 8:15/Dusk The Helen Plum Library and Lombard Historical Society are co-hosting the film Lincoln at Four Seasons Park - 16th Street off Main Street in Lombard. There is free parking at Glenn Westlake Middle School. (Enter the park off Main Street.) Free admission begins at 8pm. Popcorn ($1) and lemonade will be available. Proceeds from the popcorn benefit the Historical Society’s Carriage House Fund.Register here
Job Seekers Programs Return Sept. 11 - Enjoy your summer!
Job Seekers to return Sept. 11 7pm
E-Marketing: Incorporating Cost-effective Email
Tuesday, August 19, 6 PM
Senior Socials have moved to the third Monday of each month at 1 PM.
Monday, August 18: A TASTE OF THE GREEK ISLANDS
Beginning in Athens, we will feature the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, National Garden of Athens, and much more. Attendees will learn the best ways to get around and how to make the most of their time is this ancient city. From there we will journey to some of the breathtaking Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Highlights include Mykonos, famous for its windmills, picturesque towns, tiny streets, whitewashed steps, houses and churches gathered around the scenic harbor. Santorini, so beautiful it has become a top destination for wedding ceremonies, will also be featured. Beautiful slides of the islands black volcanic beaches and famous red beach, as well as stunning views from towns perched on volcanic cliffs, will have audience members anxious to book a trip. Greek olives, seafood, crepes, desserts and more will be discussed. Register here.
Helen Plum Quilters
Wednesday, August 13, 6-8 PM.
PlumKnits Drop-In Needlecraft Club
Wednesday, July 23, 7-8:30 PM
Monthly Monday Knitters in the Auditorium
Monday, August 18, 10 AM-Noon
GENEALOGY Drop-in Program: Genealogy Assistance with the DAR
Wednesday, July 23, 6-8 PM.
Finding Online Newspapers
Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 PM
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.
September 17 & 18 - City of Women by David R. Gillham
“It is 1943—the height of the Second World War—and Berlin has essentially become a city of women. Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. Her lover is a Jew. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets. A high ranking SS officer and his family move down the hall and Sigrid finds herself pulled into their orbit. A young woman doing her duty-year is out of excuses before Sigrid can even ask her any questions. And then there’s the blind man selling pencils on the corner, whose eyes Sigrid can feel following her from behind the darkness of his goggles.Soon Sigrid is embroiled in a world she knew nothing about, and as her eyes open to the reality around her, the carefully constructed fortress of solitude she has built over the years begins to collapse. She must choose to act on what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two."
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 third 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, August 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
"The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore."
Our next meeting place is Brick's Wood Fired Pizza!
History Book Discussion
Sunday, September 28, 2 PM at the Carriage House
Please join us for our History Book Discussion Group meeting when we gather to discuss Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America by James Green. 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.
Film & Discussion
Join us every 4th Sunday for our monthly film viewing and discussion. Registration is open to all.
Our next film will be showing at 2:00 PM on July 27 - we will be featuring Twenty Feet from Stardom.