Upcoming Adult Programs

Registration may be required, please visit http://helenplum.evanced.info/

New! Free Career Counseling

3rd Tuesdays, 9 – Noon - Next session September 15

Need an objective review of your resume or input on your job-search strategy? Get free one-on-one career counseling from JVS, a non-profit, non-sectarian agency. Contact Joyce Bogolub at 630-889-0548 to schedule your 30 minute session.

New! ESL Café Thursdays & Fridays

Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Fridays, 6:30p-8:00pm


Are you or someone you know a non-native English learner? Visit our weekly ESL Café to practice your English speaking skills in a friendly environment with other non-native speakers. More ESL information.

First Friday Food Films - "Food For Change"

Friday, September 04, 2015, 6:30 PM
The Prairie Food Co-op and HPL invite you to attend a FREE screening of this award-winning documentary focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The film shows how the co-op movement strengthens communities where they are located, enhancing local economies and food security. For more on the Co-op, visit: http://www.prairiefood.coop/

One-on-One SHIP Counseling

August times are currently full, register now for September 8!

A Senior Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Counselor will be here to: provide information and answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement, long term care insurance, Medicare HMOs, private fee-for-service and other health insurance; assist in filing Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims; and analyze Medicare Supplement and long term care policies. (SHIP) is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department on Aging. For more information visit: http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/aboutship.aspx. Call Adult Services at 630-627-0316 to schedule your 30-minute appointment. Only those who have made appointments will be seen. Counseling is provided through a partnership between HPL and AIM Center for Independent Living.

Afternoon Nightclub

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 2:00 PM
Jazz vocalist Pharlis James performs melodies from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by Spencer Keyes on the piano.

Don't Pay The College Sticker Price!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 PM
Join college planning expert Joseph Orsolini for an enlightening program teaching parents of all income
levels how to reduce the exorbitant cost of college so that you won’t jeopardize your retirement or strap your children with life‐altering debt. Throughout his presentation, Joe focuses on strategies to help families maximize need‐based financial aid eligibility, target the right colleges for merit‐based financial aid, and exploit tax‐saving opportunities.

Proton Therapy: The Cutting Edge of Cancer Treatment

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:00 PM
This presentation will cover: The history of proton radiation therapy, the technology and equipment used, types of tumors treated, benefits of treatment, process from diagnosis to treatment, and differences from photon treatment. Speaker Hilary Deeke is a Medical Dosimetrist at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, and has a M.S. in Health Administration.

Job Seekers

Job Seekers - Returns on September 10! with Networking 101

September 10, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Networking is one of the most important aspects of your job search.
This presentation will cover:

  1. How to warm up contacts in the networks they already have
  2. Finding people who can help them and establishing relationships
  3. What do you say next and maintaining those relationships

Senior Socials

Baseball in the Movies

September 21, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Enjoy clips from "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", "Pride of the Yankees", Abbott and Costello's classic "Who's on First?" routine and many, many more!


Helen Plum Quilters

Wednesday, September 9, 6-8 PM.

Bring your latest project and supplies, and enjoy working and sharing with other quilting enthusiasts! The group is facilitated by expert quilter Donna Westerkamp. Drop-in event: no registration needed.

PlumKnits Drop-In Needlecraft Club

Plum Needlework Drop-in
Our next meeting will be – September 23, 7-8:30 pm

PlumKnits: This drop-in fiber arts group meets on the fourth Wednesday downstairs in the Auditorium. Enjoy the camaraderie of other knitters.


GENEALOGY Drop-in Program: Genealogy Assistance with the DAR

Wednesday, September 9 & 23, 6-8 PM.

A representative from the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month.

Genealogy Club - CSI: Cemetery Search and Investigation

Tuesday, September 22th 7-8:30 pm.

Cemeteries are more than just a final resting place—they hold more information than meets the eye. Tina Beaird will share strategies on utilizing this valuable resource. Presented by Tina Beaird

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.

Upcoming Books:

HPL returns on September 17th at 1 PM & September 18th at 1 PM and 7:30 PM - The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

“ Paris. 1878. Following their father’s sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where for a scant seventy francs a month, she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work — and the love of a dangerous young man — as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir."

Register here.

Register and check out books at front desk. HPL cardholders only.


Library Lounge

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.

Check out the official Library Lounge Page

Next Meeting

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.

We meet off site and our next meeting will be at The Vino Cellar located at 141 St Charles Rd located in downtown Lombard.

History Book Discussion

Click to visit the History Book Discussion Page

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2 PM at the Carriage House

The sinking of the Eastland : America's forgotten tragedy by Jay Bonansinga

On the morning of July 24, 1915, the liner Eastland rolled over and capsized into the Chicago River; 844 people died. In his first nonfiction book, mystery writer Bonansinga (The Black Mariah, etc.) captures the raw emotion in a story full of greed, courage and overwhelming grief. The victims were looking forward to a day of eating, drinking and dancing. Dressed in their finest, the passengers swarmed onto the boat. Gazing at the huge, sturdy looking, freshly painted vessel, most took it on faith that they were in good hands. Unbeknownst to them, the Eastland had been beset by serious problems from its launch. The ship was hard to control and prone to listing even under normal conditions, though its various owners had covered up this fact. As the disaster unfolded, the best and worst of human nature was immediately on display. Men shoved women and children out of the way in desperate attempts to escape. From shore, passersby risked their lives to save the fortunate few. In pure Chicago style, the disaster's aftermath was marked by political infighting and petty corruption.


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