Upcoming Adult Programs

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.

Meet Mystery writer Annie Hansen!

Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 pm.
Ms. Hansen will talk about Give Me Chocolate: A Kelly Clark Mystery. "In the quaint river town of Geneva, Illinois, Kelly Clark comes home to re-start her life after a horrific divorce. She settles into the apartment above Chocolate Love, her sister’s specialty dessert shop in the Historic District of Geneva…Just when it looks like she is getting her life on track, she stumbles over a dead body in the kitchen of Chocolate Love. Has her violent past followed her home to Geneva?"
Annie Hansen was a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America 2011 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship. Ms. Hansen is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Biology and lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Cupcakes will be served!

Job Seekers

Job Seekers - Zero in on Your Job Search Targets!

Thursday, November 13, 7 PM
Reach key people and increase job search efficiency using this search tool that's free to library visitors, and online with your HPL card. “AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles.” –AtoZdatabases.com (Databases USA.com).

Business Blends


Health Plans for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, & Contract Workers

Tuesday, October 21, 6 PM
If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur or contract worker you may be confused about changes in our health care system. Learn how to navigate the Affordable Care Act and how it may impact small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Topics include:
1) Open enrollment periods
2) Qualifying for subsidies
3) Compliance requirements for small businesses

Attendees that will benefit from this program include:
1) Small businesses with three or more employees
2) Businesses that have employees retiring or turning 65
3) Employers that would like to learn more about the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obama Care)

Maribeth Fencl is a licensed insurance broker certified to work with Affordable Care Act plans and assist businesses and people in qualifying for subsidies. She partners with multiple carriers like BCBS, Humana, AARP, and other Affordable Care Act Plans. Education on our new health care plan requirements provides knowledge and peace of mind in choosing the right individual health plans for you and your family, as well as your employees.
Register here

Senior Socials

Senior Socials have moved to the third Monday of each month at 1 PM.

Monday, November 17: The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving

Learn about the origins of our Thanksgiving traditions as we visit Plimoth Plantation to uncover the true story of the Pilgrims. Nancy McCully returns with another fun and fascinating presentation! Register here.


Helen Plum Quilters

Wednesday, November 12, 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

Wednesday, October 22, 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.

Monthly Monday Knitters in the Auditorium

Monday, November 17, 10 AM-Noon
Anyone is welcome to join our day-time knitting group.
Helen Plum’s day-time knitters group meets downstairs in the Auditorium from 10-Noon on the third Monday of each month.


GENEALOGY Drop-in Program: Genealogy Assistance with the DAR

Wednesdays, October 22 & November 12 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 - Meeting

Tuesday, October 28, 7 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.

Upcoming Books:

November 19 at 1 PM & 20 at 1 PM and 7:30 PM - Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

“Ever loyal to the Union, Elizabeth Keckley hid her fears when her only son, George, enlisted with the 1st Missouri Volunteers, and his courage in battle inspired her to bold new endeavors. When tens of thousands of former slaves sought refuge in Washington, she cared for them in their squalid camps, taught them sewing and other necessary skills, founded the Contraband Relief Association—to which Mary Todd Lincoln was a generous contributor—and worked tirelessly to raise money so that the struggling freedmen could embrace their newfound liberty. All the while, Elizabeth Keckley supported the First Lady through years of war, political strife, and devastating personal losses, even as she endured heartbreaking tragedies of her own.” -excerpt

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


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, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The Dinner by Herman Koch
It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy." -randomhouse.com

We meet off site, please check back soon for the November meeting place.

History Book Discussion

Sunday, November 16, 2 PM at the Carriage House
Please join us for our History Book Discussion Group meeting when we gather to discuss The Irregulars" by Jennet Conant. 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.

Join us at Lombard Historical Society's Carriage House to discuss "The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington" by Jennet Conant. "When Roald Dahl, a dashing young wounded RAF pilot, took up his post at the British Embassy in Washington in 1942, his assignment was to use his good looks, wit, and considerable charm to gain access to the most powerful figures in American political life. A patriot eager to do his part to save his country from a Nazi invasion, he invaded the upper reaches of the U.S. government and Georgetown society, winning over First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband, Franklin; befriending wartime leaders from Henry Wallace to Henry Morgenthau; and seducing the glamorous freshman congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce.
Dahl would soon be caught up in a complex web of deception masterminded by William Stephenson, aka Intrepid, Churchill's legendary spy chief, who, with President Roosevelt's tacit permission, mounted a secret campaign of propaganda and political subversion to weaken American isolationist forces, bring the country into the war against Germany, and influence U.S. policy in favor of England." 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 "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
October 26, 2014

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