Upcoming Adult Programs

Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong Shares His Story

Friday, February 27, at 7:00 PM

February is Black History month and Helen Plum Library has a fascinating and timely program to share with our patrons. On Friday, February 27, at 7:00 PM the library will host Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong Shares His Story.

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961 and the following years to challenge the non-enforcement of the United States Supreme Court decisions Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia (1946) and Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional.

Our guest speaker, Thomas Armstrong joined the Freedom Rides in 1961, becoming the first of three black Mississippians to purposely walk into the white waiting room at the Trailways bus station in Jackson, and challenge the law of segregation. This landed Armstrong in jail, and his case became part of a federal class action lawsuit that opened to door to equal public accommodations. He will bring copies of Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights, which he co-authored with Natalie R. Bell.

Additionally, anyone who registers for the program will be entered into a drawing for dinner and a movie at AMC Yorktown Theater. This is a perfect opportunity to go see the movie Selma, which chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

Adult ESL Course through College of DuPage

Begins January 26!

HPL is partnering with COD to bring this 16-week ESL Course to the library. Take the Placement Test here January 16 or January 23 at 9am. Class meets Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 – 11:30 am, Jan. 26 – May 8, 2014. For information, please contact COD at 630-942-3697.

Senior Medicare & Health Insurance (SHIP) Counseling

March 10 at 9 am-Noon

On 2nd Tuesdays a Senior Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Counselor will be here to 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. Call 630-469-2300 to schedule your 30-minute appointment.

Job Seekers

Job Seekers - Job Search for 55+

Thursday, March 12, 7 PM
You have a lot of valuable experience and knowledge to offer your next employer. Join Management and Career Consultant Thomas Cunningham, who will share his expertise to help you navigate your job search.
Register here

Senior Socials

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

Monday, March 16: Irish Music on the Hammered Dulcimer

Phil Passen performs traditional Irish music ranging from beautiful slow airs to rousing reels and jigs, including some very recognizable melodies such as Irish Washerwoman and Danny Boy. Also included are rousing songs such as No Irish Need Apply, Johnson's Motor Car, Brennan on the Moor, and ballads such as The Shores of Amerikay, and Kilkelly, Ireland.


Helen Plum Quilters

Wednesday, March 11, 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, March 25 , 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, March 11, 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 - Pins and Needles: Pinning Down your Past Using Social Media

Next Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 7 PM.
Many of us have used Facebook to find distant cousins and former high school friends. When it comes to Genealogy, lots of social media sites are popping up to help make searching for ancestors fun. Join Tina for a fun session on how to use sites like Pinterest, Flikr, History Pin and more to find, identify and share ancestors.
Register here.


Adult ESL Course through College of DuPage

Begins January 26!

HPL is partnering with COD to bring this 16-week ESL Course to the library. Take the Placement Test here January 16 or January 23 at 9am. Class meets Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 – 11:30 am, Jan. 26 – May 8, 2014. For information, please contact COD at 630-942-3697.

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:

March 18 at 1 PM & 19 at 1 PM and 7:30 PM - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.”

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, March 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
"In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. "

We meet off site and will be meeting at Brick's Wood Fired Pizza located at 132 Saint Charles Road.

Green Readin’Series - HPL and the Sierra Club present our annual book discussion series.

March 15 at 2:00 pm
"Ecology of a Cracker Childhood" by Janisse Ray

Order your book at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn to receive a 10% book club discount. To order, call (630) 469-2891 or order online at:


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 History of the World: Part 1"
March 22, 2015

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Contact Us

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Lombard, IL 60148

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Saturday 9:00 - 5:00
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00

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