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 Award-winning Novelist Emma Gates: "Praying for Rain", "Walking to Israel", "Detours" and "Private Lines""

October 18, 2014
2:00 PM- 3:00pm

Learn how a serious novelist gets her ideas, maintains focus and gets published. Find out how the right writers’ group can help a writer grow and stay positive. Emma Gates will discuss her craft and read from and sell copies of her books: "Praying for Rain", "Walking to Israel", "Detours" and "Private Lines".

Award-winning writer Emma Gates was born in New York and spent her childhood in England. She earned a BA in Spanish/Latin American Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and an MBA with concentration in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. She worked for three years in Mexico and five in Saudi Arabia.

She's an international trade and telecoms specialist currently living in Oak Park with her family and two inscrutable cats.
After a serious medical diagnosis in June 2013, she decided to concentrate on polishing several manuscripts she had begun over the past 12 years, as an active member of an Oak Park novelists’ collective. Since March 2014, she has published four titles through Chicago-based Wells Street Press: Praying for Rain, Walking to Israel, Detours and Private Lines. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/WellsStreetPress

"Kessen's Kronikles" Author on Experiences Raising Future Service Dogs

September 25, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00PM

Meet Kessen and some of the canine characters from "Kessen’s Kronikles: The Adventures of a Cross Country Canine". The author, Jennifer Rae, shares the journey of an assistance dog and how those experiences led to the writing of the book. Learn about these helpful companions for the disabled. For the last ten years, Jennifer Rae Trojan has helped raise puppies for service organizations that breed, raise, train and donate dogs to the disabled. The author will be available to autograph and or sell books following the presentation.

Job Seekers

Job Seekers - Self Assessment for Careers and Jobs

Thursday, October 9, 7 pm
Jeanne Kempiak, College of DuPage Career Counselor and Professor, will discuss the importance for job seekers to look within themselves to discover skills, values, interests, and preferences as they relate to the workplace. This self-assessment piece is often overlooked as part of a job seeker's overall marketing plan.
Register here

Business Blends


I'm Turning 65 - Now What?

Tuesday, September 16, 6 PM
Business owners and the self-employed have to plan for retirement too! Be sure to attend this free educational seminar to find out the latest facts on Medicare, including when you should apply for part A, B, and Supplements.
Enjoy light refreshments and information on important aspects of your business, whether brick-and-mortar, virtual or home-based.
Register here

Senior Socials

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

Monday, September 15: The Enigma that is Turkey

Join Al Popowits for another fun and enlightening travel program! Turkey is a nation of contrasts…geographic, political, and religious. Turkey sits astride the strategic Bosporus Straits - the meeting place of different forces and ideologies, of Europe and Asia, and of Christianity and Islam. Turkey is both modern and medieval, and has more ancient Greek ruins than Greece and more ancient Roman ruins than Italy. Register here.


Helen Plum Quilters

Wednesday, October 8, 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, September 24, 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, September 15, 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

Wednesday, September 24, 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 - Naturalization: The Beginning of Your U.S. Family Heritage

Tuesday, September 23, 7 PM.
Find your immigrant ancestors naturalization papers and to see the beginning of your roots in America History. This program starts with the history of the naturalization process and a review of the requirements and then discusses where your ancestors were naturalized which is the key to finding their documents. Traditional and online sources are reviewed. This is a great program to find clues to your heritage. Presented by Steve Szabados

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:

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."


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, October 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
"Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life.

But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet."

Our next meeting place will be Brick's Wood Fired Pizza at 132 W St Charles Rd.

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 September 28 - we will be featuring "Arsenic and Old Lace".

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Lombard, IL 60148

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