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- 3:00 PM

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

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


Health Plans for Sm. Bus/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 impacts on small businesses, entrepreneurs. Topics include: 1) Open enrollment periods; 2) Qualifying for subsidies; and 3) Compliance requirements for small businesses.

Attendees will benefit from this program if: 1) small businesses with employees ranging from 3 people and above; 2) they have employees retiring or turning 65; 3) they 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, October 20: Zumba Gold®

JJoin ACE® Group Fitness Certified Instructor and Silver Sneakers® FLEX Instructor Melanie Jordan for Zumba Gold®. It's the Zumba Fitness program for active seniors that's everything a traditional Zumba class is--an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party--but in this class we take it just a little easier and we also work on posture and balance. If you love to move to upbeat, fun music, this class is for you! Join us for fun, fitness, excitement and friendly camaraderie!

Please wear comfortable clothes that give you freedom of movement, sneakers with good support and bring a bottle of water and a hand towel. 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, 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, October 20, 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 8 & 22, 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:

October 15 at 1 PM & 16 at 1 PM and 7:30 PM - The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

"High-end thievery usually involves items we don’t have in our own homes: million-dollar gems, Picassos, silver and gold. But what about books? In "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World Literary Obsession", journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett not only unravels the fascinating story of America’s most-wanted book stealer, she goes deep into the world of book collecting to show just how valuable beloved tomes can be." -veryshortlist.com


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, 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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110 W. Maple Street
Lombard, IL 60148

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Sunday 1:00 - 5:00

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