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.

Literary Elements Summer Reading

June 7 – August 10! Sign-up for Summer Reading to discover your favorite books and ebooks, and a chance to win a Kindle Fire, home brew beer kit, Museum of Science & Industry pass or restaurant gift cards.

ZAZZ Quintet

Sounds of Sci-Fi Summer Reading Finale! August 10 at 2 p.m.
ZAZZ Quintet fuses its unique jazz/cross-over chemistry with elements of your favorite sci-fi movie music. There’s a high probability this musical formula will spark a positive reaction!

Job Seekers

Job Seekers Programs Return Sept. 11 - Enjoy your summer!

Job Seekers to return Sept. 11 7pm

Business Blends


E-Marketing: Incorporating Cost-effective Email

Tuesday, August 19, 6 PM
The ROI for e-marketing is a fraction of the cost of direct mail, while reaching a large audience and maintaining a clean list. Learn the benefits of e-marketing, tips on writing and designing newsletters, and target marketing techniques, such as integrating with social media. Learn how to implement e-marketing, build a list and analyze statistics.
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.


Beginning in Athens, we will feature the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, National Garden of Athens, and much more. Attendees will learn the best ways to get around and how to make the most of their time is this ancient city. From there we will journey to some of the breathtaking Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Highlights include Mykonos, famous for its windmills, picturesque towns, tiny streets, whitewashed steps, houses and churches gathered around the scenic harbor. Santorini, so beautiful it has become a top destination for wedding ceremonies, will also be featured. Beautiful slides of the islands black volcanic beaches and famous red beach, as well as stunning views from towns perched on volcanic cliffs, will have audience members anxious to book a trip. Greek olives, seafood, crepes, desserts and more will be discussed. Register here.


Helen Plum Quilters

Wednesday, August 13, 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, August 27, 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, August 18, 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, August 27, 6-8 PM.
A representative from the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month.

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 third 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, August 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
"The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore."

Our next meeting place is Brick's Wood Fired Pizza!

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 August 24 - we will be featuring "From Here to Eternity".

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Contact Us

Tel (630) 627-0316
Fax (630) 627-0336

110 W. Maple Street
Lombard, IL 60148

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

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