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Monday February 26, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday February 28, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday March 4, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Tuesday March 5, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Craft: Tea Cup Fairy Gardens
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drop-in and make a miniature fairy garden inside of a tea cup, while supplies last.

We'll provide everything you need to make a tea cup fairy garden, but feel free to bring in your own miniature trinkets, foliage, pebbles, and tea cups. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday March 6, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday March 11, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Audrey Hepburn: Graceful Legend
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

As kind and talented as she was beautiful, Audrey Hepburn was one of the most beloved figures of the 20th century. Join us to learn many personal stories about Ms. Hepburn (including her fascinating connection to Anne Frank), as well as enjoy scenes from her greatest films, such as Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What’s the story behind “Moon River”? When was the only time Audrey stormed off a movie set (and what did she do when she returned the next day)? We have these stories and more - plus Audrey’s
original vocals for My Fair Lady, before she was dubbed by Marni Nixon! Spend time with the lovely and sweet Audrey Hepburn in this wonderful film program!
 
Presented by film expert Steven Frenzel.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Engraved Metal Bracelet (CLASS FULL - WAITLIST ONLY)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Use our Cricut Maker to engrave a metal bracelet. Depending on the design complexity, patrons may need pick up their bracelets on a later date.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on March 11, March 25, March 26, April 16, and April 29.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

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LOCATION: Makerspace
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Wednesday March 13, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Movie: Sabrina
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Sabrina
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
Rated: PG | Running Time: 1 hr 53 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday March 18, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Barbie - The History of America's Most Famous Doll
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Zoom Webinar

No other doll has been played with, analyzed, collected, criticized and loved. In this illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard delves into the history of Barbie and her inventor, the passionately creative and intensely competitive Ruth Handler. Learn what inspired Handler to develop Barbie in 1959, how Barbie helped make Mattel one of the world’s most successful toy companies, and what Barbie’s impact has been on American culture.​ 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday March 20, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Great Decisions
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Decisions discussion program is a civic education program administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. In preparation for the discussion, participants read the relevant chapter on a particular foreign policy issue in the Great Decisions briefing book that will be available for check out. A short DVD will be shown followed by a moderated discussion among the participants.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Thursday March 21, 2024
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MS Overflow Class
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MS Overflow Class

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday March 25, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Edward Hopper and the American Scene
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Edward Hopper painted emblematic works such as "Nighthawks" that depicted urban life in structured compositions with bold contrasts of light and shadow. He was associated with American scene painting, which was based on the idea that American artists should focus on uniquely American subjects. Often framing his subjects within interior scenes, Hopper's work responded to his era by focusing on the psychological isolation of modern life. This lecture, presented by art historian Jeff Mishur, will identify distinguishing elements of Hopper's style as seen in his views of urban life, interior scenes, and New England architecture. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Engraved Metal Bracelet (CLASS FULL - WAITLIST ONLY)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Use our Cricut Maker to engrave a metal bracelet. Depending on the design complexity, patrons may need pick up their bracelets on a later date.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on March 11, March 25, March 26, April 16, and April 29.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

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LOCATION: Makerspace
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Tuesday March 26, 2024
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Engraved Metal Bracelet (CLASS FULL - WAITLIST ONLY)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use our Cricut Maker to engrave a metal bracelet. Depending on the design complexity, patrons may need pick up their bracelets on a later date.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on March 11, March 25, March 26, April 16, and April 29.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

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LOCATION: Makerspace
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Wednesday March 27, 2024
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Drop-In Movie: Barbie
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Barbie
Barbie suffers a crisis that leads her to question her world and her existence.
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 1 hr 54 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday April 1, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Tuesday April 2, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday April 3, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday April 8, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Frank Lloyd Wright - Organic Architect
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Recent popular books such as Nancy Horan's Loving Frank have sparked new interest in architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Learn about Wright's organic architecure here in the Midwest and elsewhere in this slide lecture presented by art historian Jeff Mishur.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Wednesday April 10, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Movie: No Hard Feelings
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
No Hard Feelings
On the brink of losing her home, Maddie finds an intriguing job listing: helicopter parents looking for someone to bring their introverted 19-year-old son out of his shell before college. She has one summer to make him a man or die trying.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Matthew Broderick
Rated: R | Running Time: 1 hr 43 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday April 15, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Tuesday April 16, 2024
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Engraved Metal Bracelet
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use our Cricut Maker to engrave a metal bracelet. Depending on the design complexity, patrons may need pick up their bracelets on a later date.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on March 11, March 25, March 26, April 16, and April 29.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

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LOCATION: Makerspace
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Protect Your Piggy Bank with Weiss Financial Ratings
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Did you know you can access Weiss Financial Ratings from anywhere for free with your BPL library card? This database offers independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of banks, credit unions and insurance companies and conservative buy-hold-sell investment ratings of thousands of stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. For those on Medicare, there is also a great tool to help you evaluate the available Medicare Supplement Insurance plans and make sure you are getting the best price. Join Tom Kilkenny from Weiss Financial Ratings to learn how to:

  • Create an account
  • Set up a watchlist for your bank, insurance company, stocks and mutual funds
  • Create research tools (screeners)
  • Run a Medigap report
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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The Race to Save the RMS Titanic
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

One hundred and sixty minutes. That is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. More than twenty-eight ships would be involved in the rescue of Titanic survivors along with four different countries. Of the 2229 people aboard, 710 did not perish that night and this was the success of the Titanic rescue effort. Local author William Hazelgrove explodes the myth that the Titanic could not have been saved. Books will be available for purchase and signed by the author. 

"One might think that we know all there is to know about that April 14, 1912 story, but Hazelgrove, an energetically curious man, has unearthed a compelling and exciting story and effectively pokes holes in some of the persistent myths surrounding the tragedy."        - Chicago Tribune 

"Titanic is a Great Story and This is a Great Book!"    - WGN Chicago, Rick Kogan 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday April 17, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Great Decisions
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Decisions discussion program is a civic education program administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. In preparation for the discussion, participants read the relevant chapter on a particular foreign policy issue in the Great Decisions briefing book that will be available for check out. A short DVD will be shown followed by a moderated discussion among the participants.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday April 22, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Baseball in the Movies
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Celebrate our national pastime all spring and summer with these great baseball movies! We’ll see scenes from The Natural, Field of Dreams, Pride of the Yankees, and more—we’ll even learn the answer to that immortal question, Who’s on first?
 
Presented by film expert Steven Frenzel.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Wednesday April 24, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Movie: A League of Their Own
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
A League of Their Own
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amid their own growing rivalry.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Gina Davis, Madonna
Rated: PG | Running Time: 2 hr 8 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday April 29, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Engraved Metal Bracelet (CLASS FULL - WAITLIST ONLY)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Use our Cricut Maker to engrave a metal bracelet. Depending on the design complexity, patrons may need pick up their bracelets on a later date.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on March 11, March 25, March 26, April 16, and April 29.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

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LOCATION: Makerspace
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Wednesday May 1, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday May 6, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Community Eco-Gardening: Landscaping with Native Plants
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Zoom Webinar

Learn how one residential association transformed their lawn into an unfolding range of stunning multi-seasonally colorful prairie, woodland, and wetland wildflowers, forbs, sedges, grasses and rain gardens. As a recipient of the 2011 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the USEPA and the Chicago Wilderness, WTTW Chicago Tonight described this condominium association as "probably the most extensive native gardens of any residential complex in the Chicagoland area." An inspirational program to touch the hearts and minds of those who wish to create native eco-friendly landscapes around their property to enhance biodiversity, aesthetic beauty and environmental health. Presentation will be based on the book by our presenter, Dennis Swiftdeer Paige, Community Eco-Gardens: Landscaping with Native Plants published by Mcfarland and Company.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Custom Wooden Sign
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Use our equipment to cut vinyl and create a custom sign.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on May 6 and May 21.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, APRIL 1 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

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LOCATION: Makerspace
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Tuesday May 7, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday May 8, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Movie: Gran Turismo
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gran Turismo
Based on the unbelievable, inspiring true story of a team of underdogs - a struggling, working-class gamer, a failed former race car driver, and an idealistic motorsport exec - who risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world.
Starring: David Harbour, Orlando Bloom
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 14 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday May 13, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. Testing and registration is 1/22 and 1/24; first day of class is 1/29. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: His Way: Sinatra On Film
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Frank Sinatra— celebrate the most popular singer of our time with this swoon-worthy program. We’ll see young Frank make hearts melt in the musicals that the world fell in love with; experience a more mature Sinatra in the movies that capitalized on his legendary cool, and hear many hilarious Sinatra stories as we enjoy the greatest cinematic moments of the “Chairman of the Board”.
 
Presented by film expert Steven Frenzel.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Tuesday May 14, 2024
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The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Historical presenter Michelle Gibbons will discuss the dark romanticism of the Depression Era's infamous criminals, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. She will explain the passionate love this doomed couple held for each other and how, after they were cut down in a hail of bullets, they would become legendary criminals. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday May 15, 2024
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Great Decisions
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Decisions discussion program is a civic education program administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. In preparation for the discussion, participants read the relevant chapter on a particular foreign policy issue in the Great Decisions briefing book that will be available for check out. A short DVD will be shown followed by a moderated discussion among the participants.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday May 20, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Artemis - Returning to the Moon
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

In the next few years, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, exploring more of the lunar surface than ever before. The goal of Artemis is to establish the first long-term human presence on the Moon and, later, send the first astronauts to Mars. We’ll discuss the future plans and technologies that will get us back to the Moon for the first time since 1972. Presented by Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Tuesday May 21, 2024
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BPL Makerspace Crafts: Custom Wooden Sign
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Use our equipment to cut vinyl and create a custom sign.

Registration Limit: 4 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on May 6 and May 21.

For Bloomingdale cardholders ages 12-17, please bring a completed Makerspace waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. Adult Bloomingdale cardholders can fill out a waiver at the session.

NOTE: THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM OPENS ON MONDAY, APRIL 1 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

Wooden Sign

LOCATION: Makerspace
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Wednesday May 29, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday June 3, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In-Person Event

D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, is the beginning of Operation Overlord. The Western Allies will launch the largest amphibious invasion in history. This is an effort to liberate mainland Europe from Hitler’s Nazi occupation during World War II. Hitler already took the Rhineland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. He has his eye set to conquer Britain as well as Russia, gaining strength by the day. Nazi Hitlerism must be stopped at all cost. The fate of the World lies in the balance.
 
Historian Jim Gibbons will present the story of D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy. On June 6, 1944, Western Allies, under the leadership of the Supreme Allied Commander, United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower, will suddenly turn the tide of Hitler’s advances and strategy. The Allied Forces, the United States, Britain, Canada, and Free French forces, will establish a beachhead that deliberately occupies Normandy, the northern coast of France. Gibbons will show you the beginnings of what led up to this invasion and how Allied timing had to be precise on everything, including the month, moon, tides of the ocean, and weather. Finally, Gibbons will show the tremendous pressure that rested on the shoulders of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, a man nicknamed “Ike.” He will have the responsibility of giving the signal to move nearly three million men, sixteen million tons of arms, munitions, and supplies to break the movement of Hitler’s rush to power. Eisenhower knew that the time was now. If timing is perfect, Allied victory is in sight; if not, he will take full responsibility for its failure.
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Tuesday June 4, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday June 5, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday June 10, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Normandy, D-Day Beaches, & Brittany
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Normandy was the epicenter in three wars: William the Conqueror’s invasion of England, Joan of Arc and the 100-year war, and D-Day in WW2.

Travel enthusiast Gene Flynn takes us on journey to Rouen, Bayeux, D-Day beaches, and tidal island known as Mont St. Michel, followed by a short visit to Celtic Brittany.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Wednesday June 12, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Movie: Wonka
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wonka
With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers.
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Hugh Grant
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 34 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday June 17, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Tuesday June 18, 2024
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The History of Bob Marley
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Bob was much more than a famous Jamaican musician.   He was a man with deep religious convictions who rose from poverty to become a global musical and cultural icon – a pop prophet.  Though he survived an assassination attempt, he ultimately died of cancer at age 36.  Using performance and interview clips we’ll trace the arc of Bob’s career from “One Love” and “Jamming” to” “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Redemption Song.”  Bob Marley is the world’s most popular reggae artist beloved for his universal hymns of freedom. Presented by pop music expert, Gary Wenstrup. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday June 19, 2024
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday June 24, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Craft: Book Repair & Decoration
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drop-In Event

Learn some tips to repair and refresh your old books with mod podge, hot glue, and acid-free tape. We’ll provide the supplies but feel free to bring in your own treasured books that need mending. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday June 26, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday July 1, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Tuesday July 2, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday July 3, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday July 8, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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The History of The Beatles (White Album)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

As the Beatles only double album The Beatles (White Album) contains a wealth of riches for listeners.  However, it also marked the beginning of the end of the world’s greatest band as tensions and musical differences arose during recording.  The program will include a discussion of the Beatles “back to basics” recording approach and an analysis of key tracks including “Dear Prudence,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Helter Skelter.” Presented by pop music expert, Gary Wenstrup. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Tuesday July 9, 2024
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Heart Healthy Cuisine
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presented by Chef Susan Maddox. Limit 40 people. 

Registration opens June 3rd

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday July 10, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Drop-In Movie: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary artifact that can change the course of history.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 34 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday July 15, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Tuesday July 16, 2024
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Chicago's World's Fairs: 1893 & 1933
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

In this lecture, local author William Hazelgrove presents the exciting and sprawling history behind the 1893 and 1933 World's Fairs.

He reveals the story of the six millionaire businessmen, dubbed "The Secret Six," who beat Al Capone at his own game, ending the gangster era as prohibition was repealed.

The story of an intriguing woman, Sally Rand, who embodied the World's Fair with her own rags to riches story and brought sex into the open.

The story of Rufus and Charles Dawes who gave the fair a theme and then found financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced.

The story of the most corrupt mayor of Chicago, William Thompson, who owed his election to Al Capone; and the mayor who followed him, Anton Cermak, who was murdered months before the fair opened by an assassin many said was hired by Al Capone.

But most of all it’s the story about a city fighting for survival in the darkest of times; and a shining light of hope called the Worlds Fairs. 

Books will be available for purchase and signed by the author. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday July 17, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday July 22, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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VIRTUAL: Life on the California Trail
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Presented by outdoor enthusiast, John Lynn, who followed the route of the Donner-Reed party of Springfield, Illinois on their way to California in 1846-47.

His 1000 mile path took him on a journey from the Oregon Trail at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, through the Hastings Cutoff across Utah, to the Humboldt River in Nevada, and then he followed the main line of the California Trail across Nevada to the Truckee Meadows (now Reno). From there, he took the Truckee River Route to the Alder Creek and Donner Lake camps where the Donner-Reed party were stranded for the winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Finally, he followed the path of the survivors over Donner Pass Summit to reach Sutter's Fort in Sacramento. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Wednesday July 24, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday July 29, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday July 31, 2024
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ELA Classes (College of DuPage)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free English classes offered by College of DuPage. For class registration and information/questions, contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Tuesday August 6, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Medicare 101
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Learn the ins and outs of Medicare with Reverend Tom Perrucci, with Premier Medicare Benefits.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday August 12, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Diving Florida's Wreck Trek
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

A detailed look at the shipwrecks that are the Florida Key's 'Wreck Trek'.  Begun in 2010, nine shipwrecks scattered from Key Largo in the north to Key West in the south make up a string of beloved dive sites.  Knowing which ones to hit, and which ones to miss, as well as the best aspects of each, is essential for the underwater photographer.  This presentation sorts it all out in an orderly and descriptive manner.

Presented by award-winning underwater ship photographer Cal Kothrade.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Wednesday August 14, 2024
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Drop-In Movie: The Color Purple
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Color Purple
A woman faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds extraordinary strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, David Alan Grier
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 21 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday August 19, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Inventing the Florida Vacation
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Florida has always attracted vacationers. But in the 20th century, tourism exploded as places like Weeki Wachee Springs and Busch Gardens opened. 

Join us for the zoom webinar hosted by pop culture historian Leslie Goddard, who has thoroughly researched the rich history of Florida tourism from the 1940s up to 1971. We'll explore the amusing and quirky attractions that helped the sunshine state become America's favorite vacation destination. From waterskiers at Cypress Gardens to the alligators at Gatorland, these tourist diversions amazed and enchanted vacationers in midcentury Florida. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Tuesday August 20, 2024
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Coasting Through Maine
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rocky bays, cliff top lighthouses, peaceful harbors, and secluded islands make the shores of Maine one of the most spectacular and attractive coastal areas in America. Join us as we explore the sandy beaches of Southern Maine, tour the charming villages along the Mid-Coast, and see the natural beauty of the Acadia/DownEast region. Presented by retired librarian and world-traveler, Nancy McCully. 
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday August 21, 2024
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Tuesday September 3, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday September 11, 2024
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Drop-In Movie: Oppenheimer
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Oppenheimer
The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon
Rated: R | Running Time: 3 hr 
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday September 16, 2024
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The War in the South Pacific
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In-Person Event

Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the events that took place before, during and after The War in the South Pacific of World War II. He will discuss some of the wars’ major battles, including The Battle of Iwo Jima, The Battle of Okinawa, The Battle of the Coral Sea, The Battle of Midway, the attack on Pearl Harbor and more.

Gibbons will discuss some of the main commanders in the war as well as their strategies and ideas. He will explain how several of the battles were the bloodiest in history, causing a great loss of life, and affecting both American and Japanese forces. He will explain how the war was ended by President Truman’s dropping of the Atomic Bomb.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday September 18, 2024
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Great Decisions
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Decisions discussion program is a civic education program administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. In preparation for the discussion, participants read the relevant chapter on a particular foreign policy issue in the Great Decisions briefing book that will be available for check out. A short DVD will be shown followed by a moderated discussion among the participants.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday September 23, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Helping Homeless Pets
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
You’ve found a stray animal, now what? Understand the reasons animals become lost or surrendered and what you can do to help homeless animals.
Presented by Laura Winnie - Engagement Coordinator at DuPage County Animal Services.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Tuesday September 24, 2024
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Drop-In Craft: No Sew Pet Bed
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drop-in and make a comfy bed for a furry friend. We provide the fleece, scissors, and instructions. Keep the bed for your pet or donate it to an animal shelter for a pet in need. 

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday September 30, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Comets and Asteroids
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Studying comets and asteroids can help explain much about how our solar system formed 5 billion years ago.
This program, presented by Astroeducator Michelle Nichols, will showcase amazing close-up images and highlight what we currently know (and what we hope to find out) about these cosmic storytellers in the next several years. 
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Tuesday October 1, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Wednesday October 9, 2024
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Description
Starring: ______, ________
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LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday October 16, 2024
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Great Decisions
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Decisions discussion program is a civic education program administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. In preparation for the discussion, participants read the relevant chapter on a particular foreign policy issue in the Great Decisions briefing book that will be available for check out. A short DVD will be shown followed by a moderated discussion among the participants.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday October 21, 2024
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Tuesday October 22, 2024
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Flavors of the Fall: Pumpkins, Squashes, and Apples Explored
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presented by Chef Susan Maddox. Limit 40 people

Registration opens Tuesday, Oct. 1st

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Tuesday November 5, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Tuesday November 12, 2024
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Dead Air: The Night Orson Welles Terrified America
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

On October 30, 1938, during a broadcast of H G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, a twenty-three-year-old Orson Welles, held his hands up for radio silence in the CBS studio in New York City while millions of people ran out into the night, grabbed shotguns, drove off in cars, ran screaming down the streets, hid in basements, attics, anywhere they could find to get away from Martians intent on exterminating the human race.

While Welles held up his hands to his fellow actors, musicians, and sound technicians, he turned six seconds of “dead air” or radio silence into absolute horror and changed the way the world would view media forever, making himself one of the most famous men in America in the process. Jittery from war news and weary from the concussive effects of a nine-year Great Depression, local author William Hazelgrove presents a summary of his newest narrative nonfiction book, the night Martians invaded America and how Orson Welles set himself up to go to Hollywood and make his opus, Citizen Kane.

 

Books will be available for purchase and signed by the author.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Wednesday November 13, 2024
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Drop-In Movie: Poor Things
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Poor Things
The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.
Starring: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe
Rated: R | Running Time: 2 hr 21 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in December) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds. Use of the genealogy collection in the Local History Department and individual help and instruction is also available.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday November 18, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Lost Chicago Department Stores
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

For decades, Chicago was home to some of America's grandest department stores. 

Clustered along a mile-long stretch of State Street, stores like Marshall Field's; Carson, Pirie, Scott; Sears; Wieboldt's; Montgomery Ward's; and Goldblatt's set new standards for retail innovation, customer service, and visual display. Generations of Chicagoans trekked to these stores for holiday shopping, celebrations, and fun. 

In this illustrated lectured, historian and author Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., revisits Chicago's fabulous retail emporiums and explores their rise and fall. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August (no meeting) and December (end of year party). The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please contact Jessica Frazier at 630-924-2734 or jfrazier@mybpl.org. If you'd like to receive resources and discussion questions for a specific month's book group title, please contact Jessica Frazier.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

 

LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Wednesday November 20, 2024
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Great Decisions
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Decisions discussion program is a civic education program administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. In preparation for the discussion, participants read the relevant chapter on a particular foreign policy issue in the Great Decisions briefing book that will be available for check out. A short DVD will be shown followed by a moderated discussion among the participants.

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Tuesday December 3, 2024
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Historical Book Discussion
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Historical Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present time including biographies, non-fiction, and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk the month prior to the discussion.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

LOCATION: Mtg Room C
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Monday December 9, 2024
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Monday Night Page Turners - Our Favorite Picks Party
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Special December date - second Monday of December
 
Register for our end of year party! There's no book discussion this month. Instead, we'll be sharing our favorite picks of the year. A list of all shared titles will be available after the party, so you're sure to find some great book, movie, and TV show recommendations. To register, please contact Jessica Frazier at jfrazier@mybpl.org.
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
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Tuesday December 10, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Christmas on State Street
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

For decades, Christmas in Chicago meant a trip or two to State Street to see the big department stores. And the stores went all-out for Christmas. This illustrated talk traces the history of Christmas celebrations on State Street. Photographs, ads, postcards, menus, and memorabilia trace cherished traditions - from the animated window displays and the Christmas parade, to beloved characters like Uncle Mistletoe, the Cinnamon Bear, and of course, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Presented by pop culture historian, Leslie Goddard, Ph.D.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
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Wednesday December 11, 2024
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Drop-In Movie: The Holdovers
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Holdovers
A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go and a grieving cook.
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa
Rated: R | Running Time: 2 hr 13 min
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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Monday December 16, 2024
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The Battle of the Bulge
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In-Person Event

When the Germans launched a surprise attack in World War II on the morning of December 16, 1944, this would take the Americans completely off guard and would become a great loss for American troops. The attack was one of the last of the German offensive campaigns on the Western Front, spanning from eastern Belgium, northeast France and Luxemburg from December 1944 to January 1945. This would become one of the largest and bloodiest single battles fought during World War II by the United States Armed Forces. It became known as The Battle of the Bulge.

Also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, the intention of the battle was to split Allied lines, allow the Germans to take control and force the Western Allies to sign a Peace Treaty that would benefit the Axis Powers. American casualties were over 75,000 and German casualties were over 100,000.

Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the events that took place before, during and after The Battle of the Bulge and will discuss the major commanders, strategies and turning points in the battle. Gibbons will explain why the battle was significant to American history, and why to this day, it is seen as one of the most brutal battles and second deadliest.

LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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