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Tuesday September 29, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Adult Take & Make - DIY Notebook Covers
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Check out our YouTube video premiere of “Redesign a Composition Notebook.” The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org or call (630) 924-2735 will receive a take & make bag that includes a Composition notebook, fabric, and a glue stick. You must provide your own scissors.
 
Video:  
 
Anyone can follow along from home, but must provide their own supplies. Instead of using fabric, you can use colorful paper, stickers, or washi tape, and to secure the design elements to your cover you can use super glue or mod podge. 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Tuesday October 6, 2020
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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 10:00 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American history from pre-Revolutionary War to current time including biographies, history books, historical fiction and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk. To register, please contact Julie Deeke at jdeeke@mybpl.org.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
 
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VIRTUAL: Art Class for Adults & Teens – Draw Your Pet
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

Join us on Zoom to learn about animal illustration and create your own drawings with artist Lindsay Budzynski. Supplies needed: paper, pencils/erasers, ruler. Tracing paper, markers, or colored pencils optional. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom, and the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you the week of the event. You will receive the Zoom link by email 3 days before and the day of the event. If you don't receive the link, please check your spam/junk folder.

Registration is required and limited to 10 participants, teens are welcome to register. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 2 spaces available.
Thursday October 8, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- 80s
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Monday October 12, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
 
Join Steven Briggs, Financial Adviser & CCO of Briggs Financial, as we explore the different factors that contribute to Social Security payments and what you can do to get the most out of your Social Security benefits. You will receive the Zoom link by email 3 days before and the day of the event. If you don't receive the link, please check your spam/junk folder.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 91 spaces available.
Monday October 19, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Pinched Paintings - Art Heists in Art History
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
 
In this lecture, Jeff Mishur discusses a selection of history’s most notorious art heists, some that have been solved and others that still remain open. Jeff's wife and business partner, Dr. Michelle Mishur, was first exposed to this subject as a result of living and researching in Venice, Italy. The church adjacent to where she lived had a painting stolen that was never recovered. Jeff Mishur’s discussion features art crimes that involved The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, and more. You will receive the Zoom link by email 3 days before and the day of the event. If you don't receive the link, please check your spam/junk folder.
 
Jeff Mishur and Dr. Michelle Mishur are co-owners of Art Excursions, a company that provides private guiding in Chicago, lectures, and boutique art and culture tours in the United States.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 79 spaces available.
 
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VIRTUAL: Monday Night Page Turners
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Zoom Virtual Meeting
October Book: Washington Black - 
Esi Edugyan
Unexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self.

The Monday Night Page Turners book discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except August and December. The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. To register, please contact Jessica Frazier at jfrazier@mybpl.org.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday October 21, 2020
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Great Decisions Discussion Group - CANCELLED
7:00 PM - 8:30 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. 

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Genealogy Club is moving to online meetings via Zoom. Learn about internet and archival genealogy and research support. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link by email 3 days before and the day of the event. If you don't receive the link, please check your spam/junk folder.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 96 spaces available.
Thursday October 22, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- All Requests
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Monday October 26, 2020
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VIRTUAL: The Noble Train (author talk)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
Join us for a special zoom presentation by local author William Hazelgrove on his latest narrative non-fiction book, Henry Knox's Noble Train: The Story of a Boston Bookseller's Heroic Expedition That Saved the American Revolution
 
 
During the brutal winter of 1775-1776, an untested Boston bookseller named Henry Knox commandeered an oxen train hauling sixty tons of cannons and other artillery from Fort Ticonderoga near the Canadian border. He and his men journeyed some three hundred miles south and east over frozen, often-treacherous terrain to supply George Washington for his attack of British troops occupying Boston. The result was the British surrender of Boston and the first major victory for the Colonial Army. This is one of the great stories of the American Revolution, still little known by comparison with the more famous battles of Concord, Lexington, and Bunker Hill. An exciting tale of daunting odds and undaunted determination highlighting a pivotal episode that changed history.

 

 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 88 spaces available.
Tuesday October 27, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Adult Take & Make - Easy Fall Ribbon & Flower Wreath
9:00 AM - 11:55 PM

YouTube Video

Watch the premier of “Easy Fall Ribbon & Flower Wreath” on Tuesday, Oct. 27th and learn how to make a beautiful fall wreath using burlap ribbon and faux flowers. The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a kit that includes a foam wreath, burlap ribbon, and flowers. You must provide your own scissors and hot glue gun. 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday November 2, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Shining a Light on Black Holes
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Black holes are mysterious and amazing. Where do they come from? What happens near one? What happens when something falls into one? We’ll explore these cosmic oddballs in detail.

Presented by Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 83 spaces available.
Tuesday November 3, 2020
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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 10:00 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American history from pre-Revolutionary War to current time including biographies, history books, historical fiction and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk. To register, please contact Julie Deeke at jdeeke@mybpl.org.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Thursday November 5, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Monday November 9, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Seven Days in Vienna
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

This one-hour presentation looks at the vibrant city of Vienna. For 700 years, Vienna was the center of an empire with a rich display of wealth, power and culture. Now it’s the capital of a small country and focuses on good food, good music and a good life. We will look at the royal past and join in today’s fun. Presented by Gene Flynn. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 60 spaces available.
Monday November 16, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Vintage Holiday Cookies & Candy
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Revisit the favorite holiday cookies and candies from past decades in this humorous presentation from cookbook collector and local author Amy Alessio. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 61 spaces available.
 
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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 and December. The group reads contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk.

Upcoming Book Group Titles

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
Tuesday November 17, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Adult Take & Make - No Sew Sock Gnome
9:00 AM - 11:55 PM

YouTube Video

Watch the premier of “No Sew Sock Gnome” on Tuesday, Nov. 17th and learn how to make an adorable gnome using a sock stuffed with rice and polyfill, attach a faux beard and mustache along with premade clay hands, nose and mug. The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a kit that includes a sock, clay accessories, rice, polyfill, faux fur, and some twine. You must provide your own scissors and hot glue gun. 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday November 18, 2020
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Great Decisions Discussion Group - CANCELLED
7:00 PM - 8:30 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. 

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Genealogy Club is moving to online meetings via Zoom. Learn about internet and archival genealogy and research support. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link by email 3 days before and the day of the event. If you don't receive the link, please check your spam/junk folder.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 99 spaces available.
Thursday November 19, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Thursday December 3, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Monday December 7, 2020
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VIRTUAL: 'Tis the Season: Holiday Traditions from Radio's Golden Age
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

For many people, the holidays are a time of traditions—and there were plenty of entertaining traditions during the "Golden Age" of radio, from Jack Benny's annual shopping trips to Lionel Barrymore's portrayal of Ebeneezer Scrooge. This presentation offers a stocking stuffed with classic seasonal sounds from radio's past, designed to spur the imagination and share a bit of Yuletide spirit.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 70 spaces available.
Tuesday December 8, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Legends and Folklore of Winter
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM

YouTube video

Winter may seem like a quiet time, but it is actually filled with bizarre tales and stories of cannibalistic spirits, Krampus the anti-Santa Claus, werewolves, witches, people being buried alive, and numerous other Holiday traditions for the darkest days of the year. 
 
Paranormal enthusiast Chad Lewis, who has written over 20 books on the supernatural, is back to share some spooky legends and folklore about the holidays.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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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 10:00 a.m. Books are selected on topics of American history from pre-Revolutionary War to current time including biographies, history books, historical fiction and classics. Copies of the selections are available at the Circulation Desk.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Art Class: Drawing the Winter Solstice
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Description TBD

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 9 spaces available.
Monday December 14, 2020
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VIRTUAL: The Irony of Festivus
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Celebrated annually on December 23, Festivus was created by writers of the TV series Seinfeld. This holiday "for the rest of us" as symbolized by a silver pole devoid of decoration mocks Christmas and all the commercialism that accompanies it. The irony, of course, is that Festivus was invented to bring in (and it still makes) a massive profit at Christmastime.

Join Dr. Kelli Marshall to learn more about the origins of this silly holiday and its place in popular culture, Chicago's included. Clips from the Seinfeld episode featuring Festivus will be included in the lecture.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 83 spaces available.
 
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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
 
Drop in for our end of year party! There's no book discussion this month. Instead, we'll be talking about 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. All are welcome!

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
Thursday December 17, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Thursday January 7, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday January 12, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Art Class: Make Your Own Art Nouveau Drawing
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Description TBD

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 9 spaces available.
Thursday January 21, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Monday January 25, 2021
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VIRTUAL: The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom webinar

Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his book called: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities “ and presents a selection in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

    The grotesque 10 schools are:

    • Yale University
    • Trinity College in Hartford, Ct.

    • Bryn Mawr College
    • The City College of New York
    • Duke University
    • Northwestern University
    • Princeton University
    • The University of Chicago
    • The University of Pennsylvania
    • Washington University in St. Louis


 

 

Mathew Duman is a photographer, author and graphic designer who grew up in Bethany, Connecticut. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University. but while studying abroad, he developed a fascination with the grotesque sculptures of the cathedrals of Britain. In addition to England, Matt has made photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand. As a personal project, he began exploring the variety of sculpture found on the buildings of Yale University & published a book called “An Education in the Grotesque”, containing his findings at Yale and has now turned his sights on the sculpture at other campuses around the US.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 93 spaces available.
Tuesday January 26, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Adult Craft - Valentine's Day Post Cards
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom meeting

Join Shari Pontillo, owner of Twisted Fiber Studios, on zoom and learn how to use cereal boxes to make your own Valentine's Day post cards! The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a bag of supplies to make a post card. You must provide your own scissors and cereal box card board. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL

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