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The library building is closed until further notice. All in-person library programs and meeting room reservations are canceled through June 30, 2020. During the building closure, we're offering curbside service for contactless pickup of library holds.

Questions: For help while the building is closed, please check our FAQ or email bdref@mybpl.org.
Curbside Requests: If you have a Bloomingdale card, you can place a hold online, call 630-924-2730, or email bdref@mybpl.org.
Virtual Programs: Enjoy our virtual programming via Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom.
Online Services: Many services are available online when the building is closed: library card registration, eBooks and downloads, online learning.
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Thursday June 11, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Seven
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/959102754542910/
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 482 spaces available.
 
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- DISNEY
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family each Thursday in June! 
 
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 June 18, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Eight
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: 
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 485 spaces available.
 
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- BRITISH INVASION
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family each Thursday in June! 
 
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 June 25, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Nine
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/846194532457194/
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 487 spaces available.
 
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- 90s
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family each Thursday in June! 
 
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 July 2, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Ten
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/547084266195054/
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 490 spaces available.
 
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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 each Thursday in June! 
 
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 July 6, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Looking for Earth Elsewhere
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom webinar

In just 25 years, we have found more than 4,000 planets around other stars. This presentation will highlight how we are searching for them, showcase some of the (very!) weird planetary oddballs, and discuss if any of these planets are like our own Earth.

Presented by Adler Planetarium Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols!

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 80 spaces available.
Thursday July 9, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Eleven
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3170328486357746/
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 489 spaces available.
 
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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 each Thursday in June! 
 
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
Thursday July 16, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Twelve
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/532245327458766/
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 490 spaces available.
 
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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 each Thursday in June! 
 
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
Monday July 20, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Fun Food Trends by the Decades: 1920s - 1990s
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

From Depression Era and Victory Garden cooking through cake pops, what were the popular trends for home cooks? Enjoy this nostalgic, historic yet humorous look back at culinary creations. Registered attendees will receive recipes from presenter and cookbook collector Amy Alessio.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 95 spaces available.
Thursday July 23, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Thirteen
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page:
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 489 spaces available.
 
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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 each Thursday in June! 
 
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
Thursday July 30, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine - Week Fourteen
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Watch Chef Susan Maddox on YouTube and learn a new recipe each week using what you have on hand in the pantry or freezer. The video will go live on the event date and available to watch for approximately 24 hours.
 
View the video on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/322670692067419/
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 491 spaces available.
 
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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 each Thursday in June! 
 
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
Monday August 3, 2020
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VIRTUAL: When The Music Died…The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Break-Up
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom webinar

It was 50 years ago in spring/summer of 1970 that the Beatles called it quits.  Incredibly, it was only 6 years earlier that the Beatles exploded in America on the Ed Sullivan Show.   However, in that brief period they became - and remain - the world’s most iconic band thanks to a treasure chest of memorable songs and an uncanny ability to chart fresh musical direction with every new release.  Using performance and interview clips we’ll investigate the reasons it all fell apart 50 years ago and what – if anything - could have been done to keep the band intact.

Presented by Gary Wenstrup, who teaches pop music history at several colleges' Continuing Education Departments including Oakton, Harper, and College of DuPage.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 93 spaces available.
Tuesday August 4, 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday August 17, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Alice Paul: Winning Votes for Women
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

In this living-history portrayal, Actress and Scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., portrays suffragist Alice Paul, one of the most dynamic leaders in the fight to win votes for women. An innovative and tireless worker, Paul arranged parades, organized the first picketing demonstrations outside the White House, lobbied politicians, and endured imprisonment for women’s suffrage. As fearless as she was pioneering, she remains an icon in the struggle for equal rights.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 100 spaces available.
Tuesday August 18, 2020
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VIRTUAL: The Dangers of Giving Women the Vote: Women’s Suffrage Cartoons
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
 
This presentation by Dr. Julia diLiberti will compare political cartoons from the suffragist era and those depicting female candidates today.
 
Dr. diLiberti is a Professor of Humanities at the College of DuPage and serves as the Global Education Faculty Liaison.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 100 spaces available.
Wednesday August 19, 2020
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in September & 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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Tuesday September 1, 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday September 14, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Lewis & Clark's Trail (Outbound in 1804 and 1805)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
 
This presentation features photography from the length of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and tells the overall story of the epic 8000-mile expedition from the Mississippi to the Pacific and back, but it focuses mainly on the outbound portion of the journey. Drawing on Lynn’s modern travels by mountain bike, the program places special emphasis upon the Corps of Discovery’s difficult 400-mile crossing of the Bitterroot Mountains in today’s Montana and Idaho, the last 180 miles down the Columbia River and along the Pacific Coast in today’s Washington and Oregon, and on to winter quarters at Astoria, the saltworks at Seaside, and over Tillamook Head to its point of farthest reach at Cannon Beach, Oregon. 

John Lynn of Peoria has photographed all 2400 Illinois cities, villages, and towns. He has also hiked, biked, and canoed enough historic and scenic trails, roads, and rivers in North America and Britain to circle the globe. He has now shared his experiences with over 4000 audiences in three countries.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 96 spaces available.
Wednesday September 16, 2020
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Great Decisions Discussion Group
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
Monday September 21, 2020
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VIRTUAL - Lewis & Clark's Trail (Homeward Bound in 1806)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
 
This presentation features photography from the length of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and tells the overall story of the epic 8000-mile expedition from the Mississippi to the Pacific and back, but it focuses mainly on the homeward bound portion of the journey by way of the Missouri River. “Big Muddy” and its tributaries played a central role in the overall story of the expedition, accounting for almost 5000 miles of its travels and 18 of the expedition’s 28 months of explorations. Drawing on Lynn’s modern voyage by canoe and kayak down the length of the Missouri River, the program places special emphasis upon the Corps of Discovery’s 2300-mile descent of the Missouri River from Three Forks, Montana to the Mississippi and on to St. Louis. 
 
John Lynn of Peoria has photographed all 2400 Illinois cities, villages, and towns. He has also hiked, biked, and canoed enough historic and scenic trails, roads, and rivers in North America and Britain to circle the globe. He has now shared his experiences with over 4000 audiences in three countries.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 97 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
Wednesday September 23, 2020
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Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except in September & 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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Monday October 19, 2020
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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
Wednesday October 21, 2020
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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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
 
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Great Decisions Discussion Group
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
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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday November 16, 2020
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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
Wednesday November 18, 2020
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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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
 
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Great Decisions Discussion Group
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
Tuesday December 8, 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-529-3120 x 2829  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday December 14, 2020
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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, while enjoying some light refreshments. 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

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