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The library is open normal business hours. Meeting rooms reopen August 1, 2021. Reservations are now being accepted.

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Monday February 6, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Henry Ossawa Tanner - An (African) American in Paris
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

In the late nineteenth century, Henry Ossawa Tanner became the first Black artist to achieve fame in Europe. Drawing on training he received at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tanner's early work represented African Americans with dignity and respect. In a speech at the "Congress on Africa" at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition, he encouraged other artists to do the same and oppose the predominant racial stereotypes of his era. Ultimately Tanner turned toward religious themes and brought a fresh perspective to time-honored Biblical subjects. In this virtual presentation, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses Tanner's artistic journey and places his work within an art historical context.

Mishur is co-owner of Art Excursions, a business providing art-related private guiding, lectures, and small group tours.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 448 spaces available.
Tuesday February 7, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Makerspace Craft: Valentine’s Day Paper Lanterns
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Registration Limit: 6 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on February 7 and February 13Registration opens February 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Depending on craft complexity, patrons may need to pick up their finished project later.

Learn how to use the library's Makerspace equipment to make a Valentine's Day paper lantern. Computer experience is required.

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.

Valentine's Day Lantern

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Wednesday February 8, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: Where the Crawdads Sing
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Where the Crawdads Sing
A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with.
Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Garret Dillahunt, Harris Dickinson
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 5 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday February 13, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Makerspace Craft: Valentine’s Day Paper Lanterns
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Registration Limit: 6 patrons max per session, Bloomingdale Public Library card required, ages 12 to adult. Please sign up for one session only. Sessions are on February 7 and February 13Registration opens February 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Depending on craft complexity, patrons may need to pick up their finished project later.

Learn how to use the library's Makerspace equipment to make a Valentine's Day paper lantern. Computer experience is required.

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.

Valentine's Day Lantern

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
 
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The History of Stevie Wonder
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

In the 1960s… “My Cherie Amour.”  In the 1970s…“You Are The Sunshine of My Life.” In the 1980s… “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”  It’s a stunning list of huge hits!  Using performance and interview clips we’ll trace the arc of Stevie’s amazing career to gain a deeper understanding of one of America’s national treasures.

Presented by popular music expert, Gary Wenstrup.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 87 spaces available.
Wednesday February 15, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

February - Special Zoom Virtual Meeting (No In-Person Meeting)

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. 

 

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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Great Decisions
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 February 20, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: A Jack Benny Extravaganza
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Bring on the laughs, courtesy of Jack Benny, one of comedy’s most dazzling and groundbreaking funny men! This hilarious and informative presentation features a collection of rib-tickling segments from Mr. Benny’s radio, TV shows, and movies, and we’ll also look back to Benny’s youth and hear stories about his rise to fame.

Presented by retired teacher and film expert, Steven Frenzel.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 430 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 (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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Tuesday February 21, 2023
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TV Land with Heather Braoudakis
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

An exploration through your favorite TV theme songs. Guess the TV show, sing-along, reminisce. ‘Green Acres’ to ‘Brady Bunch,’ ‘Roy Rogers’ to ‘The Love Boat.’ Back when TV had theme songs. Please join us for an evening of song with Chicago Symphony Chorus Singer Heather Braoudakis.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 74 spaces available.
Wednesday February 22, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: Elvis
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Elvis
Elvis is Baz Luhrmann's biopic of Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 39 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday February 27, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Wednesday March 1, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday March 6, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Georgia O'Keeffe - American Master
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century. O'Keeffe painted, drew and sculpted an incredible array of subjects over her long career. She is likely the most famous artist associated with the Santa Fe region. Still misunderstood and misinterpreted even in the 21st century, her work was crucial to the history of modernism in America.

In this program, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses a full range of Georgia O'Keeffe's art, from her daring and innovative abstractions of the 1910s and 1920s to her elegant investigations of various subject matter, such as architecture, landscapes, and flowers.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 452 spaces available.
Tuesday March 7, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Wednesday March 8, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: Bullet Train
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Bullet Train
Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt
Rated: R | Running Time: 2 hr 7 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday March 13, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Defining Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
What time is it? That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer!
We’ll venture through several thousand years of history in the human quest to measure and define time.
 
Presented by Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 474 spaces available.
 
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Makerspace Craft: Custom Wooden Sign
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to use the library's Makerspace equipment to make a custom wooden 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 March 13 and March 21Registration opens March 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Depending on craft complexity, patrons may need to pick up their finished project later. Computer experience is required.

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.

 

Custom Wooden Sign

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Wednesday March 15, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
 
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Great Decisions
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 March 20, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: Funniest Women in the Movies
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

In this hilarious presentation of some of the funniest women in Hollywood history, we will hear stories of how they had to buck the system in order to stay true to themselves, and we will watch many sidesplitting scenes featuring strong and funny women in the movies. 

Presented by retired teacher and film expert Steven Frenzel.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 457 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 (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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Tuesday March 21, 2023
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Makerspace Craft: Custom Wooden Sign
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn how to use the library's Makerspace equipment to make a custom wooden 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 March 13 and March 21Registration opens March 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Depending on craft complexity, patrons may need to pick up their finished project later. Computer experience is required.

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.

Custom Wooden Sign

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Songs You've Requested with Heather Braoudakis
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Throughout the years, you’ve asked me to sing certain songs. Well, now’s the time. You’ll hear your requests and who requested them … songs like Sunrise Sunset, Embraceable You, Somewhere My Love, Stardust, and more! Please join us for an evening of song with Chicago Symphony Chorus Singer Heather Braoudakis.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 87 spaces available.
Wednesday March 22, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own.
Starring: Leslie Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson
Rated: PG | Running Time: 1 hr 55 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday April 3, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Tuesday April 4, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Wednesday April 5, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday April 10, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: The Art of John Singer Sargent
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

In this lecture, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses highlights of John Singer Sargent's career as a portraitist, muralist, and plein air painter. Sargent's society portraits gave him the financial freedom to paint diverse subjects and to travel in Italy, England, France and Spain. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 459 spaces available.
Wednesday April 12, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: Ticket to Paradise
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Ticket to Paradise
A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.
Starring: Julia Roberts and George Clooney
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday April 17, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: The Sound of Music - The Story Behind the Story
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Retired teach and film expert, Steven Frenzel, has put together a delightful program about one of the most beloved films in history. Enjoy fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, historical insights, and wonderful moments that will make people fall in love with this movie all over again.

He'll not only showcase the most popular scenes and musical numbers, he'll also display the words on screen for a sing-along with Do Re Mi, 16 Going on 17, Edelweiss, and more!

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 462 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 (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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Wednesday April 19, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
 
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Great Decisions
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
Thursday April 20, 2023
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Makerspace Craft: Gift Tags
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to use Cricut's Print Then Cut feature to make gift tags.

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 April 20 and April 25Registration opens April 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Depending on craft complexity, patrons may need to pick up their finished project later. Computer experience is required.

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.

Gift Tags

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Monday April 24, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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The History of Simon & Garfunkel
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

If you took the sweet harmonies of the Everly Brothers and matched them with the lyricism of Bob Dylan the result might be Simon & Garfunkel. Often considered the thinking person’s rock ‘n’ rollers they were also one of the most successful musical acts of the 1960’s. 

Using audio and visual content we will trace the arc of Simon & Garfunkel’s career from their surprise teenybopper hit “Hey Schoolgirl” …to the folk-rock classic “Sound of Silence”…to the ever popular “Mrs. Robinson” …to the majesty of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 94 spaces available.
Tuesday April 25, 2023
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Makerspace Craft: Gift Tags
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn how to use Cricut's Print Then Cut feature to make gift tags.

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 April 20 and April 25Registration opens April 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Depending on craft complexity, patrons may need to pick up their finished project later. Computer experience is required.

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.

Gift Tags

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Feelin' Groovy with Heather Braoudakis
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Let’s play a quiz show. Category: History. This decade was the grooviest. Answer: “What is the Sixties?”

Play along with music from Burt Bacharach, Mama’s & Papa’s, Fifth Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, and many more!  

Please join us for an evening of song with Chicago Symphony Chorus Singer Heather Braoudakis.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 94 spaces available.
Wednesday April 26, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: The Apartment
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
The Apartment
A Manhattan insurance clerk tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. Winner of 5 1960 Academy Awards!
Starring: Jack Lemon, Shirley MacLaine
Rated: PG | Running Time: 2 hr 5 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday May 1, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Makerspace Craft: Handmade Paper Flower Card
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to use the Cricut to write or draw a handmade card, and then roll paper flowers to decorate it.

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 1 and May 8Registration opens April 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Computer experience is required.

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 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Tuesday May 2, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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HYBRID - The Last Charge of the Rough Rider: Teddy Roosevelts Last Days
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hybrid Event: In-Person Presentation & Zoom Webinar

Join us for an evening with local author William Hazelgrove who is back to discuss Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and their desire to charge the Germans in World War I.

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

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 483 spaces available.
Wednesday May 3, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday May 8, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Wallis Simpson: Duchess with Style
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

 

Hear the story of how Edward VIII gave up the throne of England to marry this American divorcee. How did she win his heart and become the most famous, well dressed, stylish woman in the world? Discover the details of their courtship, their marriage, the royal family fall-out, and how she made a happy, loving home for the former King of England.

This historical reenactment is presented by Lynn Rymarz. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 90 spaces available.
 
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Makerspace Craft: Handmade Paper Flower Card
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to use the Cricut to write or draw a handmade card, and then roll paper flowers to decorate it.

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 1 and May 8Registration opens April 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Computer experience is required.

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 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Wednesday May 10, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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Drop-In Movie: The Good House
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
The Good House
Life for New England realtor Hildy Good begins to unravel when she hooks up with an old flame of hers from New York. Based on Ann Leary's 'The Good House.'
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline
Rated: R | Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday May 15, 2023
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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 January 23 & January 25; first day of class is January 30. For class registration and information/questions contact College of DuPage at 630-942-3697 | ela@cod.edu | cod.edu/ela

CONTACT:  College of DuPage  630-942-3697  ela@cod.edu
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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VIRTUAL: William & Jane Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Artist William Morris founded his first decorative arts design firm in 1861. Over the following decades he collaborated with his wife, Jane Burden, along with fellow artists and became a leading contributor to the English Arts and Crafts movement. In this outline presentation, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses works by Morris and his colleagues, including paintings, furniture, stained glass, textiles, and decorative arts.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 481 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 (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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Wednesday May 17, 2023
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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
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 May 22, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Frozen In Time - The W.C. Kimball Shipwreck
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

In 2018 the most intact 19th century schooner in the world, was found hiding under 300 feet of icy Lake Michigan water.  This is the story of how it was found, the team of historians who identified her, and the forensic clues that led them to what they think the doomed vessel and crew's final hours were like. Award winning diver and photographer, Cal Kothrade, presents the true story of the W.C. Kimball shipwreck with actual video and photos which help weave a tale of loss and mystery. 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 490 spaces available.
Wednesday May 24, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: Angry Neighbors
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Angry Neighbors
A grumpy novelist vows revenge when his wealthy neighbor builds a hideous mega-mansion next door.
Starring: Bobby Cannavale, Frank Langella
Rated: R | Running Time: 1 hr 29 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Tuesday May 30, 2023
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Benefits
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Lockwood Wealth Management of Raymond James will be joined by a Social Security expert to outline strategies for maximizing your Social Security benefit. They will discuss ways to maximize your benefit, how different claiming strategies can impact your spouse, and how getting more income from Social Security can reduce your taxable income in retirement. Case strategies of multiple common scenarios will be discussed to demonstrate the change in your benefit based on the time you start claiming.
 
Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive a complete analysis of their individual situation in a follow up conversation.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 100 spaces available.
Tuesday June 6, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Wednesday June 7, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: Tár
1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Tár
Set in the international world of Western classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Noemie Merlant, Nina Hoss
Rated: R | Running Time: 2 hr 38 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday June 12, 2023
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Curator of Warhol 2023 - College of DuPage Special Exhibit
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Join us for an evening with curator Justin Witte as he discusses the special art exhibit on display at College of DuPage - “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop” which will run from June 3 through September 10, 2023. 

For ticket pricing & fees visit WARHOL2023.org

CONTACT:  Reference Desk   630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 96 spaces available.
Tuesday June 13, 2023
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HYBRID - Writing Narrative Nonfiction for the Modern Market
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hybrid Event: In-Person Presentation & Zoom Webinar

Join us for an evening with local author William Hazelgrove who is back to discuss the art of writing narrative nonfiction. 

Ever since Devil in the White City exploded onto the scene, narrative nonfiction has been a hot market for writers. Having published 13 nonfiction titles, William shows us how to research and develop a story line and then how to pitch the publishers with just a proposoal. 

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

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 491 spaces available.
Wednesday June 14, 2023
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Makerspace Craft: Custom Etched Glass
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to cut vinyl stencils, then use etching cream to apply your design to a glass.

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 June 14, June 26, July 10, and July 12Registration opens June 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Computer experience is required.

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 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Monday June 19, 2023
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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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Wednesday June 21, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: A Man Called Otto
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
A Man Called Otto
Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mariana Trevino, Rachel Keller
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 6 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday June 26, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Shooting Shipwrecks: The Stories Behind the Photos
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Award winning shipwreck photographer, Cal Kothrade, uses dozens of his world famous shipwreck images to tell stories of high seas adventure, danger, and the drama he has experienced over more than a decade of searching out and photographing some of the world's most haunting shipwrecks.  He discusses how he got into diving, the type of equipment needed to dive 200 feet down in the cold, dark, icy waters of the Great Lakes, and the camera gear he shoots with. 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 494 spaces available.
 
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Makerspace Craft: Custom Etched Glass
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to cut vinyl stencils, then use etching cream to apply your design to a glass.

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 June 14, June 26, July 10, and July 12Registration opens June 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Computer experience is required.

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 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Tuesday June 27, 2023
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Radio in the 1950s: From Golden Age to TV Age
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

The ascension of television led many of radio's biggest stars and shows to leave the old medium for the new one. This presentation examines how radio evolved as its Golden Age ended and a new age began, with news, talk, music and a new generation of comedy!

 

Presented by Steve Darnall, host of "Those Were the Days" radio show. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 68 spaces available.
Wednesday July 5, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: Devotion
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Devotion
A pair of U.S. Navy fighter pilots risk their lives during the Korean War and become some of the Navy's most celebrated wingmen. 
Starring: Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell, Christina Jackson
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 19 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday July 10, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Planning an Active Retirement
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Zoom Webinar

In this presentation, retired salesman and community college professor Gene Flynn focuses on how you might best live your life in the early years of retirement and semi-retirement to promote physical and mental health as well as strong social engagement. He will also explore many options for encore careers, gig and volunteer work, and lifelong learning. Retirement is a major life change, and some early planning can go a long way. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 498 spaces available.
 
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Makerspace Craft: Custom Etched Glass
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to cut vinyl stencils, then use etching cream to apply your design to a glass.

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 June 14, June 26, July 10, and July 12Registration opens June 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Computer experience is required.

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 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Tuesday July 11, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
 
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HYBRID - Finding the Novel Inside of You
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hybrid Event: In-Person Presentation & Zoom Webinar

Join us for an evening with local author William Hazelgrove who is back to discuss the art of writing fictional novels. 

We all have a novel inside of us. It's that story burning to be told. Hazelgrove tells the secrets and method to get started on that idea and keep at it through the first draft and subsequent revisions. He also covers the "ins-and-outs" of getting published, sharing stories of paperback auctions, movie options, and his first big contract.

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

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 496 spaces available.
Wednesday July 12, 2023
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Makerspace Craft: Custom Etched Glass
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to cut vinyl stencils, then use etching cream to apply your design to a glass.

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 June 14, June 26, July 10, and July 12Registration opens June 1 at 9:00 a.m. for all sessions. Computer experience is required.

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 AT 9:00AM CENTRAL TIME. If you're unable to register, please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730.

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Makerspace
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM     
Monday July 17, 2023
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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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Tuesday July 18, 2023
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Parks of Montana and the Dakotas
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

The Dakotas and Montana are filled with wide-open spaces where the buffalo still roam. Hear about these majestic mammals while we travel the Badlands of North and South Dakota, see the four presidents carved into Mount Rushmore, and tour the majestic mountains of Glacier National Park.  Learn about legendary figures of the western frontier like Lewis and Clark, Theodore Roosevelt, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 98 spaces available.
Wednesday July 19, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
A joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest female R&B pop vocalists of all time, tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.
Starring: Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 24 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday July 24, 2023
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VIRTUAL: The Sweetest Job Ever - My Time in the Candy Industry
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Historical Presenter, Jim Gibbons, will discuss his years as a sales representative for the E.J. Brach & Sons Candy Company. From the enticing chocolate smell of the plant, to the eye-twinkling displays in the stores, Gibbons will present all the tricks of the trade that help you, the buyer, select your treats. Whether it be the candy corn for Halloween, the chocolate bunnies during Easter, or the peppermints during the Holidays, Gibbons will take you back to a time when life was sweet. He will explain the competitiveness, advertising, aisle appeal and psychological warfare used by candy companies to attract buyers’ attention and make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 495 spaces available.
Tuesday August 1, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday August 7, 2023
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VIRTUAL: The Legacy of Robin Williams
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

When you think of comedian and actor Robin Williams, what fond memories do you have? Are you taken back to your childhood with Peter Pan in Neverland? Are you now in the magical city of Agrabah with the Genie? Or maybe you just met your charming whimsical nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire? To many, Williams’ impactful talent was larger than life. Through his on-the-spot improvisation skills, genuine personality, and quick-witted humor, Williams captured the attention and hearts of many nationwide and globally.
 
Historical Presenter, Michelle Gibbons, will take you into the life and mind of the comic genius, Robin Williams. Gibbons will discuss Williams’ famous works, movies, TV shows and success; his personal struggles and achievements; as well as the impact he made on others during and after his life. Gibbons will explain how an alien from outer space named Mork became a larger-than-life legend on Earth.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 498 spaces available.
Wednesday August 9, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: Good Will Hunting
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Rated: R | Running Time: 2 hr 6 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday August 14, 2023
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Flying High: Betty the Pan Am Stewardess
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fasten your uniform buttons and get ready to travel back to the golden age of air travel. In the 1960s, when jets were new, the stewardess was an all-American fantasy: hostess, nurse, cook, therapist and even sex symbol. In this historical portrayal, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., takes you on an exciting, true story about the real-life stewardesses for Pan Am, the most glamorous U.S. airline. Learn about serving the rich and famous, about the strict height, weight and age requirements, about cooking gourmet meals and enduring some wild rides. Buckle up – this is one flight you won’t forget.

Inspired by the books Up in the Air by Betty Riegel (2020) and Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke (2021).

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 98 spaces available.
Wednesday August 16, 2023
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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
Wednesday August 23, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: The Fabelmans
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
The Fabelmans
Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.
Starring: Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano
Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr 31 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Tuesday August 29, 2023
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Medicare 101
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In-Person Event

Medicare Solutions Network will be presenting a free educational seminar to get you up to speed on what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, and your potential out of pocket exposure. Presented by Robin Dawson of Medicare Solutions Network.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 100 spaces available.
Tuesday September 5, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday September 11, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Legendary London
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Zoom Webinar

London can be overwhelming on a first visit, with two thousand years of historic sites, museums, sports, and entertainment. This presentation, by retired community college professor and world traveler Gene Flynn, covers all the highlights that new travelers to London need to plan their perfect trip across the pond!

CONTACT:  Reference Desk   630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 498 spaces available.
Wednesday September 13, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: Four Weddings and a Funeral
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.
Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas
Rated: R | Running Time: 1 hr 57 min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday September 18, 2023
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VIRTUAL: The Great North American Eclipse
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Did you see the solar eclipse in 2017? Get ready to do it all over again! There are two impressive solar eclipses coming up in October 2023 and April 2024. 
 
Learn what eclipses are, where to see them, when to look, and how to view solar eclipses safely. Presented by Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 492 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 (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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Wednesday September 20, 2023
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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
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 25, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Life on the Appalachian Trail
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a classic hiking trip through the Appalachians with outdoorsman John Lynn. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Tuesday September 26, 2023
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Autumn in the Smoky Mountains
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its beautiful fall foliage.  Join us to see how the amazing autumn leaves set off panoramic mountain views, tumbling streams, and weathered historic buildings.  We will also discover how the most visited national park in the United States developed, explore things to see and do on your visit, and learn about the animals and plants living in the park.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 100 spaces available.
Wednesday September 27, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Title
description
Starring: ___
Rated: ___ | Running Time: _ hr __ min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Tuesday October 3, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Tuesday October 10, 2023
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HYBRID - Did You Ever Think of Writing a Memoir?
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hybrid Event: In-Person Presentation & Zoom Webinar

Join us for an evening with local author William Hazelgrove who is back to discuss the art of writing memoirs. 

Did you ever think about writing about your own life? Your own life could be a great story. Novelist William Hazelgrove has written a memoir along with thirteen published novels and can take you from the first draft to rewriting. Learn the technique of Memoir Writing with a professional who has been published with major publishers and knows what it takes to produce a memoir that will sell. Research, plotting, technique, dialog and getting published are covered in this exciting presentation.

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

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 498 spaces available.
Wednesday October 11, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Title
description
Starring: ___
Rated: ___ | Running Time: _ hr __ min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday October 16, 2023
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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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Wednesday October 18, 2023
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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
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 October 23, 2023
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VIRTUAL: 12 Things that Make Life on Earth Possible
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Earth has sustained life in many different forms for more than 3 billion years. We’ll highlight an (incomplete) list of 12 things that make our planet special.
 
Presented by Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 491 spaces available.
Tuesday October 24, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Dead People of Illinois
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join us on a tour of Illinois cemeteries with outdoorsman John Lynn. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday October 25, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Title
description
Starring: ___
Rated: ___ | Running Time: _ hr __ min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Tuesday November 7, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday November 13, 2023
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VIRTUAL: The Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

The Cherry Mine Disaster is ranked among the top three mining disasters in our nation’s history due to loss of life, and ranked number one by the United States Department of Labor due to fire. Of the estimated 481 men and boys that went into the mine that day, 259 lost their lives. 
 
Historian, Jim Gibbons, will present on the lives of the people affected by this terrible event and how it impacted the Illinois legislature, which in 1910 established stronger fire and safety regulations governing the mines. 
 
 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 499 spaces available.
Tuesday November 14, 2023
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HYBRID - Getting Published in the Digital Age
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hybrid Event: In-Person Presentation & Zoom Webinar

Join us for an evening with local author William Hazelgrove who is back to teach us how to successfully publish a book in this digital age. 

Publishing has changed and publishing has never before been more exciting and more confusing. Should you go traditional? Should you go right to Kindle? How do you get the attention of editors who are overwhelmed with submissions? How hard is it to publish a Kindle book on Amazon? What are the economics of publishing today?  Bestselling Novelist William Hazelgrove answers these questions in more in his seminar on Digital Publishing.

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

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 498 spaces available.
Wednesday November 15, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Title
description
Starring: ___
Rated: ___ | Running Time: _ hr __ min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
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.

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
 
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Great Decisions
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 November 20, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Life on the Ohio River
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join us on a watery adventure along the Ohio River with outdoorsman John Lynn. 

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

 

CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Tuesday November 21, 2023
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Passage to Chicago on the I&M Canal
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In-Person Event

Journey with us on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, the waterway that made Chicago what it is today. We will tour restored canal buildings, visit canal towns, hike the tow path, ride on a mule drawn canal boat, and meet the people who built and used the canal.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
There are 100 spaces available.
Wednesday November 29, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Title
description
Starring: ___
Rated: ___ | Running Time: _ hr __ min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Tuesday December 5, 2023
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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. (except July). 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.

CONTACT:  Julie Deeke  630-924-2730  jdeeke@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room C
Monday December 11, 2023
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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.
CONTACT:  Jessica Frazier  630-924-2734  jfrazier@mybpl.org
LOCATION: Mtg Room B
Wednesday December 13, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
Title
description
Starring: ___
Rated: ___ | Running Time: _ hr __ min
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday December 18, 2023
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VIRTUAL: Christmas Markets in Prague and Germany
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Zoom Webinar

This presentation, by world-traveller Gene Flynn, takes us on an amazing tour of Christmas markets in Prague and Germany. With very few international tourists and mostly locals enjoying good food, good friends, and a festive atmosphere, December trips are quite different from summer visits.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 499 spaces available.
Wednesday December 20, 2023
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Great Decisions
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
Wednesday December 27, 2023
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Drop-In Movie: TBD
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Movie
 
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CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: + Mtg Room A + Mtg Room B
Monday January 8, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Life on the Alaska Highway
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join us on an adventure along the Alaska Highway with outdoorsman John Lynn. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday February 5, 2024
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VIRTUAL: Life on the Oregon Trail
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join us on an adventure along the Oregon Trail with outdoorsman John Lynn. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday March 18, 2024
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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.​ 

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

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