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The library has resumed normal business hours. Our meeting rooms are closed through May 31, 2021.

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Sunday April 11, 2021 - Saturday April 17, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Animals Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday April 12, 2021 - Friday April 16, 2021
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Take it Make it:Circus at Home

Registration begins March 22 at 9AM.

Grades K-6

Kit Pickup: April 12-16

YouTube video available: April 16

Since we can't go to the circus, have a circus at home with clowning tricks and circus crafts. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Friday April 16, 2021
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VIRTUAL Now Boarding: An International Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your boarding passes ready! In this storytime, we will be travelling all around the world to learn about differnet languages, food and customs. Mini kits will be available at the Youth Service desk for pickup ( first come, first served) beginning on the video release date. 

February- Netherlands

March- Ukraine

April- Italy

May- Mexico 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday April 18, 2021 - Saturday April 24, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Movies Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday April 19, 2021 - Friday April 23, 2021
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Take it Make it: We are in a Bag!

Registration begins March 22 at 9AM

Ages 3-6

Kit pickup: April 19-23

Crafts, stories, activites about our favorite elephant and pig... throw a party and share your best projects/costumes for a chance to win some Elephant and Piggie books!

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Take it Make it:Earth Day

Registration begins March 22 at 9AM

Grades K- 3

Kit Pickup- April 19- 23

Learn how to make seed balls and shapes from recycled paper. These can be planted this spring!

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Monday April 19, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Scrabble Tile Pendant
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Create a custom pendant using a Scrabble tile. Cut out a picture of your own choice and use the supplies to create a one of a kind piece to wear.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. APRIL 19.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

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CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Tuesday April 20, 2021
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Virtual Art Class for Adults and Teens: Still Life & Symbolism
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us on Zoom to learn about the symbolism and hidden meaning of still life paintings, and create your own drawing with artist Lindsay Budzynski. Supplies needed: paper, pencils/erasers, ruler. Tracing paper, markers, or colored pencils optional. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom, and the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you the week of the event. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants, teens are welcome to register.  

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 8 spaces available.
Wednesday April 21, 2021
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Virtual Storytime
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us on our YouTube channel for a special storytime from Youth Services staff. Each week we will read you stories, sing songs, and perform fingerplays so you can enjoy storytime from your own home. 

This program will be available on our YouTube channel. See all of our Storytime videos on our YouTube Storytime playlist.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 93 spaces available.
Thursday April 22, 2021
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Virtual: Free Office Software? LibreOffice 2
7:00 PM

Instructor: Charlie

Further exploring the LibreOffice software this class will cover the basics of the PowerPoint equivalents Impress, teaching students to create simple slideshows.

This class will be posted on our YouTube channel. See all of our Computer Class videos on our YouTube Computer Classes playlist.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- All Requests
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday April 25, 2021 - Saturday May 1, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Music Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday April 26, 2021 - Friday April 30, 2021
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Take it Make it: Crochet Along with Miss Carol

Registration begins March 22 at 9 AM. 

Grades 3-8 

Kit Pickup: April 26- 30

YouTube video available: April 26 and May 10

Zoom meeting: May 24th at 5 p.m.

Learn to crochet along with Miss Carol. Intro kit includes crochet hook and yarn. Video 1 will show you how to hold your hook and yarn and how to crochet a chain- the foundation of most crochet projects. Video 2 will show you how to use your skills to make a simple dishrag. Then, come to our May Zoom meeting to show off your creations. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Take it Make it: Sensory Activities

Registration begins March 22 at 9AM.

All Ages

Kit Pickup: April 26- 30

Includes material to make fun all new sensory activities.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Monday April 26, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Losing at the Oscars
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Celebrate Oscar season by spending time with all the fabulous performers, filmmakers, and movies that NEVER WON AN OSCAR! Film enthusiast and retired teacher, Steven Frenzel is back to take us on a journey of great films and performances that didn't win the big prize.

*The Oscars will be televised on Sunday, April 25th on ABC

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 25 spaces available.
Tuesday April 27, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Adult Take & Make: Flannel Kitty Heating Pad
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
YouTube video (pre-recorded)
 
Watch the premiere of Flannel Kitty Heating Pad on Tuesday, Apr. 27th and learn how to easily sew your own heating pad in the shape of a cat. For this craft you will need flannel fabric, rice, scissors, a sewing needle, and thread.
 
The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a bag of supplies on April 27th. You must provide your own scissors, sewing needle, and thread.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk   630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday April 28, 2021
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Virtual Storytime
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us on our YouTube channel for a special storytime from Youth Services staff. Each week we will read you stories, sing songs, and perform fingerplays so you can enjoy storytime from your own home. 

This program will be available on our YouTube channel. See all of our Storytime videos on our YouTube Storytime playlist.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Thursday April 29, 2021
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Virtual: Using Web Browsers
7:00 PM

Instructor: Sal

Discuss the difference between Chrome, Firefox and Edge while exploring the options available and learning how to use browser extensions.

This class will be posted on our YouTube channel. See all of our Computer Class videos on our YouTube Computer Classes playlist.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 17 spaces available.
Saturday May 1, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen SAT Practice Test
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Stressing about taking the SAT? Take a full-length practice test to ward off test day jitters and see how you may score on the big test. Experience first-hand what test day will be like! A representative from C2 Education will provide a virtual practice test and contact you with scores and analyzed results.

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are many spaces available.
Sunday May 2, 2021 - Saturday May 8, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday May 3, 2021 - Friday May 7, 2021
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Take It Make It: Mother's Day

Registration begins March 22 at 9am.

Grades K-6

Kit Pickup: May 3-8

Design and create a Mother's Day card and flowers to put into your real vase included in your kit.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Take it Make it-Learn About Hawaii for Kids

Registration begins March 22 at 9 AM.

Grades K- 6

Kit pickup: May 3- May 7

YouTube Video available: May 7

Take an imaginary trip to Hawaii to learn about their volcanoes, culture and traditions. maek a lei craft and your own volcano! watch accompanying storytime to learn even more about our 50th state!

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday May 3, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Star Wars Tote Bag
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

May the Fourth Be With You! Celebrate Star Wars day by picking up craft supplies to make your very own Star Wars tote that you can travel the galaxy with. All supplies will be provided, just choose your decal.  

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, MAY 3.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

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         Stormtrooper                         Baby Yoda                     Galactic Empire                  Rebel Alliance                       Mandalorian

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Designing a Flower Bed with Seasonal Interest
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Have you ever seen a garden that just took your breath away? You visit again, two months later, and the garden is again in full glory. How do people do this? How do you design a garden that offers visual interest through the seasons? This lesson will walk you through the design process step-by-step, You will learn how to plan a garden that will offer you visual interest spring through fall with a few winter accents as well.

Hosted by Nancy Bell, a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 67 spaces available.
 
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Virtual: Cloud Storage
7:00 PM

Instructor: Sean

This class will thoroughly discuss cloud storage options, from solutions designed for quick transfer or sharing of files, to those intended as long term backup. Cost, convenience, and security will all be covered.

This class will be posted on our YouTube channel. See all of our Computer Class videos on our YouTube Computer Classes playlist.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 20 spaces available.
Wednesday May 5, 2021
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Virtual Storytime
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us on our YouTube channel for a special storytime from Youth Services staff. Each week we will read you stories, sing songs, and perform fingerplays so you can enjoy storytime from your own home. 

This program will be available on our YouTube channel. See all of our Storytime videos on our YouTube Storytime playlist.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Thursday May 6, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Friday May 7, 2021
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VIRTUAL: I Can Do It! An SEL-Based Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

All emotions are good emotions. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions. Learn about social and emotional learning in this interactive storytime. Mini kits are available at the youth service desk ( first come, first served) beginning on the day of the video release. 

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday May 9, 2021 - Saturday May 15, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Toys & Games Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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STEM Club: Tech Time Online: YouTube How-To

Virtual

(Grades 3-6)

Week of May 9-15 

Learn how to film and edit your own videos then upload them to YouTube. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday May 10, 2021
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Tangle of Knots: Virtual Family Book Discussion

Registration begins March 22 at 9 AM.

Grades 4-6 with an adult

Book Pickup: as soon as you register 

Zoom Book Discussion: May 10 at 5 PM

Tangle of Knots explores families, self-esteem, peanut butter, a little bit of magic and lots of cake. Read the book together with an adult and then join our Zoom discussion. If you'd like, try one of the cake recipes in the book to share at home during the discussion. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Virtual: Using & Organizing eMail

Instructor: Sean

Email account getting out of control? Have a few thousand messages in your inbox demanding attention? This class might be right for you. We will cover how to organize and filter your email, as well as the basics of use and more advanced options provided. Demonstrations will be done with Gmail but most lessons are applicable for other email services as well.

This class will be posted on our YouTube channel. See all of our Computer Class videos on our YouTube Computer Classes playlist.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 18 spaces available.
Monday May 10, 2021 - Friday May 14, 2021
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Take it Make it: Masterpiece Journal

Registration begins March 22 at 9AM.

Grades K-2

Kit Pickup: May 10- 14

Pick up supplies and instructions to make your own art while learning about famous artists. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 13 spaces available.
Monday May 10, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Splendors of the Vatican: Art, Architecture, and History
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

In the slide lecture art historian Jeff Mishur discusses a selection of works from the Vatican Museums including works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio.

Hosted by art historian, Jeff Mishur. Mishur is the owner of Art Excursions, a business providing lectures, private guiding, small group tours and travel consulting.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Wednesday May 12, 2021
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Virtual Storytime
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us on our YouTube channel for a special storytime from Youth Services staff. Each week we will read you stories, sing songs, and perform fingerplays so you can enjoy storytime from your own home. 

This program will be available on our YouTube channel. See all of our Storytime videos on our YouTube Storytime playlist.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday May 16, 2021 - Saturday May 22, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Celebrities Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday May 17, 2021 - Friday May 21, 2021
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Take it Make it: Paw Patrol

Registration begins March 22 at 9 AM.

Ages 2-6

Kit Pickup: May 17- 21

Calling all Paw Patrol fans, join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, and the rest of the Paw Patrol gang for a Pawty Adventure! Take home program includes: crafts, games, and loads of fun!

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday May 17, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Survival Bracelet
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Be prepared for anything by making your very own survival bracelet. Paracord is a useful item to have on an adventure-- even everyday adventures. Learn this weaving technique and create your very own useful paracord bracelet following simple step-by-step instructions. Limited to 15 teens.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. MAY 17.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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Virtual: Basic Macros
7:00 PM

Instructor: Sean

Macros allow you to automate tasks in Microsoft Office programs. This class will demonstrate how to create and manage macros using both the record and program features.

This class will be posted on our YouTube channel. See all of our Computer Class videos on our YouTube Computer Classes playlist.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 19 spaces available.
Tuesday May 18, 2021
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Virtual Art Class for Adults and Teens: Scales, Feathers, and Exoskeletons
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us on Zoom to learn how to draw animals with unique bodies and textures, and create your own drawing with artist Lindsay Budzynski. Supplies needed: paper, pencils/erasers, ruler. Tracing paper, markers, or colored pencils optional. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom, and the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you the week of the event. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants, teens are welcome to register.  

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 8 spaces available.
Wednesday May 19, 2021
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Virtual Storytime
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us on our YouTube channel for a special storytime from Youth Services staff. Each week we will read you stories, sing songs, and perform fingerplays so you can enjoy storytime from your own home. 

This program will be available on our YouTube channel. See all of our Storytime videos on our YouTube Storytime playlist.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 99 spaces available.
Thursday May 20, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- All Requests
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Friday May 21, 2021
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VIRTUAL Now Boarding: An International Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your boarding passes ready! In this storytime, we will be travelling all around the world to learn about differnet languages, food and customs. Mini kits will be available at the Youth Service desk for pickup ( first come, first served) beginning on the video release date. 

February- Netherlands

March- Ukraine

April- Italy

May- Mexico 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday May 23, 2021 - Saturday May 29, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Nintendo Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday May 24, 2021 - Friday May 28, 2021
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Take it Make it: Australian American Girl Doll Adventure

Registration begins March 22 at 9AM

Grades K-2

Kit Pick-up: May 24-28

Learn about Austrialian culture and the 2021 American Girl doll who is from this exciting place. 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 12 spaces available.
Monday May 24, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Funfetti Candle
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Who says sprinkles are just for dessert? Brighten up your day with a candle full of sprinkles and celebrate all year long by making your very own tasty-looking funfetti candle! 

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. MAY 3.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

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CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Windmills & Tulips in the Netherlands and Belgium
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This one-hour presentation follows travel enthusiast Gene Flynn's April 2019 river cruise, which begins in Amsterdam and visits five different areas of the Netherlands and Belgium. Gene starts by looking at the geography and history of these low countries and goes on to explore windmills, past and present, the world’s largest tulip festival, the art of Rubens and Rembrandt, and wonderful chocolate vendors.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 37 spaces available.
 
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Virtual: Office 365 Organization Tools
7:00 PM

Instructor: Sean

New to Office 365 and looking to explore some of the apps beyond Outlook and OneDrive? In this class we’ll take a look at the organizational tools available in some of the lesser known applications. Time will be spent on Calendar, Project, To Do, Planner, and Power Automate. These can be effective working on your own and even more powerful when used as part of a team.

This class will be posted on our YouTube channel. See all of our Computer Class videos on our YouTube Computer Classes playlist.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 18 spaces available.
Tuesday May 25, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Adult Take & Make: Hand-Crafted Felt Baby Mobile
12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
YouTube video (pre-recorded)
 
Watch the premiere of Hand-Crafted Felt Baby Mobile on Tuesday, May 25th and learn how to create a cute baby mobile from scratch. For this craft you will need a wooden embroidery hoop or metal macramé hoop, felt, sewing needle, embroidery thread, pillow stuffing, scissors and paper templates to cut out your designs.
 
The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a bag of supplies on May 25th. You must provide your own scissors, sewing needle and thread.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk   630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday May 26, 2021
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Virtual Storytime
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us on our YouTube channel for a special storytime from Youth Services staff. Each week we will read you stories, sing songs, and perform fingerplays so you can enjoy storytime from your own home. 

This program will be available on our YouTube channel. See all of our Storytime videos on our YouTube Storytime playlist.

 

LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday May 30, 2021 - Saturday June 5, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Chicago Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Thursday June 3, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday June 6, 2021 - Saturday June 12, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Books Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday June 7, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Pride Flag Safety Pin
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Looking for a way to show off some LGBTQ+ pride? Celebrate Pride month by creating a beaded pride flag pin using safety pins. Wear it all month or all year to show your support!

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. JUNE 7.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Beyond The Blues Brothers
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

It's been 41 years since The Blues Brothers debuted in June 1980 and Dr. Kelli Marshall of Chicago Movie Tours is here to share the movie's backstories, explain its mix of Hollywood genres, and discuss the impact it had on Chicago-based filmmaking. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk   630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 75 spaces available.
Sunday June 13, 2021 - Saturday June 19, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Disney Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday June 14, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Unicorns, clouds, and rainbows oh my! Make your own delicious, fun gummy shapes using a gelatin mixture: Pour it into the included mold and concoct a spectrum of flavors and colors to personalize your unicorn, cloud, and rainbow-shaped gummy creations. You can even add citric acid to make sour gummies.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. JUNE 14.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The reviews are in for Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick by Andrea Friederici Ross.
 
All agree it is fascinating. Be treated to a unique experience as Edith herself walks off the page and onto your Zoom screen and the author enlightens you about the odyssey of Edith’s life. Get ready for questions about King Tut’s child bride, James Joyce, Brookfield Zoo, and wealth unimaginable.
 
This is a video presentation followed by live Q&A with an opportunity to meet the author and the subject of her work at the same time. Copies of the book are available at the library. Reading ahead is strongly encouraged.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 56 spaces available.
Wednesday June 16, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 100 spaces available.
Thursday June 17, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- All Requests
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday June 20, 2021 - Saturday June 26, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Summer Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday June 27, 2021 - Saturday July 3, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Marvel Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday June 28, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: USA Flag Safety Pin
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Get ready for Independence Day by making a festive pin. Celebrate the Fourth of July by creating a beaded USA flag pin using safety pins and seed beads. Wear it all month or all year to show your support!

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. JUNE 28.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: O Say Can You See: Images of Patriotism in American Art
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Art Historian Jeff Mishur presents this slide lecture about patriotic themes, symbols, and subjects. Mishur discusses images of George Washington, the American flag, the American landscape, and other subjects within their historic context.

Hosted by art historian, Jeff Mishur. Mishur is the owner of Art Excursions, a business providing lectures, private guiding, small group tours and travel consulting.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 43 spaces available.
Thursday July 1, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- Theme TBA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday July 4, 2021 - Saturday July 10, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen US History Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday July 5, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Remembering Route 66
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Can't take a road trip this year? Travel back in time instead to explore the history of the "mother road" that linked Chicago to LA from 1926 to 1985.

This slide lecture is presented by actor and historian, Leslie Goddard.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 57 spaces available.
Sunday July 11, 2021 - Saturday July 17, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Pokémon Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday July 12, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Fox Bookmark
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Don't lose your place in the book you're reading! Pick up your supplies to create a cute fox bookmark to hold your place.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. JULY 12.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: Roving the Red Planet
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

There are currently 5 U.S. spacecraft either on or orbiting Mars right now and NASA has already begun receiving reports and images from Perseverance Rover, which landed on February 22nd of this year. What have we learned about the Red Planet with decades of robotic visitors? Plenty! We’ll cover the past, present, and future of Martian exploration.

 

Presented by Astroeducator, Michelle Nichols.
 
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 73 spaces available.
Thursday July 15, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Total Request Live: BPL Piano Show! Featuring Kaleen Dolan -- All Requests
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a Facebook Live themed piano show for the whole family! 
 
The video stream will be posted on the library's Facebook Page shortly before each show starts at 7:00 p.m. You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas.
 
Kaleen Dolan is a born and raised Chicagoan who has played at the top piano bars nationally and internationally.
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday July 18, 2021 - Saturday July 24, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Hunger Games Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday July 19, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Blinky POV and Tap-Tempo Metronome
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Choose between the Blinky POV or Tap-Tempo Metronome kit.

Pick up your Blinky POV kit and program a fun message to display. Blinky POV is a reprogrammable LED kit that uses persistence of vision to create the illusion of text or a small picture floating in the air. One you're done assembling it, visit the Blinky Programmer to write your message! * Soldering iron required for this craft *

The Tap-Tempo Metronome is a tap-controlled or tap-tempo metronome and “beat looper.” You tap the piezo speaker to set the rhythm. The display shows the beats per minute, and the two buttons adjust the speed. You can tap patterns into it, currently up to 12 beats long. As long as you tap the pattern in three times, it jumps in and continues beeping in that rhythm.

 

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY. JULY 12.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

   

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday July 21, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Sunday July 25, 2021 - Saturday July 31, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Teen Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen. 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday July 26, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Kindness Rocks
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Promote random acts of kindness! One nice message can change a person's entire outlook on life. Pick up your kit to make some kindness rocks and help make the world a kinder place.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, JULY 26.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
 
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VIRTUAL: We Love Lucy! Lucille Ball
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Come laugh along with one of the funniest and bravest women in television and movie history. We'll see fascinating clips from Lucy's early movie career as well as watch some of the most famous I Love Lucy scenes of all time. Watch as she transforms from a nervous and timid Lucille Ball into the great and fearless Lucy!


Presented by retired teacher and film enthusiast, Steven Frenzel of Marquee Film Talks. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 49 spaces available.
Monday August 9, 2021
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Teen Take and Make: Dream Catcher
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Pick up your kit to construct your dream catcher to basish those bad dreams. Nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window while good dreams are trapped in the web, then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person. 

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 9.  Please email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org if you're interested in this craft project. 

 

CONTACT:  Katie Yager  630-924-2736  kyager@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday August 16, 2021
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VIRTUAL: The Race to Save Titanic
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

William Hazelgrove's new narrative non-fiction book is out now! 

 

160 Minutes The Race to Save the Titanic is a knight’s mission in the dead of a freezing night on the icy Atlantic. It is two men huddled in the transmitting room sending out their plea for assistance with distant ships snatching the meaning and interpreting those dots and dashes in a myriad of different ways relaying it on to a shocked world. It is the actions in Britain and New York and the ships steaming toward the stricken ship of dreams with the only thought to reach her before people succumbed to the twenty-five-degree water. The natural drama of Titanic’s short-lived death throes is juxtaposed against this race against time by the other ships who could affect the outcome and the tragic consequences of the missed opportunities where the fifteen hundred might have been saved.

The race to save the largest ship in the word would begin at 11:40 PM on April 14 when the iceberg was struck and would end at 2:20 am March 15 when her lights blinked out and left 1500 people thrashing in 25-degree water. Although the race to save Titanic survivors would stretch on beyond this, most people in the water would die, but the amazing thing is that of the 2229 people, 710 did not and this was the success of the Titanic rescue effort.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 76 spaces available.
Wednesday August 18, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday August 23, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Discover Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join local travel enthusiast and retired librarian, Nancy McCully, and explore Canada’s Atlantic Coast with this visit to its national parks, historic forts, and Anne of Green Gables sites. See the legendary tides of the Bay of Fundy and watch for whales along the rocky coast. 

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 79 spaces available.
Monday August 30, 2021
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VIRTUAL: The Sinking of the SS Andrea Doria
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
 
It is 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 1956. A heavy fog has settled over the North Atlantic, 45 miles south of the island of Nantucket. The Italian passenger liner, the SS Andrea Doria, is heading westbound, relying on its radar screens to cut its way through the thick fog of the evening. Little does its captain realize, there is eminent danger that lies directly ahead. The Swedish passenger liner, the MS Stockholm, is heading eastbound directly towards them! Hidden from their view by the thick fog, both passenger liners are now heading for a tragic encounter at speeds too fast to avoid the ultimate collision. After being smashed 30 feet into its starboard side, the Andrea Doria pulls loose, lists sharply, and starts to sink to the bottom of the ocean, endangering the lives of all on board. The result was the loss of 46 passengers and crew members on the SS Andrea Doria and 5 crew members on the MS Stockholm. Many of the 1,660 passengers rescued from the capsizing Andrea Doria also had to fight their way off the sinking ship, facing the tremendous odds, without the use of lifeboats.
 
Historian, Jim Gibbons, will present the story of, “The Sinking of the SS Andrea Doria,” and how it collided in a thick fog with the MS Stockholm. Gibbons will take you through that terrible night of extreme tragedy that rocked maritime history!
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 84 spaces available.
Monday September 13, 2021
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VIRTUAL: US-Cuba Relations 1898-2018: What They Didn't Teach Us in School
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In 1898 the US declared war against Spain to expel that country from the Americas and begin its exploitation of Cuba. Learn how American business interests dominated US-Cuba relations until the Cuban Revolution of 1956-59 when subsequent land reform injured American business and political pride, resulting in political and economic sanctions that continue to this day.

Presented by Walt Zlotow, President of the West Suburban Peace Coalition.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 82 spaces available.
Wednesday September 15, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday September 27, 2021
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VIRTUAL: The Essential Great Chicago Fire
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

2021 marks the 150th Anniversary of the fire! It started in a barn and, two days of flaming hell later, nearly destroyed a city. In The Essential Great Chicago Fire, William Pack weaves together technical details of the fire with vivid firsthand accounts from those who lived through the conflagration of 1871, bringing alive all the excitement and terror in a multi-media storytelling event that will not soon be forgotten.

CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
There are 100 spaces available.
Wednesday October 20, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Monday October 25, 2021
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VIRTUAL - Edouard Manet: Painter of Modern Life
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Edouard Manet took on the conservative art world in Paris by painting modern life as opposed to “accepted” subjects. By challenging the French academic system Manet inspired Morisot, Renoir, Monet and other Impressionists. In this lecture, learn about important works in Manet's oeuvre including Luncheon on the Grass, The Balcony and A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. 
 
Art historian Jeff Mishur presents this lecture. Mishur is co-owner of Art Excursions, a company that provides private guiding in Chicago; boutique art and culture tours in the United States; and lectures on a wide range of subjects. A popular speaker about art historical and travel topics, he has his M.A. in Art History from Northern Illinois University and has taught at the university level for many years.
CONTACT:  Reference Desk  630-924-2730  bdref1@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
Wednesday November 17, 2021
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VIRTUAL: Genealogy Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Leslie Drewitz  630-924-2765  ldrewitz@mybpl.org
LOCATION: VIRTUAL

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