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For Adults

To register for any of the free programs listed below, or for more information,click on the program title.  You may also call the library at 630-323-8188 to register.

Adult Summer Reading
June 8 - August 1

Thanks to our good friends at the Clarendon Hills Bank, we're giving away three Amazon gift cards worth $100 each to three lucky adult summer readers.

Each time you finish a book, just fill out an entry form and drop it into the marked box at the main desk. On August 1st we'll choose the three lucky winners. Good luck to all!

Annual Book Sale
Thursday, June 18th - Monday, June 22nd

Used books are the best bargains around! Come browse to your heart's content among tables overflowing with fiction, non-fiction of all sorts, children's books, DVDs, CDs and more. Sale hours: Thursday: 10 am - 8:30 pm, Friday: 10 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 3:30 pm, and Monday ($5 Bag Sale!): 10 am - 8:30 pm.  All proceeds benefit the library and its programs.

4th Annual Edible Book Contest
Saturday, July 11th

Help us celebrate books and food by entering our Edible Book Contest.  Entries (any representation of a book or book title in edible form) may be dropped off between 11 am and noon on Saturday, July 11th. From noon to 1 pm, the public is invited to view the entries and vote.  Awards will be given at 1 pm, followed by eating!

Award categories include children entering grade 5 and under, your adults entering grades 6-12, adults, families and People's Choice.


An Evening with Author Rita Chhablani
Tuesday, July 14th, 7 pm

Rita Chhablani and her husband split their time between India and Clarendon Hills.  We're delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Rita to the library to discuss her new short story collection, Despite Odds: Tales of Choices. Her stories provide a window into the world of Indian culture, particularly how that culture presents unique challenges to women. Rita's writing has also appeared in leading Indian and international newspapers, and she has authored a book on Yoga entitled The Joys of Yoga.  Don't miss this fascinating evening!


Making Music with Your Computer
Tuesday, July 21st, 7:00 pm

Join local composer Sharon West as she provides an overview of how to use popular music programs such as GarageBand to make your own music. Sharon will perform a live demonstration of how this all works, including a midi keyboard.  Bring your questions, creativity and interest in starting to make your own music today.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Cooking from your garden with Chef Dave
Thursday, July 23rd, 7:00 pm

We welcome back Chef Dave Esau from Dave's Specialty Foods in Mount Prospect for an aewsome demo featuring easy and delicious summer fare using ingredients from your own back yard. Dave will share updated recipes for all your fresh tomatoes and a tasty fruit pastry.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Transform your Jewelry: A Hands-on Workshop
Tuesday, July 28th, 7:00 pm

Clarendon Hills resident and artist/crafter extraordinaire Sandy Squillo will show you how you can transform a piece of jewelry that just isn't "you" anymore, into something you'll actually want to wear!  Salvage beautiful beads, chains, etc from your old jewelry and create a new pair of earrings or a bracelet.  Bring all those odd earrings, too!

We'll have a selection of beads and all the tools you need to create something new, but we encourage you to bring something of your own that needs transformation.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

9th Annual Ice Cream Social
Thursday, August 13th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family over to the library for an ice cream sundae on us!

If the weather cooperates, we'll sit out on the library's front lawn, enjoy our desserts and listen to the Moonlighters Barbership Quartet.  If it rains, never fear, we'll just move the party inside.
Sponsored by The Clarendon Hills Bank

Welcome to Rock the Podium!

Thursday, January 29th, 6:30 pm
Special Guest: Brendan Detzner
Brendan Detzner's stories are sometimes scary, sometimes funny, and usually very strange.  His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, One Buck Horror, Bizarrocast and more. He also runs the Bad Grammar Theater reading series in Chicago. we're excited to welcome Brendan as our guest reader this month!

Thursday, February 26th, 6:30 pm
Special Guest: Jeffrey Westhoff   ALL AGES WELCOME!
With a journalism background including film criticism, feature writing, reporting and copy editing, Jeffrey Westhoss brings his writing talent to the world of adventure and suspensein his action-charged YA novel The Boy Who Knew Too Much.  Come enjoy this special Young Adult edition of Rock the Podium.

Thursday, August 27th, 6:30 pm
Special Guest: Michael Penkas    ADULTS ONLY PLEASE!
Now that we've got your attention...

When one of Mistress Bunny's clients turns up dead after a cancelled appointment, the police call it suicide, but Mistress Bunny suspects murder.  Hear author Michael Penaks read from Mistress Bunny and the Cancelled Client at our August Rock the Podium night.

Monday Movie Matinees
Working Women

Desk Set (1957)
Monday, June 29, 1:30 pm
Starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Run time: 103 minutes

Lover Come Back (1961)
Monday, July 27, 1:30 pm
Starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
Run time: 107 minutes

His Girl Friday (1940)
Monday, August 24, 1:30 pm

Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
Run Time: 92 minutes

Refreshments will be served at all movies.