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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.

Lunchbox Love We're sorry, but this program has been cancelled.
Monday, September 15, 6:30 pm

Our friends from Whole Foods Willowbrook join us to help you find convenient, healthy, good-tasting solutions to the daily challenge of packing your child's lunch.  Time for tasting, too!

The Film That Changed My Life
Thursday, September 18, 7 pm

Author Robert K. Elder joins us to discuss his book The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

The Fab Four FAQ: The Beatles Studio Years: 1967-70
Monday, October 6, 7 pm

Author and Beatles expert Robert Rodriguez returns to CHPL to share performance and promo clips, rare photos and unreleased audio of the Beatles at work during their studio years.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

An Evening with author Ed Benedyk
Tuesday, October 7, 7 pm

Former Clarendon Hills resident Ed Benedyk discusses his novel, Mr. Consequence, a story of crime, vengeance and vigilante justice in Chicago.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Taste of the Stacks
Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm

You've heard of book talking--how about book tasting?  Library Director Lori Craft will talk up novels featuring recipes--giving you a taste of some great books to read--all while you're tasting a variety of yummy goodies made from these books' recipes.

A Visit from Illinois' "Soon to be Famous" author
Joanne Zienty

Thursday, October 23, 7 pm

The winner of the first "Soon to be Famous Illinois Author" competition, Joanne Zienty, joins us to talk about her winning novel The Things We Save, a family saga that perfectly captures life on the south side of Chicago during the 1960s and 1970s.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Medicare 101
Saturday, October 18, 1:30 pm

Maribeth Fencl, a licensed insurance broker certified by Medicare, answers all your questions about all the various parts of Medicare.  This is for anyone who'll soon be eligible for Medicare, those already on the program but losing group retiree benefits, those who are caregivers to Medicare beneficiaries, and everyone who'd just like to understand this program better.

The Basics of the Affordable Care Act
Monday, October 27, 7 pm

Want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)?  Join Maribeth Fencl for an overview including information on open enrollment periods, qualification for subsidies and Medicaid initiatives as part of the Affordable Care Act.

It's a Wrap: Creative, Earth-friendly Gift Packaging
Monday, November 10, 7 pm

Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers demonstrates how you can create stunning yet low-cost gift wraps using natural elements and recycled items.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

De-Stress your Holiday Season through Meditation
Tuesday, November 18, 7 pm

Join Michael Ribet, an investment banker who has practiced meditation for more than 40 years, as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress and improve concentration.  He will also present a simple yet powerful meditation technique that can help with seasonal stress and enrich one's life personally, professionally and spiritually.



Evening Film Series
School Days!

Dead Poets Society (1989) rated PG
Monday, September 22, 6:30 pm

One of Robin Williams' greatest film performances
Run time: 125 minutes

Teacher's Pet (1958) not rated
Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm

Romantic comedy starring Clark Gable and Doris Day
Run time: 120 minutes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
rated PG-13
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 pm

In the words of Ferris himself, "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"
Run time: 103 minutes


Monday Movie Matinees
Spend a spooky afternoon at the movies!

Sherlock Holmes The Scarlet Claw (1944) not rated
Monday, September 29, 1:30 pm

Classic mystery starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
Run time: 74 minutes

Young Frankenstein (1974) not rated
Monday, October 27, 1:30 pm

Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle and Cloris Leachman
Run time: 102 minutes

Refreshments will be served at all movies.

Welcome to the No-Shush Salon!

Fall Open Mic Nights
Thursdays: Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Drop in and share a poem, story or essay, or share your musical gifts with a song or instrumental performance.  Anything creative that you can present in 10 minutes or less is welcome.  No registration required.

Friends Family Trivia Night Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 5, 7 - 8 pm

It's time for Trivia!  The Friends of the Library are sponsoring this night of family fun and friendly competition.  Family members can compete as a trivia team by making a $25 donation to the Friends the night of the event.  Questions will be geared toward the school-age crowd and older, though younger family members are welcome, too! All proceeds support your library.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.


The library and CH CO2, a Clarendon Hills non-profit organization offering environmental education to reduce our individual and collective carbon footprints, invite you to these free programs:

Flooding Modeling
Saturday, September 27, 10 am

Moira Zellner, Research Associate Professor in the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses the use of green infrastructure to mitigate neighborhood flooding.

Greening Your Home
Saturday, November 8, 10 am

Kay McKeen from SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education) will cover the basics of making your home life greener, including shopping, energy conservation, and reducing waste.

Conservation @Home
Saturday, November 15, 2 pm

Jan Roehll from The Conservation Foundation will share the many environmental benefits of native plants, rain barrels and rain gardens.

act_crop.jpgParents of high schoolers:
Is your student ready for the ACTs?

Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:45 am - 2:00 pm

Your student can take a free practice ACT under actual test conditions here at the library on Saturday, October 4th.  Kaplan Test Prep will proctor the test and provide fully analyzed results.  Space is very limited, so sign you child up now.