My Story Matters: Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Clients of PADS and community members are invited to a weekly writing workshop, Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Main Library. Library staff and people from PADS will lead the group in writing exercises to share stories and experiences. Refreshments will be served.

Second Floor - Veterans Room

Civil War 150: Major General George Thomas

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Meet Major General George Henry Thomas and his wife to learn how a man born on a slave-holding plantation in Virginia became a graduate of West Point and later fought for the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas did not resign his commission in the U.S. Army. His decision to remain loyal to the Union created a deep rift with his family, one that would not heal in his lifetime.

Pleasant Home - Oak Park
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Birds of the World

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tony and Jette Castro have traveled to many countries on their birding adventures. They'll regale us with stories and photographs of a variety of the world's birds...warblers, jays, raptors and woodpeckers are among the species they'll present.

Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Resumes and Cover Letters for Your First Job

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

What do you list as "experience" when you don't have any? This workshop will give participants a thorough overview of the basic building blocks needed to construct a resume, how to describe your skills, and what will help you stand out to employers.

Presented by Cosette Deal from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The session is designed especially for high school students and recent graduates.

Third Floor - Computer Classroom

Words on Wednesday: "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Larson's riveting story of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 focuses mainly on two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect who was the driving force behind the fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a serial killer working under the cover of the busy fair. Join us to discuss this compelling thriller.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

So You Want to Be a Tutor?

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

Training will cover:
* The Definition of Tutoring and Basic Tutoring Guidelines
* The Role of the Peer Mentor
* A Successful Tutoring Session
* Some Tutoring/Mentoring Dos and Don'ts
* Communication Skills & Diversity Dialogue

Second Floor - Veterans Room

Inspiration - Living Life Mindfully: "Left to Tell"

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

In a firsthand account, "Left to Tell: Discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust" author Immaculée Ilibagiza shares her experience during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. For 91 days Ilibagiza hid in a small bathroom with seven other women listening helplessly to the slaughter of nearly one million Tutsis - men, women, and children. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that she discovered the power of prayer and eventually let go of her fear of death and forged a profound and lasting relationship with God.

Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Inspiration - Living Life Mindfully: "The Untethered Soul"

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

"Do you want to be happy or not?” Keep it that simple and you will see that it really is under your control. Many of us have deep-seated preferences that get in the way. Author and spiritual leader Michael Singer’s book "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself" explains how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

Meeting Room - Dole Branch


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