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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts to meet up, discuss tips and helpful hints, and hear from experts in the field.
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
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.
"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 Singers 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.
Calvin Trillin's fond, wry, and affecting memoir of his father, Abe, looks at a stubborn man who was given to swearing off things -- coffee, tobacco, alcohol, all neckties that were not yellow in color. Although Abe Trillin had a strong vision of the sort of person he wanted his son to be, his explicit advice about how to behave didn't go beyond an almost lackadaisical, "You might as well be a mensch." Somehow, though, Abe's messages got through clearly. Admirers of Calvin Trillin's unerring sense of the American character will be entertained and touched by this quietly powerful memoir.