Eisenhower Explorer Fall 2019



Fall 2019






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4613 N. OKETO AVE.




01 From the Director

02 Meet Sonali Dev

03 Library Events

05 Film Screenings

06 Book Clubs

07 Bus Trips

08 Recommendations

09 Kids World

11 Teens

11 Fun for the Family

12 Veterans’ Day

12 Computer Classes

13 The Workshop

14 Call for Crafters

14 Book Sales

14 Discussion Groups

Coffee with the


Tuesdays, September 24, October 22

& November 26, 5:00–6:00 PM

Stop in at Fannie’s Cafe, grab

a free cup of coffee, and share

your thoughts, comments, and

suggestions with director Stacy



Art Institute of Chicago passes

Admission to many other Metro

Suburban area museums and


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. We encourage

everyone who lives in Norridge and Harwood Heights who

doesn’t already have an Eisenhower Library card to get one. If

you received this newsletter in your mailbox, you’re eligible!

Sign up is quick and easy (see the back cover for details) and

you get so many benefits that are exclusive to residents:

Eisenhower Exclusives – new & popular

books & DVDs

Home delivery for people who cannot

leave their homes without assistance

Advance registration for programs

Priority for Kids World programs

Advance study room reservation

Baby’s First Book Bags

$2.00 in printing or photocopying credit

$20 in Workshop credit

No overdue fines (fees for lost/

damaged items still apply)

Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages

online from your home or mobile

internet connection

Consumer Reports online from your

home or mobile internet connection,

along with hundreds of other


Media On Demand, Hoopla, and

Flipster, services that give you access

to thousands of eBooks, digital

audiobooks, music albums, magazines,

and movies

Graphing calculators, binoculars, and

other non-traditional items

In addition to all of these exclusive benefits, you get generous loan periods,

expert help with technology, experienced professionals who can help you find a

good book, movie, or album along with answers to just about any question, as well

as admission to programs that cover a variety of interests.

Please stop in, get a library card, and see what we have to offer you. I bet we’ll

amaze you!

Stacy Wittmann, Library Director

Register for an Eisenhower Library Card this

September and earn a chance to win passes to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Two lucky winners will receive one year memberships! We’ll draw winners every

week, so get your card early for the most chances to win.

Already have a card? Ask for your entry at the Library Services Desk.

This drawing is exclusive to residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights


A Conversation with Author


® Sunday, October 13, 2:00–4:00 PM

Bestselling author Sonali Dev uses her insights into Indian culture to

conjure up Bollywood-style love stories that explore issues faced by

women around the world while still indulging her faith in the idea of a


The four books in her Bollywood Series capture the colorful spirit and

fascinating details of Indian culture. Her Jane Austen-inspired novel,

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, launches a new series about an

immigrant family descended from Indian royalty who have built

their lives in San Francisco.

Hailed by Shelf Awareness as “not only one of the

best but one of the bravest romance novelists

working today,” Sonali has been featured

on NPR, the Washington Post, Library

Journal, and Kirkus Best Books of the Year

lists. She has also won awards for best

romance novel, the Romantic Times seal

of excellence, and has been a Romance

Writers of America RITA Award finalist.

Come for coffee, cookies, and conversation.

Pride & Prejudice

Film Series

Pride & Prejudice

September 20, 1:00 PM

Period drama starring Keira Knightley. 2005.

Rated PG. 2h 7m.

Bride & Prejudice

September 27, 1:00 PM

Bollywood-style update. 2004. PG-13. 2h 2m.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

October 11, 1:00 PM

A tongue-in-cheek horror/action update.

2016. PG-13. 1h 48m.

Writers Critique


® Fridays, September 27,

October 25 & November 22,

3:00–4:00 PM

Join us each month this fall for moral

support and constructive criticism

from fellow writers. Bring up to ten

pages for comments, critiques,

and encouragement leading up to

National Novel Writing Month in


Women of WWII

® Wednesday, September 25,

7:00–8:00 PM

During WWII, American women

made incredible contributions to

the war effort, including serving up

doughnuts, coffee, and girl-next-door

friendliness on the front lines with

the Red Cross Clubmobile program

on the front lines in Europe, Asia,

Australia, and India. Barb Deane

shares her research for her novel,

On The Homefront, which will be

available to buy.



Everything You Need to

Know About Land Trusts

® Tuesday, September 03, 6:00–7:00 PM

A land trust is a legal agreement commonly used in estate

planning. Jo Ann Kubinski from Parkway Bank examines how

using a land trust lets your beneficiaries avoid stress, delays,

and expense when inheriting real estate.

Upcycled Succulent


® Wednesday, September 04, 6:00–7:30 PM

$5.00 - What’s better than making a succulent terrarium? One

that includes a healing crystal too! Join us for a fun evening

learning about succulents and crystals while creating your own

indoor garden.

Board Game Nights

® Wednesdays, September 11 & November 13,

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Unplug, laugh, and play while competing at classic board

games like Monopoly or new favorites Ticket To Ride,

Smallworld, and Nefarious. Kid-specific games for those

five and older will be available to keep your young ones

entertained, too.

Medicare 101

® Friday, September 13, 2:00–3:30 PM

Medicare can be confusing. Certified Medicare trainer

Joanna Prisiajniouk explains what Medicare covers and

what it doesn’t. Learn about supplements, advantage plans,

prescription coverage, and cost saving strategies for the years


In-person and phone registration begins Monday,

® August 5th for Norridge and Harwood Heights

residents with valid library cards. Online registration

for everyone starts August 12th.

Trees for Climate Change

® Wednesday, September 18, 6:30–7:30 PM

Join Openlands, the Morton Arboretum, and the University of

Illinois Extension to learn the value of trees in a time of climate

change. The U.S. Climate Report will be available along with

information on tree replacement programs in Norridge and

Harwood Heights.

Individual Resume Help

® Saturday, September 21, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM,

2:00 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:15 PM or 3:45 PM

Get help polishing your resume from career transformation

coach Lori Howard.

Jazz Community Big Band

® Sunday, September 22, 2:30–3:30 PM

Bring the whole family for an afternoon with the Jazz

Community Big Band, a swinging group of local musicians

playing the classic music of Count Basie, Stan Kenton,

Duke Ellington, and many more.

Three Chords & the Truth

® Tuesdays, September 24–October 29, 7:00–8:00 PM

If you’ve never picked up a guitar before, start with this six-part

class. Learn basic chords, get introduced to barre chords, and

learn to play in a group. Bring your own six string acoustic guitar.

Yoga for Adults

® Wednesdays, October 02–30, 6:30–7:30 PM

Join certificated yoga teacher Jennifer Hollister for a relaxing

and healthful hour of yoga every Wednesday during October.

PACE & Public Transportation

Thursday, October 03, 6:00–8:30 PM

Drop in for up-to-date public transportation information. Learn

about the new Pulse line, get tips on bus and train travel, find

out how to apply for and use your Ventra card.


Crochet a Shawl

® Wednesday, October 09, 3:00–5:00 PM

Thursday, October 10, 6:30–8:30 PM

$5.00 - Crochet a shawl from one cake of yarn. This project is

for those with basic crochet skills. The registration fee covers

the cost of yarn, crochet hook, and project guide. This class is

for adults and teens in 7th grade and up.

The Beatles: Abbey Road

® Monday, October 14, 7:00–8:00 PM

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road - the last

album the Beatles recorded. Using audio and video content,

Beatles historian Gary Wenstrup shares the stories behind the

Beatles’ final gift to music lovers all over the world.

Medicare Seminar

® Friday, October 18, 2:00–3:30 PM

The open enrollment period for Medicare is October 15th to

December 7th. Robin Dawson from Medicare Solutions will be

here to help you understand the enrollment process.

Antique Appraisals

® Sunday, October 20, 1:30–4:30 PM

Antique expert Mark Moran returns to appraise your antiques.

One item per person, please. No weapons, traps, Nazi

memorabilia, fine jewelry, Beanie Babies, or money.

Just want to watch? Come as an audience member.

Master the Etch-A-Sketch

® Thursday, October 24, 7:00–8:00 PM

$8.00 - Learn how to make works of art on the classic drawing

toy with Princess Etch, an Etch-A-Sketch master. Then take

home your own pocket Etch-A-Sketch! This program is for

adults and teens in grade seven and up.

Halloween Book Binding

® Saturday, October 26, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Make your own non-adhesive blank Halloween-themed journal.

All supplies will be provided. This program is for adults and

teens in grade seven and up.

Remnants of Wild Illinois

® Wednesday, November 06, 6:00–7:30 PM

Three hundren years ago Illinois was a landscape of prairies,

forests, and wetlands, untouched since the last ice age. Today,

that wilderness is mostly gone, but remnants survive as parks,

preserves, and refuges. Nature photographer Jim Rowan

explores these natural areas, sharing discoveries of the plants

and animals that still remain.

The Rise & Fall

of the Berlin Wall

® Sunday, November 10, 2:00–3:30 PM

German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. presents a historical

overview of the period from 1961 to 1989 when the Berlin Wall

stood as a physical and ideological divide between East and

West Germany and a tangible metaphor for the Cold War.

Needle Punch Embroidery

® Wednesday, November 13, 2:00–4:00 PM

Thursday, November 14, 6:30–8:30 PM

Needle punching is an art technique of looping yarn, floss, or

ribbon through fabric to create an image. Learn how to needle

punch and make your own fabric art.

Dawn O’Keefe Williams

® Saturday, November 16, 2:00–3:30 PM

Blending blues, rock, and Americana, Harwood Heights-raised

singer/songwriter Dawn O’Keefe WIlliams sings songs with a

universal message of life as a woman, mother, grandmother,

and musician in the 21st century. Dawn will be sharing not only

her music but how the songs came about as she performs an

acoustic set with her husband Danny Doyle.

Healthy Sugars

® Friday, November 22, 2:00–3:00 PM

Sugars can have a major impact on health factors that could

lead to diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Join us for an

educational talk with Oak Street Health to learn about good

and bad sugars and best practices for controlling your sugar

levels. Healthy snacks will be provided.



Film scholar Ralph Amelio presents each movie and leads a fact-filled conversation.

A Fish Called Wanda

Thursday, September 05, 1:00 PM

Four criminals try to double cross each other after a jewel

heist. Starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline,

and Michael Palin. 1988. Rated R. 1h 48m.

Bye Bye Birdie

Thursday, September 19, 1:00 PM

A songwriter tries to get a pop singer to record one of his

songs before being drafted. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Ann

Margret. 1963. Unrated. 1h 52m.

American Sniper

Thursday, October 10, 1:00 PM

Sniper Chris Kyle saved countless lives on the battlefield but,

after four tours of duty, he can’t leave war behind. Starring

Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. 2014. Rated R. 2h 13m.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Thursday, October 17, 1:00 PM

James Allen’s time on a chain gang later comes back to

haunt him. Starring Paul Muni and Glenda Farrell. 1932.

Unrated. 1h 32m.

Polish Presence in

American Screen


® Thursday, November 07, 7:00–8:30 PM

After analyzing more than 1300 films featuring

Polish characters, Polish American activist and

movie buff Joseph W. Zurawski has become the top

authority on Polish references in American cinema.

With information from his book, The Polish Presence in

American Screen Images, and a selection of film clips,

Zurawski presents a historical overview of the Polish

contribution to American film culture.


Thursday, October 31, 1:00 PM

A man raised since childhood to behave like a human attack

dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Starring Jet Li and Bob Hoskins. 2005. Rated R. 1h 43m.

His Girl Friday

Thursday, November 07, 1:00 PM

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his

ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. Starring Cary Grant

and Rosalind Russell. 1940. Unrated. 1h 32m.

What’s Up, Doc

Thursday, November 21, 1:00 PM

The accidental mix-up of four identical overnight bags leads

to a series of wild and wacky situations. Starring Barbra

Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. 1972. Rated G. 1h 34m.






This twice–monthly series showcases new

additions to the library’s movie collection.

A Star is Born

Tuesday, September 03, 2:00 PM

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM

A veteran musician helps an up-and-coming singer

find fame as alcoholism sends his own career into a

downward spiral. 2018. Rated R. 2h 16m.


Tuesday, October 15, 2:00 PM

Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 PM

In this sequel to the horror classic, Laurie confronts the

masked killer who has haunted her since she escaped his

killing spree four decades ago. 2018. Rated R. 2h 16m.

They Shall Not Grow Old

Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 PM

Tuesday, November 26, 6:00 PM

Never-before-seen and newly restored footage commemorates

the centennial of the end of World War I in

this historic documentary. 2018. Rated R. 1h 39m.

Hoopla Digital


With Hoopla, Eisenhower card holders can stream

or download movies, TV shows, and more on computers,

mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV,

and Roku devices.

Adult Book Discussion

Mondays, September 09, October 07 & November 04,

6:00–7:30 PM

Tuesdays, September 10, October 08 & November 05,

2:00–3:30 PM

Wide–ranging book choices and lively discussions will keep

you energized and excited about reading. If you are new to

the club, please join us at the Monday evening sessions.

Deliciously Fictitious Book Club

Join us every other month in Fannie’s Cafe to discuss

culinary-themed mysteries and sample delicious recipes

from the pages of the books.

By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan

Thursday, September 12, 3:00–4:00 PM

Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

Thursday, November 14, 3:00–4:00 PM

Polish Heritage Book Club

Join us every other month for an English–language book

discussion group focused on literature related to Poland and

Polish culture.

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie by Lauren Redniss

Thursday, October 10, 3:00–4:30 PM

Page to Screen Book Club

Join us every month to watch a movie and discuss the book

from which it was adapted.

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

Tuesday, September 10, 5:30 PM. Rated R. 2h 19m

The Shining (1980)

Tuesday, October 08, 5:30 PM. Rated R. 2h 26m

High Fidelity (2000)

Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 PM. Rated R. 1h 53m

Book club selections are available to borrow at the

Library Services Desk one month before each meeting.



® Registration begins on August 5th for Norridge and

Harwood Heights residents with valid library cards.

Others may register beginning August 12th. Find

complete registration information on the back cover.

To register call 708-867-2299 or ask at the Answers Desk.

Wired to Wear and Makers

United at the Museum of

Science and Industry

® Monday, September 09, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM. $30.00

Technology’s next great revolution is as close as your clothes.

Your wardrobe—and your life—will never be the same. Wired

to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to smart clothing

designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make

us healthier, stronger and safer. Get hands-on with circuit

building, analyze a prototype, and build fabricated materials

into your own wearable LED circuit band. Lunch on your own

at the Museum Cafe or Brain Food Court.

Bernhardt/Hamlet at the

Goodman Theatre

® Sunday, October 06, 12:30–6:00 PM. $60.00

In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt’s decision

to assume the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet left critics

and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Laced with forbidden

romance and backstage gossip, this behind-the-scenes look

at Bernhardt’s most ambitious role combines high humor

and human drama in a rollicking comedy so clever it uplifts,

so timely it hurts.

Explore Chinatown

® Tuesday, November 05, 9:30 AM–3:00 PM. $25.00

Explore the shops, bakeries, and restaurants of Chinatown

with a self-guided walking tour. Visit Chinatown landmarks

like the Chinese-American Museum, the Nine-Dragon Wall,

or the new Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library

with its Feng shui-influenced interior design and expansive

views of the city. Rendezvous at Joy Yee restaurant to

purchase your own lunch off the menu.

BOOKS ______________

Say Nothing

by Patrick Radden Keefe Recommended by Dan

A 38-year-old widowed mother of ten went

missing from her apartment in 1972. Everyone

knew the IRA had taken her as a suspected

informer. No one said anything. Patrick Keefe

went to find out why in this non-fiction thriller. Fans of Killers

of the Flower Moon and In Cold Blood will like Say Nothing.

Normal People

by Sally Rooney Recommended by Marisa

At home, Connell’s mother is Marianne’s maid.

At school, Connell is a popular athlete while

Marianne is a pariah. They fall for each other

anyway, loving and hurting each other in equal

measure. Everything changes in college, where Marianne

makes friends easily and Connell can’t quite fit in. Yet the

intimacy born from revealing everything to one another—all

their most hopeful and shameful parts—binds them. Sally

Rooney elevates a teenage romance into a story of power and

psychological trauma, never losing sight of their scarred but

sweet love, in this engaging novel.

The Salt Line

by Holly Goddard Jones Recommended by Melissa

I have acarophobia (fear of tiny bugs), so I’m

trying to figure out why I couldn’t put down this

novel in which humanity’s common enemy is

the virus-carrying miner tick. In the near future,

the U.S. has been divided into Zones. A giant, vibrating Wall

separates the safe zones from the tick-infected. When a

group of rich adventure seekers heads out on a wilderness

tour to see what remains of nature, what could go wrong?

Young Adult _____________

New YA books you’ll love:

Exile From Eden by Andrew Smith, The Haunted by Danielle Vega,

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra, Hello Girls by

Brittany Cavallaro, Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley.




by Barn the Spoon

Recommended by Molly

Even if you never end up crafting

with wood, Woodcraft is one of those

books that gets you excited about

the possibilities. The book starts

out exploring how to think about sustainable wood as a

resource, the best part of the tree for different projects, and

then dives right into hand tool projects, including knifework,

axework, and turning. The book finishes up with a section on

tools and tool maintenance, and on building woodworking

hardware. As a DIY-er, I immediately geeked out over the

homemade pole lathe (foot pedal powered!) and dreamed of

making hand carved coffee bag clips, rustic pegs, and whisk

brooms for all my loved ones.

KIDS ________________

New Kid by Jerry Craft Recommended by Brooke

Jordan Banks is in the 7th grade and loves drawing cartoons about his life. But rather than attending

art school, his parents are sending him to a fancy private school renowned for its academics. As one

of the few students of color, he soon finds himself lost between his neighborhood life in Washington

Heights and his new upscale life at Riverdale Academy Day School.

Author/illustrator Jerry Craft’s funny illustrations deftly contrast with the novel’s more sobering themes of bullying,

income inequality, and microagressions. New Kid always maintains its sense of humor which is what makes it the

perfect graphic novel for kids ages 10-14.

Kids who like authors Raina Telgemeier or Jason Reynolds will love New Kid. It’s also a great

read-a-like for other graphic novels such as Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell or Real Friends

by Shannon Hale.

DVD & BLU-RAY_________

Maria by Callas

Recommended by Elias

Completely through her own words, this

new documentary explores the talent

and drama that surrounded the life of

Maria Callas, one of the greatest opera

singers of the 20th century. Through

performances, interviews, home movies, private letters,

and unpublished memoirs, we learn how Callas developed

a reputation as a diva due to the strong-arm tactics of her

manager and husband, Giovanni Battista Meneghini and

how her on-and-off romance with Greek shipping magnate

Aristotle Onassis ended in devastation when he married the

widowed Jacqueline Kennedy. It is, however, the full length

performances of Callas’ most important arias that make this

film a worthwhile document of her life and career; one that

both long-term fans and opera neophytes should enjoy.

House of Salt and Shadows

by Erin Craig Recommended by Penny

The Twelve Dancing Princesses becomes a horror story in this sea-tossed retelling. The Thaumas sisters live on the edge

of an island. Each time someone in the household dies, the body is returned to the water. Lately, the sisters have been

“given to the brine” on a regular basis. To bring some cheer to their lives, the remaining girls escape to sumptuous

midnight dances. But sisters keep dying and Annaleigh has horrific visions related to the nighttime parties. Who, or

what, is cursing the Thaumas girls?


Kids Worldadult

Star in an iRead Poster

September 03–30. Ages 12 & under

Come into Kids World where we’ll take a photo of you with your

favorite book. In a few days it will be transformed into a poster

on display! Come back in October to take your poster home.


kids under

seven must be

accompanied by an

in the library

Kids Crocheting

for Beginners

® Saturdays, September 21 or October 12,

2:00–4:00 PM. Grades 4–6

Fall is here and it’s getting chilly outside, what a great time

to learn how to make your own scarf. Workshop waivers are

required to complete registration.


Kids Knitting

® Mondays, September 09, 16 & 23, 4:45–6:00 PM

Grades 4–6

Join us for a beginners knitting class just for kids! Each week

will build on different knitting skills to complete a simple

project. Registration is for all three days. Class size is limited.

Workshop waivers are required to complete registration.

Messy Hands Busy Minds

® Thursdays, September 12, October 10 & November 14,

1:30–2:30 PM. Ages 2–5 with an adult

Roll up your sleeves! Let’s get dirty, have fun, and explore

new concepts! Be sure to wear clothes to get messy in. All

participants should bring an adult partner.

Mo Willems’ Pigeon Back to School

® Saturday, September 14, 10:00–11:00 AM

Ages 12 & under. Kids under 7 must bring an adult

Celebrate the start of the school year with a new Mo Willems’

Pigeon book, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School. There will be

songs, snacks, and a craft.

Pen & Paper Tabletop Adventure

® Saturdays, September 14 & 28, 2:00–4:00 PM

Grades 4–6

Grab your pencils and dice. We’re going on an adventure

without even leaving the library! Each week is a new story with

new heroes in this bite size Dungeons and Dragons game.

Kids Write Away Redux

® Thursdays, September 19, October 17 & November 21,

4:00–5:00 PM. Grades 4–6

Want to become the next famous author? Join us for one or all

three classes this fall! The themes for each class are, “Why So

Tense,” “Let’s Do Some World-Building,” and “That’s Your Hero?”

Let’s Play: Lego ®

® Saturday, September 21, 2:00–3:00 PM or 3:30–4:30 PM

Saturday, November 30, 2:00–3:00 PM or 3:30–4:30 PM

Ages 4–12. Kids under 7 must bring an adult

Get ready to explore, play, and learn with Lego ® .

Be Dramatic! Theater Club

® Thursdays, September 26 & October 24, 4:00–5:00 PM

Grades 3–6

All the world’s a stage...learn how to act in it. Perform quick

scenes with your fellow actors and play some theater games.

Join us for one or both sessions this fall where we’ll focus on the

themes: “Becoming a Villain” and “The Magic of Movement.”

Pixel Power

® Monday, October 14, 4:00–5:00 PM. Grades 3–6

Art goes 8-bit! Bring digital art to the real world and make your

very own pixel creation. Be completely original, or use one of

the many patterns that will be available. Workshop waivers are

required to complete registration.

Animals for Awareness Animal Show

® Saturday, October 19, 1:00–2:00 PM

Kids 12 & under. Kids under 7 must bring an adult

Join us for a fun and educational animal show. Whether you’re

into the furred, scaled, feathered, or shelled, we’re sure to show

an animal or two that you’ll fall head over heels in love with. Kids

will have the opportunity to touch some of the animals.

Kids Concert: The Dreamtree Shakers

® Saturday, November 02, 10:00-10:45 AM

Ages 12 & under. Kids under 7 must bring an adult

Come see a couple of members of the band, The Dreamtree

Shakers, play their original songs where the audience can clap,

stomp, and have some fun!

In-person and phone registration for kids programs begins August 5th for Norridge and Harwood Heights residents with valid

library cards. Online registration for everyone starts August 12th. Find complete registration information on the back cover.




® Monday, October 21,

4:00–4:45 PM. Grades 3–6

It’s science with a Halloween

twist. Be prepared to get

frightfully messy.


Games Week

November 04–08. Ages 12 & under

Stop into Kids World to celebrate

International Games Week. We will have all

sorts of games available to play.

Kids Carvey

® Monday, November 04 or 11,

6:00–8:00 PM

Grade 4–6 with an adult

Learn about the new Carvey machine.

Everyone will have a turn to design,

create, and decorate their own sample

project! Parents are required to assist

their children with the machine. Workshop

waivers are required to complete registration.

Frozen Sing-A-Long

® Saturday, November 09,

10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Ages 12 & under. Kids under 7

with an adult

Let the storm rage on, the cold never

bothered us anyway! Come get excited for

Frozen 2 with us. Join us for a Frozen sing-along

and craft. Feel free to dress up as your

favorite Frozen character!



(6–17 months)

10:30 am



the Library

Thursday, October 31, 1:00–5:00 PM

Ages 12 & under

Start in Kids World to go on a trickor-treating

tour around the




(18–35 months)

9:30 am

Junior (3–5 years)

10:30 am

Cobb Scientific:


® Saturday, November 23,

10:00–10:45 AM. Ages 12 & under

Kids under 7 must bring an adult

Experience the wonder of science as you

hold bubbles in your hands and observe as

ordinary objects are turned into rockets.

Plus, other scientific surprises!

Popcorn Mix & a Movie

® Monday, November 25, 6:00–8:00 PM

Ages 5–12. Kids under 7 must bring

an adult

What’s better than popcorn and a movie?

Making your very own popcorn mix and

enjoying a movie with your library friends!



(18–35 months)

10:00 am


Craft Day

® Saturday, October 26,

1:00–2:00 PM or 2:30–3:30 PM

Ages 12 & under

Celebrate the spookiest time of year

with candy, music, and a couple

of fun crafts.

Family (All Ages)

11:00 AM


Big Kids

(K–2nd grade)

6:00 pm

Minute to Win It:

Kinetic Science


® Friday, November 29,

2:00–3:30 PM. Grades 1–3

Let’s play indoor games involving

force and motion, where we’ll make

hypotheses and then test them

out. Challenges will include rolling,

swinging, bouncing, and colliding

matter. Dress for activity.

3rd-5th Grade Graphic

Novel Club

Do you love graphic novels? Are you in

grades 3-5? Join us as we discuss a

graphic novel. Books will be available

to borrow and read prior to the date of

each discussion.

Sparks! by Ian Boothby

® Wednesday, September 04,

4:30–5:00 PM

The Creepy Case Files of Margo

Maloo by Drew Weing

® Wednesday, October 02,

4:30–5:00 PM

El Deafo by Cece Bell

® Wednesday, November 06,

4:30–5:00 PM



(3–5 years)

10:00 am




Let’s sing, talk, read, write, and play together. No need to

register, just check in at the Kids World Desk thirty minutes

before storytime begins. Caregivers of children under seven

must remain in Kids World during Storytime.



Anonymous Teen Writers

Every Thursday, 4:00–5:30 PM

Writers in grades 7–12 are invited to join in on a weekly session

of socializing and writing. Share your poems and stories in a

supportive space or listen to others read.

Teen Music Club

Tuesdays, September 10 & 24, October 08 & 22,

November 12 & 26, 4:00–6:00 PM

Music fans in grades 7–12 are invited to hang out with friends

and geek out about music. We’ll talk about music, write songs,

learn instruments, and make recordings. Bring your ideas,

instruments, and friends.

Light-Up Anglerfish

® Wednesday, September 25, 4:00–5:30 PM

The anglerfish is a cool and unsettling deep sea predator that

uses bioluminescent light to attract its unsuspecting prey. Learn

more about the angler and use circuitry to make your own fish to

scare your friends!

Princess Etch

® Thursday, October 24, 7:00–8:00 PM

$8.00 - Make works of art with Princess Etch, an Etch-A-Sketch

master, then take home your own pocket Etch-A-Sketch!

After Hours Teen Time

Every month, the library stays open late just for teens.

Bring your friends to watch a movie, eat some pizza, and

make a craft.

The Water Horse and Circuit Anglerfish

® Friday, September 13, 5:00–8:00 PM

Make a light up anglerfish after watching a lonely boy discover

a mysterious egg that hatches into a sea creature.

Wizard of Oz and Pompom Creatures

® Friday, October 11, 5:00–8:00 PM

Make Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Toto pompoms

after traveling down the Yellow Brick Road.

Brave and Instagramming Teas

® Friday, November 08, 5:00 PM–8:00 PM

Make Insta-worthy beverages after watching Princess Merida

undo a beastly curse.


Mini Comic Con

Saturday, September 07,

10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Don your cape and tights then drop into

Eisenhower to join hundreds of fans at

our annual Mini Comic Con, a celebration

of the best in pop culture. Have fun with

everything geeky: comics, toys, video gaming,

television, original art, collectibles,

anime, manga, and more! Visit the artists

alley, shop for comics and collectibles, and

participate in our costume contest.

Find more details at eisenhowerlibrary.org/comiccon

Fall Family

Fun Fest

Saturday, October 05, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

It’s time to celebrate the fall season! Bring

the whole family to the library for games,

hula hoops, chalk drawing, crafts, a book

sale, and more. A little something fun for





Veterans Breakfast

® Monday, November 11, 9:00–11:00 AM

We’re saying thank you to the courageous men and women

who have served our country by offering current military

personnel and veterans breakfast followed by a photo

slideshow, music, and reminiscing. Let us know if you plan

to bring your spouse or a guest.

Veterans Photo Submissions

October 01–November 30

Honor the veterans or active military personnel you know

by submitting their service information for our Local

History Veteran Display. Our annual veteran wall is on

display during the month of November in Kids World.

Look for submission forms at any library service desk.

Please bring in an original photograph of the veterans or

active military personnel. We’ll scan the photo while you

wait and immediately return the original back to you.

We’re updating our local history

book and want to include your

stories of living and working in

the Norridge/Harwood Heights

area. Our local history hotlines

are an easy way for you to share a

few minutes of memories. Have a lot of

memories? Call as often as you like.


Call about local schools

and services


Call about

famous and

infamous locals



shopping, and dining


Call about moving to the


Basic Computer Literacy

for Beginners

® Wednesdays, September 11 & 18, 10:00–11:30 AM

Learn the basics of using a computer in this two-part

computer literacy series.

Excel 2016 Series

® Tuesdays, October 08 & 15, 6:00–8:00 PM

In this two-part class, learn the skills of making spreadsheets

with Microsoft Excel.

Extended Computer Literacy

for Beginners

® Wednesdays, October 16 & 23, 10:00–11:30 AM

Extend your basic computer knowledge with this two-part

computer literacy series.


Have a phone or tablet and need help getting started?

Need advanced help with an app? Sign up for personalized

individual help.

Friday, September 06, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM

Thursday, September 12, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, September 17, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM

Monday, September 23, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Wednesday, October 02, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Friday, October 11, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM

Tuesday, October 15, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM

Tuesday, October 29, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM

Friday, November 08, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM

Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM

Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Monday, November 25, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM



A signed waiver and valid library card must be on file to participate in

Workshop programs or use equipment during Open Workshop hours.

Intro to the Serger

® Thursday, September 05,

6:30–8:00 PM. Adults & Teens

in Grade 7 & Up

Learn to use the serger to give your sewn

seams a professional quality finish.

Kids Knitting

® Mondays, September 09, 16

& 23, 4:45 PM–6:00 PM.

Grades 4–6

Join us for a three-part beginning

knitting class just for kids!

Adult and Teen

Take-Apart Lab

® Tuesday, September 17,

7:30–8:30 PM. Adults & Teens

in Grade 7 & Up

Learn about how things work by taking

them apart. This month: radio devices!

Kids Crocheting

® Saturdays, September 21 or

October 12, 2:00–4:00 PM.

Grades 4–6

Fall is here and it’s getting chilly

outside, what a great time to learn how

to make your own scarf.

Intro to the

Embroidery Machine

® Thursdays, September 19 or

November 21, 6:30–8:00 PM.

Adults & Teens in Grade 7 & Up

Learn the basics of using our computer

aided embroidery machine.

Fabric 101

® Saturday, October 12,

10:00 AM–12:00 PM. Adults &

Teens in Grade 7 & Up

Learn about types of fabric and what

they are best used for.

Pixel Power

® Monday, October 14,

4:00–5:00 PM. Grades 3–6

Bring digital art to the real world with

your own pixel creation.

Learn the Carvey:

Engraved Bookmark

® Thursday, September 26,

2:00–4:00 PM or Monday,

October 21, 6:00–8:00 PM.

Adults & Teens in Grade 7 & Up

Learn the basics of the Carvey by cutting

and engraving a wooden bookmark.

Intro to the

Sewing Machine

® Saturday, October 19,

2:30–4:00 PM. Adults & Teens

in Grade 7 & Up

Learn the basics of using the Workshop’s

sewing machines.

Kids Carvey

® Monday, November 04 or 11,

6:00–8:00 PM. Grades 4–6

with an adult

Everyone will have a turn to design, create,

and decorate their own sample Carvey

project! Parents are required to assist.

Double-Sided Napkins

® Saturday, November 16,

2:00–4:00 PM. Adults & Teens

in Grade 7 & Up

Use the serger to make cloth napkins. Intro

to the Serger is a prerequisite.

Advanced Carvey: Ruler

® Tuesday, November 19,

6:00–8:00 PM. Adults & Teens

in Grade 7 & Up

Take your Carvey skills to the next level

by cutting and engraving an acrylic ruler.

Learn the Carvey is a prerequisite.

After attending a class or

receiving training on Workshop

equipment, drop in to work

on your own projects. Stop by

during Open Workshop hours or

call 708-867-2294 to schedule

one-on-one instruction.


1:00–4:30 PM

6:00–8:45 PM


1:00–4:30 PM


6:00–8:45 PM


1:00–4:30 PM


1:00–4:30 PM


9:00 AM–12:30 PM

_____________ OPEN WORKSHOP

Thanks to the Friends

of the Eisenhower

Library for their

support of classes in

the Workshop.




We’re looking for artists and crafters for our

community craft fair on December 15th! To apply,

email marketing@eisenhowerpld.org with information

about the types of crafts you would plan to

sell. If you have photos or a website we’d love to

see them too.

We prefer makers of handmade goods. No

commercial products please. Those chosen to

participate will be contacted with details.

Find more info at eisenhowerlibrary.org/craftfair.

Fall Blowout Book Sale

Friday, October 04, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Saturday, October 05, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Sunday, October 06, 2:00–4:00 PM

October is National Book Month and we’re celebrating

by making room in the library for new books. That means

great deals for you! Hardcovers, DVDs, and CDs: $1.00.

Paperbacks: 50¢.

Come back on Sunday when you can really fill your

shelves. Everything’s on sale, ten for a dollar.

Friends Book Sales

Saturdays, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26,

November 09 & 23, 2:00–4:00 PM

Look for the Friends of the Library in the Book Sale

Room on the first floor, next to the Quiet Room, on the

2nd and 4th Saturday of every month to support the

library and find great deals on hardcovers, paperbacks,

movies, CDs, and more.

Book Donations

The Friends of the Eisenhower Library accepts donations

of recent books, recorded books, CDs, and DVDs. For

information on donating and joining the Friends, visit


Civil War Discussion

Saturdays, September 14, October 05, & November 02,

10:00–11:30 AM

Join Tom DeFranco for a monthly discussion of Civil War related

books, events, and historical figures.

Garden Club

Wednesday, October 09, 6:00–7:00 PM

Join us to talk about bulbs, bushes, berries, and begonias.

Scale Model Club

Thursdays, September 12, October 10 & November 14,

6:30–8:00 PM

Are you interested in large-things-made-small? Have you been

modeling forever and want to share your expertise? Join this

informal group for modelers of all skill levels.

Pen & Ink Writers Group

Mondays, September 16, October 21 & November 18,

7:00–9:00 PM

The Pen & Ink Writers Group gathers each month to read

stories, poems, or essays, all inspired by a common theme.

Build your writing skills through practice, presentation, and

positive critique.

Knitting Circle

Tuesdays, September 17, October 15 & November 19,

2:30–4:00 PM

Join the Knitting Circle every month in Fannie’s Cafe for

an afternoon of crafting, coffee, and friends.

Friends of the Library

Wednesdays, September 18, October 16,

& November 20, 6:00 PM

Every month, The Friends of the Eisenhower Library group

meets to discuss opportunities to fulfill its mission of

enhancing the Eisenhower Public Library and its services.

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PERMIT # 4030

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM

Friday–Saturday: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sunday: 1:00 PM–5:00 PM



Program Registration

In-person and phone registration begins Monday, August

5th for Norridge and Harwood Heights residents with

valid library cards. Online registration for everyone starts

August 12th. Priority for Kids World Programs is always

given to residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights.

Cover Photo Contest

Want to see your photography on the cover

of our next newsletter? Send a photo of yourself, your family, or

your friends visiting the library to marketing@eisenhowerpld.org

with the subject line “Cover Contest.”

The photo chosen to appear on the cover of the Eisenhower

Explorer will receive a $50 Target gift card. All submissions may

be featured on our social media accounts.

Contact Information

Library Services .... 708-867-7828

Answers Desk ........ 708-867-2299

Kids World .............. 708-867-2298

Fax ........................... 708-867-1535

Library Closings

September 01 & 02, Labor Day

November 27, Closing at 5:00 PM

November 28, Thanksgiving

Get Your Eisenhower Library Card


Bring proof of Norridge or Harwood Heights residency to the Library Services

Desk to apply for a library card. ID should include your name and current address.

Examples include a driver’s license, Ridgewood High School ID, or a utility bill.

Cardholders under the age of fourteen require a parent or guardian’s signature.

Board of Trustees

Mark Braun, President

Peter Magnelli, Vice President

Janice Magnuson, Secretary

Elizabeth Ringelstein, Treasurer

Gary Ross, Trustee

Scott Parent, Trustee

Jennifer Adams, Trustee

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