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Contact the first floor Information Desk at 708.926.7024 for registration or additional information.


Adult Programs

Soon to Be Famous IL Author Program
Wednesday, December 13 at 7 pm
Meet this year’s winner Dan Rosenberg, author of The Towers Still Stand, a chilling alternate history thriller about 9/11. Dan will talk about his experiences during 9/11 as well as his writing and self-publishing journey

Dungeons and Dragons for Adults
Saturday, December 16th, January 27th, and February 17th, at 1 pm
Join us for our Dungeons and Dragons group specifically for adults! We’re begin by creating new characters and exploring the Tomb of Annihilation.

Qi Gong
Saturday, January 6 at 10 am
Chi Gong is a Chinese system of slow gentle movements that are repeated a number of times for the purpose of health, relaxation and vitality. All levels of physical ability are invited to participate. These movements can be done sitting or standing.

Cardinals in the Snow Painting Workshop
Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm
A winter cardinal will be our inspiration for this painting workshop. Artist, Christine Thornton, will teach you how to draw form photo reference using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils using several different techniques. Beginners welcome! All supplies provided.

Skin Care
Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 pm
Licensed esthetician, spa owner, and now author of Skin Deep, Samantha Dench provides information on how to properly care for and protect your skin from the inside out, especially during these winter months.

Soup In A Jar
Monday, January 22 at 6:30 pm
Create a beautiful dried layered soup in a mason jar. A great gift or a healthy meal for yourself!

Live! Music Sampler
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6-7 pm live music/ 7-8 pm Q & A
Ages 9-90 yrs
Ready to be inspired with a love of music? Join us for an entertaining and educational evening of live music. Local music schools, Jake’s Music and Blue Island School of Music, will perform and offer the opportunity to sample the sounds of different instruments, ask questions, and learn about their journeys in music. Owners Jake Fields and Gerry Burn are long-time local musicians who teach, perform and travel with their bands, Jake’s All-Stars and Five Guys Named Moe. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary.

Sugar Scrubs
Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm
Making your own luxurious sugar scrub is easy and cost-effective! Come on January 24th to make one for yourself! Adults and teens welcome. Limited to 15 participants per session

Fearless Public Speaking
Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30 – 8 pm
Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Join us to learn the basic skills for delivering clear and engaging presentations, plus tips to manage nervousness.

Blues 101
Monday, February 12 at 6:30 pm
Celebrate Black History Month with award-winning blues musician and oral historian Fruteland Jackson. He will take us on a cultural and musical journey exploring the roots, evolution, and diverse sounds of the Blues.

The Mob and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm
Who was Al Capone, and why are we STILL so fascinated by him? Join Clarence Goodman, historian/storyteller as he presents the true story of Chicago's Beer Wars of the Roaring Twenties. and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Brace yourselves for this brutal story!
Recommended for Adults Only.

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Saturday, February 24 at 10 am
Learn the facts about detection, causes and risk factors, disease stages, treatment, and much more.

Movie Showing of H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Showing of the film documentary H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer by award-winning Chicago filmmaker John Borowski, who will lead a discussion of H.H. Holmes.
Refreshments will be provided.

H.H. Holmes: Beyond The Devil in the White City
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Following the showing of the movie H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer, explore the darker side of Chicago history with award-winning filmmaker John Borowski as he discusses the history of H.H. Holmes. Borowski will share his experience on the making of the film and the book The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes. Q&A follows.


Tech Training



20-Minute Tutorials: Phones, Tablets and Windows 10
The library provides ebooks, audiobooks, music or movies that Alsip-Merrionette Park Library cardholders can access on a phone, tablet or computer. If you need assistance, contact 708.926.7024 to set up a 20-minute tutorial appointment. Bring your device, usernames/passwords, and charging cable, and a librarian will help you get started with our download services: Hoopla Digital, MyMediaMall (Overdrive) and Freegal.

Computer Fundamentals
Saturday, January 13, 10 am
First steps in the use of computers and the Internet: opening programs, entering text, saving and printing documents, manipulating windows, and navigating websites.

Healthy, Organized and Wise: Resources to Help You Keep Your Resolutions
Saturday, January 27, 10 am
Mike Gershbein (of Very Smart People) will present best apps and websites on the topics of health, organization, and learning.

Go Hands-free: Siri, Cortana and Alexa
Saturday, February 17, 10 am
Free up your hands by using the voice-activated features of your phone, tablet or computer. You can now ask your device to dial calls, send texts, look up information for you, and more! This class will also cover security risks of these virtual assistants, and how to protect your privacy. 

Winter Learning Program Q&A
Monday, January 8, 6:30pm - 8 pm
The library offers convenient online classes in technology, job skills, business, languages, genealogy and more. In January and February, you can try a class and earn rewards in our Winter Learning Program. Stop by for a quick demonstration and assistance in setting up a training account.

 Mobile Memory Lab
Check out our Memory Lab webpage for information about this digitization service as well as upcoming dates for open lab sessions!

Monthly Movies


 On the 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 9:30 a.m., enjoy a movie in the lower-level meeting room of the library. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please note that the December movie will be shown on the 3rd Tuesday, instead.

December 19 – Beatriz at Dinner (Please note December will NOT be the 4th Tuesday)

January 23 – Certain Women

February 27 - Churchill

Monthly Crochet and Knit Class

Third Wednesday of the Month at 6:00 pm

December 20 (holiday party), January 17, February 21

Interested in joining a Knit and Crochet Group? Join Blanca Delgado and other like-minded needle enthusiasts for fun activities, sharing of ideas, and a stitching time. All skill levels are welcomed! The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.

Knit Crochet Holiday Party

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group meets at 7:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month. To register, please contact the Adult Services Department at 708.926.7024.

Books are usually available at the Patron Services Desk the month before the discussion. (Please pick them up more than a week in advance; during the last week before the discussion, the books are returned to their home libraries. Thank you!)

December 7th
The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson

Another reading club, the Society of Lifetime Readers, is open to all Library District residents aged 18 and above. No time restraints are placed on you; you can read at your own pace. Prizes are awarded for reading 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 books. Sign up at the Information Desk.