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Registration REQUIRED for all programs. Contact the first floor Information Desk at 708.926.7024 for registration or additional information.

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Adult Spring Programs

 

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Alsip: 90 Years of Change
Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm
Learn about the changing landscape of Alsip from historical geographer and founder of InSites Chicago, Sherry Meyer.

Everybody Has a Story to Tell
Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm

Storyteller, playwright, and director Brenda Robinson will awaken your inner storyteller!

Chocolate and Chick Lit: A Chat with Katherine Reay
Monday, May 8 at 7:00pm
Don’t miss this lively Skype interview with inspirational romance writer, Katherine Reay, whose most recent book is A Portrait of Emily Price. This fun program will include book raffles, dessert, and Skype instructions.

Soul Line Dancing
3-week session
Wednesdays, May 24, May 31, and June 7, 6:30-7:30pm
When was the last time you went line dancing? It's not just for country music anymore! Join the Dancin’ Deevas as they teach the benefits of soul line dancing as a fun stress reducer. The best part about line dancing is that you don’t need a partner. Class is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Curious about Medical Cannabis?
Monday, June 5 at 6:30pm
Medical cannabis (marijuana) is legal in Illinois.  Neal McQueeny of Midway Dispensary will provide an explanation on what that means covering the science, biology, laws, application process, and patient experience, followed by an open Q&A session.

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Container Gardening Secrets
Saturday, June 10 at 10:00am
Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or single family home, you probably have the space for creative container gardens, one of the hottest trends in gardening. Presented by a master gardener from the University of Illinois Extension.

Words by Friends
Thursday, June 15 at 7:00pm
Join the Longwood Writer's Guild for an evening of local authors reading their work. Limited open mic slots will also be available.

Summer Braiding
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm
Beat the summer heat by learning three simple types of braiding in this fun class for adults and teens.

How I Saved My Family's Pictures
Thursday, June 22 at 6:30pm
Come hear the story of a librarian who scanned 750 family photographs. Get his tips on digitizing and sharing your own albums (or boxes) of pictures. Light refreshments provided.

Garden Craft: Nail Polish Pots
Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00pm
Create beautiful marbled nail polish flower pots to brighten your home or yard. Teens and adults welcome. Please note this program is located at Alsip’s new community garden space located behind Prairie Junior High School at 11910 S Kostner Ave.

Clay Craft: Plant Box Buddies
Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00pm
Sculpt cute polymer clay creatures to decorate your potted plants. Teens and adults welcome.

Save Your Family Stories
Saturday, August 12 at 10:00am
Oral Historian, Marie Scatena, will share methods for interviewing family members, including formulating questions and creating an environment in which stories can be more easily recalled. The class will also learn recording techniques to preserve stories for future generations.


Tech Training


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Typing a Resume
Monday, April 24 at 6:30pm
Learn to type your own resume from scratch, rather than a template. Please bring required content, including a list of past jobs. Basic keyboard and mouse skills required.

Listen to Music Online
Saturday, April 29 at 10:00am
Instructor Mike Gershbein will demonstrate ways to get free or inexpensive access to music on your computer, phone, or tablet.

Microsoft Excel
Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30pm
In this fast-moving class, students will create a basic worksheet and learn fundamentals, such as opening files, adding columns, printing, saving, editing and formatting a file. Basic computer skills required.

Computer Fundamentals
Saturday, May 13 at 10:00am

Learn the basics of using Microsoft Word and the Internet: opening programs, entering text, saving and printing documents, manipulating windows, and navigating websites.

iPhone and iPad Basics
Thursday, May 18 at 6:30pm
Get more comfortable with your device as we demonstrate how to navigate, find apps, and customize your device.

Google Drive
Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm
You can type letters and create spreadsheets without expensive software. Google Drive is a free service that allows Gmail users to create files, store them online, and access them anywhere. Basic computer skills and Gmail account (with username and password) are REQUIRED to participate in this class. If you need assistance setting up a Gmail account, please contact the Adult Services Department in advance of the class at 708.926.7024. 

Raspberry Pi Photo Booth
Saturday, June 17 at 10:00am
Watch as we build a Photo Booth application with a Raspberry Pi (a tiny computer), some small parts, and a few lines of Python code! Participants can receive pictures to take home. Open to ages 9 and up.

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Managing Money Online
Saturday, June 24 at 10:00am
This class will show you the best website and app options for creating a budget, getting financial news and more. In keeping with the theme, most of them are budget-friendly or free.

Windows 10
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30pm
Discover everything you need to get started with Windows 10, including the new Start menu, Edge, Cortana and basic customization.

Computer FundamentalsCreate Your Own Website
Saturday, July 22 at 10:00am
Participants will learn personal website creation using Weebly. This free software features easy-to-use templates and other helpful features. Mouse and keyboard skills required.

Thursday, August 10 at 6:30pm
First steps in the use of Microsoft Word and the Internet: opening programs, entering text, saving and printing documents, manipulating windows, and navigating websites.

Android Phones and Tablets II: Google Apps
Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm
Looking to move beyond the stock mail, photo, calendar and other apps on Android devices? Learn all about the features for the Google apps available to make your life easier

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


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Monthly Movies

On the 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 9:30am, enjoy a movie in the lower-level meeting room of the library. Light refreshments will be provided.

April 25 - Mr. Holmes
May 23 - The Queen of Katwe
June 27 - La La Land
July 25 - Sully


Monthly Crochet and Knit Class

Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00pm

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 6:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Registration required: 708.926.7024.


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The Green Space Project - NEW!

The Alsip Park District, Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library, and School District 126 are proud to present The Green Space Project. Gardeners of all ages will meet every Wednesday evening to create something wonderful in our new community garden space located behind Prairie Junior High School at 11910 S Kostner Ave.

Our weekly work days will include planting, weeding, and maintaining our garden as well as lessons from local gardeners, crafts, and music.

For more information, join our garden e-mail list or call the Information Desk at 708-926-7024.


Adult & Teen Coloring Program - NEW!

Wednesday, May 10 at 6:00pm

Who says coloring is just for kids? Come hang out and de-stress with coloring sheets and colored pencils! All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. We will meet on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, in Meeting Room 1.


Traditional Book Discussion Group

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

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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!)

April 6th
The Worst Hard Time
Timothy Egan

May 4th
The Boys in the Boat
Daniel Brown

June 1st
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple

Society of Lifetime of Readers

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.