fall fest

Fall Activities

Please call 708.371.5666 to register for all programs (unless otherwise noted). 
Technology Training
Memory Lab
Recurring monthly programs: Movies, Cozy Crafting, AMPL Makerspace, Book Social 


Cricut 101
Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm
Thinking about purchasing a Cricut machine? Already have one, but have questions? Come learn the basics of the Cricut and how to use Cricut Design Space. This class is for beginners. Limit of 10. (Class full with waiting list.)


Selling Your Stuff Online
Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm
There are a number of sites for unloading your old possessions, from long-time favorites like eBay to newer options like Facebook Marketplace. We’ll cover the best sites, and offer selling and safety tips!

Dig Into Metal Detecting
Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm
The Illinois Metal Detecting Society will be visiting to share all about the hobby, what equipment and info you need to get started, and some of their exciting finds.

Golden Age of Hollywood Movie: Casablanca
Saturday, October 14 at 2 pm
Join us to celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood with the popular and classic movie Casablanca (1942). Raffle for a gift card will be drawn after the movie. Refreshments will be served.

Vampire Lore and Legend
Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 pm
Discover the lore, the legend and the facts of real-life vampires with Bob Trzeciak. Learn how pop culture introduced the many faces of Count Dracula, from classic books like Dracula to modern vampire inspired movies and TV shows.

Teddy Roosevelt
Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech as Governor of New York in 1899 would set the tone for the Presidency that would follow a few short years later. A man of accomplishment, Roosevelt’s action would create a legacy in conservation that saved 230,000,000 acres (about the area of Texas). You will learn about his life from childhood to the Presidency and beyond; told with energy, humor, and passion.

Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History
Sunday, October 22 at 2 pm
If walls could talk… Was your home moved, damaged by fire or enlarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina Beaird, of Tamarack Genealogy, will provide strategies for researching the history of your home by using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources. Light refreshments will be served.

Dia de Los Muertos-Sugar Skull Decorating
Monday, October 30 at 6:30 pm
Decorate a sugar skull in memory of a loved one as a part of a tradition for Día de los Muertos. All decorating materials will be provided. Limit of 18. Sign up begins September 1st.


Take & Paint: Pumpkin Signs
Wednesday, November 1 at 9 am
Fall-themed take-home kits available at the information desk including a wood blank design, paints, and paintbrushes. Limit of 10. Sign up begins September 1st.

Writing the Great Gatsby with William Hazelgrove
Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm
The Great Gatsby has sold 25 million copies worldwide and sells 500,000 copies annually. The book has been made into three movies and produced for the theatre. It is considered the Greatest American Novel ever written. Yet, the story of how The Great Gatsby was written has not been told except as embedded chapters of much larger biographies. This story is one of heartbreak, infidelity, struggle, alcoholism, financial hardship, and one man’s perseverance to be faithful to the raw diamond of his talent in circumstances that would have crushed others. Join author William Hazelgrove as he recounts the story behind the writing of the Great Gatsby. Books are available to purchase for $25.00.

Meditation with Matteson Shambala Center
Thursday, November 9 at 6 pm
Curious about meditation? This intro to meditation class will cover some tips for building a successful practice, and we’ll also do a guided meditation together.

Design your own Ornament
Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a festive and creative gathering where you'll have the opportunity to design your very own holiday ornament. Whether you prefer crafting a design of your own or assembling a whimsical Santa cam, there's something for everyone to enjoy and bring a touch of personal flair to your holiday decorations. Limit of 18.

Introduction to Drawing Workshop
Thursday, November 30 at 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Drawing is one of the most commonly recognized forms of Visual Art. Participants will become familiar with the Art of Drawing as one of the fundamental types of Art. Art teacher Sandy Safranek will lead participants in a series of guided drawing exercises designed to develop observational and technical skills and thus help to develop or improve their ability to draw. They will also become familiar with pencil (graphite) as a drawing medium as well as the different types of drawing pencils. All supplies will be provided by the instructor.


Entendiendo a mi hijo/a en el sistema escolar americano 
25 de octubre, a las 6:30 pm 
Noemí Romero nos presenta el mundo del sistema escolar americano para mejor entender los retos que los niño/as enfrentan en las escuelas americanas.

Understanding my Child in the American School System
Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm
Noemi Romero shows us the world of the American School system to better understand the challenges that kids in America face. *This program will be held in Spanish.*

Ámese a si mismo 
29 de noviembre, a las 6:30pm 
Amor propio es importante para su vida diaria. Noemí Romero nos ayuda aprender técnicas para amarse a sí mismo.

Love Yourself
Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm
Self-Love is important to incorporate in everyday life. Noemi Romero will help guide you into learning to love yourself and helping you adapt Self Care techniques. *This program will be held in Spanish.*

Maneras de trabajar con el estrés 
13 de diciembre, a las 6:30 pm 
¿Tiene usted más estrés que nunca durante este tiempo festivo? Presentadora Noemí Romero puede ayudar con estrategias para combatir el estrés en su vida activa.

Ways to Work with Stress
Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm
Do you have more stress than usual during this festive season? Presenter Noemi Romero can help with showing different strategies to combat the stress in your busy life. *This program will be held in Spanish.*

Recurring Monthly Programs

AMPL Makerspace
First Monday of each month in the fall. Make a reservation or drop in from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.
Work with one of our librarians to create fantastic mugs, custom t-shirts, and more. See the full list of Makerspace tools here. Personal use only, 2 to 3 items per session at librarian discretion. Feel free to bring your own items to print.

Monday, October 2
Monday, November 6

Tuesday Morning Movies
Fourth Tuesday morning of each month at 9:30 am. Light refreshments provided.

September 26 – Past Lives
October 24 – Haunted Mansion
November 28 – Jules

Cozy Crafting Social Hour
Fourth Tuesday evening of each month at 6 pm. Light refreshments provided.
Enjoy a cozy evening of autumn/nature-themed crafting, snacking, and socialization. A preview/sample of the crafts will be available at the information desk every month ahead of each session.

September 26 – Needle Felting: Bees (10 kits available, friends can share if willing)
October 24 - Punch Needle Embroidery: Mushroom Coasters (11 kits available)
November 28 - Macramé: Plant Hanger (10 kits available

Mobile Memory Lab
Fourth Monday of each month at 7 pm. 
Digitize your favorite family photos, home audio and video cassettes.

Demo – Monday, September 25 
Open Lab – Monday, October 23 
Open Lab – Monday, November 27 

Saturday Book Social
First Saturday of each month at 1 pm.
Come chat with us about your favorite books and shows, or just listen and build up your fall reading list. For registration and information about the monthly theme, contact us at 708.371.5666 ext.139. (For our November 4th meeting, we’ll be watching a movie based on a book.)

October 7
November 4
December 2

Monthly Reading Challenge
This fall, join in our Monthly Reading Challenge. Stop by the Information Desk to pick up a flyer and sign-up treats. Read something that relates to the monthly theme, and you may win a prize. For September, try a book that has a "y" somewhere in the title. In October, look for a book with a cover that shows something in nature. You may discover a new favorite author or series! Head to Reading Resources for more information and for the Google Form to submit entries.