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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Monday, July 31, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
NOTE: The July 31st meeting will be in the Community Room for our Meet the Author: Joseph Scapellato event.

Have a writing itch? The Western Springs Writers' Society (WSWS) welcomes all writers from the community to discuss and hone their craft with other local writers. Whether this is your career or hobby, writers of all levels and genres are invited. Questions in advance? Please contact Marie Gerken at marie@gerken.org or Jim Swinehart at jswinehart@clausen.com.
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 31, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Join us to meet author Joseph Scapellato, whose debut short story collection "Big Lonesome" was just published this February. Joseph grew up in Western Springs, and will talk about his book as well as his writing and publishing experiences.

This event is being hosted by the Western Springs Writers' Society.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
All Knitting Circle meetings take place from 1-3 p.m. on specified Thursdays in the Board Room of the Library (800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL 60558). There is no charge and no registration is needed. All knitters and crafters are welcome.
Location
Board Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 07, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
On August 21, 2017, for the first time in almost 30 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental U.S. in a 71-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. From the Chicago area, about 85% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. Learn about eclipses and how you can enjoy this exciting event!
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Time
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Description
Investors like you discuss trends in investing. Bring your questions about market terminology and how to find reliable information. No money changes hands. Everyone is invited. No registration necessary.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
Have a writing itch? The Western Springs Writers' Society (WSWS) welcomes all writers from the community to discuss and hone their craft with other local writers. Whether this is your career or hobby, writers of all levels and genres are invited. Questions in advance? Please contact Marie Gerken at marie@gerken.org or Jim Swinehart at jswinehart@clausen.com.
Location
Board Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 14, 2017
Time
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
The Science Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Jeff Vandermeer's Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy.
Location
Study Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
All Knitting Circle meetings take place from 1-3 p.m. on specified Thursdays in the Board Room of the Library (800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL 60558). There is no charge and no registration is needed. All knitters and crafters are welcome.
Location
Board Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Date
Monday, August 21, 2017
Time
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Stop by our outdoor tent in McClure Junior High’s field to receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses, or learn how to make your own pinhole projector to safely view this amazing event! McClure is located at 4225 Wolf Rd.
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Getting Started
This summer, you can delve a little deeper into this place we call home with the Adult Summer Reading Program, Sweet Home Chicago. Sign up beginning Wednesday, June 7, either online or at the Library Reference Desk. You read whatever you like, and only one item needs to be theme related. Displays and lists at the Library will help you find books, music, and movies that take place in Chicago, are about Chicago topics, or were created by Chicagoans.

Check out 6 items and record them here, and we will add your tickets to our raffle for you-- no need to stop in to fill them out yourself! Once you've recorded your first 6 items, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a tote bag and mention that you're participating online. You can only get the tote bag once, but you will keep earning raffle tickets for every item you read afterwards.

Raffle tickets will enter you into drawings for some great prizes, including Garrett’s Popcorn, walking tour tickets from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute passes, and more!
Reviews
Title
Heart of Darkness
Author
Joseph Conrad
Rating
4
Review
You may feel like you are doing your homework if you read this. It is on the reading list for an English class at LTHS. Not having read it before, it was interesting, and somewhat challenging to read. Even though it is a short novel, the prose is dense and takes considerable effort to take in. The introduction and appendices help to put it in context.  Swan Online Catalog
Title
An Unfinished Season
Author
Ward Just
Rating
4
Review
This book was promising, but not entirely satisfying. The narrator is a 19 yr old young man from the north shore of Chicago in the 1950s. The most interesting aspect for me was the local setting. The author / narrator is a bit too intellectual to my liking. I found myself impatient with the constant smoking, drinking, and expounding on the meaning of life. From another era.  Swan Online Catalog
Title
Ice Station Zebra
Author
Alistair MacLean
Rating
3
Review
It was a good read for the 200 pages or so, and then the author seemed to just want to end the story. I was surprised that the story ends before the submarine is even back in port. A little more effort on the authors part and it could have been a 5. That being said, I would still recommend the book.   Swan Online Catalog