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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Monday, September 25, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Remodeling our homes is something we may do once in our lifetime. Don't walk into it blindly. Larry Rych and Stephanie Bullwinkel of Imperial Kitchens and Baths, Inc., will give you a good feel of what to look for in a contractor, how to assess a budget for your project and how to design a space that will continue to look "current" in years to come. They will also touch on Universal Design and the ways it can help you live your life longer in a home that adapts to your changing needs.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, September 25, 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
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
For this day only, the Knitting Circle will meet from 1-3 p.m. away from the Library . Ask at the Reference Desk for details. 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
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
In this Kennedy Gardening lecture we'll learn about the native plants in local Wolf Road Prairie, some history of how the prairies were formed, and why conservation is so important to these unique ecosystems.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Have a busy schedule? Need books or music while you're on the go? The Library's digital services give you free access to books, magazines, movies, music and more-- all from your mobile device or home computer! Learn how to get started with Adult Services Librarian Rachel Hoover. Bring your library card, device, and any questions.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 06, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son as his disease progresses.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for these after-hours film discussions. No registration necessary.
Location
Community Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 10, 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
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description
Pub trivia night returns as a new monthly event! Grab a bite to eat while your team competes against other local trivia buffs for fun prizes and the glory of first place. No registration required. This event will be held at Salerno's Pizzeria and R Bar at 821 Burlington Avenue.
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 12, 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
Thursday, October 12, 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
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
Our popular escape rooms are back on Friday the 13th for more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork in the darkened library! Teams will work together to escape the library before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference desk.
Location
Reading Room
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
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar
Author
Thomas Cathcart
Rating
4
Review
The subtitle to this book, is 'understanding philosophy thru jokes'. You will appreciate this book more, the more you already know about philosophy. Also, it helps you to understand from an intellectual standpoint why the jokes are funny. Sometimes the underlying philosophy concepts were over my head even when I still appreciated the jokes. Light-hearted fun.  Swan Online Catalog
Title
The Road to Character
Author
David Brooks
Rating
3
Review
I found this book while looking in a college bookstore, along with other general how to make good choices with your life books. I am a David Brooks fan, having read his other work and seen him give opinions on political shows. This book suggests that a meaningful life is found when focused on something other than oneself and other than happiness and pleasure. It is thought-provoking, but I could find points to argue. It is filled with profiles of people from earlier generations with life stories that show how character was developed over time. The challenge is of course how to learn from history given changing circumstances, opportunities, etc. A good read, without answers, but things to consider.  Swan Online Catalog
Title
The Trial of Adolf Hitler
Author
David King
Rating
5
Review
The topic was new to me as I guess it will be to many given the authors claim that there has never been a detailed writing of the trial. It is well written for the "common" reader and I found that I did not have to be a German History major to understand the history. I was amazed at the number of news organizations around the world that followed the trial and reported on its odd twists and turns. Hitler got a slap on the wrist for the Putsch and the trial launched him further than if he were never tried. Why does evil seem to frequently win?  Swan Online Catalog