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Get great deals on books, magazines, music, movies, games and puzzles at this sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. On Sunday a bag filled with books is only $3. Electronic devices, such as scanners, laptops and cell phones, are not permitted at the sale. Bills higher than $20 will no longer be accepted.
Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Sunday, August 7, Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Hendrickson Room

Sunday, August 7, Noon - 3:30 p.m.
Cardinal Room
Every sale includes a silent auction which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

Hearing a story told is powerful. There has never been a better time to include recordings in your genealogy research. This afternoon program will provide information on best practices for gathering, storing and disseminating oral family stories, and how to use our Studio's equipment to create audio and visual records. No library card required.

Date and time: Saturday, July 30, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room


Extend your celebration of superheroes and comics in four unique hands-on art studios. On each date, the Marketplace will be transformed by a different visiting artist. Stop by to watch them work, ask questions and try your hand at superhero and comic-themed projects designed for all-ages to enjoy. Explore different mediums and leave inspired to create! Join us for one or all, and drop in anytime during the session. Best for ages 6+.
Date and time: Thursday, August 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Presenter: Johnny Sampson
Drop in for a demonstration of  "gag" cartoon creation.

Adults, Family, Teen

Learn the true history of your favorite superheroes, and discover their connections to legendary myths. Michael McCann will lead you on a journey exploring the creation of these heroes and why they still connect to our culture today. 
Date and time: Tuesday, July 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Early on the morning of Saturday, July 24, 1915, a light rain fell yet the air was filled with anticipation and excitement. Thousands gathered along the Chicago River for Western Electric's fifth annual employee picnic. More than 7,000 tickets had been purchased for the day-long festivities. But the day quickly turned tragic, resulting in Chicago's greatest loss-of-life tragedy. Find out what happened during a presentation given by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, featuring the two granddaughters of survivor Bobbie Aanstad.
Date and time: Thursday, July 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

If you need a copy of the book, pick up a copy at the Info Desk.
Summer Reading Discussion
Watchmen by Alan Moore
This award-winning graphic novel takes on the “what if” questions about when a society no longer accepts vigilante justice. Whether you’re new to graphic novels or a seasoned pro, there is sure to be a lively discussion as we dive into pop culture, the ambiguity of being a hero, and all that is Watchmen. For teens and adults.
Date and time: Tuesday, August 9, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
What’s Better: The Book or The Movie?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Discuss the fantasy adventure novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel and the film of the same name, directed by the award-winning Ang Lee. As the Patel family sets sail from India, tragedy strikes: a terrible storm wrecks their freighter, leaving the teenager Pi as the only human survivor. His only companion? A Bengal tiger who managed to climb aboard the same lifeboat. The two must learn to coexist, adrift at sea, if they are both to survive.
Date and time: Monday, August 22, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Science Fiction
Redshirts by John Scalzi
When was the last time science fiction made you laugh and cry? Join us to discuss Redshirts, the 2013 Hugo Award-winning novel. Observe the peripheral crew of the starship Intrepid as they tire of risking their lives while the senior officers avoid the danger. Can they figure out a way to survive?
Date and time: Wednesday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace Area

Join us for fun in the sun at area parks this summer. Drop by for a 20-minute storytime and browse in the bookmobile. In case of bad weather, the storytime will be canceled, but the bookmobile will still be available. Bookmobile stops from 11 a.m. to noon. Storytime is at 11:15 a.m.
Pioneer Park at the corner of Fairview and Fernandez
Tuesday, July 26

Frontier Park in the northwest corner of the parking lot
Wednesday, July 20 and July 27


Bring your little one into our world of abstract impressionism and experimentation with art. We may get a little messy, so wear play clothes. For ages 2–3.
Date and time: Tuesday, July 26, 10:30–11 a.m.
Location: Lindsey Room
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Teen Film Fest
The 10th Annual Teen Film Fest is coming, so teens, start creating those short films! Make a light-hearted comedy, a freaky horror movie or an epic superhero blockbuster. Your film could be screened at this year’s event! We are awarding $300 in gift cards for six different winners. Teens, stay for the After Party and build your own savory snack at our nacho bar while enjoying live music. More information on the Teen Film Fest is here including a full list of award categories and submission guidelines. Screening of Films for all ages. Teen After Party for teens in grades 7–12 only.
Date and time: Friday, August 19
6–6:45 p.m. - Red Carpet
7–9 p.m. – Screening of Films
9-10 p.m. - Teen After Party
Location: Hendrickson Room, Hub and Cardinal Room

Looking for the Teen Film Fest guidelines? Find them here.

Adults, Teen

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