Library Notes from 10-23-14

The Oak Lawn Library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For more information about the programs or events, call 422-4990, or visit

Nov. 1: The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library will be holding in-person registration from 9: 30 to 10:30 a.m. for a trip to Munster, Ind., for lunch and to see Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” at the Theater at the Center. The trip will take place Tuesday, Dec. 2 and include lunch.
The maximum number of participants is 56. Participants depart at 11:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $68 for members and $73 for others. Members must present a current membership card or receipt to receive the $5 discount. There is a two-ticket limit per person. Trips sponsored by the Friends are not wheelchair accessible.

Nov. 3: “Camp Douglas: Chicago’s Civil War Prison,” will be explained by David Keller, founder of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. He will detail the history of the camp, including conditions, loss of life and stories from prisoner diaries at 7 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library. The current status of the site and the work done by the Restoration Foundation will also be discussed.

Nov. 4: Families have a chance to visit “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” again when the Oak Lawn Public Library hosts its free movie from 10 a.m. to noon. This 2014 movie is rated PG, is 92 minutes long and is for all ages. Registration is not required.

Nov. 5: The Oak Lawn Public Library presents, “Clean Up Your Room and Do Your Homework,” for parents of teens who struggle with executive functioning skills. The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Topics will include the development of executive skills, interventions for common behaviors, parents as coaches, long term tips for practice and development, available resources and more. 

Nov. 6, 13 and 20: Story Break for children ages 5 to 7 will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Storytelling, reading aloud and games will be featured all three days. The themes are playtime on Nov. 6, fairytale fun on Nov. 13, and toy stories on Nov. 20. Registration begins 10 days before each date.

Nov. 7, 14 and 21: The Oak Lawn Public Library presents Kindergarten Here I Come for children ages 4-5. Children will listen to stories, sing songs and engage in learning activities from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Program topics will include ABC’s, numbers, colors, shapes, animals and much more. The child’s adult must remain in the library. Registration begins 10 days before each date.
Ongoing: The Oak Lawn Public Library’s goal for “Operation Gratitude - Cards and Letters for the Soldiers,” is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every care package and tell US troops “we care.” Letter writers can start the note with, “Dear Hero.” Once completed cards, letters and drawings can be placed in the patriotic basket located outside of the Computer Center. Library staff will send out the well wishes once the basket is full. This will continue until the end of the year. 
Ongoing: Patrons of the Oak Lawn Public Library are being asked to donate their gently used books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Customer Services Desk to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.
The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases beyond the library’s regular budget.

Green Hills Public Library is located at 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. For more information, or to register for a program, call 598-8446, or visit

Nov. 11: The Green Hills Public Library Book Page Wreath Making class will be held at 7 p.m. Patrons can get in the holiday spirit by making a wreath out of used book pages. Materials will be supplied. Patrons having old books they would like to use, are asked to bring them. Registration is required and limited to 25. 
Nov. 12: Green Team Time with Miss Emily will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Children, ages 6 to 8, can enjoy nature themed stories and activities. 
Nov. 13: The Green Hills Public Library South Side Seniors book discussion will focus on the nonfiction bestseller, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand at 10 a.m. Books are available at the Information Desk.
Nov. 14: Family Movie Time at the Green Hills Public Library presents “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at 4:30 p.m.  Each person gets popcorn and juice. All ages are welcome.
Nov. 18: Homemade Holidays is the theme this year at 7 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Those interested in Interested in making their holiday gift this year, will be able to go over 20 fun, easy-to-make Pinterest craft projects. Samples will be raffled off at the end of the program. Participants will go home with handouts on how to make the crafts. Registration required.
Nov. 19: All tweens and teens, between the ages of 10 and 17, are invited to the D.I.Y. Tween/Teen Post-it Note Art program at 6 p.m. Participants can come to the Green Hills Public Library to make their very own post-it note piece of artwork.  They will learn how to generate their own design and translate it into actual artwork to take home. Registration is required and limited to 30.
Nov. 20: The Green Hills Public Library Family Reading Night presents a Mo Willems party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Librarians will read patrons’ favorite Mo Willems stories, while participants will be invited to share stories together with their families, complete fun crafts, and celebrate reading. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a Barnes and Noble gift card. 
Nov. 22: Science Saturday at the Green Hills Public Library invites patrons ages 3 to 6, with a caregiver, to come to the library to do a science experiment based on a favorite story time book at 11 a.m. Registration is required and limited to 15 junior scientists. 
Nov. 24: Drop-In Craft time will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Patrons of all ages can stop by the activity room to make some fun crafts.
Nov. 24: Patrons of all ages can join ScribbleJim and ScribbleJayne of ScribbleMonster as they present a high-energy, play-along rock concert for the whole family at 6 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library.  ScribbleMonster encourages children’s creative participation in a concert where they will play, sing, dance, share ideas, and have fun with the family. Registration is required and limited to 90. Patrons are asked to register all attending.
Nov. 26: The Pokémon Club convenes at 6 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Patrons can come to the library to meet and battle other Pokémon fans!. Participants should bring their own Nintendo DS, games, trading cards, books, and anything else Pokémon that they would like to share and discuss. All ages welcome.
Nov. 27: The Green Hills Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving.