Northwest suburban books & enrichment

 
 
Published: 3/17/2009 12:02 AM

Events related to books and events that enrich your mind, such as book signings, book club events, book sales, writers' group events, lectures, speakers, classes, forums and discussions.

Garden Club scholarship: Through April 13. The Buffalo Grove Garden Club is accepting applications for college scholarships to be awarded to students of Horticulture, Ecology, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies, Botany, Agriculture or related fields for the 2009-10 academic year. The application is available online, at bgparkdistrict.org/in_gardenclub.htm. For information, e-mail bmeca@comcast.net.

Nurses Club Scholarship: Applications must be received by April 30. The Arlington Heights Nurses Club is offering scholarships to residents of Arlington Heights who have been accepted into a college or university nursing program and will be starting their nursing clinical rotations. Applications and information are available at ahnc.info.

March 17

Writers Group: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. Author Lisa Rosenthal leads the library's Writers Group, where writers of all genres are welcome to discuss their works and other creative minds. Call (847) 253-5675 or mppl.org.

Great Books, adult book discussion: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. The group is currently reading "The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler" from Great Books. Topic: gluttony. A discussion of "Fat" by Raymond Carver and "Famine" by Xu Xi will take place. (847) 358-5881, ext. 166 or palatinelibrary.org.

Roads that Lead to Lincoln: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Trace Abraham Lincoln's career and life in Illinois. Register at (847) 392-0100 or www.ahml.info.

Morning Book Discussion: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Discuss "The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted," by Elizabeth Berg over coffee. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Microsoft Photo story: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Computer consultant Vivienne Porter sow how to bring digital photos to life with Microsoft Photo Story 3. Register at (847) 253-5675 or mppl.org/events.

March 18

Adoption Process From A to Z: 7-9:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Community Education District 211 at Fremd High School, 1000 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. adult continuing education class offers an in-depth look at the adoption process. (847) 755-6820 or d211.org.

Swedish Genealogy: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Ask questions about Swedish ancestry research and get help using Genline North America's Swedish Church records database. Register at www.ahml.info.

Book group: Cathy Anderson will lead a discussion of the book "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. (847) 439-0668.

Stories and More: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Stories and activities for grades K-two. Registration required, (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Coffee Books and More Book Discussion: 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. "Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts" by Julian Rubinstein. (847) 253-5675.

March 19

Principals at the Palatine Library: 7- 7:30 p.m., Thursday March 19 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Aaron Landgrave, principal Immanuel Lutheran School, reads his favorite stories. (847) 358-5881 or visit palatinelibrary.org.

Career Interest workshop series: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 19; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24; and 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Harper College, 1200 Algonquin Road, Palatine. College offers three free workshops geared toward those who are out of work or dissatisfied with their current job and looking to make a change. Register at (847) 925-6220 or harpercollege.edu.

Red to Starr: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Schedule a 15 minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. Register at (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us

The Chicago "L": 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Discover the world famous Chicago "L" with author Greg Borzo. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

March 20

St. Patrick's Day program: 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, Buffalo Grove Fitness Center, 601 W. Deerfield Parkway, Buffalo Grove. Learn the story of who St. Patrick was and find out the differences between the holiday celebration in the United States and in Ireland. To register, call (847) 353-7501. Visit bgfitnesscenter.com.

Coffee & Conversation: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Monthly current events discussion group. Topic: "Draconian Measures." (847) 253-5675.

March 21

Job seekers workshop: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St. Oscar Adler, author of "Sell Yourself in Any Interview," presents an interactive workshop on successful interviewing skills. Register at (847) 259-3500 ext. 35 or phpl.info.

Mystery on Loan Club: 2- 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. Meet J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series. His newest novel in the series, "Fuzzy Navel," was released in June. There will also be a sale and book signing. Register at (847)-358-5881, ext. 132, or palatinelibrary.org.

How to Be Your Own Life Coach: 9 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, March 21, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. $24. Learn how to remove roadblocks and achieve goals. Register at ce214.org or at (847) 718-7700.

Author visit: Saturday, March 21, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Pakistani author Razia Fasih Ahmad will read form her new book, "Breaking Links," and talk about her work. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, refreshments served. Register at, (630) 837-2855.

March 23

Manga seminar and workshop: 7-8 p.m. Monday, March 23, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. Meet manga illustrator/instructor Addie Afable in a hands-on seminar and workshop. For ages 10 and up. Registration begins Monday, March 9, call (847)-358-5881, ext. 132, or visit palatinelibrary.org.

Evening Book Discussion: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Discuss "The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted," by Elizabeth Berg over coffee. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 24

Teen book discussion: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court: "The Schwa Was Here" by Neal Shusterman will be discussed by children in grades seven-12. Register at (847) 358-5881, ext. 132, or visit palatinelibrary.org.

Everyday Self-defense for Women: 6:30-9pm on Thursday, March 24, Bartlett Community Center 700 S. Bartlett Road. Learn a select few techniques that will make you safer in your daily life. For ages 14 through adult. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

Open storytimes: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, and 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Stories and songs for children age six and under and their families. (847) 253-5675.

What Color is Your Brain?: 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Discover your "brain color" with Sheila Glazov, author of "What Color is Your Brain?" to help build harmonious relationships and improve job performance. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

March 25

Poetic License: 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A writer's group specifically for poets. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Polish genealogy: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines. Rosalie Lindberg, past-president of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, will shares tips for researching Polish ancestors. Free. (847) 391-5399.

March 26

Inside writing and publishing seminar: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. "Non-Fiction Writing Workshop" led by Chicago author Barbara Gregorich. Free, registration required, (847) 923-3347.

Downloading Audio Books: 1-3pm on Thursday, March 26, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Learn to download best selling audio books from home for free. VAPLD cardholders only. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

March 27

Exploring The Plains Indians: 1-2 p.m. Friday, March 27, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Discuss the geography and tribes of the plains with artifacts, a model tepee, to set up and provide information about the life of Sacagawea. Each child attending will make a dreamcatcher to take home. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Japanese Storytime: 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Special storytime featuring tales from Japan for children ages 2-6. (847) 358-5881, or palatinelibrary.org.

Spanish storytime: 6 -6 30 p.m., Friday, March 27, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Storytimes told primarily in Spanish for children ages 3-7. Register at mppl.org/events or 847/253-5675.

March Book Discussion: 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. "The White Masai" by Corinne Hofmann will be discussed. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

March 29

Organizing Your Genealogy Records: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present Organizing Your Genealogy Records by Trudy Barch at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use library materials, get help with genealogy Web sites on the Internet, or ask genealogical related questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

Book review and discussion: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church, 1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine. "A People's History of the United States: by Howard Zinn, chapter 13 to the end, will be discussed. ccuu@ccuu.org.

March 30

Learn about Vista: 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Scott Weidig, technology coordinator, Schaumburg High School, will lead a demonstration of Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system for personal computers. Register at (847) 253-5675 or mppl.org/events.

March 31

Need organization?: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. "Top Ten Organizing Mistakes and How to Solve Them." (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Pajama-Rama: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Storytime for families. Children may wear their pajamas. (630) 837-2855.

April 1

Making Your Money Last in Retirement: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Learn what you can do in today's economic times. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Inside writing and publishing seminar: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. "Plot Your Book in an Hour." Interactive workshop presented by mystery authors Julie Hyzy and Michael Black. Free, registration required, (847) 923-3347.

April 2

Authentic Italian Home cooking: 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, Prospect High School. Dora Travaglio shares her recipes and techniques. Topic: Easter alla Italiana. $59. (847) 718-7700 or ce214.org.

An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln A Play in One Act:

7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. Be enlightened by this one-act play, performed by Max and Donna Daniels which takes place at the end of the Civil War as the Lincolns are preparing to leave for Ford's Theatre. Register at (847) 358-5881, ext. 167, or palatinelibrary.org.

April 3

Friday Mornings adult book discussion: 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, April 3, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. "Queen of Dreams" by Chitra Divakaruni will be discussed. Register at, (847) 358-5881 or palatinelibrary.org.

Inside Writing and Publishing Writer's Workshop: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Author Lisa Rosenthal presents, "Creating an Effective Writing Group." Register at, (847) 358-5881, ext. 132, or palatinelibrary.org.

April 4

Poetry Writing Group: Meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April, 4, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave. Writing group for ages 18 and up. Register at (847) 392-0100 or online at ahml.info

April 7

Sketching: 10 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays April 7-May 26, Palatine Park District, 250 E. Wood St. Learn the basics of drawing. Class includes discussion and application. $65-$98. (847) 991-0333 or palatineparks.org.

April 8

Authentic Italian Home cooking: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Prospect High School. Dora Travaglio shares her recipes and techniques. Topic: Italian Cookies and Desserts. $59. (847) 718-7700 or ce214.org.

April 9

Nonfiction adult book discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Discussion of "Driving Mr. Albert: a trip across America with Einstein's Brain" by Michael Paterniti. To register, (847) 358-5881, ext. 166 or 106, or palatinelibrary.org.

District 214's Community Education's cooking class: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights. Topic: Heat!. Chef Jonathan Bean demonstrates the cooking process. (847) 718-7700 or ce214.org.

Visual Journaling Class I: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays April 9-May 14, Palatine Park District, 250 E. Wood St. Exploration of personal journaling in colorful, visual form. $48-$72. (847) 991-0333 or palatineparks.org.

Positive Psychology-Steps to Realizing Goals: 7 p. m. Thursday, April 9, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Techniques for setting goals and carrying them through. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 10

All About Fen Shui: 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, Arlington Design Center, 3265 N. Ridge Ave., building 2, Arlington Heights. Hosted by the IFDA and the Arlington Design Center. RSVP before Friday, April 10, to (847) 394-1373.

April 13

Job Searching in Today's Economy: 7 p.m. Monday, April 13; 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Job hunters learn what they can do to find employment in today's economic climate. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 14

Drop-In Nursery Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11 and May 2, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Storytime for babies age 3-23 months and a caregiver. No registration required. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Pajama-Rama: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Storytime for families. Children may wear their pajamas. (630) 837-2855.

Kermit was Wrong-It's Easy Being Green: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Learn what you can do to improve the impact you have on our planet. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 15

Genealogy workshops: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Learn how to use databases to complete your family tree. (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Stories and More: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Stories and activities for grades K-two. Registration required, (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 16

Book discussion: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Featuring a special speaker on "The Mango Season" by Amulya Malladi. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Authentic Italian Home cooking: 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Prospect High School. Dora Travaglio shares her recipes and techniques. Topic: Simple Pasta Dishes. $59. (847) 718-7700 or ce214.org.

Red to Starr: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Schedule a 15 minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. Register at (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us

April 17

Job Searching in Today's Economy: 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Job hunters learn what they can do to find employment in today's economic climate. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 18

Drop-in Toddler Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. For 2-year olds and their caregivers. (630) 837-2855 of bartlett.lib.il.us

April 23

Poetry Slam-Teen Coffee Night: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Poet George David Miller as moderates as you share your prose with friends. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 24

April book discussion: 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 25

Book Brunch: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Kids in grades 4-6 come together for food and discussion of their favorite books. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

April 26

Genealogy program: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present Preserving Your Ancestor's Legacy: Write Their Life Story" by Mike Karsen at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use the library materials, get help with genealogy Web sites, or ask genealogical related questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. www.jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

April 28

Pajama-Rama: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Storytime for families. Children may wear their pajamas. (630) 837-2855.

May 2

Poetry Writing Group: Meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May, 2, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave. Writing group for ages 18 and up. Register at (847) 392-0100 or online at ahml.info

May 9

Drop-in Toddler Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. For 2-year olds and their caregivers. (630) 837-2855 of bartlett.lib.il.us

May 13

Stories and More: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Stories and activities for grades K-two. Registration required, (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Mother Goose and Her Friends: 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Fast-paced literature program for young children up to first grade. Features nursery rhymes and puppetry. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

May 14

Red to Starr: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Schedule a 15 minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. Register at (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us

May 29

May book discussion: 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. "Sin in the Second City" by Karen Abbott will be discussed. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Ongoing

1950s House: Open 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, April through December; Rolling Meadows Historical Museum, 3100 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. For details, and to schedule tour groups, call (847) 577-7346.

Long Grove Art School: Spoerlein Commons S.C. Suite 209, Arlington Heights and McHenry roads, Buffalo Grove. Class instructions are in oil paint, acrylics, watercolor, and drawing one 2-hour workshop/class for adults in oil on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Four weekly classes are forming with a maximum of six students. Private instruction and open studio time. Four week classes for kids ages 7-12. (847) 634-2920 longgroveartschool.com.