Northwest suburban books & enrichment

Published: 4/28/2009 12:01 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. Deadline is two weeks before event date.

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

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.

Looking Younger: 7:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. practitioner Dr. Jaena Stanley-Gonzaga presents "Looking Younger." (847) 923-3347.

April 29

Morningstar Financial Training: 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. An online seminar on how to use the Morningstar financial. Free. Register at or call (847) 392-0100.

Poetic License: 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A writer's group specifically for poets. Registration required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit

Speaker: Archbishop Elias Chacour, world-renowned priest, peacemaker, and author, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave. Freewill offering to support the schools he founded in Ibillin, Israel. (847) 255-5112.

Author visit: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29­, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St. Author Elizabeth Berg reads from her new book "Home Safe." Free, register at or (847) 376-2787.

Netiquette: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, or 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Learn about etiquette for behaving properly in e-mails and other interactions online. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit

Parents and technology: Are you feeling left behind in the fast-changing world of technology? Do you wonder how to keep your child safe when you have no idea what they are doing on the computer? What's Facebook, twittering and sexting? Parents are invited to bring questions and concerns to a class designed just for them from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille St., Mount Prospect. Lauren Busey from Trinity Lutheran Church in Evanston will share her expertise on the topic. If you have any questions, contact Kurt or Cindy Decker at (847) 253-0631.

Quilt codes: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows. Learn about the hidden codes sewn into quilts of African-American slaves during their struggle for freedom. For details, call (847) 259-6050 or

Chicago Fire of 1871: 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. Daniel Burham, portrayed by Living History's R.J. Lindsey, will narrate a slide program detailing the Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the World's Columbian Exhibition and the Chicago development plan of 1909. To register, (847) 923-3347.

Mother's Day Ceramics workshop: 7-9:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 29 and May 6, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. Instructor Randy Skepnek helps participants create a piece of artwork. Registration and a $15 fee are required.(847) 923-3347.

April 30

Climate Change-Past and Present: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, Palatine Public Library District, 700 N. North Court. Lively discussion, with Raymond Wiggers, of the history of climate change on earth and its impact on the current global warming debate. To register, (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or

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

Islamic Radisalism: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. Roman Golash and Chuck Dobra present salient features of "Islamic Radicalism."

Poetry reading: People attending the book group "Reading is Believing" will have an opportunity to share their favorite poems when they meet at North Northfield United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2. While the group normally discusses a book they read, this month they decided to focus on poetry. The public is invited to attend the event held at the church, located at Sanders and Dundee in Northbrook. People are also invited to bring book suggestions for the summer months as the group plans its next few meetings. (847) 272-2250,

May 4

Biblical reflections: The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) presents a six-week course: Biblical Reflections: Finding Your Self in the Stories of Genesis. The course will be offered six Tuesday evenings beginning May 4, or six Wednesday mornings beginning May 5 at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook 755 Huehl Road, Northbrook. For more information, and registration visit or call (847) 564-8770.

Monday Night Book Club: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, Prospect Heights Public Library District, 12 North Elm Street. "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox," by Maggie O'Farrell. Register at (847) 259-3500 ext. 35 or

May 5

Corporate Volunteerism 201: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 5, Forest View Educatio Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Training for nonprofit managers provides insight into corporate initiatives to promote employee volunteerism, community involvement and building relationships with area companies. For information, fees or to register, call (847) 228-1320 or

Film discussion:1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights. "The Lady Eve," a romantic comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The movie is followed by refreshments and a discussion.

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

May 12

Evening Book Discussion: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Read "The Commoner" by John Burnham Schwartz and discuss the book. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit

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

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

Writer's Support Group: 6:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. An opportunity for published or unpublished authors to critique each other's work and share ideas and techniques. Registration is not required. Call (847) 634-3650 or visit

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

Adult Book Discussions: Book Discussion: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Read "Old Filth" by Jane Gardam and discuss the book. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit

Seasonal Savories & Sweets: Rick Petrocelly, founder and owner of the Olive Tap, an olive oil tasting emporium in Long Grove, will welcome Mary Rose Hoover, owner of Cucina Della Rosa in Barrington for "Seasonal Savories & Sweets," a culinary demonstration noon-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The free drop-in demos will be at the Olive Tap Gourmet Market, 201 Robert Parker Coffin Road, and present ideas for appetizers and desserts for bridal showers, weddings, graduation parties and early summer entertaining. Recipes will be available. (847) 478-8741.

May 17

Spiritual Literacy, Greek Orthodoxy: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Information on the Greek Orthodox faith will be shared. Greek refreshments will be served. (630)-837-2855 or

May 21

Wedding Fiesta workshop: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. two hour seminar teaches Latin and Ballroom dance, the Waltz, Cha Cha and contemporary dance steps. $32-$42. (847) 391-5700 or

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

May 31

Beginning genealogy: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will host a Beginner's Workshop led by Judy Frazin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. This program is designed to help answer the question, "How do I get started researching my family?" or (312) 666-0100.


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