Plainfield Public Library District
Programs & Events

Social Stitch: Knitting and Crocheting Time
Every Tuesday 
1:00 PM

Every Tuesday, bring your current project or get ideas from others who share the love of knitting or crocheting. No registration is needed, just drop-in between 1:00-2:30 pm. Beginners are welcome.

Take Great Photos on Your Phone
Saturday, Feb. 13,
10:00 AM

Discover how to capture good-looking, polished photos with your phone or tablet. We'll share some helpful tips and demonstrate easy photo editing programs that can help take your smartphone pictures to the next level. Register here.

Tangled Snowflake: A Drawing Workshop
Saturday, February 13,
10:00 AM

Snowflakes are the inspiration for this meditative drawing program. Tangling is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. No art experience required! Open to teens and adults. Register here.

Cover to Cover Book Club
Wednesday, February 17
1:00 PM

February's selection is Longbourn by Jo Baker. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion. No registration required.

Critics' Choice Movie: Far from the Madding Crowd
Thursday, February 18,
1:00 PM

Set in the Victorian era, this romantic drama revolves around a woman trying to run a farm and her relationships with three suitors. Refreshments served, PG-13. Register here.

Chicago's Sweet Candy History
Saturday, February 20, 2:00 PM

Chicago has called itself the Candy Capital of America since the turn of the century. Learn the history behind tasty treats and explore what made Chicago such a powerful location for candymakers. Win prizes, including signed copies of Chicago's Sweet Candy History book by Leslie Goddard and try some candy. No registration. This program is in conjunction with The Great Read.

Appy Hour
Wednesday, February 17
6:00 to 7:00 PM
A happy hour for device users to gather, relax with a drink and discuss all things app-related. Everyone will walk away with awesome tech accessories too. This meet up is at Blu, 24027 W Lockport Street, Plainfield. No registration required.


Thursday, February 18

6:00 to 6:45 PM

Books, games and activities to chase away the winter doldrums! For ages 5 to 8.

Register here.

Unlocking the Secrets of Your Family Tree
Monday, February 22,
7:00 PM

Genealogist Tina Beaird will be teaching part one in a series of courses on tracing your family tree. Learn how to start researching your family history using documents and keepsakes you have in your attic and around your house. Register here.

Online Learning at your Library and Beyond
Thursday, February 25,
7:00 PM

Interested in new subjects? Trying to master a new technology? It's always the right time to learn something new! Join us to discuss online learning resources like, Gale Courses, Khan Academy and more. Register here.

Graceland Cemetery
Sunday, February 28,
2:00 PM

One of the oldest and most historic spots in the city, Graceland Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Chicago’s founding fathers. Librarian Joe Collier—author and co-creator of the official map of Graceland Cemetery—takes you on an armchair tour of this wonderful resource with an array of colorful slides and details on many of its most famous residents. Register here.

Revision Workshop with Local Author Denise Baran-Unland
Monday, February 29,
7:00 PM

Now that you've written your novel, what's next? Rewriting it, of course. In this interactive workshop, learn some practical tips for self-editing and revising that you can apply to your work. Bring writing samples to share. Register here.

Not Your Mama's
Book Club

Monday, March 7
7:00 PM
March's selection is The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton by Dean Jensen. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion.

A Novel Idea
Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 10
7:00 PM
March's selection is What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion.

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    Read. Love. Library: 2016 Winter Reading Program

    January 10 to February 14

    The Winter Reading Program concludes this Sunday, February 14 at 5:00 pm. Come celebrate at the Grand Finale with the all-ages event, Chris McBrien's Very Merry Valentine's Day Show at 2:00 pm. Jaw-dropping illusions, tons of audience participation, hysterically funny ventriloquist characters and family friendly comedy! Please register each child AND each adult attending. Don't forget to log your reading or activities by clicking on the Read.Love Library logo!

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    Building & Expansion Planning Public Q&A Sessions

    Do you have questions about the Library's upcoming referendum that is on the March 15 ballot? Library Director Julie Milavec will be hosting several drop-in informational sessions in January and February in the Library's lower level lobby to answer those questions. See More Info for specific dates and times. Complete information on the proposed plan and planning process can be found on the Library's Building & Expansion Planning page, including an estimated cost calculator that shows the impact to your taxes and an FAQ, with answers to many common questions: . Questions may also be submitted via the link at the top of the Building & Expansion Planning page.

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    The Great Read 2016: Made in Illinois

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    This year’s community read is all about celebrating the wonderful people, resources, traditions, films, authors and businesses that have made Illinois great. The program runs from Saturday, February 20 through Saturday, April 30, and will begin with a delicious kick-off here at the Library with author Leslie Goddard presenting Chicago's Sweet Candy History on Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 pm. More details about events, prizes and contests after the jump.

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    Holiday Lights Recycling

    The Library is partnering for the fourth year in a row with Elgin Recycling to offer holiday lights recycling! The last day to recycle is Monday, February 22.  The Holiday Lights recycling bins are located in front of the Library next to the book returns for your convenience. You can donate at any time, not just during the Library's open hours. Please do not leave lights in front of the building or in the book returns. 

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    2016 Volunteer Fair: Thank You All

    A big thank you to each of the organizations who recently participated in the Library's Volunteer Fair. Thanks, too, to the the nearly 200 teens and adults who stopped by to talk to representatives about how they could volunteer and make a difference in our community. If you missed the fair, you can still click on the link below to find websites and more information about the participating organizations. 

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    Tax Time

    Need tax forms, help finding them or simply some information? The Library is only receiving a very small supply of print forms and instructions due to changes with the government distribution system. We can, however, connect you with resources to help, including linking you to downloadable IRS or State of Illinois tax forms or publications.

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