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PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT 4613 N. Oketo Avenue Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

IN THIS ISSUE: 40 Years of Community We begin celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 vote by the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights to support our library.

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TRACK Imagine... Explore... Connect Welcome to the first issue of the Library’s newly redesigned newsletter, The Eisenhower Explorer, and to my regular column, “The Inside Track.” This updated newsletter format is being introduced as part of our marketing and branding efforts. Our hope is that it allows you to imagine the possibilities of what you can discover at the Library, explore what we have to offer, and connect with your community: your neighbors, friends and fellow users, as well as with the information you need. The Board, staff and I hope that Imagine...Explore... Connect sets a tone for our library services to you as well as your experiences during visits to the Eisenhower. Just like Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It.” When you come to the Library, we hope that you enter with a friendly, positive and interactive state of mind ready to imagine, explore and connect. Exploration and community connection also feature prominently in all that we have planned for the Library’s 40th Anniversary taking place in 2013. Our Anniversary theme is “40 Years of Community.” In conjunction with this, we will introduce our One Book, One Community program which will be The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. You will soon be receiving an invitation in the mail to participate in our upcoming Anniversary Gala and other anniversary events, exhibits and programs, all planned by our 40th Anniversary Committee. We would like to take the time to thank all of you who sponsored an anniversary banner, as it is your generous donations that have enabled many of these events to take place. Over the next month or two, look for the hanging of those anniversary banners, along with the unveiling of the Library website’s redesign, and some new signage around the building. I look forward to seeing many of you during the upcoming anniversary events.


THE EISENHOWER EXPLORER is a publication of the Eisenhower Public Library District, serving the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights, Illinois. Edited by Christopher Clark and Julie Stam. Layout and design by Christopher Clark.

Ronald V. Stoch Library Director - 708-867-7828 - PAGE 02


marks Eisenhower’s 40th anniversary as a tax-funded public library serving the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights. With our theme of “40 Years of Community,” Eisenhower Public Library District’s upcoming year-long 40th anniversary celebration will be putting the emphasis on you, the community that we serve. The 40th Anniversary Planning Committee has been hard at work planning a yearlong series of events for the community to celebrate this important milestone. These activities will bring families, friends and neighbors together as we share experiences and make new connections with one another. The events and programs planned for the year will center around these themes: Explore Local History, Explore Your Community, Explore Your World, and Explore Your Universe. You will be receiving a special mailing inviting you to all the anniversary events planned for the year. Be sure to mark your calendar for our Anniversary Gala, which will be taking place on March 1st. Plan to be here for the celebration, refreshments and much more. While adults are participating in this special event, children will be having a celebration of their own at the Library’s Birthday Party in Kids World with games and fun just for them. In April, we will be having a week of anniversary events in conjunction with National Library Week: our Historical Timeline; the addition to our collection of Explore! Backpacks; a fun way to

show your support on National Library Workers Day; a showcasing of some unique items from our local history collection; and other events and displays. The month of May brings the kickoff of our One Book, One Community program, which will feature a variety of events, performances and activities in the summer and fall. The cover for the chosen book has been designed just for us by a renowned artist and we all await the unveiling of the artwork at our Gala. This is just a sample of what we have planned. There is so much to get excited about and look forward to, but the thing we look forward to most is seeing you at the Library for all of these anniversary events. Throughout this newsletter, programs and events related to our anniversary will be marked with a 40th Anniversary symbol. Please plan to join us.

1968: The “Friends of the Library for Norridge-Harwood Heights” is formed to begin the process of starting a community library. 1969: A “Name the Library” contest is held at the local schools. Permission is granted by Mamie Eisenhower to name the Library after Dwight D. Eisenhower. 1972: The Library begins serving patrons out of the Parkway Towers. A borrowed bookmobile makes stops at local village halls, schools, and churches. 1973: A referendum for a library district supported by taxes paid to the villages of Norridge and Harwood Heights passes. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library District is established. 1974: The Library buys its own bookmobile and the Polish language collection is established. 1974: The Library leases larger quarters in the back of the CANTOS sheet metal factory located at 4652 N. Olcott. 1975: For the first time, computers are used to check out materials. 1976: The Library purchases the CANTOS sheet metal factory and begins using the entire building. 1976: Bookmobile service is discontinued and the bookmobile is sold. 1982: The library building is expanded and remodeled from 7,500 square feet to 11,250 square feet. 1984: Eisenhower becomes the 8th library in Illinois to offer a computerized card catalog. 2003: A referendum for a new library facility passes. 2008: A LEED Silver-certified building is completed at 4613 N. Oketo Avenue encompassing 44,500 square feet, nearly four times larger than the previous location. Today: The Library averages between 50,000 and 60,000 visits per month and circulates 415,000 items, with an additional 40,000 items on interlibrary loan for our patrons each year.

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Program registration begins January 13th.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FEBRUARY Petra’s Recession Jazz February 10, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Just in time for Mardi Gras - Petra’s five piece band (singer, guitar, upright bass & 2 horns). Don’t forget your Mardi Gras beads.

40 Years of Wedding Photos On display beginning February 14

Love is always in style, but the clothing we wear as we proclaim it changes over time. We are looking for your help to create a display of 40 years of wedding fashions. Visit our website to send your digitized wedding photo to us, or bring your photo to the Welcome Desk and we will scan it for you. We will be accepting photos until February 8th.

Handwriting Analysis February 20, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

What does your handwriting have to say about you? Chris McBrian, the Magic Storyteller, will amaze you with his insights.

Meet Juliette Gordon Low February 21, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Peggy Rogers will tell stories about the life of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Join us in this salute to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides just one day before the Girl Scouts’ annual World Thinking Day.

Improve Your Memory February 23, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Dr. Burton Fischman will help you achieve your potential and boost your confidence by learning memory improvement strategies!


40th Anniversary Gala March 1, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us for an after-hours celebration of the Eisenhower Public Library District’s 40th Anniversary. Spend time with family, friends, neighbors and the staff enjoying light refreshments. Renew old friendships and make new connections with other members of the Norridge and Harwood Heights community as we reminisce about the changes and growth that have taken place in our community and at the Library.

To Sleep with the Angels March 4, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

On December 1, 1958, a fire broke out at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, cutting short the lives of 92 students and three nuns. Jim Gibbons will present the story of this tragedy, based on newspaper articles, eyewitness accounts and a personal connection. This program is for adults only due to some graphic images.

Olive Oils and Vinegars

Interview Tactics That Work

Camille Stagg, food and wine journalist, will show you unique and exciting ways to use these kitchen staples. Based on her longtime knowledge and use of olive oils and vinegars from various countries, Camille will explain the basic types; the healthful benefits of olive oils; and how using flavorful vinegars in tandem with olive oils can decrease the need for salt and rich ingredients. She’ll suggest uses of olive oils and vinegars (including black fig and Balsamic vinegars) to add taste appeal to various dishes. $3.00 Tasting Fee.

Being able to do the job and being able to interview for the job are very different talents. Learn the skills and strategies to handle yourself effectively in a job interview with real time practice. Learn how to interview with confidence.

March 7, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Help! I Can’t Find Any Jobs for Me March 9, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Is getting a job in today’s market more challenging than you expected? Have you looked everywhere, but can’t find any jobs for you? Are you struggling to find a job that uses your unique skills? You’ve asked your friends and former co-workers for help. You’ve updated your resume and applied to some positions online. Nothing seems to be working. What else can you do to find your next job? In this workshop, Deb Berger and Lori Howard will show you critical strategies for your individual job search success, including how to find leads, research companies and network.

April 7, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Writing a Screenplay

Saturdays, April 13 through May 18 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Paul Klatt will guide you through the steps of creating a successful screenplay in this six-week course. Learn what makes a movie interesting and use the tools of the craft to workshop your script.

Eisenhower Historical Timeline On display beginning April 14

This display highlights the Library’s history from 1973 to today, showcasing the growth of the library and its community. You are invited to add your own entries onto the timeline. Please stop by the Answers Desk to find out how to add your family’s information to the timeline.

Explore! Backpacks April 15

WWII was over and the CTA began operation in 1947. This was a pivotal time in Chicago history. Upgrades were being performed on streetcars, buses and rapid transit rail. Find out how this paved the way for the CTA of today.

Check out this intriging new addition to our lending collection. Each of the bags in this series of adventure backpacks focuses on some exciting aspect of our community. Books, fact finders, maps, and other items will lead you on an adventure of local discovery. Fun, learning and exploration for the whole family. After returning your Explore! Backpack, you will be offered a themed pin to add to your pin collection.

Community Trivia Night

National Library Workers Day

Bring your team of up to 5 players (or we’ll slot you into a team), and test your knowledge! Categories include Movies, Politics and Current Events, Literature, Music, Geography, Sports and Games, Science and Technology, and Pop Culture. Plus literary-themed drinks and snacks!

In celebration of National Library Workers Day, we plan to create a unique way to allow members of our community to show what they appreciate most about the Eisenhower Library.

Early Years of the CTA March 16, 1:00 - 2:45 pm

March 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

APRIL Drawing Big Faces April 1, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Artist Paul Merklein will teach you how to draw the best big faces ever! A program especially great for teens.

LitWorks: Teen Read Workshop April 6, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our annual collaboration with Ridgewood High School provides teens with the opportunity to meet with published authors, to celebrate teen reading and to have fun! See page 14 for details.

April 16

Library Volunteer Appreciation Day April 18

Interested in finding out what our Board members, Friends of the Library or other volunteers do? Interested in joining one of these groups? Stop by the Library to find out more.

Eisenhower Collection Exhibition Opening April 19

An exhibition of unique items from our collection showcasing the rich history of the area will be on display in the Local History Room. Stop by to see items from the collection that you never even knew we had. - 708-867-7828 - PAGE 04

Register for programs at or by calling 708-867-2299

MAY Overcoming Procrastination in Writing May 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Using passion, planning and perseverance can help you overcome the biggest writer’s block ever - procrastination. This workshop with Nancy Stewart is for all you aspiring authors.

Drum Circle

May 8, 6:30 - 7:30 pm Drum circles invite people to release emotion and raise inner consciousness through communal drumming and singing. Join Kim Devore in a community experience.

One Book, One Community: The War of the Worlds May 13

We’ll introduce our new “One Book, One Community” program, which encourages the entire community to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Pick up your free copy of The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and turn the pages with the rest of the residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights.

Delicious Reads

May 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

If you like mysteries and cooking this is the program for you. Amy Alessio will share some of her favorite food-related mysteries with you.


Eisenhower’s Adult Book Discussion Group meets the first Monday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and the following Tuesday from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Come to either session. Wide ranging book choices and discussions will keep you energized and excited about reading. The current title is always available for check-out at the Eisenhower Library Services Desk.


The Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group meets quarterly on the third Saturday of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. The group reads and discusses writing on a wide range of subjects. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the Library Services Desk one month before the next meeting.


The “My Kind of Town” Chicago Book Club chooses books which explore the great city of Chicago. The club meets Wednesday, February 27th to discuss The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre by William J. Helmer. On April 24th we’ll meet again after reading Marc Eliot’s Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince. 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Copies will be available at the Library Services Desk.


The Library’s Romance Book Discussion Group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. We read a lot of books and share what we’ve been reading. Can’t come every month? We’ll email what the group has been reading. We even have a blog for sharing our reads:

40 Years of Prom and Graduation Pictures On display beginning May 20

During prom and graduation season, stop by our display of pictures from the last four decades. We are looking for your photos to create this display. Send or bring in your graduation and prom pictures featuring those 1970s bell-bottoms, platform shoes and Farrah Fawcett hair, your 1980s shoulder pads, parachute pants and big hair, 1990s neon colors, grunge or hip-hop fashions, or the more current fashion mash-up of casual chic and vintage. During the month of April, please fill out the form which will be available on our website and send your digitized photos to us. Or bring in your photos to the Welcome Desk and we will scan them for you. We will be accepting photos until May 10th.

Crafting a Leather Wristband May 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join Sara from The Chicago School of Shoemaking and learn how to cut, decorate and finish your own leather wristband. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or dusty. $20.00 fee.


The Pen & Ink Writers Group gathers together on the third Monday of each month for the reading of short stories, poems, or essays all inspired by a theme chosen at the previous meeting. Build up your writing skills through practice, presentation and positive critique. 6:30 – 8:45 pm


Bring in your novel, your short story, your graphic novel, or your poetry. Meet with others in grades 7-12 to hear creative critiques and improve your work. When things are slow, writing exercises include the ever popular Exquisite Corpse! How can you lose? Meets every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

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CLASSIC FILM SERIES:TAKE 14 Every other Thursday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, film scholar Ralph Amelio presents a film on Eisenhower’s big screen and leads a discussion afterwards. Screenings are free and so are the refreshments.

Screenings of motion pictures set in, filmed in, or relating to the Chicagoland area. January 30th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

The Untouchables

January 10th THE ROARING TWENTIES (1939)

Three men attempt to make a living in prohibition era America. Directed by: Raoul Walsh. Starring: James Cagney & Humphrey Bogart.

Using unconventional means, Federal Agent Elliot Ness assembles a personal team of mob fighters to bring Chicago crime boss Al Capone to justice during the mob wars of the roaring 1920s.

January 24th ANNIE HALL (1977)

March 27th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Neurotic New York comedian, Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. Directed by: Woody Allen. Starring: Dianne Keaton.

A League of Their Own

When a police lieutenant is ordered to stop an investigation, he turns to a crime boss’s girlfriend for information. Directed by: Joseph Lewis. Starring: Richard Conte & Jean Wallace.

At the height of World War II, when the draft has claimed the best talent from Major League Baseball, a marketing guru forms a league of all woman baseball teams including the Peaches of Rockford, Illinois.

February 21st THE BANDWAGON (1953)

May 29th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

February 7th THE BIG COMBO (1955)

A pretentious director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. Directed by: Vincent Minneli. Starring: Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse.

March 7th DEAD CALM (1989)

A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die. Directed by: Philip Noyce. Starring: Nicole Kidman & Billy Zane.

March 21st VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982)

Mickey Mouse Shorts & Pocahontas

Celebrate the early career and enduring legacy of Chicago’s own Walt Disney with a selection of Mickey Mouse short cartoons and Disney’s animated retelling of the John Smith and Pocahontas story.

A struggling female soprano finds success by becoming a male impersonator, pretending to be a female impersonator. Directed by: Blake Edwards. Starring: Julie Andrews & James Garner.

April 4th NOTORIOUS (1945)

A disgraced woman is coerced into seducing and spying on the leader of a group of Nazis in South America. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman.

April 18th MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)

A hardened trainer/manager works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer. Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Starring: Hilary Swank & Clint Eastwood.

May 2nd MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small community escape a gang of bandits. Directed by: George Miller. Starring: Mel Gibson.

May 16th FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (1941)

The fate of an undercover British corporal is in the hands of a chambermaid when the Nazis occupy an Egyptian hotel. Directed by: Billy Wilder. Starring: Franchot Tone & Anne Baxter.

May 30th THE PIANIST (2002)

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. Directed by: Roman Polanski. Starring: Adrian Brody.

Silent Films and a Screening of The Artist

May 21, 6:30 - 9:00 pm Early Hollywood expert, John Stangeland will talk you through the beginnings of the silent movie era and then transport you there with a special showing of the 2011 Academy Award winning film The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin as a silent star struggling through the advent of talking pictures. - 708-867-7828 - PAGE 06


Eisenhower Public Library’s bus trips are among our most exciting and popular events. Leave the driving to us! A chartered bus will pick up and drop off registered patrons in front of the Library at the stated times. Space is limited and the trips always fill up quickly so don’t forget to register early. Unless stated, lunch is not included in the cost of each trip.

Charlie Brown at the Museum of Science & Industry $22.00 February 8, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” revolutionized the comic strip. In this exhibit, explore Schultz’s role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind “Peanuts” and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, as well as reproductions and related “Peanuts” ephemera, guests will see how characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy were developed and how they evolved over decades in print and popular culture. A re-creation of Schulz’s studio is included.

Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare’s Coutyard Theater $47.00 March 20, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm As politicos across the U.S. scramble to discredit and disrobe those in power, a familiar phrase comes to mind: “When in Rome...” Acclaimed British director Jonathan Munby, whose work has graced the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe, uses the fractured political landscape of present-day Washington D.C. as a backdrop; drawing current events into eerily sharp focus. When men feel they can no longer trust their elected leader and when financial might dictates the rules of the game, where is the line between patriotism and personal ambition?

Schmidt-Burnham House and Museum in Winnetka $20.00 April 12, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Visit the Schmidt-Burnham Log House and experience life in the 1850s. Costumed docents interpret the house as it was when the Schmidt family lived in it. Tour the rear addition of the house, added in 1917 by the Burnham family, then visit the Winnetka Historical Society Museum.

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo $10.00 April 28, 8:45 am – 3:15 pm

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Sunday is Kids’ Day! Entry into C2E2 is free for kids under the age of 12 with a paying parent and ID. We’ll take you there and bring you back. Buy adult convention tickets online to avoid extra on-site fees. Scavenger Hunt forms are available in Kids World and will be given out on the bus. Find Stormtroopers, Avengers and more to win a prize. Our $10.00 fee covers the cost of bus chartering only. Any convention costs are the responsibility of individual participants.

Picasso and Chicago at The Art Institute $20.00 May 6, 9:45 am – 3:15 pm

Visit The Art Institute of Chicago to view over 250 of the finest examples from its collection of Picasso’s extraordinary paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings as well as major loans from private collections in the city.

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Green=Internet Class

Blue=Email Class

Gold=Computer Literacy Series

Pink=Polish Class

Orange=Fee Required

Purple=Non-Class Format, One-on-One, or Discussion


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Computer Help 9:45-11:45 am

5 Basic Online 6 Build Your Safety 7-8 pm

7 Purchasing a 8 CLS Resume PC 7-8:30 pm 3-4 pm Online 7-8 pm

9 Polish

13 Nook

16 Polish

15 CLS

eReader Petting Zoo 7-8:30 pm


19 Transfer

Computer Basics 10-11am Internet Basics 10-11 am

22 CLS

Digital Photos 7-8 pm

3-4 pm

28 Email

Basics 10:3011:30 am

1 Individual

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier By Neil Degrasse Tyson

Computer Help 2-4:30 pm

7 Basic Online


16 Intro to Your Resume Google 10:30Online 3-4 pm 11:30 am 15 Build

12 CLS 7-8 pm

19 CLS 7-8 pm

Recommended by Stacy

Safety 10:3011:30 am


22 Intro to

20 Internet

Ancestry Online 3-4 pm

Basics 7-8 pm

26 Microsoft

27 Internet Word Pt One Plus 7-8 pm 7-8:30 pm $20

28 Microsoft

30 Transfer

Word Pt Two 7-8:30 pm $20

2 Basic Online

Digital Photos 10:30-11:30 am

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire and director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, delivers a series of sharp, smart essays on the future of space travel and its importance for America’s economy, security, and spirits. You don’t have to be a science lover to enjoy this book.

5 Email Basics

Safety 7-8 pm

3-4 pm

10 CLS

12 Internet

7-8 pm

16 Microsoft

17 CLS Excel Pt One 7-8 pm 7-8:30 pm $20

Basics 3-4 pm

16 Microsoft

Email Basics 10:30-11:30 am

20 Individual

Computer Help 9:45-11:45 am

Excel Pt Two 7-8:30 pm $20

24 CLS

13 Polish

26 Email Plus 27 Polish

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3-4 pm

Email Plus

10:30-11:30 am

30 Nook

eReader Petting Zoo 7-8:30 pm

2 Email Basics

10:30-11:30 am

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8 Build Your 9 Microsoft 10 Nook 11 CLS Word Pt One Resume eReader Petting 10:30-11:30 Word Pt Two 7-8:30 pm $20 Online 7-8 pm 7-8:30 pm $20 Zoo 3-4:30 pm am 16 Email Plus 17 Basic

10:30-11:30 am Online Safety 3-4 pm

21 Internet Basics 7-8 pm

28 Internet Plus 7-8 pm

22 Individual

18 CLS

10:30-11:30 am

25 CLS

Computer Help 6:30-8:40 pm

10:30-11:30 am

31 Intro to

Ancestry Online 3-4 pm

City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction

By David Macaulay Recommended by Claudia

Through detailed drawings and descriptive text, Macaulay show just how superbly the Romans built new cities. Determining population size in advance, ample space was allowed for houses, shops, and public squares as well as water, drainage, bridges and city walls. See it all in this creation of the fictional city of Verbonia. - 708-867-7828 - PAGE 08


arians offer suggestions for some of their favorite non-fiction writing. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal By Conor Grennan

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Recommended by Victoria

A funny, irreverent memoir on the foibles of growing up weird. Lawson relishes exaggerative storytelling, spinning yarns of her childhood and early adulthood that seem so unbelievable they could hardly be made up. Every line is an opportunity for a punch line, but readers will be invested in Lawson herself, not just her ability to tell a joke. She creates a comic character that readers will engage with in shocked dismay as they gratefully turn the pages.

Recommended by Melissa

Connor Grennan spent three months at an orphanage in Nepal, helping to tend children orphaned when their villages were attacked by Maoist rebels. It was supposed to be a brief volunteer experience, but when he learned that the children were not orphans but victims of a child trafficker, he was pulled into their lives in ways he hadn’t anticipated.

Looking for the Light: The Hidden Art and Life of Marion Post Wolcott By Paul Hendrickson

Recommended by Penny

The best of Marion Post Wolcott’s photographs of the Deep South during the Depression rank with those of Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. Unlike them, Wolcott is scarcely remembered today, partly because she dropped out of the artistically influential Farm Security Administration in 1942. Illustrated with 92 photographs, this book recreates Wolcott’s solo travels, from shantytowns and speakeasies to plantations, coal miners’ homes, strikes and swanky beach clubs.

The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond

They’re charming, they’re seductive, they have no conscience and they make up four percent of the population. Psychologist and Harvard professor Martha Stout introduces us to our friendly neighborhood sociopath.

Between 1894 and 1928, 21,834 meticulously composed and extraordinarily detailed photographs, shot with large-format glass plate negatives, were taken by the Sanitary District of Chicago to document the reversal of the Chicago River. Hidden for over one hundred years, this is the story of those photographs and this extraordinary feat.

By Martha Stout Recommended by Andrea

By Richard Cahan Recommended by Kathleen

The Places In Between

By Rory Stewart Recommended by Dan

In January 2002, Rory Stewart began a walk across Afghanistan from Herat to Kabul. Although the Taliban had been ousted several weeks earlier, his journey took him through a devastated, unsettled, and unsafe landscape. Stewart relates his encounters with ordinary villagers, security officials, students, displaced Taliban officials, foreign-aid workers, and rural strongmen. This is an engrossing, surprising, and often deeply moving portrait of the land and the peoples who inhabit it.

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Movie Mondays: Brave


Monday, January 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm All Ages Rated PG Registration Required

A princess defies age old customs and must undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. Free popcorn!

Battle of the Books

Wednesdays, February 6 to March 13 Ages: Gr 4-6 Registration through School

Schools from Norridge and Harwood Heights compete to see who can win this Jeopardy style battle. See your school’s Battle of the Books Coach to sign up.

Puppets with Noah

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Ages: Gr 2 & up Registration Required

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. “Read to the Dogs” in April & May - Groucho Marx see next page

Patch Club

January 2 to May 31, Ages: Pre-K–Gr 5 Registration Required

Didn’t get all the patches last year? Well here’s your chance. First time? We have 10 different patches for you to earn. All you have to do is READ! Find out more at the Kids World Desk.

Winter Read January 2 to May 31 Registration Required

Form your team of family and/or friends (the team can be as small as 2 people, or as large as you like.) Complete the team reading booklet to earn a prize. Get your reading booklet at Kids World or Adult Services.

I Love Eisenhower Video Contest January 2 to April 13, Ages: Pre-K–Gr 6

Show us what you love about the Library and your community. Create a video or Power Point about it to enter in our contest. No video camera? No problem! Schedule with Kids Staff for use of the flip video for in-library use. Contest winner will receive a $25 gift card. See Kids World for details.

Wii & Rock Band

Wednesdays, January 16, March 20 & April 17, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Ages: Gr 2 & up

Drop in with your Nintendo DS and Pokémon game to duel with other players. Or, play games on the big screens. Includes: Super Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Kart, Boom Blox, and Rock Band Three.

Lego® Day

Saturdays, January 19, February 16, March 23 & April 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Ages: Gr K & up. Registration Required

Once a month come and create something with our Legos®. After you’re finished building we’ll take a photo of your creations and post it on our Facebook page.

When the Library opened in the 70’s the Muppets were very popular. Puppet Master Noah Ginex has worked with the Jim Henson Company and he is coming to help you create your own puppet to take home.

Art Program: Decoupage Notebooks Sunday, February 17, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Ages: Gr 2-6 Registration Required

Are you feeling crafty? Then come to the Library to create some art. We will be creating our own decoupage composition notebook. All supplies will be provided.

Library Birthday Party

Friday, March 1, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, All Ages

Eisenhower Public Library District is turning 40 and you are invited to the Birthday Party! Come to Kids World during our big Anniversary celebration for games and fun. - 708-867-7828 - PAGE 10

Movie Mondays: Gnomeo & Juliet

Monday, March 4 3:00 pm, All Ages Registration Required Rated G With help

from a plastic flamingo, two garden gnomes from warring lawns fall in love amidst lawnmower races and secret assault missions.

READ Posters

March 24 to April 20, All Ages

Back by popular demand! Come celebrate National Library Week by bringing a favorite library book to the Kids Desk. We’ll take your photo with it, then turn it into a READ poster. They’ll be on display all over the Library. Anyone can get a poster made. You can come back to the Library in May to take your poster home. One per person.

Ben’s Bubble Show

Monday, March 25, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, All Ages Registration Required

Ben’s Bubble Show is a unique form of family entertainment. Using a few simple tools and his bare hands, Ben makes bubbles within bubbles, geometric bubbles and smoke bubbles. If you’re lucky, he’ll put you inside a bubble!

Read to the Dogs

Mondays, April 8 - May 6, 7:00 - 8:15 pm Ages: Gr 2-6 Registration Required

We are pleased to bring you Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy’s Read to the Dogs program which provides children the opportunity to read in a positive, non-threatening environment and to encourage the love of reading by partnering children with a attentive and non judgmental therapy dog. Sessions are 15 minutes each and are open to children in grades 2-6.

Beginning January 13th, register for programs at Kids World online:

phone: 708-867-2298

Calling all Superheroes!

Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Ages: Gr K and up

Superheroes rule at the movies, but did you know they were popular back when the Library opened? Join us as we play games to see if you can recognize your favorite heroes, their scariest villains and the actors that played them best. Bring your parents to see if they recognize some old favorites. We’ll end with a costume contest, so dust off your best cape!

Scavenger Hunt at C2E2

Sunday, April 28, 8:45 am - 3:15 pm, All Ages Registration Required

It is Kids’ Day at The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo! Kids under the age of 12 get in free with a parent and ID. Compete in our fun scavenger hunt to win prizes. Need a ride? We’ll take you there on our bus for $10.00. Find out more on page 6.

Logo Coloring Contest May 1 to May 31, All Ages

Pick up a coloring sheet of the Library’s special 40th Anniversary logo at the Kids Desk. Return the colored logo to enter it in the contest. The best one will receive a prize.

DROP IN STORY TIME January 8 - April 26

Come in for stories, crafts and fun. Class sizes are limited and children must be the appropriate age to join. Priority will be given to Norridge and Harwood Heights library card holders. TUESDAY




(6-17 months) 9:15 am

(18-35 months) 9:15 am



(3-5 years) 10:15 am


(18-35 months) 6:00 pm


(3-5 years) 6:30 pm

(3-5 years) 10:15 am



(grades K-2) 6:15 pm



(18-35 months) 9:30 am


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American Author, Historian, Actor and Broadcaster

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“At the moment that we persuade a

child,any child, to cross that

threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their

lives forever, for the better.”

- President Barack Obama

THANK YOU Many of our 40th Anniversary events would not be possible without the generous support of our volunteers and sponsors. Our thanks go out to everyone who has volunteered and to the following sponsors: Aflac/Scaletta Insurance Agency Automatic Precision, Inc. Thomas Benigno & Family John, Malgorzata, Johnny & Evan Bulat Cumberland Chapels Funeral Home DiChrisofano & DiChrisofano General Dentistry The Catholic Community of Divine Savior

Dobbs Pre-School Family Palace Restaurant The Friends of the Eisenhower Library Harlem Foster Shopping Center Mary Taylor Sticha/Hometown Realty J.S. Printing Lawrence Screw Products Lin’s Mandarin Chinese Restaurant The Magnelli Family Jan Magnuson & Tom Kerber Village of Norridge Norridge Park District Norridge School District 80 Once Upon A Child The Parent Family Parkway Bank and Trust Company Pennoyer School District 79 Plato’s Closet Rex Italian Foods, Inc The Roth and Fiasche Families Secretary of State, Jesse White Seniors Assistance Center Servpro of Norridge/Harwood Heights The Sticha Family Ronald V. Stoch Salvatore Storniolo D.D.S. Vince’s Italian Restaurant

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK National Library Week is an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Eisenhower’s Library Week activities will bring families, friends and neighbors together to build and foster a sense of community centered around the Library. Historical Timeline Sunday, April 14 Explore! Backpacks Introduced Monday, April 15 National Library Workers Day Tuesday, April 16 Time Capsule Collection Begins Wednesday, April 17 Volunteer Appreciation Day Thursday, April 18 Eisenhower Collection Exhibition Friday, April 19 READ Posters March 24 - 20 See page 3 & 10 for individual program details.

FREE BOOK FRIDAYS From time to time, the Eisenhower Public Library receives “Advance Readers Copies” of forthcoming books. These pre-publication copies are sent out to reviewers, book stores, and librarians in order to begin building publicity for upcoming book releases. Each Friday, we’ll be wheeling out a cart full of these A.R.C. proofs. If you see a proof that seems interesting, please feel free to take it. The only stipulation is that it may not be sold or donated to the Friends of the Library as their sale is strictly forbidden. After you’re finished reading your Free Book, add it to your bookshelf, pass it on to a friend, or donate it to a soldier, a prison, or a homeless shelter. If you must, simply recycle it responsibly. - 708-867-7828 - PAGE 14

The Friends of the Eisenhower Library is a volunteer, nonprofit group of contributing members who are committed to supporting the Eisenhower Public Library and its services in order to benefit the Norridge-Harwood Heights community. First organized in 1968, the Friends of the Eisenhower Library has a long history of actively supporting the Library by providing circulating materials, organizing programs and speakers, and raising community awareness. Most notably, the Friends group played a pivotal role in the passing of a referendum that paved the way for construction of the beautiful new building that currently houses the Eisenhower Public Library.

LITWORKS 2013 Join us for our 4th annual LitWorks Teen Reading Event. Meet these six amazing authors: Jennifer Bradbury, author of Shift and Wrapped; Brent Crawford, author of Carter Finally Gets It, Carter’s Big Break and Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind; Mark Crilley, author of the graphic novel series Brody’s Ghost and Miki Falls as well as Mastering Manga; Matt de la Pena, author of Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican White Boy, We Were Here and I Will Save You; Alex Flinn, author of Beastly, Bewitching, Cloaked, A Kiss in Time, Fade to Black, Diva, Breaking Point, Breathing Underwater, and Nothing to Lose; and Laura Resau, author of The Jade Notebook, the Indigo Notebook, the Ruby Notebook, What the Moon Saw, Red Glass and Queen of Water. Start at Eisenhower Library at 9:00 am for an open author session where you’ll meet all six authors and have snacks provided by the eCafe. Move to Ridgewood High School for pizza courtesy of Vince’s restaurant, then pick your three favorite authors and attend break-out sessions with each of them. Between workshops, buy books at the bookstore set up by Anderson’s Bookshop. Then, you can get them signed at our Autograph Party. Mark your calendar now! Saturday, April 6, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Free for all teens $5.00 for adults

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Benefits of membership in the Friends of the Eisenhower Library include the opportunity to attend the “Members Preview Sale” held prior to each annual Friends Book Sale, to participate in strengthening one of the community’s most valuable resources, and to work alongside great people with similar interests. ______________________________ Name ______________________________ Address ______________________________ City State Zip ______________________________ Phone  home  work  cell ______________________________ Email Address 2013 Membership 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2013 __ Individual Membership $5.00 __ Family Membership $10.00 __ Contributing Membership $25.00 __ Corporate Membership $50.00  New Membership

 Renewal

Please bring this completed form along with one form of ID to the Library Services Desk



Chicago, IL Permit 4030

4613 N. Oketo Avenue Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828 Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm* *Labor Day - Memorial Day

Library Board of Trustees


President: Mark Braun Vice President: Gary Ross Secretary: Gail Burkhart Treasurer: Natalie Rothbart Trustee: Peter Magnelli Trustee: Janice Magnuson Trustee: Tom Sticha


For regular updates on library events, classes and more, visit us online at

40 Years of Wedding Photos.........Page 3

Meet Juliette Gordon Low...............Page 3

and sign up for the e-mail version of the Eisenhower Explorer.

Petra’s Recession Jazz.................Page 3 Improve Your Memory.....................Page 3 To Sleep with the Angels................Page 3 Early Years of the CTA.....................Page 3 Drum Circle.....................................Page 4 Delicious Reads..............................Page 4



The weather’s cooling off. Warm up in the eCafe with lattes, spicy chai or cinnamon hot chocolate.

40 Years of School Photos.............Page 4


Bus Trips..........................................Page 6

Library Services.......708-867-7828

Classic Films.................................... Page 5

Answers Desk..........708-867-2299

Book Groups....................................Page 4

Kids World................708-867-2298

Computer Classes........................... Page 7


The eCafe nestled in the heart of the Eisenhower Library.

Hours this winter: Monday - Thursday 11 am - 7 pm Fri and Sat 11 am - 4 pm eisenhowerlibrary

The Eisenhower Explorer Winter/Spring 2013  

The newsletter of Eisenhower Public Library District

The Eisenhower Explorer Winter/Spring 2013  

The newsletter of Eisenhower Public Library District