Winter 2020: Programs for Teens & Adults

February

Blind Date with a Book

Adults & Teens
Monday, February 1 – Saturday, February 27
Display Upstairs at the Library

Need inspiration for our Winter Review Challenge? Go on a blind date with a book! Through the month of February, come check out our display and pick out your new favorite read by its “dating profile.” When you can’t judge a book by its cover, you never know what you might find! Large Print Books and Audiobooks available upon request.


Valentine’s Day Glitter Heart Art

Adults
Tuesday, February 2 – Friday, February 5
Kit Pickup Upstairs at the Library

Are you looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie or a cute decoration for yourself? We’ve got you covered. Come to the library and pick up all the supplies and directions you need to make a Glitter Heart Art Canvas. While supplies last.


Stitch & Make Together

Adults
Thursday, February 4 from 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or do other crafty handwork? Looking for something social and cozy to do during the winter months? Join other stitchers and fiber artists of all kinds in our Zoom chat. Join our hangout any time between 6–8 pm, and see what projects everyone’s working on. Come and go as you need. A Zoom link will be emailed after you register.

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Romantic Chocolate Desserts

Adults
Monday, February 8 at 10 am
Video on NLPL Website, Facebook & YouTube

It is chilly outside but warm and cozy inside by the fire. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and a great way to celebrate is enjoying some excellent desserts for you and your sweetheart! Chef Susan Maddox will prepare some wonderful chocolate and fruit desserts. A demonstration surely not to be missed. Recipes will be posted prior to demonstration.


Genealogy Club: Using City Directories

Adults
Tuesday, February 9 at 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

City directories are precursors to today’s telephone directories and can fill in the blanks between census records. They can also provide more than just a name and an address. Sometimes, they may indicate a person’s occupation, marital status, ward maps, church addresses and much more. City directories may be the key to helping you find that “missing” ancestor. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on February 8.

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Valentine's Day Bingo

Grades 7 – 12
Thursday, February 11 at 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

Hop online for a fun Bingo night highlighting the theme of “love” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You don’t want to miss this fun program! There will be prizes (gift cards to your favorite places). A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register.

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Teen CD Wind Spinners

Grades 7 – 12
Tuesday, February 16 – Friday, February 19
Kit Pickup Upstairs at the Library

Don't throw out your old CDs. Let's use them to make magical and colorful wind spinners that are delightful to the eye! Come to the library and grab a kit to make your own! While supplies last.

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The Negro in Illinois Book Chat with Brian Dolinar

Adults
Thursday, February 18 from 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting & Streamed to Facebook Live

The Negro in Illinois was produced by a special division of the Illinois Writers’ Project, one of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration programs. Headed by Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps and white proletarian writer Jack Conroy, The Negro in Illinois employed major black writers living in Chicago. Join us on Facebook Live, or Zoom as we celebrate Black History Month and discuss the project with editor Brian Dolinar. Tune in, ask your questions, and take a dive into history with this book chat. A Zoom link will be made available to those that register.

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Stitch & Make Together

Adults
Thursday, February 18 from 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or do other crafty handwork? Looking for something social and cozy to do during the winter months? Join other stitchers and fiber artists of all kinds in our Zoom chat. Join our hangout any time between 6–8 pm, and see what projects everyone’s working on. Come and go as you need. A Zoom link will be emailed after you register.

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Job Hunting and High Demand Jobs of Will County

Adults
Tuesday, February 23
Zoom Meeting

Attention all job seekers! Join us for a presentation covering job hunting and high demand jobs in the Will County area. This presentation will provide valuable resources as well as information on JJC Workforce Development and Workforce Services of Will County. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register.

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January

Take & Make Crafts

Winter Candles

Adults
Tuesday, January 5 — Friday, January 8
Kit Pickup in Lobby

Stop in the library and pick up everything you need to make a bright, shining snowflake. Perfect for decorating your window during the frosty season! While supplies last.

For curbside/lobby pickup only, please call 815-485-2605 and press 4. Tell us your name and we’ll place your grab & go bag in the lobby for pickup.

Teen Snowflake Craft

Grades 7 – 12
Tuesday, January 19 — Friday, January 22
Kit Pickup Upstairs at Service Desk

Pick up a take and make kit to make some wintry mason jar candles, perfect for chasing the winter blues away! While supplies last.

Kits will be available at the service desk upstairs. For curbside/lobby pickup only, please call 815-485-2605 and press 4. Tell us your name and we’ll place your grab & go bag in the lobby for pickup.


Stitch & Make Together

Adults
Thursday, January 7, 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or do other crafty handwork? Looking for something social and cozy to do during the winter months? Join other stitchers and fiber artists of all kinds in our Zoom chat. Join our hangout any time between 6–8 pm, and see what projects everyone’s working on. Come and go as you need.


Genealogy Club

Adults
Tuesday, January 12, 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

Kathryn Barrett, a National Archives volunteer for over 35 years, will be presenting her program on the Civilian Conservation Corps. One of President Roosevelt’s more successful New Deal programs during the Great Depression, the CCC was a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried, men ages 18–25 and eventually expanded to ages 17–28.


Zoom Trivia Night

Adults
Thursday, January 14, 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

Join us for an evening of trivia on Zoom! Play by yourself or with a team for prizes!


Lincoln on Leadership

Adults
Wednesday, January 20, 10 am
Video on Facebook, YouTube, Website

Join us for this historical presentation with one of the nation’s most famous presidents. Watch as Mr. Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln expert and presenter Kevin Wood) discusses 16 principles that characterized his leadership (e.g., know your principles and stick to them; acknowledge your mistakes and learn from them) and gives examples of how he exhibited these during his life and career.


College 101

Grades 7 – 12
Thursday, January 21, 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

Typically people hear “college” and assume it means living away from home to attend a 4-year university. This virtual presentation by ISACorps covers detailed information about various post-secondary options and why it is important to start thinking about life after high school. Topics will include but are not limited to college types and how to research colleges, college match, and the importance of college visits.

A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register. Registration required.

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Stitch & Make Together

Adults
Thursday, January 21, 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or do other crafty handwork? Looking for something social and cozy to do during the winter months? Join other stitchers and fiber artists of all kinds in our Zoom chat. Join our hangout any time between 6–8 pm, and see what projects everyone’s working on. Come and go as you need.

The Zoom link will be sent to you before the meeting. Registration required.

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Resume Writing in a Virtual World

Adults
Tuesday, January 26, 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

While the fundamental principles of resume writing are relatively consistent, evolving trends are important to consider. With our first impression taking place online, the documents used in hiring processes are more critical than ever before. By staying up to date with resume writing do’s and don’ts, you’re better able to put your resume to work for you. A well-written resume will get you a call or an interview. Learn resume tips and tricks from a Certified Professional Resume Writer in this one-hour virtual workshop given by Jill Geers from the Career Services Center at Joliet Junior College.

The Zoom link will be sent to you before the meeting. Registration required.

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December 2020

Christmas on a Budget

Adults
Wednesday, December 2, 10 am
Video on NLPL Website, Facebook, & YouTube

How do you survive the holiday madness when funds are low? Explore some tips, tricks, and projects for making holiday magic happen with little money.


Stitch & Make Together

Adults
Thursday, December 3 & 17, 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or do other crafty handwork? Looking for something social and cozy to do during the winter months? Join other stitchers and fiber artists of all kinds in our Zoom chat. Join our hangout any time between 6–8 pm, and see what projects everyone’s working on. Come and go as you need.


Genealogy Club

Adults
Tuesday, December 8, 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

Have you been working on breaking through your genealogy brick walls? Have you made some really great discoveries on your family tree? Please join us for this end of year Zoom meeting to share your success stories and the methods you used that resolved these issues and added more substance to your family history.


Teen Art Night

Teens, Grades 7 – 12
Thursday, December 10, 6–7 pm
Zoom Meeting

Come all Merry and Bright! Join Lincoln-Way Central art teacher Ms. Buttala in creating personalized holiday cards for all of your loved ones. You will learn how to make simple “pop out” cards, as well as some calligraphy and card decorating techniques. You can use the techniques learned in this class to create extravagant, one-of-a-kind cards, for all your family and friends!


Take & Make Craft: Faux Quilted Ornament

Adults
Monday, December 14
All-Day Pickup

Are you looking to get in the Holiday spirit? Do you want to give handmade gifts this year? Drop by Adult Services, and pick up a crafting kit with supplies and instructions on how to make easy, yet adorable, “quilted” ornaments.


Candy Bar Cakes Takes & Make

Teens, Grades 7–12
Thursday, December 17
All-Day Pickup

Looking for a great gift idea for someone special? Look no more! Come by the library and pick up a kit to make candy bar cakes. Tiered layers of delicious candy will make a superb gift for anyone on your holiday list!


Stitch & Make Together

Adults
Thursday, December 3 & 17, 6–8 pm
Zoom Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or do other crafty handwork? Looking for something social and cozy to do during the winter months? Join other stitchers and fiber artists of all kinds in our Zoom chat. Join our hangout any time between 6–8 pm, and see what projects everyone’s working on. Come and go as you need. We’ll send out the Zoom link after you register.


Under the Mistletoe: Nostalgic Holiday Favorites

Adults
Tuesday, December 22, 10 am
Video on NLPL Website, Facebook, & YouTube

Enjoy the entertainment of a Christmas concert from the comfort of your own home! Join professional duo Matt and Cynthia Gruel in a joyful, nostalgic cabaret featuring musical fan favorites and the stories behind them. This festive performance is sure to get you in the Holiday Spirit!