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Grandma Nellie's Scrapbook

Monday, August 28
7:00 PM
Many people become heirs to a box of unidentified family photos and have no clue what to do with them. Learn to identify these ‘lost’ family members using genealogy sources in conjunction with observational techniques. Limited to Plainfield cardholders. Register.

Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, September 1
1:00 PM
Doors open at 12:30 pm. You are welcome to bring your own snacks. Register. This month's selection is Hidden Figures. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Stars Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Costner. Rated PG.

Meet Bette Davis

Thursday, September 7
11:00 AM
Bette Davis created a new kind of film heroine: strong, outspoken and even wicked. Her personal life was as tempestuous as her life onscreen. In a historical portrayal, actress Leslie Goddard becomes the ultimate star from the golden age of Hollywood. Register. This event is funded by a generous gift from the Plainfield Library Foundation.

Autumn on the Tallgrass Prairie

Monday, September 11
7:00 PM
Join prairie steward and author Cindy Crosby for a discussion of tallgrass wildflowers, bison in the grasslands, and prairie restoration in Illinois. Register. Cindy’s book, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction, will be available for purchase at a special price for this event. This program is in partnership with the Village of Plainfield.

A Novel Idea Evening Book Discussion

Thursday, September 14
7:00 PM
September's selection is The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion. No registration required. Loving her unconventional single life in 1962 Denver, a bookshop owner begins experiencing powerful, reality-challenging dreams of an alternate life where she is a wife and mother.

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A Novel Idea Daytime Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 20
2:00 PM
September's selection is The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion. No registration required. Loving her unconventional single life in 1962 Denver, a bookshop owner begins experiencing powerful, reality-challenging dreams of an alternate life where she is a wife and mother.

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An Evening with Thea Rosenbaum

Thursday, September 21
7:00 PM
Join author Thea Rosenbaum as she discusses her fascinating life in the memoir, No Place for a Lady, covering her time as a child in Berlin to working as a journalist in the Vietnam War. Books will be available for purchase. Register.

My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago

Saturday, September 23
1:00 PM
Photographer, humorist and author Mike MacDonald showcases Chicago’s wild side with breathtaking images of nature from his latest book. Register.  For more information, visit www.chicagonature.comA visual feast of kaleidoscopic prairies, open canopies of rare oak savannas and enchanting lands just up the road. Book purchase and signing at the event. This event is funded by a generous gift from the Plainfield Library Foundation.

 

Why do I have to register?

Not all libraries take registration for programs, so why do we require registration for most of ours here in Plainfield? The short answer is to prevent disappointment and to serve the greatest number of people.

Drop-in programs are great in communities where programs do not always fill. However, in a fast-growing town like Plainfield where attendance at children’s programs alone was nearly 32,000 last year, chances are high that if we did not take registration, many people would come to the Library hoping to attend a program only to find it full. We don’t want you to have that experience.

Online registration also allows us to maintain a waiting list, so that whenever there is a cancellation, we can immediately fill that spot.
We want to make your experience here at the Plainfield Public Library a positive one.

Registration is one tool we use to help do that – it allows you to know you’ll get in to the program you’ve signed up for, and it keeps the programs full, so we can serve the most Plainfield.

Photographing Program Participants

The Library reserves the right to photograph program participants. Photos are for library use and may be used in library publicity materials. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed should notify library staff.

Request a Sign Language Intrepreter

The Library will provide a sign language interpreter for programs and events, whenever possible. 7 business days notice is required in order for the Library to hire a qualified interpreter. Click here to Request a Sign Language Interpreter.