Plainfield Public Library District

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Select a calendar below or click here to view all upcoming programs and events.

Social Stitch: Knitting and Crocheting Time

Every Tuesday, 1:00 PM

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.

Coffee with a Counselor: Setting Healthy Boundaries for Your Children

Tuesday, February 21
10:00 AM
Meet with Nikki Knepper, local clinical therapist and author of the book, Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind. Please register each adult and child attending. Knepper invites you for a conversation on recognizing how, why and when to set boundaries for your children. Youth Services staff will provide a storytime and activities for children ages 2 and up while you chat.

Cyber Sleuthing Your Family Tree

Monday, February 27
7:00 PM
Learn what’s new in the online genealogy community and find tips for searching subscription databases and free genealogy websites. Requires a Plainfield Library card. Register here.

Geralyn Hesslau Magrady Book Signing

Thursday, March 2
7:00 PM
Meet the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author winner Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, whose first novel of historical fiction, Lines, takes place in 1871 Chicago. Magrady will be here for a talk, Q&A and signing. Register here. In 1871, Chicago is unaware of the great tragedy ready to unfold. The class struggles that were evident prior to the fire will be strengthened during the city's rebirth, and an obedient Livia Haas must find her own strength during the transition. Affected by a first love, a deceased brother, and a sinister acquaintance who threatens her life and family, Livia Haas is forced to question literal and personal lines, as well as those that exist in the lineage from which she is born.

Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, March 3
1:00 PM
This month's movie is The Light Between Oceans. Doors open at 12:30 PM.  You are welcome to bring snacks.  Register here. 
When a lighthouse keeper and his wife find a baby adrift in a row boat, they decide to keep her and raise her as their own. Stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.

A Novel Idea Book Discussion Group

Thursday, March 9
7:00 PM
March's selection is Neverhome by Laird Hunt. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion. No registration required. Neverhome follows the experiences of Ash Thompson, who becomes a folk hero after she abandons her farmer husband and disguises herself as a Union soldier to fight in the Civil War.

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Spring Birds of Lake Renwick

Monday, March 13
7:00 PM
Learn about the dazzling spectacle of herons, egrets, and cormorants nesting at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery. Register here. Chris Gutmann from the Will County Forest Preserve discusses this local gem and provides information on guided tours. The Green Village Series is a partnership between the Library and the Village of Plainfield to provide the community with environmental-friendly programs.

Job Club

Wednesday, March 15
12:00 NOON
The Library's Job Club allows you to network, share and learn from guest speakers in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. This month's topic is "Library's Resources." Register hereSpeaker Kiley Mullane, Plainfield Public Library District, will discuss on how a reference librarian can be your job search best friend. From technology and research help to assistance with databases and library resources that provide resume and interview help, identify target industries and companies and more. Bring your lunch.

Hit Movie Monday

Monday, March 20
1:00 PM
Doors open at 12:30 pm. You are welcome to bring your own snacks. Register here. This month's selection is Inferno. When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Stars Tom Hanks.

Newspaper Necessities

Monday, March 20
7:00 PM
Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local data. Find the hidden gems where digital copies and online indexes live. Limited to Plainfield cardholders. Presented by Reference Librarian Tina Beaird. Register here.

Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt

Wednesday, March 22
11:00 AM
She was the most famous female ruler in history. In a historical portrayal, Cleopatra shares her astounding story of life as a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty and her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Register here.

Small Business Reference Center

Wednesday, March 29
7:00 PM
If you are looking for information about small business industries or starting up your own business, the Small Business Reference Center is available on the library website. Join us as we take a brief look at how you can utilize this library resource. Register here.

Writing Prompt Games

Thursday, March 30
7:00 PM
Participate in fun writing games to get your creative juices flowing. Take away ideas for your next writing project, especially if you are taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. Register here.

Mannheim Steamroller

Tom Sharpe in Concert
Friday, March 31

11:00 AM
Tom Sharpe, percussionist from Mannheim Steamroller and acclaimed songwriter and musician, performs original hits and classics. Space is limited. Register here.


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.

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