Shadow Puppets of Siew Lian Lim

When at the library this month, be sure to stop in the lobby for a few moments to take in the display of Southeast Asian shadow puppets created by artist Siew Lian Lim.

Bus Trip: Glessner House and Clarke House on Prairie Avenue

Friday, December 05, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. $20.00.

Enjoy a glimpse into Christmas past. The Glessner House Museum offers guided tours of Glessner House, a National Historic Landmark and Clarke House, the City's oldest surviving building, located in the adjacent Chicago Women's Park and Gardens. Lunch off the menu at Little Branch Cafe.

Bus Trip: Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM. $48.00.

Join us for the Lyric Opera's performance of the great American opera, Porgy and Bess, a portrait of life in Catfish Row, a vibrant but impoverished African-American community on the South Carolina coast. Included is a thirty minute lecture on the play. Attend this and grab a snack at one of the Lyric's restaurant, or skip the lecture and enjoy a longer lunch at the Lyric.

Bus Trip: Visit the Plant, a Sustainable Indoor Urban Farm

Saturday, November 01, 2014, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM. $20.00.

Join the Eisenhower Gardening Club on our trip to the Plant, a sustainable food production facility inside a re-purposed industrial building. Learn about aquaponic farming and renewable energy and visit the farm stand to shop.

Bus Trip: U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 8:45 AM - 3:15 PM. $30.00.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the capture of the U-505, the Museum of Science and Industry offers an on-board guided tour of the submarine as well as a viewing of the Omnimax film D-day: Normandy 1944. You'll also have time to take the self-guided exhibit tour. Bring money for lunch.

Bus Trip: Gold Coast & Astor Street Walking Tour

Friday, September 12, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. $20.00.

Discover the treasures of the Gold Coast with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Walk along Lake Shore Drive and in the Astor Street Historic District to learn about the beautiful homes, celebrated people and remarkable events of the area.

Bus Trip: Garfield Farm Museum

Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. $20.00.

Discover America's prairie farm heritage at the barnyard, and brick tavern of Garfield Farm Museum in La Fox. Experience daily life in the 1840s with costumed interpreters interacting with live geese, turkeys, sheep, oxen and rare Black Java chickens.

Stumptown Volume One

Readers of contemporary detective fiction looking to experiment with the world of comics should check out Greg Rucka’s graphic novel series starring Dex Parios, a down-on-her-luck private investigator based in Portland, Oregon.

Bus Trip: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. $25.00.

120 years after the World's Columbian Exposition, the Field Museum opens its incredible collection, bringing to life one of the most spectacular events in Chicago’s history. Join us for a docent tour of the exhibit, including a meteorite so feared it was kept chained in a dungeon!

Bus Trip: Edward Gorey at the Loyola University Museum of Art

Friday, June 06, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. $20.00.

The Loyola University Museum of Art presents the first major exhibition of artist Edward Gorey's work in his hometown. Join us for an in-depth look at the artist best known for his creepy illustrations and for the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!

Bus Trip: The Baha’i Temple

Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:15 AM - 2:15 PM. $20.00.

One of only seven Baha'i temples in the world, this unique structure in Wilmette symbolizes unity and invites prayer with its nine sides and exquisite gardens and fountains. A docent will lead a tour of the temple and then you can buy your own lunch at Convito Cafe and Market.

Bus Trip: Castles, Mansions and More

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. $25.00.

Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle, all in the fascinating Beverly neighborhood. This tour showcases the Landmark District of Longwood Drive.

Bus Trip: Revolution Brewpub Tour, Tasting and Lunch

Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM. $15.00

Revolution Brewing is Chicago's new hometown craft brewery where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. Tour the brewery (not handicapped accessible). Then enjoy lunch and a beer.