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!

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The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

The lives of the Los Alamos atomic scientists have been written about in great detail. What TaraShea Nesbit’s novel tries to do is imagine a fictional community that was formed when the families of those scientists converged on a small section of New mexico in 1943. No one knew how long their work would take, so they all just had to dig in for the long haul.

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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!

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The Chance for Peace Speech

Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered the Chance for Peace speech in 1953, just three months after assuming the Presidency. Almost twenty years later a group of local school children named our library after him.

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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.

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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

At the turn of the twentieth century, a variety of poisons were used by unscrupulous people for everything from personal gain to terrorism. In New York City, forensic science was just being developed, and pioneering scientists fought an uphill battle against corruption in law enforcement and the nations skepticism for the mysteries of chemistry.

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Bandette: Presto by Paul Tobin

Bandette is the world’s greatest thief. She’s also a costumed teenager who uses her skills to not only thwart, but also to assist the police. Now an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead. Will she and her band of misfit street urchins survive?

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Lazarus Book One by Greg Rucka

In a dystopian future where a handful of families ruthlessly control the limited resources of a ravaged world, much of which is simply referred to as The Waste, a woman named Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus.

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Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

The young adult novel, Man Made Boy tells a tale of trolls and nymphs, robots and dragons, living throughout the United States, and having to hide from the non-magical public.

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Schooled: The Price of College Sports

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks off and “March Madness” sweeps the nation (while some of us eagerly await Opening Day), an antitrust, class-action lawsuit against the NCAA continues its progression through the court system, with recent news that several current athletes have added their names to the lawsuit as well.

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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.

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The sixth installment in Alan Bradley’s award-winning Flavia De Luce series finds our heroine anxiously awaiting the return of her long absent mother, Harriet, at the train station. What she doesn’t count on is a whispered, cryptic message from a stranger who promptly ends up murdered. Flavia unravels this latest mystery with the help of some discovered film footage, a Gypsy Moth plane, and – of course - the magic of chemistry.

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Writing in the Margins: Summer 2014

Community. It’s what drives us every day. We spent all of last year celebrating the fact that, in 1973, the people of Norridge and Harwood Heights decided that a public library was essential to their communities.

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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.

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