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Summer Activities

Please call 708.371.5666 to register for all programs (unless otherwise noted). 
July
August
The Green Space Project
Technology Training
Memory Lab
Recurring monthly programs: Bingo with Bob, Book Social, Reading Challenge, Cricut Club, Crafts, Makerspace, Movies, Writing Roundup                               

July

Adult Summer Reading: Adventure Begins at your Library
Now through Wednesday, July 31
Make sure to visit the Information Desk to sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Remember to bring back your reading log by July 31, for a finishing gift and a grand prize raffle ticket. Additional summer reading-related games and activities are also available at the Information Desk.  

Art Contest
Submissions due July 20 
Participants are free to use their own materials. Any art that may be hung on the wall and does not exceed 11x14 may be submitted. Drawings should be mounted on thicker paper like cardstock. Please see the Information Desk to receive a submission entry form if you haven't already. 

The Great Migration and the Great War
Sunday, July 14 at 2:30 pm
Historian Clarence Goodman will delve into The Great Migration, when large numbers of African Americans moved to northern cities, and how this move affected American efforts in World War 1.

Dating Photographs through Clothing
Wednesday, July 17 at 7 pm
Ellie Carlson will share her helpful tricks to identify certain popular silhouettes and assign a date range to a photograph, thus helping to identify those pictured. Basic facial recognition will also be covered. Please send an old photograph from your collection to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured in the program.

Saboreo de Helados / Ice Cream Tasting
Saturday, July 20 at 2 pm
Sabado, 20 de julio a las 2 pm
Come and enjoy the summer with an Ice Cream tasting, with traditional Latin American Ice Cream Flavors. We will have a variety of options, some include Tamarind, Guava and many more! Limit 20.
Celebra el comienzo de verano con un Saboreo de Helados. Abra una variedad de sabores como Tamarindo, Guayaba ¡y más! Limite 20

Caring for Keepsakes
Wednesday, July 31 at 7 pm
Museum Curator Ellie Carlson will instruct participants in adapting museum storage techniques to home use. Please register with Adult Services to receive free archival samples.

August

Saddle Shoe Sisters
Tuesday, August 6 at 1 pm
Rock back in time with this vintage girl group, the Saddle Shoe Sisters, as they perform the best of the 40s, 50s and 60s. This program is located at Heritage II Clubhouse, 3715 W 123rd Place in Alsip. Registration required. Limit 50. The program is sponsored in part or in full by a grant from Age Options.

CANCELED You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: A Positive Program for Dementia Care
Thursday, August 8 at 7 pm
When a person first hears the diagnosis is diagnosed with dementia, there is understandably a feeling of hopelessness. Tom, a gerontologist specializing in dementia, and his wife, Karen, a Montessori educator, share their experiences in working directly with people who have dementia and their caregivers for the past 25 years.

Love, Peace, and Yoga in the Sixties
Saturday, August 10 at 11 am
Learn how Yoga and Transcendental Meditation became popular in the Sixties and how music played a role. Take a one-hour ride with us, no time machine needed, as we visit this time practicing chair yoga and grooving to the “psychedelic” and other sixties sounds. We do ask that you come with “flowers in your hair” and wear your best tie-dyed shirt to win a prize.

Frida Kahlo Felt Flower Crowns
Thursday, August 15 at 6pm
Assemble pre-cut roses in different colors out of felt to craft your personalized flower crown, inspired by the renowned artist's vivid aesthetic. Limit of 15.

Wine & Welcome Sign
Monday, August 19 at 6 pm
Unleash your artistic flair as you pick a stencil and paint your own personalized welcome sign, all while sipping on your favorite wine in a lively and welcoming atmosphere. Limit of 15 (must be 21+).

Art Contest Reception
Tuesday, August 20 at 6 pm 
Join Adult and Youth Services for an art show and reception including refreshments and prizes for contest winners. All participants who submitted artwork (Grades 9-12 and 18+) will receive a gift. Artwork will be available for pick up at the end of summer. 

The Golden Age of Radio: Holiday Traditions
Sunday, Aug 25 at 2 pm
Radio’s Golden Age included entertaining Christmas traditions, from Jack Benny's annual shopping trips to Lionel Barrymore's portrayal of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Hear those classic moments and more in this Christmas in August presentation by Steve Darnall, radio host and producer of WDCB’s Those Were the Days program. 


The Green Space Project

Thursday Evening Garden Workdays are 6-7 pm, with programs starting at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. Registration is not required.

Have you ever wanted to try gardening but don't know where to begin? Or maybe you're an expert looking to swap tips and seeds? Come visit the Green Space Project this summer!

The Green Space Project is an experimental community garden sponsored by the library, the Alsip Park District and School District 126 located behind Prairie Junior High School. We meet every week June through August to tend our garden, socialize and enjoy crafts and other activities outdoors.

All ages are welcome! Every time you participate, your family will be entered into a drawing for prizes. All workdays take place at The Green Space Project behind the southwest corner of Prairie Junior High at 11910 S. Kostner Ave.To get updates on upcoming garden programs, join our email list at bit.ly/ALSIPGSP.

An Evening with the Cook County Forest Preserve
July 18 at 6 pm
A Naturalist from the Cook County Forest Preserve will be visiting to speak about conservation and habitat conservation. This program starts at 6pm instead of 7pm.

Tea Blending
July 25 at 6 pm
Create a custom blend by mixing dry ingredients and bring home your own loose-leaf tea in a tin. Tea snacks will be served.

Knife Skills with Farmhouse Academy
August 1 at 6 pm
Students will learn the proper way to cut produce, how to properly hold a knife and the best way to care for knives. We will be making a dish as part of the class.

Senior Fitness with Jaime Pena
August 8 at 6 pm
Come work out with us by the garden!

Lake Katherine Nature Center
August 15 at 6 pm
Learn about the Lake Katherine Nature Center’s work and our local wildlife.

Garden Stakes
August 22 at 6 pm
Make your own garden stakes and decorate with beads.

Cookout Celebration
August 29 at 6 pm
Celebrate the end of our growing season with a BBQ cookout!


Recurring Monthly Programs

BINGO with BOB at 12 pm
Join us every month for an afternoon of Bingo with Bob Trzeciak.
Limit of 30.

Monday, August 5

Cricut Crafting Club
Second Monday of the month at 6 pm. Light refreshments provided.
Join us for crafting and social hour. A tutorial of the craft will be given, and assistance will be provided throughout the crafting process. Limit of 8 per session.

August 12 – Engraved necklaces

Memory Lab
Digitize your favorite family photos, home audio and video cassettes.

Open Lab – Monday, July 29 at 7 pm
Open Lab – Monday, August 26 at 7 pm

Self-Care Take & Make Kits
Each month this summer, treat yourself with a take-home kit that will remind you to slow down and devote a moment to doing something for yourself. Call 708.371.5666 to reserve your kit. (Limit of 10 per craft).

August 7 – Tote Bag Dye Kit

Tuesday Morning Movies
Fourth Tuesday of every month at 9:30am. Light refreshments provided.

July 23 - The Book of Clarence
August 27 - Arthur the King

Book Social
Saturdays, July 13 and August 3 at 1 pm

Join us to share about your favorite books and shows, or just listen and gather a list for your summer entertainment. Please register: 708.371.5666.

Monthly Reading Challenge
In June and July, we challenge everyone to sign up for our Adult Summer Reading Program and read any four books. The August Monthly Challenge is to read a book published in 2024. Our new bookshelves will be full of possibilities for you to try.

Writing Roundup
The following Wednesdays from 2-3 pm: August 7

If you need a quiet place to start writing, try our Writing Roundup program. We'll provide worksheets with prompts to help you do the writing of your choice: memoirs, creative writing, journaling and more. At the end of the meeting, we'll have an optional time to share our progress. For registration and additional information, please contact Adult Services at 708.371.5666.

AMPL Makerspace
First Monday of each month. Make a reservation from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE: THE MAKERSPACE PROGRAM IS ON HIATUS UNTIL FALL.