Blind date with a book

Free events include a screening of the film "Revolution '67."

By Jason Nosek, library associate

Celebrate Valentine's Day by going on a blind date with a book: Drop by the West Town Branch Library the week of Valentine’s Day, Feb. 10 through 14, and pick up a wrapped and decorated book.

There will be hints as to what each book is about to pique your interest, but you won't know what you have until you are on your "date." Simply pick one out, check it out at the circulation desk, bring it home, unwrap it, and enjoy!

Unlike a regular blind date, there’ll be no awkward questions, no forced conversations, and no judgmental looks. It could provide an enjoyable evening, a dud, or just maybe the love of your life! It’s our Valentine to library users.

Chicago History Book Club

If you're holed up at home because of the subzero temps, or if you've been part of our Chicago History Book Club, you might stave off cabin fever with this collection of Chicago history articles and newscasts from WBEZ's "Curious City."

Our next discussion will be at 6:30pm Tuesday, Feb. 4, where we'll be talking about Alex Kotlowitz's "There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America."

The Chicago History Book Club explores the city’s history through reading and discussing books on events, themes, time periods and personalities that have contributed to making Chicago what it is today. If you cannot join us this time, please stop by the branch to pick up our next book, “City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago” by Gary Krist.

POV documentary film screening

In celebration of African American History Month we will present a free screening of the film "Revolution '67" at 6pm Tuesday, Feb. 25.

"Revolution '67" is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history: the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, N.J., outbreak in mid-July, "Revolution '67" reveals how the disturbances began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice.

This is the first film in our 2014 POV film series. Please join us throughout the year for these screenings which feature thoughtful, award-winning documentaries on a variety of topics and current events. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 32 Emmys, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards. Every screening will take place at 6pm on the last Tuesday of each month, and will conclude with a brief discussion of the film and issues it raises.

Adult book discussion

At 6:30pm Thursday, Feb. 27, we will be discussing the 2011 National Book Award Winner “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward.

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