Money Smart Week at West Town library

By Stephanie Flinchbaugh

Great events this spring at the West Town Branch Library include a special local history presentation from the folks at Forgotten Chicago. Also, don't forget about Mom: the Letter Writer's Alliance will be with us in early May to help craft cards for Mother's Day.

Money Smart Week:
First-time homebuyers

Join us at 2pm Saturday, April 5 at 1625 W. Chicago Ave. as we kick off Money Smart Week Chicago. Participants will learn about the homebuying process and requirements for ownership, including budget preparation, credit management, documentation and the actual costs of owning & maintaining property.

Chicago History Book Club

At 6:30pm Tuesday, April 8, we will be discussing the memoir "The Division Street Princess" by Elaine Soloway. Plenty of copies of this book are ready for checkout.

Money Smart Week: Small business tax workshop

Our second Money Smart Week event is for new and prospective business owners. At 6pm Thursday, April 10, Sergio Guzman of the Internal Revenue Service presents the basics of business taxes, the different types of small business organizations and tax returns. Get tips on required record keeping and the latest tax updates.

Adult book discussion group

Join us at 6:30pm Thursday, April 24 as we discuss the National Book Award Finalist "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" by Barbara Demick. Plenty of copies of this engaging work are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

POV documentary film screening

The third selection in our ongoing POV Documentary Series is "Brooklyn Castle." This film follows five aspiring young players at IS 318. The Brooklyn school serves mostly minority students from families living below the poverty line.

Chess became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success. This film will be shown at 6pm Tuesday, April 29, at the West Town Branch.

Letter Writer's Alliance: Mother's Day cards

Let the our friends at the Letter Writers Alliance lend a hand in sending mom a memorable Mother's Day card. Sit down and enjoy playing with paper, glue, and ink.

Register now by phone (312-743-0450) or in person, then bring your address book and some stamps at 6:30pm Thursday, May 1. We'll provide the rest of the materials.

Forgotten Chicago

Forgotten Chicago will deliver its first-ever presentation on Chicago’s dynamic West Town community, "West Town: Overlooked Architecture and History in an Ever-Changing Neighborhood."

During this presentation at 2pm Saturday, May 3, the Forgotten Chicago team will discuss the long and complex history of West Town, with its key location near the Chicago River and Northwest (now Kennedy) Expressway.

The West Town community includes a mix of transportation, housing, business and manufacturing, including the Gonnella bakery scheduled to be relocated and demolished. This multimedia presentation, replete with vintage pictures and maps, promises to be educational and engaging.

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