West Town library September adult programs

By Jason Nosek

Chicago History Book Club
Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 3 to discuss "The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History" by Libby Hill.

The Chicago History Book Club meets at 6:30pm at the West Town Branch, 1625 W. Chicago Ave. The 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 pick-up our next book "Fort Dearborn: A Novel" by Jerry Crimmins and join us to discuss it on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Film Screening: 'Al Otro Lado' (To the Other Side)
Please join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by attending a free screening of 'Al Otro Lado' at 6pm Thursday, Sept. 5.

The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music – captured in the performances of Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte and the late Chalino Sanchez – provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S.-Mexico border. "Al Otro Lado" follows Magdiel, an aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico, as he faces two difficult choices to better his life: to traffic drugs or to cross the border illegally into the United States. An Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Money Smart: Shift Your Assets from Clutter to Cash
Join us for the next installment of our Money Smart series at 10:30am Saturday, Sept. 14. Learn the true costs to your wallet and well-being of having too much stuff, how to determine what to keep, the best sources for valuing and selling items and the need-to-know information to avoid pitfalls you may encounter. Presenter Laura Bruzas spent two years acquiring, applying and evaluating each of these resources so that you won't have to. Stuff be gone!

Film Screening: 'Calavera Highway'
Please join us for our second film screening in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month by attending a free screening of "Calavera Highway" at 6pm Thursday, Sept. 26.

When brothers Armando and Carlos Peña set off to carry their mother's ashes to south Texas, their road trip turns into a quest for answers about a strangely veiled past. As they reunite with five other brothers, the two men try to piece together their family's shattered history. Why was their mother cast out by her family? What happened to their father, who disappeared during the notorious 1954 U.S. deportation program Operation Wetback? "Calavera Highway" is a sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings.

This month's screenings are in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series "POV."

Adult book discussion
Join your friends and neighbors at 6pm Thursday, Sept. 26 as we discuss the book "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

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