Citizenship Assistance

The library will offer free legal consultations for immigrants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. These half-hour legal consultations on immigrant issues, including citizenship, will be provided by World Relief DuPage. Participants must make an appointment by calling (630) 887-8760 x239.

In addition, the library now has a new “citizenship corner” with books, DVDs, CDs, links to helpful citizenship sites, and brochures for local groups to help immigrants study for citizenship. Funds for these materials and programs were awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

GenLit: A New Generation of Book Club!

Our GenLit book group, especially for 20-30somethings, meets for drinks, dinner, and discussion at various local restaurants on the fourth Wednesday of the month January through October. The group’s July discussion will focus on The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The group will meet on Wednesday, July 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd. in Darien. In August, the group’s discussion will focus on Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. The group will meet Wednesday, August 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Sweet & Savory Spot, 31 N. Cass Ave. in Westmont. For more information, the GenLit Book Group can be found on Facebook at, or call the library at (630) 887-8760 x239.

Congressman Bill Foster to Host Civil Rights Panel Discussion @ IPPL

Congressman Bill Foster will host a panel discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act on Monday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room of the library. The panel discussion, titled “Civil Rights: The Next 50 Years,” will recognize how far our country has come since the passing of the Civil Rights Act as well as what still needs to be accomplished. The discussion, free and open to the public, will address income inequality, women’s issues, equal pay, education, and the role churches played during the civil rights movement. Panelists will include Mario Lambert II, Dupage County Branch NAACP President; Rev. Kevin J. Bedford, Senior Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church; Lulu Blacksmith, Director of Federal and Cultural Relations at Waubonsee Community College; and Lorraine Guerrero of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will & Grundy counties.bill foster