Calendar of Events

Blue Island Library

“Halloween: a Haunted History” will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Ghost Hunters’ paranormal investigator Dustin Pari will present Halloween history and lore and some of his favorite ghost stories

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A Halloween Paint and Sip will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. Children can join a Zoom meeting to paint a Halloween picture and sip on some hot chocolate.

For more information or to register, call (708) 388-1078 or visit the website at

Pen and Ink Demonstration

The Lemont Artists Guild and the Homer Township Public Library will host an interactive webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

Dan Laib will present a pen-and-ink demonstration that makes use of a fine point Sharpie marker, and he will show how to draw with the pen, techniques for shading and giving texture with the pen.

Join the presentation and be prepared to draw along. Participants will need a fine-point marker, regular permanent marker or a ballpoint pen and something to draw on.

Laib got his start as an artist drawing “Sesame Street” characters with his crayons at the age of 5. He loved to draw and create things all throughout his childhood. Laib studied painting at Joliet Junior College and Governors State University.

He started selling his paintings on canvas and wood at city festivals, and before long, he was selling caricatures, too. Laib has been hired to draw caricatures for families and businesses all over Chicago, and he has entertained at the United Center, Soldier Field and Navy Pier.

For more information or to register, visit the website at lemontartistsguild.org.

Book Club

The Chicago Reader recently launched the Chicago Reader Book Club.

The Reader has curated a list of 12 books written by a diverse cohort of female-identifying Chicago authors including Mikki Kendall, Eve Ewing, Rebecca Makkai and Nnedi Okorafor, which will be read with Book Club members each month.

At the end of each month, members will be invited to join a discussion with the author in conversation with a Reader ambassador.

Book Club membership ranges from $20-$146 and includes access to live virtual events with Chicago authors, discounts to independent bookstores, a monthly newsletter, a members-only discussion forum, and special offers from Reader partners.

For more information, visit the website at chicagoreader.com.