Adult Programs

Scratchboard Art

(Saturday, September 17, 2016 — 1:00 PM)

Artist Terri Murphy returns with this fun family art program. Make your own scratchboard
masterpiece to take home! All materials are supplied. Ages 8 to Adult are welcome.
(90 minutes long) Limit of 25 participants, so sign up early!

The Story of Smoky the War Dog

(Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 6:30 PM)

A most amazing story about a most unlikely hero. From a lucky chance discovery at the bottom of
an abandoned fox hole in New Guinea during WWII, to becoming an entertainer, a decorated war
hero, and the world’s first official Therapy Dog of record, Smoky’s story is nothing short of amazing.
Join us to learn his fascinating story and to meet “Hairy Pawter”, the canine actor portraying
Smoky for this show. Ages 8 and up welcome. 

Make a “Twisted” Halloween Door or Wall Hanger

(Saturday, October 8, 2016 — 1:00 PM)

Join Kathleen Obirek for some Halloween fun as she guides you in creating this piece of spooky
decor for your home. Please bring a glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, and hand pruners.
Adults only. (Space is limited to 10 for this craft — so sign up early!)

“I Think I Had One Too Many” — Chicago’s Haunted Bars and Pubs

(Thursday, October 27, 2016 — 6:30 PM)

Bob Trzeciak returns with fascinating stories about, and the history of, hauntings in our own Chicago
area watering holes. Be sure to stay for the palm readings after the show!

Upcycled Book Page Wreath

(Saturday, November 12, 2016 — 1:00 PM)

Shari Pontillo of Twisted Fiber Studios will show you how to make a spectacular and
beautiful wreath from old worn books. Create yours with a holiday theme or just make a snow
white winter wreath. Either way you’ll have an amazing piece of art!
All materials will be provided. (90 minutes long)
Limit of 20 participants, so sign up early!

The Essential Christmas Carol

(Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 6:30 PM)

In 1843, to pay off some debts, Charles Dickens quickly wrote A Christmas Carol. Little did he
know how enduring and loves the story was to become. William Pack returns to our library to
present A Christmas Carol using Dickens’ own abridgement, created for the author’s own
performances. Along with the hypnotic retelling of the classic tale, learn fascinating facts about
Dickens’ life and times, and experience a modern recreation of a magic lantern slide show, like the
ones popular in Dickens’ own time.


You must register for any or all of the above programs!  Register by calling or visiting the library, or you may register online.

(Programs are always free, unless noted!)


Have an idea for a great program? Call the Justice Public Library at (708) 496-1790 or e-mail us at  (Be sure to include a subject line in your e-mail or it may end up in the Spam folder!)