A new monthly nonfiction book club will meet at PPB 261 on the first Thursdays of the month.  

Ann and Steph will lead discussions on a variety of reads within the genre, including history, biography, current events, memoirs and science and nature. We are excited to offer this new series.

Free! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.


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The Great Chicago Fire and The Peshtigo Fire and The Great Chicago Fire of 1871:  The Story of the Blaze that Destroyed the Midwest's Largest City by Charles River Editors

The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871 chronicles the story of two of America’s deadliest fires. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo fire like never before, in no time at all. 

It had taken about 40 years for Chicago to grow from a small settlement of about 300 people into a thriving metropolis with a population of 300,000, but in just two days in 1871, much of that progress was burned to the ground. In arguably the most famous fire in American history, a blaze in the southwestern section of Chicago began to burn out of control on the night of October 8, 1871. Thanks to The Chicago Tribune, the fire has been apocryphally credited to a cow kicking over a lantern in Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s barn, and though that was not true, the rumor dogged Mrs. O’Leary to the grave.

These two books chronicle one of the largest natural disasters of the 19th century in America. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 like never before, in no time at all.