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updated: 2/2/2012 6:07 PM

Palatine Library hosts 'Room' events

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Submitted by the Palatine Public Library

The Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, has chosen the book "Room," by Emma Donoghue for its February One Book program. Throughout the month, the library will feature discussions plus programs that explore some of the themes of the book: safety, recovery and parenting under stress.

Every year, the librarians strive to find a title that will inform and strengthen the local community.

"One Book is a unique opportunity for the community to read and experience an interesting book together," said library Director Susan Strunk.

"Room" is the story of a college girl kidnapped by a man who has held her captive in a locked shed in his backyard for seven years. During her captivity she conceives and bears a son, Jack. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that 11-by-11-foot space.

The One Book events include:

• A discussion of the book from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.

• Keeping your Family Safe, from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, presented by an officer of the Palatine Police Department.

• A discussion on ways to recover from trauma, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

• A program on effective parenting, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

For information or to sign up for any programs, call (847) 358-5881 or visit