Cemetery Road Trip

Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Cemetery expert-extraordinaire Laurel Mellien has visited more than 1,000 Midwestern cemeteries. Join us as she presents her favorites! She’ll showcase the burial sites of U.S. Presidents and Native American chiefs, go to unique cemeteries like Showman’s Rest in Forest Park or National Hobo Cemetery in Iowa, and entertain the audience with amusing headstones she’s seen along the way.



Chinese Calligraphy

Image result for chinese calligraphyTuesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Come learn and see a hands-on demonstration of the beautiful art of Chinese calligraphy. Adults and adolescents ages 13 & up will have the opportunity to write symbols on paper with brushes provided to them. This program will have calligraphy in Chinese with translations in English and Spanish.

Please note: For all adult crafting and DIY programs, doors to the event will open 15 minutes prior to the event start time. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats cannot be held.



The Silk Road

Related imageSunday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Famed ancient and exotic caravan route, the Silk Road’s trade and cultural exchanges influenced the course of history, before the world was connected by transoceanic sea voyages. Join historian Sara Drower as she explains what a crucial road this trade route played in the development of cultures and cultural influence across Europe and Asia.


Origins of Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Everyone knows that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration, but how much do you know about what is being celebrated? Come to this bilingual presentation about the history of the Battle of Puebla that occurred on May 5th, 1862 and learn about the history of the holiday.


The Women of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m.

During the 1940s and 1950s, ninety-six athletic and determined women from Illinois and thirty-seven from Wisconsin were among the more than 550 women who played professional baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGBPL) as depicted in the movie A League of Their Own. Join us in welcoming Bob Kann, the biographer of one of the players, as he shares stories about these Midwestern women.


Hot Chocolate Readers Book Club

During these still-chilly months, warm your insides with some hot cocoa and join us as we discuss thought provoking stories of passion, injustice, love, lust, mystery, murder, and more from African-American Authors. This book club meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

March 5 — A Woman’s Worth by Tracy Price-Thompson
April 2 — Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
May 7 — The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Copies of the books are available at the Library’s Circulation Desk one month prior to the discussion.


Summer Movie Night

Friday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library

7:00 p.m. | Monsters vs. Aliens  | (PG, 1 hr 34 min)
9:00 p.m. | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  | (PG, 1 hr 55 min)

Join us at the Library for a very special movie event—a screening of some of our favorite “out of this world” films! Both the 7:00 p.m. showing of Monsters vs. Aliens and the 9:00 p.m. showing of E.T. will will be held inside the Library — take advantage of stadium seating, new HD projection, and free popcorn in the Library’s auditorium. Join us for one film—or stay for both!