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Exploring China's Past at The Field Museum

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After years of preparation, The Field Museum will open its Cyrus Tang Hall of China on June 24. Before you visit this major permanent exhibit, get your bearings at our special presentation on Monday, June, 29 by the Field's Lisa C. Niziolek, a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian anthropology and a member of the curatorial team. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Niziolek will guide us through examples of the ceramics, bronzes, textiles, sculptures, paintings, and puppets showcased in the 6,000 square foot exhibit, including artifacts recovered from the 800-year old Java Sea Shipwreck.

Please join us for a fascinating look at a culture filled with deep traditions and dynamic change. As the Chicago Sun-Times notes,  "As China asserts itself on the world stage, it is easy to reduce this ancient nation to sound bites and headlines, subsuming its history in discussions of global economic and world politics - but the Cyrus Tang Hall of China helps recalibrate our understanding of its rich culture."

Dr. Niziolek's talk is part of our Visiting Professor series, sponsored by the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library.

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Visit us at the Glencoe Sidewalk Sale

This Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27 is Glencoe's annual Sidewalk Sale! As always, we'll have a table set up in front of the library. Please stop by to ask about books and register for Summer Reading.

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Reading and Ravinia!

Sign up for our Summer Adult Reading Program and receive two lawn tickets (one set per family) for a performance at Ravinia.

We have tickets for 19 dates and beginning on Saturday, June 13, we will give them away on a first come, first served basis. So hurry in, sign up  for the reading program and start planning your night under the stars!

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Giants in the Park: Part One

Join us Tues, June 16, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm for Part One of Giants in the Park, a virtual tour of the bronze giants which inhabit Lincoln Park, Chicago's largest and most historic park.

Among those who statues preside over the park are: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert de La Salle, John Peter Altged, General Philip Sheridan, William Shakespeare, and Johann von Goethe. The celebrated sculptors and architects involved include Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White.

Our tour guide is Krista August, who will discuss the stories and history behind each portrait statue, the monuments than have gone missing, and salient park and city history. For seven years Ms. August volunteered for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and led walking tours of the city's historic and modern skyscrapers. She is a member of the Chicago Tour-Guide Professionals Association.

Ms. August's book, Giants in the Park, was named a Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association and recognized with a Certificate of Excellence by the Illinois State Historical Society. Rick Kogan of WGN radio called Giants in the Park, "an essential item for any Chicago lover's bookshelf."

Part 2 will continue the tour and take place on July 14.





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Yoga for Travelers and Commuters

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We've all been there: feeling achy, stressed and tired after traveling for long periods of time in a car, or by train or airplane. Come join us on Tues. June 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm when Judy Roin of Glencoe's Reach Yoga will present simple ways to relieve tension in your neck, shoulders, back and hips while you're on the go.

Wear comfortable clothes (no yoga clothes are required) and come prepared to learn to wonderful ways to relax while traveling or on your daily commute!

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Ravine Bluffs Centennial Programs


Don't miss our last Ravine Bluffs Centennial program!

On Sunday, June 14, at 5 pm, Maggie Hein, the current owner of 272 Sylvan Road (the Chesley Perry House), will present "Making it Wright Again," the story of her home’s history and how she and architect Scott Javore used her research to shape its restoration.

Remember: Due to summer hours, the library will be closed that day but we will open at 4:30 pm for program seating. We are co-sponsoring this event with the Glencoe Historical Society.

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Friends' Book Sale: June 13 - 15!

The summer Friends of the Glencoe Public Library used book sale is almost here! It's the perfect place to discover gently used picture books or perhaps the missing season of your favorite television series - all at terrific prices. You'll find great deals on all types of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs.

Sale hours are: Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday, June 14, 1:00-5:00 pm (everything is half price); and Monday, June 15, 9:00 am-12:00 pm ($3 a bag sale). 

Members of the Friends - and yes, you can join at the door! - are invited to the members' preview sale on Friday evening, June 12, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Membership in the Friends is limited to current Glencoe residents. The Friends use profits from the sale to bring you wonderful library programs like the spring and fall concert series.

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Visiting Professor Series: Claudia Traudt

Join us Friday, May 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the latest installment of our Visiting Professor Series. Claudia Traudt will present In the Beginning was the word: Entering Melville, Joyce, Faulkner, and Walker.

The openings of literary works are critical. They have one shot to arrest, engage, pique interest and begin to teach or have a reader discover how to read them. Ms. Traudt will briefly explore the gripping openings of four revelatory works: Moby Dick, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Sound and the Fury, and The Color Purple.

Ms. Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and teaches at the University's Graham School. She is the recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for its Basic Program. An artist, her work, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. Ms. Traudt is also a lecturer at Columbia College.

The Visiting Professor Series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library.

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The College Freshman Experience

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into college. The hard part’s over, right? We hope so! But for some students, the first semester away from home can be a rude awakening. New relationships, heightened academic expectations - and homesickness - all can be tough to negotiate.

So how can you make the most of your freshman year? Join us Thursday, May 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to find out. Hanna Stotland, a college admissions consultant and frequent speaker here at the library, will offer advice on how to have a great experience across your academic, social, and residential life during your first year - and throughout college.

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Author Event: Libby Fischer Hellmann

 

Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm to hear best-selling crime fiction writer Libby Fischer Hellmann. 


Hellmann claims that she is, "writing her way around the genre." She has published 11 novels and 10 short stories including thrillers, suspense mysteries, police procedurals, historical, amateur sleuth, and even a cozy mystery. Her work has been nominated (twice) for an Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and Foreword Reviews' "Thriller of the Year" (twice). It has also won awards multiple times from the Murder is Lovey conference.

Her newest mystery, Nobody's Child, is the fourth in her series about Georgia Davis, a Chicago private investigator. Publishers Weekly writes that the book is, "thrilling... Hellmann ratchets up tension with every chapter and the reader is constantly keep wondering about the fate of both sisters."

Hellmann will read from her work and speak about writing genre fiction, her creative process and why she switched to self-publishing from traditional publishing.

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