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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.



Dorel Ensemble Performs this Sunday, May 3

Please join us Sunday, May 3 at 5 pm for a chamber music concert featuring the Dorel Ensemble. The ensemble is composed of Liba Shacht, violin; Carol Cook; viola; and John Sharp, cello.

The New York Times wrote that Ms. Shacht, "plays with Russian intensity, yet her performances are tempered with abundant humor. She delights in her nimble technique and virtuosic displays present few obstacles." Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "terrific violist," Ms. Cook has appeared in concert halls worldwide as both a soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Sharp was among the youngest musicians ever selected as a principal chair in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed chamber music with Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and the Vermeer Quartet.

Please note: the library will close at 4 pm and reopen at 4:30 pm for preconcert seating.

Thank you to the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library for sponsoring this concert!



Robot Week

In town for Spring Break? Look no
further than the library for your
robo-tainment. Kids of all ages are
invited to join in for fun and STEM
programs from March 30 through
April 3. Some programs require registration. Programs are as follows:

iTots Storytime Monday, March 30, 10:30–11 a.m.
All ages with parent or caregiver
Little Lego Robos Tuesday, March 31, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Grades K–2 (registration required)
Robotics Engineering With Lego WeDo
Tuesday, March 31, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Grades 3 and up (registration required)
Little Brushbots Wednesday, April 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Grades K–2 (registration required)
Battlebots Wednesday, April 1, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Grades 3 and up (registration required)
Tales for Robo-Tots Thursday, April 2, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Ages 2–5 with parent or caregiver
Munchy Movie: Big Hero 6 Thursday, April 2, 1:30–3:05 pm
All ages
Robofest! Friday, April 3, 2:00-4:00pm



Teen Movie Marathon!

Staying in town over spring break and looking for something fun to do? Join us on Monday, March 30th for our second annual movie marathon! We’ll start at 1:30 pm with If I Stay, a drama about a teen girl in a coma caught between life and death. Next up at 3:30 pm is Guardians of the Galaxy, a superhero movie in which a group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warlord from taking over the universe. Then at 5:30 pm The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 preparing to overthrow the Capitol. Pizza will be served when Mockingjay begins; movie snacks will be on hand during all movies. Show up for your favorite film or stay for all three. Please note: All movies are rated PG-13 and this program is for those in 6th-12th grades only.



The Art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

The sensational marriage of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera fascinated their contemporaries in the United States and south of the border. In this slide lecture taking place on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00, art historian Jeff Mishur looks at the paintings of both artists and discusses how key moments in their private life are brought to life in specific works.



Learn With Lynda!

The library now has access to, one of the premier online learning databases. Lynda gives you video tutorials in a wide range of subjects, from computers to business to photography and video. Need to learn the basics of Microsoft Excel? Try Lynda! Are you a hobbyist who wants to take better pictures? Give Lynda a shot! Simply visit our databases page or click here, create a profile and get smarter!



Growing Monarchs in Your Backyard

Monarchs may be the most familiar North American butterflies, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 970 million of them have vanished since 1990. One of the people working to save the Monarch is Sue Fox McGovern, who exhibited at the Monarch Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last year. On Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00 pm, she’ll share the secrets to her success in raising Monarchs, Swallowtails and Red Admiral butterflies in her yard in Park Ridge. This program is a collaboration between the Friends of the Green Bay Trail, the North Shore Garden Club, and the Glencoe Public Library.



Mr. Freeze Science Show

If the winter cold hasn't gotten you too down then be sure to bring the kids to the library on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 and let "Mr. Freeze" of Batavia’s Fermilab wow you with the science of extreme cold! Scientist Jerry Zimmerman will demonstrate the effects of liquid nitrogen on everyday objects in this explosive show. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.



Spring Tune Up - Cleaning Up Your Diet

Join certified health coach Evey Schweig on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 pm for a program of easy strategies that will help you clean up your diet to feel more energetic, lose weight, get healthy – in short, to help you feel more like spring. Evey trained at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. Her mission is to help people realize that their lifestyle and food choices have a profound effect on their overall health, happiness and well-being.



New Excerpts Available

Are you ready for another three months of exciting library programming? We've got a whole week of robotics events for the kids, a brand new "Appy Hour" for Apple lovers, nature and health programs, a new "visiting professor" program to make you smarter and even a (virtual) cemetery visit! All of this plus information on the next Writers' Theatre Page to Stage event as well as our usual great batch of author visits, book groups, film screenings, Technology Tuesdays and musical theatre programs make our new Excerpts a must-read. Glencoe residents will receive the next issue of Excerpts in the mail but you can access it online right now!



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