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All-Star Superbowl Snacks

Get ready for the big game on Tuesday, January 13th at 7:30 pm when chef, caterer, and Glencoe native Blair Carothers will field a winning lineup of fan-friendly recipes for your Superbowl party. Bring your team to earn, sample, and enjoy. Recipes will be provided.

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A Wright Expert Looks at Ravine Bluffs

The year-long celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright in Glencoe continues with A Wright Expert Looks at Ravine Bluffs on Sunday, January 11 at 5:00. Thomas A. Heinz, a Chicago architect and author of numerous books on Frank Lloyd Wright, will present a slide program focused on Wright’s work in Glencoe’s Ravine Bluffs subdivision. The library will close at 4:00 p.m. and re-open at 4:30 for program seating in the Johnson Room. This program is co-sponsored with the Glencoe Historical Society. You can view more information on upcoming Frank Lloyd Wright programs at the Historical Society's website.

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Adult Winter Reading Program Begins

Last winter was bad - scary bad. This winter - who knows? But chances are you’ll spend more time indoors, so we've been busy thinking up ways to make life better this winter. Like reading a long, gripping historical novel. Or watching that 15-episode TV series you missed out on. What about learning how to cook delicious new soups for your family or finally learning to play bridge? We've been making lists of things you can do to stay happy all winter long, and they all involve materials you can get at your library.

There will be a kickoff party on Saturday, January 10, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon. We’ll welcome you with Happy New Year wishes, treats and lots and lots of lists and displays. As always there will be sign-up prizes, weekly prizes and prizes when you finish six books. If you can’t be here on January 10th, sign up at the Readers’ Services desk at your convenience or join by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’ll be away for a while this winter, you can still participate by taking advantage of six-week vacation loans available on all but our newest books.

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Teen Scavenger Hunt

Hey 6th through 12th graders -  come to the library on Saturday, January 3rd to test your book, movie and music knowledge at our Second Annual Teen Scavenger Hunt. Find clues scattered throughout the library that will lead you to great prizes including free books, DVD rental coupons, snacks, and a chance to win a free gift certificate to Books on Vernon. Stop by the Readers’ Services desk anytime between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm on the 3rd to pick up the rules and get started. Happy hunting!

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Holiday Hours

The library will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 24, and remain closed through Thursday, December 25. The library will also close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, and remain closed through Thursday, January 1. We are always open through our website!

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'Tis the Season for Winter Reading

It seems like Summer Reading Club ended only yesterday but our young adult and children's reading programs are right around the corner! 6th to 12th graders can come to the library beginning Wednesday, December 17th and join YA Winter Reading Club. Teens can set their own goal for the number of books they think they can read during the program. If they reach their goal by February 23rd, they can get a free paperback book of their own choosing.

Meanwhile bring the little ones to the children's department starting Friday, December 19th to pick up their reading log, after which they earn brag tags and books for reading and participating in fun winter activities! Adults will have to be patient as their reading club will not begin until Saturday, January 10th (details to come).

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Phil Passen on the Hammered Dulcimer

Come join us on Sunday, December 14th at 2:00 for some musical holiday cheer when hammered dulcimer virtuoso Phil Passen visits the library! Mr. Passen will be in the Young Adult room (at the back of the main floor) of the library performing a variety of traditional numbers, including Celtic, Hanukkah and other seasonal favorites.

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Booknews at Books On Vernon

Glencoe Public Library staffers Nancy Buehler, Sara Lifson, Liz McClain and executive director Juli Janovicz return for another session of morning coffee and lots of book news at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Avenue on Monday, December 8th at 10:00. They’ll provide reviews of new and forthcoming books that may be just the thing for your book group or your next favorite read.

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De-Stress for the Holidays With Instant Islands of Calm

We all know how stressful the holidays can be. On Sunday, December 7th at 1:30 you can come to the library and learn four 90-second mindfulness exercises which promote instant calm. These exercises are taught at Harvard's prestigious Benson-Henry Institute got Mind-Body Medicine. Each will help you center and calm yourself in the midst of holiday stress and "overdrive". A brief description will be followed by practicing the technique. Interested participants can remain after the one-hour class for an optional 30-minute discussion of mindfulness, including Q and A.

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The Splendors of Byzantine Art: A Special Exhibit Preview Lecture

Over the fall and winter of 2014-15 a collection of Byzantine icons, jewelry, and sculpture from Greece will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago for a special exhibition. The exhibit features many objects that have never traveled outside Greece. Art historian Dr. Michelle Paluch-Mishur returns to the library on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 for this slide lecture about artwork produced during a thousand years of Byzantine history. Please arrive early to insure a place as seating is limited!

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