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August 2021

Virtual Cooking Program: International Vintage Desserts

Saturday August 7 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Enjoy hearing about kolackies, baklava, German Chocolate Cake and other favorite vintage dessert trends with international origins in this delicious event with cookbook collector Amy Alessio. Learn how some favorite foods changed in this country and leave with recipes. Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. Her latest reference book is the co-authored of 50+ Programs for Adults, Teens, Tweens (American Library Association, 2019). Her fiction includes the Amazon bestselling Alana O'Neill mysteries with vintage…

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Virtual Event: Lights Out, Everybody – Mystery and Horror during the Golden Age of Radio

Thursday August 12 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This virtual presentation uses sound clips from some of radio's best known mystery and horror programs (including Escape, Inner Sanctum and Lights Out) to illustrate how radio could truly be a "Theater of the Mind" and use music, voices and sounds to create indelible, and often frightening, "pictures." Steve Darnall is the host of a radio show in Chicago (Those Were the Days) dedicated to the "Golden Age" of radio. Over the years, he’s spoken at dozens of libraries on…

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Virtual Event: Women of Ragtime

Saturday August 14 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Women ragtime composers faced challenges – it wasn’t considered very “ladylike” to write this kind of music, and once they got married, they were expected to give up their career and raise a family. Still, a surprising amount of ragtime was written by young women, and much of it was very successful in its time. We’ll share some music by May Aufderheide, the Indiana composer who is considered the best of the female composers; Charlotte Blake of Detroit, who was…

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Virtual Event: The History of the Band Chicago

Thursday August 19 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

If you like your rock 'n' roll mixed with an exciting blast of horns there is no better than the music group Chicago. Formed in the city of Chicago in 1967 the band produced a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Chicago has sold over 100,000,000 albums and, based on those sales, Chicago is the most successful American group ever according to Billboard Magazine. Using performance and interview clips, we'll trace the arc of their career from…

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Virtual Event: Politics Behind the 2021 Summer Olympics

Saturday August 21 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The lead up to 2021 Olympics was unlike any other Olympics in history. The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic and was the first Olympics canceled since the 1940 and 1944 Games because of World War II. The International Olympic Committee went to extraordinary measures to make sure “The Games Must Go On.” The 2021 Tokyo Games will be a political statement as well. Either science beats or loses to COVID-19. Political statements and the…

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Virtual Medicare 101

Monday August 23 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Medicare 101 is now being hosted virtually! There are more Medicare insurance options available than ever before. Finding the right plan requires careful consideration, and we know, an educated consumer will make the right choice. We are here to educate you on your Medicare insurance options. Licensed Sales Representative Carol Cherry discusses the different parts of Medicare. Please register for this event. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone…

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Virtual Local Jobs and Hiring Resources Workshop

Thursday August 26 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Are you interested in local job opportunities? Are you tired of submitting too many online job applications? Come learn about new local free resources that connect jobseekers with employers in the DeKalb area. Participants will learn about new ways to reach local employers with job openings and how to make themselves easily available to local businesses. This workshop is free and intended for teens and adults. Please register for this event. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email…

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Virtual Medicare 101

Saturday August 28 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Medicare 101 is now being hosted virtually! There are more Medicare insurance options available than ever before. Finding the right plan requires careful consideration, and we know, an educated consumer will make the right choice. We are here to educate you on your Medicare insurance options. Licensed Sales Representative Carol Cherry discusses the different parts of Medicare. Please register for this event. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone…

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September 2021

Virtual Event: Radio Goes to War

Thursday September 9 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

World War II was the first war in history to receive almost continuous coverage on radio. This one-hour, virtual presentation examines how radio rose to the challenge of life during wartime, with sound clips from news broadcasts, presidential speeches, entertainment shows, programs designed to boost morale (both at home and among the armed forces) and more! Steve Darnall is the host of a radio show in Chicago (Those Were the Days) dedicated to the "Golden Age" of radio. Over the…

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Stone Soup Shakespeare Present Hamlet @ Huntley Park

Friday September 17 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In Stone Soup Shakespeare's tour of Hamlet, a decadent party swirls around the prince as he encounters ghosts, wrestles with his inner demons, and seeks revenge for the mistakes of the past generation.  Featuring new music by Chicago artists, Hamlet explores a young person finding his way in a dangerous world. Part campfire ghost story, and part murder mystery all set in a Gatsby-esque, neo-Jazz Era world. Music elements, a family-friendly invisible sword fight, a community created soundscape, and our typical energetic and…

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Virtual Workshop: A Deeper Dive into Car Ownership

Thursday September 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme dives into automotive ownership topics like tune-ups, transmission fluid, and cleaning your car to protect your investment. She presents in an easy to understand format that is suitable for the average car owner. If you want to get a better understanding of your car, this is the class to take. Chaya is an automotive educator, journalist, and speaker, and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme. Her work has appeared or been featured in publications ranging…

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October 2021

A Visit with Mrs. Lincoln

Saturday October 2 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Mary Lincoln comes to life as presented by Valerie Gugala. She sets the historical record straight as she takes listeners through her life as a young woman born into a wealthy Lexington, KY family, and the transformation she made from that life to become the wife of a young man whose background was just the opposite. Mrs. Lincoln takes the audience through the Lincoln family’s life in Springfield, Abraham’s political career and election to the presidency, and their life in…

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November 2021

After-Hours Concert: Daniel Bennett Group

Friday November 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Live music returns to the library! Join us for an after-hours concert in the main lobby when we host the Daniel Bennett Group, playing songs from their new album. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Daniel Bennett's new album, 'New York Nerve,' was conceived outside under snow-covered heat lamps at New York City jazz clubs. "Outdoor music was our thing this year. The earth was our stage," says Daniel Bennett. The band was…

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December 2021

Carol of the (Berim) Baus with Arcomusical

Saturday December 4 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

They’re back! The library is delighted to host Projeto Arcomusical in an after-hours holiday concert open to the public.  The ensemble will play special arrangements of holiday music as well as original compositions for the audience in the library’s main lobby. Holiday snacks and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. Playing exclusively on the Afro-Brazilian instrument called the berimbau, Projeto Arcomusical's performances provide a unique and family-friendly experience. After the performance, children of all ages are invited to hold and perform on the…

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The History of James Taylor and Carly Simon

Wednesday December 8 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In the early 1970’s the singer/songwriter ruled the radio. Carole King, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens…but the era’s ultimate power couple were husband and wife James Taylor and Carly Simon. Using performance and interview clips we’ll trace the arc of their careers from “Fire and Rain” and “You’re So Vain” to “Shower the People” and “Coming Around Again.” The marriage didn’t last, but the hits sure have! In honor of its 50th Anniversary, special attention will be given to…

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