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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.

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Learn With Lynda!

The library now has access to Lynda.com, 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Used Book Sale

The next Friends book sale is coming up February 28 - March 2. As always, the sale will feature thousands of slightly used books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more at great prices. Hours are:

  • Saturday, February 28, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 1:00 pm -5:00 pm (everything half-price)
  • Monday, March 2, 9:00 am-12:00 noon ($3/bag sale)

Glencoe residents who are also current members of the Friends are invited to shop on the Friday night before the sale (February 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.), when the selection is at its best and the aisles are uncrowded. And yes, you may join at the door! All proceeds from the sale benefit the library.

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Wright in Context

Architect and Ravine Bluffs resident Peter Van Vechten will join us on Sunday, February 22nd at 5:00 to add context to our centennial Ravine Bluffs celebration. He will discuss what was going on in the world, in architecture, and in Wright's life and career at the time of Ravine Bluffs's inception. He will also give a homeowners' perspective on living in a Wright house. Co-sponsored by the library and the Glencoe Historical Society, this program is part of a year-long series of programs and events presented by the Glencoe Historical Society's Ravine Bluffs Centennial Committee.

The library will close at 4:00 pm and re-open at 4:30 for program seating in the Johnson Room. For more information on this year-long celebration, please visit the Historical Society's Wright in Glencoe site.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: The Passenger

The Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its premiere staging of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger on February 24. Suppressed for more than 40 years, Weinberg's gripping opera has emerged anew, electrifying audiences at Austria's Bregenz Festival and again in Warsaw and London. Set in the early 1960s aboard an ocean liner, the plot centers around a West German diplomat, Walter, and his wife Liese, who are bound for a new posting in Brazil. Unbeknownst to her husband, Liese served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. Haunted by her past, she is stunned when she thinks she recognizes a fellow passenger as her former prisoner.

Be fully prepared to appreciate this masterwork by joining Roy Fisher of the Lyric’s Community Lecture Corps, who will present a program on it at the library on Tuesday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m.

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Author Event: Nickolas Butler

The library is very pleased to host a reading on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 by Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs, a novel about a group of childhood friends from Little Wing, Wisconsin. Jonathan Evison of the New York Times Sunday Review found it “a good old-fashioned novel, a sure-footed and unabashedly sentimental first effort that deserves to be among the standouts in this year’s field of fiction debuts” and the Times’s Janet Maslin described it as “a big-hearted book…impressively original.” Copies will be available for sale and signing at the event from the Book Stall at Chestnut Court.  For those who would like to discuss Shotgun Lovesongs, a book discussion on it will take place on the same day at 1:00 in the afternoon.

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