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Readings From the Novels of Richard Smolev

Please join us on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:30 pm for a reading in honor of former Glencoe resident and author Richard Smolev. Having long desired to write fiction, Richard found the inspiration for his first novel, Offerings, in a book he checked out of the Glencoe Library. His second novel, the early drafts of which were written in his Washington Avenue home, is entitled In Praise of Angels and was published in July. Due to illness, Richard won't be able to join us for the reading, so his close friend Alan Wolf will be our reader. Jordan and Anita Miller, owners of Richard’s publisher Academy Chicago, and Alan Wolf and Margot Weinberg have donated copies of Richard`s books to our library in his honor and as his legacy to Glencoe.



American Art of the Civil War Era

This November marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and throughout this year there are numerous 150th anniversaries of Civil War battles and events. Art historian Jeff Mishur returns on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 pm for this lecture, which looks at works of art that expressed the mood of the nation prior to, during and after the end of the war



How to Draw Monsters

Get ready for Halloween on Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 am by learning how to draw monsters! You’ll practice drawing monsters step-by-step with art teacher Christine Thornton. Then, you’ll draw a creepy monster of your choice! This program is for children ages 7 and up and requires registration.



Teen Book Group: Divergent by Veronica Roth

There's still time to sign up for our Wednesday, October 16th teen book group! We'll be discussing Divergent by Veronica Roth to get you prepared for Allegiant, the third book in the series. We will order pizza so be sure to sign at the Reader's Services desk by the end of the day tomorrow (Tuesday) to ensure that we get enough! The book group will meet at 4:00 and is for 6th to 12th graders.



Jeanne Nolan Author Talk

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. to meet Glencoe resident Jeanne Nolan, the author of From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation - an engaging blend of how-to, manifesto and memoir. Published in July, her book chronicles her journey back to the North Shore after 17 years of living on a communal farm. The founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd., Ms. Nolan has designed and cultivated more than 650 farms and food gardens in and around Chicago, including the Edible Gardens - a 5,000 square foot vegetable garden for children in Lincoln Park Zoo - and gardens at Glencoe’s Central and South Schools. Copies of her book, which features a foreword by Alice Waters, will be available for purchase courtesy of Books on Vernon.



Blue Balliett Author Program

Blue Balliett, Chicago's own award-winning children's book author of such favorites as Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3, will be our very special guest at the Community Hall of the Takiff Center on Monday, October 21st at 4:00 pm. Hold Fast, her latest mystery, hit The New York Times Bestseller List and has received acclaimed reviews in the Times and the Chicago Tribune. Copies of Blue's novels will be available for sale at the program by The Book Stall and light refreshments will be served. This special event is for children ages 8 and up with parent or caregiver.



Used Book Sale

The next Friends book sale is coming up October 19-21. As always, the sale will feature thousands of slightly used books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more at great prices. Hours are:

  • Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 20, 1:00 pm -5:00 pm (everything half-price)
  • Monday, October 21, 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 (October 18, 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.



Movers in the Sky

Comet ISON will graze the sun’s atmosphere on November 28. If it survives its solar encounter, ISON could emerge glowing as brightly as the moon and visible to the unaided eye even in broad daylight! Are comets really omens of disaster? How worried should we be about asteroids or comets colliding with the earth? On Monday, October 14th at 10:30 am you can learn about these fascinating “movers in the sky,” which are actually different types of small bodies left over from the solar system’s formation. Astrophysicist (and former NASA consultant) returns to the library on Columbus Day for another vivid peek at the universe. This program is for adults and children 10 and older. If the sky is clear, participants are invited to go outside with Mr. Manning after the program to view sun spots through NASA-approved filters.



Sensory Storytime

Join us on Saturday, October 12th at 10:45am for another sensory storytime. Children of all abilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this inclusive storytime program. Led by two play specialists, families can join us for an hour-long program filled with stories, music, rhymes, and playtime. This program is for children ages 3-8 with parent or caregiver - registration is required.



Library Closed on Friday the 11th

The library will be closed on Friday, October 11th for staff training. We will reopen for normal hours on Saturday the 12th. Please remember that you can always place holds, renew materials, check out ebooks and music and much more from our website and app!



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