September October 2023 Newsletter

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Vol 20, No. 5 • September & October 2023



Thank you for the wonderful welcome I have received as your new library director. I am so delighted to be working in this beautiful building with the energetic, enthusiastic library staff, and with your dedicated, experienced Board of Trustees.

I thought you might like to get to know me a little. I’ve been a librarian since the 1980s, and although I have spent the last 15 years as an administrator, in my heart I am still a children’s librarian. Kids are very entertaining to me, and so are their books, so I am a children’s book reviewer, have served on award committees like the Newbery and Caldecott, and currently teach a course for Dominican University’s Masters in Youth Literature.

But I went into administration because it became so clear to me that a strong public library is an essential part of a thriving community like Lincolnwood. Every day I see the many people who come to use the computers, find quiet places to get work done or to relax with a newspaper, and of course pick out new books, movies, and music. I’ve been especially impressed with all of the unusual and interesting hands-on programs this library offers for adults and kids!

Some people rarely come into the library, but are still able to use their library cards to read e-books, download movies, or learn a language. And if your printer at home breaks, you can come in and use the $15 in free printing you get each year on your Lincolnwood Library card.

September is library card sign-up month, so if you haven’t already done so, you will want to get your library card and take advantage of all the library has to offer. If you see me, be sure to say hello! I am so glad to be here.

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Family Paint Night

Wed, Sep 13 • 6-7:15pm

Families, recreate your own masterpiece by following instructions to paint your own version of the sample art piece. All materials will be provided. Please register each person (adults and children) who wants to participate. An adult must stay with their child(ren) in this program.

Family Interactive Movie: Coco

Sun, Sep 17 • 2-4pm

Join the library for a viewing of Disney’s Coco (PG, 105 min), with snacks and a themed craft.

Mammals & More

Sun, Oct 15 • 3-4pm

Learn about and view a variety of different animals, from a sloth to a tortoise, with the Flying Fox Conservation Fund.

Pumpkin Painting

Sat, Oct 21 • 2-2:45pm

Come create your own fall decoration and paint a mini pumpkin! (One pumpkin per registered child.)

Skeleton Art

Tue, Oct 24 • 3:45-4:30pm

Make spooky skeleton art out of Q-tips and other materials.

Family Fright Fest

Fri, Oct 27 • 4-6pm

Come dressed in costume to this familyfriendly Halloween event! Play games, make crafts, and trick-or-treat around the library.

Crafty Creations

Mon, Oct 30 • 3:45-4:45pm

We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination to this open-ended crafting program.

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The Children’s library includes content appropriate for grades K-5. The Teen library includes content appropriate for grades 6-12.


Storytime themes will be posted in advance online.

Baby Storytime

Birth-18 months with caregiver

Mondays • 9:30-10am

We’ll read stories, sing songs, and play at this storytime designed for babies.

Toddler Storytime

18 months-3 years old with caregiver

Mondays • 10:30-11am

Join us on Monday mornings for books, songs, and fun in this storytime for toddlers.

Tuesday Family Storytime

Ages 0-5 with caregiver Tuesdays • 10-10:30 am

Read stories, sing songs, and play games at this all-ages storytime.


Folk & Fairy Tales STEM Storytime

Grades K-5

Wed, Sep 6, Oct 11 • 6-6:45pm

Musical Storytime

0-5 with caregiver

Wednesdays • 9:30am

Sing and dance along at this musical storytime. Check our online events calendar each week to see if the storytime will be led by library staff or Michael’s Music Machine.

Thursday Family Storytime

Ages 0-5 with caregiver Thursdays • 10-10:30 am

Kids of all ages and their caregivers are invited to join us to explore a new topic each week through books, songs, and music.

Donut Storytime

Ages 0-10 with caregiver Sat, Sep 2, Sep 30, Oct 28 • 10:30-11am

Start your day with songs, stories, and donuts provided by Schlegl’s Bakery.

Friday Family Fun

Ages 0-5 with caregiver

Fridays • 10:30-11am

Join us for a fun, creative activity for young children and their caregivers. Activities include art, movement, STEM, and stories. See our website for details of each weekly activity.

Lunes de libros

Ages 0-10 with caregiver

Para niños preescolares de edad 0-5 con su cuidador

Mondays Sep 11, Oct 16 6-6:30pm

Celebrate Fall with this festive bilingual storytime for young children! Storytime will include bilingual English/Spanish books.

¡Celebre el otoño con esta hora de cuentos bilingüe festiva para niños pequeños! La hora del cuento incluirá libros bilingües en inglés y español.

Board Game Mania!

Grades 3-8

Mon, Sep 18, Oct 23 • 4-5:30pm

Favorite folk and fairy tales will introduce children to early STEM concepts. Begin your evening by listening to a classic folk or fairy tale, then take part in a STEM activity related to the story.


& Duplo Club

Grades K-5

Sat, Sep 9, Oct 7 • 3-4pm

Build your own LEGO or Duplo masterpiece with the Library’s collection of blocks.

Relax after school and play one of our many tabletop games or solve puzzle games like Rubik’s Cubes.

Book Page Fall Leaves

Grades K-5

Wed, Sep 20 • 6-6:45pm

Fall is in the air! Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a festive leaf wind chime created with book pages and glitter.

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Reading to the Dogs

Grades K-5

Thurs, Sep 14, Oct 12 • 6-7pm

Build reading skills by reading to trained dogs from Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy. Children will receive at least 15 minutes of personal reading time with a dog.

Leaf Finger Puppets

Grades K-5

Mon, Sep 25 • 3:30-4:15pm

It’s time to put on a Fall Puppet Show with these fun and simple-to-make autumn leaf puppets.

Make Your Own Fairy House

Grades K-5

Sun, Sep 24 • 3-4pm

Make your own paper roll fairy houses and pipe-cleaner fairies.

DIY Ghost decorations

Grades K-5

Fri, Oct 6 • 3:30-4:15pm

Get crafty and make spoooooky ghost decorations out of cheesecloth.

Witch’s Brew

Grades K-5

Thurs, Oct 12 • 3:30-4:15pm

Double, Double Toil and Trouble! Create a bubbling witch’s brew potion using baking soda science.


Paper Chain Wall Art

Grades 6-12

Tues, Sep 5 • 3:45-4:45pm

Design and create your own beautiful wall art using paper chains.

International Snack Exploration

Grades 6-12

Tues, Sep 12, Oct 10 • 3:45-4:45pm

Taste and rank snacks from around the world and learn about a new country each month while you munch on unique snack foods!

T[w]eens Paint & Snack

Grades 6-12

Wed, Sep 27, Oct 25 • 3:45-5pm

T[w]eens, recreate your own masterpiece by following step-bystep instructions to paint your own version of the sample art piece. All materials will be provided. Snacks will be available to help feed your creativity!

Open Video Game Tournament

Grades 6-12

Fri, Sep 22, 3:45-5pm

Compete in Super Smash Bros. in a tournament-style competition to win a prize!

T[w]eens Create: Cupcake Wars

Grades 6-12

Wed, Oct 4 • 3:45-4:45 pm

Cupcake Decorating Contest! Come create a spooky themed cupcake to compete in a variety of categories.

Council of Awesome T[w]eens

Grades 6-12

Thur, Sep 21, Oct 26 • 3:45-4:45 pm

Enthusiastic, motivated students are invited to join the Library Council of Awesome T[w]eens, aka Library C.A.T. Earn volunteer hours AND help plan programs and suggest ideas to make our already-awesome library even more awesome!

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Self Defense with Northside Kung Fu

Tue, Sep 5 • 6:30-8pm

Learn and practice the art of the ancient Chinese martial art Ving Tsun with instructor Sifu Cyrus of Chicago Northside Kung Fu. Martial arts are practiced in modern times to help defend oneself and to develop more profound relaxation. Make sure to wear comfy clothes and shoes for the class!

Home Buying 101

Mon, Sept 18 • 6-7pm

Whether it is your first time buying a home or you are looking to invest in a property, join local realtors from Century 21 as they share information and advice on purchasing a home.

All About PFLAG

(Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Tue, Sep 19 • 6-7pm

Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Enjoy a relaxed informational session on how loved ones and community members can support LGBTQ+ individuals, and listen to resident Susan Ginsburg’s own personal experience with the organization.

Book Challenges on the Rise: Support Your Freedom to Read

Mon, Oct 2 • 7 p.m.

“Freedom to Read” is a fundamental American right, protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, ensuring the choice of ideas, information, and cultural experiences for individuals and families. Public libraries play a crucial role in supporting this right by offering free and open access to all. However, an alarming increase in book challenges has arisen, infringing on this right and denying people the freedom to choose. This Banned Books Week webinar will address this issue and explore how to effectively support intellectual freedom. This presentation is co-hosted by multiple Chicago-area libraries.

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Adult & Pediatric First Aid & CPR Class

Sat, Oct 14 • 1-4pm

Gain certified training in adult and pediatric CPR and first aid. This course includes an online component before the in-person session. Successful completion results in a Red Cross certification valid for 2 years. Registration info will be shared with the Red Cross Training Corps Student Group in order to receive the online training link. Presented in partnership with Northwestern Red Cross Training Corps Student Group.

Putting Together Your Family History Puzzle

Tue, Oct 17 • 6:30-7:30pm

Did you know you can access inside the library for free with your Lincolnwood Library Card?

Genealogy research can be fun! Join presenter Debbie Kroopkin as she shares examples of documents, resources, and methods you can use to explore your family history.

Meet Irena Sendler

Tue, Oct 24 • 6:30-7:30pm

Storyteller and actress Paddy Lynn portrays Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker during WWII who led up a team of people who smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. Enhanced with historical slides, Irena’s story is an inspiration to all of us.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Mexican Folk Dance

Sat, Sep 23 • 1-2pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Mexican Folk Dance performance by Ballet Folklorico de Chicago. This event will be held off-site at Proesel Park Picnic Pavilion (6915 Kostner Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712). Limited seating will be available; bring your own lawn chair and dress appropriately for the weather.

Día de Lotería or Lotería Night

Tue, Oct 10 • 4-5pm Tue, Oct 10 • 7-8pm

Join us either during the day or later in the evening to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the classic game, Lotería! Mexican Lotería is a traditional game similar to Bingo but with pictures. You’ll even have a chance to win prizes! This program is Intended for adults and seniors.

Celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Danza Folclórica Mexicana

Sabado, Sep 23 • 1-2pm

Celebre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con una actuación de danza folclórica mexicana a cargo del Ballet Folklórico de Chicago. Este evento se llevará a cabo fuera del sitio en Proesel Park Picnic Pavilion (6915 Kostner Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712). Habrá asientos limitados disponibles; traiga su propia silla de jardín y vístase apropiadamente para el clima.

DÍa de Lotería o Lotería Night

Tue, Oct 10 • 4-5pm Tue, Oct 10 • 7-8pm ¡Únase a nosotros durante el día o más tarde en la noche para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Hispana con el juego clásico, Lotería! La Lotería Mexicana es un juego tradicional similar al Bingo pero con dibujos. ¡Incluso tendrás la oportunidad de ganar premios! Este programa está destinado a adultos y personas mayores.

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How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz

Mon, Sep 11 • 11am-12pm

The Great Recession came along and Cara never thought that in her mid 50’s she would be pushed back into the job market. Set up with a job counselor, Cara instead begins to narrate the story of her life, and confronts her darkest secrets and regrets.


The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Mon, Sep 25 • 7-8:00pm

A novel about the union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, and the many consequences of an oppressive culture stripping away the humanity of another.


Knitting Social Circle

Wednesdays • 11am-12:30pm

Share tips and show off your work with needle-art enthusiasts.

Eat • Craft • Watch

Thu, Sep 7 & Oct 5 • 6:30-9pm

Calling all crafters! Gather together over snacks, movies, and dedicated time for creating what you love. We’ll decide as a group what to watch while enjoying each other’s company and working on our own projects. As long as you can get your supplies through the door, your craft is welcome.

Grab-and-Go Maple Leaf Glass Jar

Sep 1-30

Celebrate the coming of fall by creating your own Maple Leaf Glass Jar. Take a walk in your neighborhood to observe and collect leaves of different colors or use the faux ones provided. Pick up supplies at the Adult Services desk. Register to ensure availability.

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Mon, Oct 16 • 11am-12pm

Rachel’s phone rings, a stranger has kidnapped her child, and in order to free them she must abduct someone else’s child. Her child will be released when her victim’s parents kidnap another child; if any of these things don’t happen, her daughter will be killed. She is now part of the chain.

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

Mon, Oct 16 • 7-8:00pm

A group of devoted recreational swimmers are suddenly displaced when a crack appears at the bottom of their community pool. Without their routine, some of the swimmers are forced to face what their daily swim helped them avoid.

Mosaics Workshop

Tue, Oct 3 • 6:30-8:30pm

Learn how to make mosaics with stained glass! Students will learn the basics of mosaic making with practicing artist Vivian Visser. Presented in partnership with Evanston Art Center.

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners

Mon, Oct 30 • 6-8pm

Learn how to make a tapestry! Students will learn the basics of weaving a tapestry with practicing artist Amanda Mulcahy. Presented in partnership with Evanston Art Center.

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ESL Coffee & Tea Hour

Fri, Sep 1, 15, 29 & Oct 13, 27 4-5pm

Join us for an hour of casual conversation to practice your English with other community members while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. This group focuses on having lively discussions about current events and day-to-day life. Coffee and tea will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Smartphone Photography

Thu, Sep 21 • 7-8:30pm

Mah Jongg

Tuesdays • 1-3pm

Meet other enthusiasts and play the Chinese tile-based game of Mah Jongg. Beginners welcome

Lincolnwood Writes: Writing Club

Wed, Sep 6 & Oct 4 • 7-9pm

Whether you’re writing for fun or to be published someday, foster your creativity with like-minded authors in this monthly group. Bring in original work to be read aloud and get constructive feedback from your peers. Ages high school and up.


AI is Destroying Everything! Or is it?

Thu, Oct 19 • 7-8:30pm

Get the most out of the camera you already have! Learn how to take photos, edit them, and share from Android and iPhone devices.

iPhone & iPad Club

Fri, Sep 29 & Oct 20 • 1-2:30pm

Bring your iPhone and iPad to meet fellow Apple device users and learn to do more with your device.

As an AI model, I can tell you this class will use digestible examples to provide an overview of artificial intelligence, including a bit of computer science. There will be time for questions and answers.




Jerry & Marge Go Large (2022)

Mon, Sep 11 • 1-2:45pm • PG-13, 96 mins.

Ticket to Paradise (2022)

Mon, Sep 18 • 1-3pm • PG-13, 04 mins.

Stand and Deliver (1988)

Mon, Sep 25 • 1-3pm • PG, 105 mins.

See website for full descriptions.


A Good Person (2023)

Mon, Oct 2 • 1-3pm • R, 129 mins.

Love Again (2023)

Mon, Oct 16 • 1-2:45pm • PG-13, 102 mins.

Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023)

Mon, Oct 23 • 1-2:45pm • PG-13, 107 mins.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Mon, Oct 30 • 1-2:45pm • PG, 105 mins.

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Fri–Sat: 10am–6pm Sun: 1–5pm


Sheri Doniger • President

Georgia Talaganis • Vice President

Mary Silber • Secretary

Richard Sloan • Treasurer

Heidi Hedstrom

Michelle Kapusta

Deborah Silver


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Colleen Melone • (224) 233-1869


Kelly Horvath • (224) 233-1862


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All of our events and programs may be photographed or recorded for promotional purposes. Please let us know if you prefer not to be photographed or recorded. We will never use your name without written consent.

Please visit for program changes and updates. Please contact the library at least 5 days prior to a program if you require special accommodation.


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