Glenview Reads Together

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September 16–October 21, 2018

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Join the Glenview Public Library in its new community-wide reading program. During the five-week period, engage with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, Library staff, and others by reading the same book, then coming together for special discussions, programs, and events centered around the immigrant experience. Share your story with others and find common ground. Copies of the novel, in English and Spanish, are available at the Reader Services Desk. Check the catalog for other available formats such as large print, audiobooks, eBooks, eAudiobooks or a Book Club in a Bag discussion kit. Want more? Choose from our list of readalike titles.

A special thank you to Rotary Club of Glenview-Sunrise for their generous support.

The Book

A boy and a girl fall in love. Two families collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel offers a resonant new outlook on the American immigrant experience.

Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains an awful injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. Leaving all they have behind the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it’s love at first sight. It’s also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt, love, and responsibility is at this novel’s core. Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.

A smartly observed tale of immigrant life that cannily balances its optimistic tone with straight talk.”–Kirkus Reviews

The Author

Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, a candidate for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Henríquez is also the author of the novel The World In Half and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI, along with the anthology This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers. Henríquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently lives in Illinois.

Adult & Teen Book Discussions

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Reader Services Desk. No registration is required for these discussions. Just drop in.

Saturday, September 22, 10-11 AM • Heinen’s Grocery Store, 1020 Waukegan Rd.
Monday, September 24, 7-8 PM • Glenview Library • Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, September 26, 1-2 PM • The East Wing Glenview Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue
Wednesday, October 3, 1-2 PM • Glenview Library • Multipurpose Room
Thursday, October 18, 7-8 PM • Hackney’s on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave.

Teen Discussion • Friday, September 28, 5-6 PM • Glenview Library • Multipurpose Room

No Pressure New Parents Book Discussion Group
Saturday, September 29, 10-11:15 AM • Glenview Library • Youth Program Room

Discussion in Spanish
Monday, October 8, 7-8 PM • Glenview Library • Multipurpose Room


Adults & Teens

Maura’s Eyes: An Irish Girl’s Experience of Ellis Island
Sunday, September 16, 2-3 PM • Community Room

Award-winning storyteller and theater artist, Megan Wells, portrays a young Irish girl’s Ellis Island experience as she weaves together tales from books, journals, and family stories. A beautiful dramatization of Maura’s family’s journey that many of today’s families will be able to relate to, no matter what their heritage.

Early Mexican Settlements in Railroad Boxcar Communities
Thursday, September 20, 7-8 PM • Community Room

In the first half of the 20th century, railroads employed and housed large numbers of Mexican immigrants. Dr. Antonio Delgado discusses this vibrant community and the contributions they made to the growth of the Midwest while often facing discrimination and social injustice. Supported by the Illinois Humanities Council.

Hot Tamale! A Culinary Workshop
Tuesday, September 25, 7-8 PM • Community Room

Learn to make tamales, a traditional pastime enjoyed in many Latin cultures. Chef Joelen Kenny from What’s Cookin, Chicago covers the types of wrappers used, the plethora of filling ideas, techniques on rolling, how to store, cook, and serve. Tasting included.

Find Your Family Immigration Records
Wednesday, September 26, 2-3:30 PM • Technology Lab

Discover the history of immigration to America through immigration records. Bring your research and learn how to find your immigrant ancestors in passenger lists and naturalization records. Glenview Library Card required. Limit 16.

Beginning Genealogy
Tuesday, October 9, 2-3:30 PM • Technology Lab

Uncover your family’s story! Learn the basics of genealogy research in this hands-on workshop. Glenview Library Card required. Limit 16.

Chicagoland’s Immigration Story with Max Grinnell
Wednesday, October 10, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room

What does immigration mean to you, your family, and your community? Join author and University of Chicago urban studies professor Max Grinnell as he shares his personal and professional perspective while presenting a historical context for understanding the importance of immigrant communities and their unique contributions to the Chicagoland area. An engaging evening with time for discussion and questions.

Family History Writing Workshop
Monday, October 15, 7-8:30 PM • Multipurpose Room

Get inspired to write your family’s history! Volunteers from the North Suburban Genealogical Society will share their writings and offer tips for recording the story of you and your family. Limit 20.

Children & Family

Sunday, September 16—Sunday, October 21 • Location: Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Blvd.

Welcome back to the Storybook Trail! Stroll, hop, skip or better yet bike along the trail to read I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien. This heartwarming story follows three immigrant children, navigating their way through a new language, a new culture, and new schools.

Ballet Folklórico Nacional
Saturday, September 29, 2-3 PM • Location: The Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Blvd.

Ballet Folklórico Nacional brings the ancient traditions, folklore, and customs of Mexico to life. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through exciting dance, vibrant music, and elaborate costumes. Co-sponsored by The Glen Town Center.

No Pressure New Parents Book Discussion Group
Saturday, September 29, 10-11:15 AM • Youth Program Room

Adults discuss the book and babies get to know each other. Join us and be part of Glenview Reads Together; the featured title, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez is available in both Reader and Youth Services. Just drop in.

Family Storytime in Spanish & English
October 1-5 • Youth Program Room

Please join us as we celebrate Glenview Reads Together with stories, rhymes, and songs perfect for our youngest patrons.

Photo of Super Stolie Guacamole with guitarSuper Stolie Guacamole Bilingual Family Show
Saturday, October 13, 10:30-11:15 AM • Community Room

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a morning of interactive, bilingual fun, full of songs, stories, and dancing.