You are invited to five exciting programs, spring through fall. Program information, prices, and reservation flyers will be available March 1, 2018 in the Library Lobby and the Used Book Store. Please note: reservations MUST be made in writing on the flyers provided, with payment included. Reservations should be either mailed to the Friends’ library address or delivered in person to volunteers at the Used Book Store Desk. Still have a question? Call 847-998-1514, leave a voicemail, clearly leaving your name (spell) and telephone number (repeat each to ensure clarity), add your question, and your call will be returned.
Chicago Stories: A Talk with Rick Kogan
Wednesday, May 16, 7 PM • Community Room
Rick Kogan, dedicated Chicago observer and journalist (Sidewalks, Chicago Tribune), will share stories about the city he knows and loves: happy, sad, surprising, funny, scary, wonderful insights into people he knew and knows, who also loved this city on a river and a lake. From the city’s motto “I will” to Mike Royko’s adjustment: “I will, if I can get away with it,” enjoy an evening of Kogan’s unique Chicago perspectives.
Are Diamonds a Girl’s Best Friend?
Wednesday, June 20, Luncheon: Noon, Program: 1 PM • Community Room
A sparkling example of Earth’s forces at work, the diamond has fascinated all realms of society, from starlets to scientists. Kathleen Baum, Professor, College of DuPage, will take us on an exploration of the history of the diamond as both a sacred and a social symbol, including a history of how diamonds came to be on engagement rings. Learn how a stone that is not rare became such a precious object to our culture. Please join us to add a little sparkle to your day.
Who Will She Be This Time?
Thursday, September 6, 9-11:30 AM • Glen View Club, 100 Golf Rd., Golf
It’s the ever-popular Barbara Rinella, back with a new and exciting book dramatization. First, a delightful breakfast at the beautiful Glen View Club, then Barbara Rinella as ________________? Who will she be this time? Come for another magical program by this remarkable woman.
A Wild Bird Concern
Thursday, October 18, Luncheon: Noon, Program: 1 PM • Community Room
Linda S. Breuer is the owner, founder, and director of Barnswallow, A Wild Bird Concern in Lake County, Wauconda, Illinois. Linda grew up in Golf, Illinois, joined the family business, over years rose to the top, ultimately sold the business, bought a large property in Wauconda, and opened Barnswallow, A Wild Bird Concern—a state and federally licensed wild bird rehabilitation and education center. Hundreds of injured birds are brought to her, particularly in the springtime. She handles their rehabilitation by herself in her ample facilities, with help from one assistant and volunteer middle and high school interns. She is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors and songbirds with the goal of restoring their freedom in the wild and helping the public become aware of the wonderful winged creatures sharing our space. Barnswallow is a private, not-for-profit Illinois corporation supported entirely by private funding. Linda will bring a variety of non-releasable birds—a falcon? a hawk? an owl?—to demonstrate her mission. The birds living at Barnswallow were too injured to be returned to the wild and thus live in great comfort and can be part of her educational talks. She also brings a large tarp for the floor, so it is protected. Linda is personable and eloquent; you won’t want to miss this Friends’ program.
Chicago’s Newberry Library & American Writers Museum
Wednesday, November 14, 8:45 AM–4 PM
8:45 AM: Meet at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street
Come enjoy, via deluxe chartered motorcoach, a day in Chicago when we will visit the recently-renovated Newberry Library and the American Writers Museum (opened May 2017). The Newberry Library, beginning a six-month renovation project in January 2018, is one of our country’s great, privately-endowed libraries. Created by a $2.2 million bequest in 1885 from Walter L. Newberry, a Chicago businessman and philanthropist who wanted “a free public library on the north side of the Chicago River,” it ranks with the Morgan, the Folger, and the Huntington. On our private and leisurely guided tour by a member of the Newberry’s staff, we’ll see the renovated library and the spectacular exhibition, Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair, created specifically to celebrate the library’s renovation and the 1893 Exposition. Luncheon will be a treat as well, catered and served in one of the Newberry’s conference rooms. Then, it is a short drive (ten minutes), via our motorcoach, to another museum created for the public from private donations, the American Writers Museum. This small museum is a special treasure, with engaging, interactive displays. Until 2017, there was no museum in our country that captured the wonderful literary heritage of the United States. The mission of this museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers. Visit your favorite American writers!