National Library Week
April 7 - 13

We will create our largest collaborative art project to date to display during National Library Week. Color your self- portrait on a 4x6 sheet of paper, provided at the library.
We will turn the library into an art gallery the week of April 7 th

“And no matter how many people color portraits, no two will be the same - just like us humans.” - Lowell Thompson
KID CITY | KID CITY PROGRAMS
Storytimes are Back in Session!
April 1 - May 10

Welcome the beginning of the new season with our spring storytime session!
We’ll read great books, dance to some tunes, create art projects, and shake our sillies out. There is something for every child at the library!

Kids Create Studio
April 6th, 1:30 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Welcome to the wonderfully imaginative world of art. Kids will have fun while exploring art through a different medium each month. All supplies provided.

Week of the Young Child
April 8-12

Join us for a week-long celebration of our youngest learners! We will have preschool art on display, a colorful scavenger hunt, and a Guess the Rainbow contest.

Drop in the Storytime Room on Monday, April 8 (1-2:30pm) to make a fun springtime craft.
TEENS/TWEENS | TEEN AND TWEEN OFFERINGS
Book Buddies
April 3rd, 4:30 p.m.

Earn volunteer hours and become a mentor by reading with young patrons. We will match you up with a new reader in grades K-5 so you can help young readers build their skills and confidence!  

ADULT | ADULT OFFERINGS
Studio 801 Open House
April 3rd, 4:30 p.m.

Drop in for a brief tour and overview of our equipment and software.
With Studio 801 you can edit movies, brush up on Photoshop, record podcasts, digitize photos, use a green screen, make music, and much more!

Autonomous Vehicles
April 4th, 7:00 p.m.

The news is filled with wondrous stories about a future of self-driving cars, and there are already many of them on the road.
How realistic is this future?
This class will tell all!

Intro to Google Suite
April 6th, 10:00 a.m.

Learn more about the Google Suite including Google Docs, Drive, and Chrome in this class.  

Book Buzz Book Club
Tuesday, April 9th, 7 p.m.
Convenience Store Woman
- Sayaka Murata

Clue: Mystery Book Club
Friday, April 12th, 10 a.m.
A Great Reckoning
- Louise Penny

Books are available for check out at the Adult Help Desk.
An Artist's Answer to the Question of Color
April 13th, 2:00 p.m.

Lowell Thompson, a Chicago artist and writer, thinks the answer to racism is simple: teach people their colors. 
Based on this principle, Thompson created his  Some of My Best Friends Are Colored  multi-cultural art project, which explores incorporating art, music, and community.

In the Belly of the Blues
April 14th, 2:00 p.m.

Chicago native Terry Abrahamson is a Grammy-winning songwriter for Muddy Waters, Prince, Joan Jett, George Thorogood and several other legendary music icons. He’ll share personal stories, historic photos, and rare video footage through more than a half century with the Rolling Stones, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and the artists Terry refers to as “the bricks in the foundation of Rock ‘n Roll.”

WELL READ | BOOKS WE LOVE
The Ravenmaster: My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London
by Christopher Skaife

Submitted by Molly J.
Legend has it that if the ravens at the Tower of London ever leave, the Tower will crumble and great harm will come to the kingdom. For this reason the Tower of London is home to a few ravens that are currently under the care of Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife. Skaife discusses the storied history of the ravens, prior ravenmasters, and his own personal journey of how he came to live at the Tower of London and care for the ravens. This book was so interesting that I couldn’t put it down. It will make you want to get on a plane and go visit these intelligent and spunky ravens! 
(Non-Fiction)

The Editor
by Steven Rowley

Submitted by Terri S.
Struggling young writer James Smale suddenly lucks out when Editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis buys his novel. However, he has drawn heavily on his own dysfunctional family and cannot face finishing the manuscript. Mrs. Onassis sends him home to address his conflicted relationship with his mother. The results is a funny, engaging, thought provoking novel, likely to please those who enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Crazy Rich Asians and novels by Maria Semple. Laugh out loud hilarious!
(New Fiction)

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
by Adam Higginbotham

Submitted by Molly J.
The size of this book may intimidate you, but don’t worry because 200 pages of it are footnotes. This incredibly well researched work will open your eyes to just how terrible the Chernobyl disaster was on multiple levels. It covers the events leading up to the disaster at Reactor 4, who the key players were, how it affected the residents of Pripyat, Ukraine and about the disturbing consequences of radiation sickness. You’ll learn that Chernobyl was a key event in opening up the information pathways that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. This book is a scientific, social, and political history that gives one of the best comprehensive overviews of the disaster.
(New Non-Fiction)

Shout: A Poetry Memoir
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Submitted by Terri S.
Books are so vital, critical, because of writers like Laurie Halse Anderson. We need to be able to read books like this, where we find other, similar parts of ourselves. Where we come to realize there are others who feel, think and share experiences so relatable, with words that whisper we are not alone. SHOUT  speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore. An important, beautifully written memoir and call-to-action.
(New YA Non-Fiction)