Wednesday, January 18, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

The History Book Discussion Group will read The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, by Ethan MichaeliThe story of the Chicago’s black paper and its influence throughout the nation, from Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency to Barack Obama’s, which The New York Times called “an extraordinary history. . . deeply researched, elegantly written.”

Copies of All the Single Ladies will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online.



altFriday, November 4, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.  Ghostbusters (DVD 2016).

Run Time: 116 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for
supernatural action and some crude humor)



Sunday, December 11, 2-3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You’ll meet the evil Queen of the Night — with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias — and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages. Lecturer Karen Jarad will present an overview and play highlights from the opera.


altSunday, November 13, 2-3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

More than half a century before Man of La Mancha, Massenet brought Cervantes’s universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote to the operatic stage. Inspired by the greatest of all Spanish novels, Don Quichotte is the story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed knight errant who tilts at windmills and fights for the honor of his lady Dulcinée. The opera combines Massenet’s fabulously atmospheric music with his own matchless theatrical flair to conjure a Spain that abounds with energy and spirit, beauty, and hope. Legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto bringing this signature role to vivid life with Sir Andrew Davis conducting in a production that is as gorgeous to see as it is to hear. Lecturer Belinda Patoma will give an overview and play highlights.

The novel Don Quixote is our Mission Impossible Challenge for 2016-2017! Find out more from the Mission Impossible blog!



Sunday, January 8, 2-3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

If you’re drawn to vocal acrobatics, Bellini’s Druid priestess Norma will thrill and astonish you. The absolute pinnacle for any prima donna with the technical prowess, sumptuous voice, and dramatic fire to master its perilous challenges, Norma stands as a crowning jewel of the bel canto repertoire. This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and passion to jealousy, revenge, and redemption. You’ll hear melodies ranging from the stunningly serene “Casta diva” to the frenzy of vocal fireworks that pour forth as Norma’s rage overflows. Don’t miss world-acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in this dazzling masterwork! Lecturer Carla Thorpe will give an overview and play highlights.


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