Friday, May 15, 2015

Visiting Professor Series: Claudia Traudt

Join us Friday, May 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the latest installment of our Visiting Professor Series. Claudia Traudt will present In the Beginning was the word: Entering Melville, Joyce, Faulkner, and Walker.

The openings of literary works are critical. They have one shot to arrest, engage, pique interest and begin to teach or have a reader discover how to read them. Ms. Traudt will briefly explore the gripping openings of four revelatory works: Moby Dick, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Sound and the Fury, and The Color Purple.

Ms. Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and teaches at the University's Graham School. She is the recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for its Basic Program. An artist, her work, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. Ms. Traudt is also a lecturer at Columbia College.

The Visiting Professor Series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ravine Bluffs Centennial Programs

Our Ravine Bluffs Centennial programs are wrapping up — don’t miss these last two! On Sunday May 17, at 5 p.m., John Eifler, architect and owner of 1027 Meadow Road (the William Ross House), will present "Wright in the 21st Century," and detail how he has made his home energy efficient in a way in which he hopes Wright would have approved. We will close at 4:00 pm and re-open at 4:30 pm for program seating. 

And on Sunday, June 14, at 5 p.m., Maggie Hein, the current owner of 272 Sylvan Road (the Chesley Perry House), will present "Making it Wright Again," the story of her home’s history and how she and architect Scott Javore used her research to shape its restoration. Although we will be closed that day due to summer hours, we will open at 4:30 pm for program seating. We are co-sponsoring these events with the Glencoe Historical Society.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The College Freshman Experience

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into college. The hard part’s over, right? We hope so! But for some students, the first semester away from home can be a rude awakening. New relationships, heightened academic expectations - and homesickness - all can be tough to negotiate.

So how can you make the most of your freshman year? Join us Thursday, May 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to find out. Hanna Stotland, a college admissions consultant and frequent speaker here at the library, will offer advice on how to have a great experience across your academic, social, and residential life during your first year - and throughout college.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Author Event: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm to hear best-selling crime fiction writer Libby Fischer Hellmann. 

Hellmann claims that she is, "writing her way around the genre." She has published 11 novels and 10 short stories including thrillers, suspense mysteries, police procedurals, historical, amateur sleuth, and even a cozy mystery. Her work has been nominated (twice) for an Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and Foreword Reviews' "Thriller of the Year" (twice). It has also won awards multiple times from the Murder is Lovey conference.

Her newest mystery, Nobody's Child, is the fourth in her series about Georgia Davis, a Chicago private investigator. Publishers Weekly writes that the book is, "thrilling... Hellmann ratchets up tension with every chapter and the reader is constantly keep wondering about the fate of both sisters."

Hellmann will read from her work and speak about writing genre fiction, her creative process and why she switched to self-publishing from traditional publishing.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dorel Ensemble Performs this Sunday, May 3

Please join us Sunday, May 3 at 5 pm for a chamber music concert featuring the Dorel Ensemble. The ensemble is composed of Liba Shacht, violin; Carol Cook; viola; and John Sharp, cello.

The New York Times wrote that Ms. Shacht, "plays with Russian intensity, yet her performances are tempered with abundant humor. She delights in her nimble technique and virtuosic displays present few obstacles." Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "terrific violist," Ms. Cook has appeared in concert halls worldwide as both a soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Sharp was among the youngest musicians ever selected as a principal chair in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed chamber music with Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and the Vermeer Quartet.

Please note: the library will close at 4 pm and reopen at 4:30 pm for preconcert seating.

Thank you to the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library for sponsoring this concert!