October at the Roselle Public Library District
As temperatures and leaves fall, October is a time to get used to the indoors again. But with our help, there's no reason to suffer cabin fever; October at the Roselle Public Library District is also a time to enjoy the indoors!
If you're reading this on October 1 or 2, it's not too late to catch the Friends of the Library Book Sale, our first event of the month. A fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, the sale is open 9:30A-3P on October 1 and 1-4P on October 2 in the meeting rooms.
Hardcovers, DVDs, and CDs are $1 each, paperbacks are $0.50 each, and VHS tapes and children's materials are just $0.25 each. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library's mission of supporting library programs like Summer Reading, Musical Sunday, and Grandparents Got Game!
Once you're done browsing the sale October 2, migrate to the atrium for this month's Musical Sunday, 1:30-3P. Professional pianist Kimberly Davis performs Chopin and Friends: The Piano in the Romantic Era, featuring some of Frederic Chopin's most cherished works, along with the pieces of other period composers. No registration required.
Ms. Davis' performance is the first in a series of programs celebrating this year's On the Same Page selection: The Coast of Chicago by renowned local author Stuart Dybek, a collection of short stories probing different aspects of the city through the style of magical realism.
From the mysterious death of a right fielder to a coming-of-age tale in one of Chicago's Official Blight Areas and a creative guess at the lives of the people in Edward Hopper's famous painting Nighthawks, Dybek explores Chicago from the West Loop to the Gold Coast, from the stories of immigrants to the stories of growing up.
In case you're unfamiliar, On the Same Page is our annual partnership with Bloomingdale Public Library and Itasca Community Library, encouraging all three communities to read, discuss, and analyze the same title through book discussions, lectures, crafts, films, music, and programs.
On the Same Page is sponsored by Itasca Bank & Trust Co., Friends of the Bloomingdale Public Library, Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle, and Salerno's Rosedale Chapels.
Our second On the Same Page program recognizes the prominent role Chicago has played as a backdrop for Hollywood's comedies and dramas. See them and enjoy light refreshments October 8, 9:30A-5P as Chicago-based films are screened in the atrium all day long with our Chi-Town Movie Marathon. No registration required.
Two days later, we welcome the educator, poet, and award-winning author behind The Coast of Chicago: Stuart Dybek! Mr. Dybek visits October 10, 7P for a reading of his work and a question-and-answer session with the audience. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.
Our next event, STEAM Sunday: Monsters Under the Bridge on October 16, 1:30-2:15P and 2:45-3:30P, is a departure from On the Same Page, but just as The Coast of Chicago exercises your brain, this program exercises your child's!
There's a monster under the bridge, and it's up to you to build one strong enough to cross it! Use and improve your engineering skills to design and test your bridge. Will you make it across? Or will you visit the monster? Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *351.
But the best engineering requires creativity and artistry, two skills you can hone with Thrift Store Painting Hack on October 20, 4-5P! Add your own monsters and other characters to thrift store paintings of landscapes and other scenes. Paintings and painting supplies provided. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.
Our third and final On the Same Page event explores the place where Nighthawks hangs: the Art Institute of Chicago. In Highlights of the Art Institute on October 20, 7P, art historian Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions discusses the works of Hopper, Picasso, Monet, Seurat, and other highlights of the institution's 300,000-strong collection. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.
While October is about getting used to the indoors again, its biggest holiday is one more romp outdoors: Halloween! With Halloween Fun on October 26, 10-10:30A, children 18 months through five years old can attend in costume and listen to the stories, verse, and songs of Halloween. Parent or caregiver must accompany child. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *351.
October may be the end of summer, but it's the start of other things, too. Art. Science. Music. Engineering. Creativity. Celebration. And more chances to Read, Play, Learn, and Discover.