Special Programs

 Sicily & Wine throughout the Ages

Thursday, September 14 @ 6:30 pm

Take a trip back in time with Conversational Italian for Travelers author Kathryn Occhipinti and discover the ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world today. Learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous — and is now available again today! You’ll also have the chance to taste a few of these wines. Age 21 & up.

Registration requested: call 274-2719.

Library Birthday Bash

Saturday, September 23

Join us for a day of festivities celebrating the library’s 100th birthday! Lunch is on the house (lunch served 11 am – 1 pm).

9 – 10 am     Rick Brammer: Balloon art

10 am     Rick Brammer: Magic Show

10:30 am     Edible Book Contest: viewing & people’s choice voting

11 am     Edible Book Contest: Welcome & Judges’ Commentary

11:30 am     Edible Book Contest: Eating of books

12  – 3 pm     Ian Munk: Card tricks & strolling magic

3 pm     Concert: Bret Bunton & the Rhythm Bros. (Concert made possible by a generous memorial donation by the family of Louise Myers.)

Edible Book Contest

September 23

Create an “edible book” inspired by a favorite tale, involving a pun on a title, or simply in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc.). All entries will be exhibited at our Birthday Bash, photographed, then eaten! Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. Grand Prize: one free overnight stay at Camp Wokanda! Whether or not you contribute an entry, please join us in admiring and eating the creations!
Who can enter: Anyone! Teams are also welcome to create entries together.
Categories include…
Best Depiction of a Classic
Best Visual Presentation
Most Appetizing
Best Depiction of a Cookbook
Best Entry Based on Book for Children/Teens
Best Team Creation
Best Entry Featuring Locally Produced Food
People’s Choice
(For inspiration: www.library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks)
Schedule for Saturday, September 23
9-10am     Participants drop off entries at the library
10-10:30 am     Judging and photography
10:30 am     Public viewing/people’s choice voting
11 am     Welcome and judges’ commentary
11:30 am     Eating of books

Edible Book Contest 2017 Entry Form

Ferris & His Gigantic Pleasure Wheel

Thur., September 26 @ 6 pm

Almost 125 years ago, a ride that could hold 2160 people at a time appeared at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Archivist and historian Mark W. Sorensen will discuss how the Ferris Wheel came to Chicago, what happened to it afterwards, its unique connections to Illinois, and how it inspired future “technology at the service of joy.”


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