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January 26 • Westmont

Blues Musical Concert with Nicholas Barron. 3-4:30 p.m. Westmont Public Library. Join Chicago singer-songwriter Nicholas Barron for an afternoon of folk and blues. Nicholas has opened for blues heroes Al Green, Johnny Cash, and James Taylor, among others. Hear him play songs from a Westmont favorite—Muddy Waters—as well as many other blues greats.

If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance, so that we can make your spot available for someone else. You can cancel your program registration by calling the library at 630- 869-6150 or by using the cancellation link found in your registration confirmation or reminder email. Thank you.

January 26 • Woodridge

Chicago Piano Bar Concert. 2-3 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. "Chicago Piano Bar," is the ultimate solo piano bar experience; one dynamic piano entertainer performs requested music and engaging the audience like you would experience at popular piano bars like the Redhead Piano Bar in downtown Chicago. This is not a background music show - this is high energy, interactive piano entertainment that will keep the audience singing and having a great time.

January 27 • West Chicago

Bagels and Biographies Book Club: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. 10-11 a.m. West Chicago Public Library District. The Bagels and Biographies Book Club will be showcasing the best in biography, memoir, true crime, and non-fiction every month. Each last Monday morning of the month, we'll get together for a rollicking good time, discussing books and eating bagels for brunch. Contact the Adult Services Department for more information. Pick up your copy of the book at the main desk on the first floor.

January's book is Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

January 31 • Naperville

An Evening with Jazz Bassist Kelly Sill and Drummer Jack Mouse. 8-10 p.m. Madden Theater. KELLY SILL has been a mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene for more than 35 years. He has performed and recorded with a vast array of jazz artists, including Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Eddie Jefferson, Clark Terry, Cedar Walton and a host of others. His discography includes more than 50 recordings. He has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece and Symphony Center in Chicago. JACK MOUSE was already performing in his teens with such musical greats as Buddy Morrow and Red Norvo. He was featured soloist with the "Falconaires," the official jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has since performed with a wide range of outstanding jazz artists, including Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Joe Williams, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer and many others. Mouse's recording output spans over a wide range of jazz styles, from his own compositions to free improvisation. His new release "Intimate Adversary" has garnered rave reviews and international radio airplay. Currently, he is associate professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies at North Central College. Joining them for this concert will be fellow members of the College's highly esteemed jazz studies program. This season's series is co-presented by Flashpoint Creative Arts, whose goal is to promote greater understanding of and participation in the art of improvisation with innovative artistic and educational experiences that draw people more deeply into the improvisatory process.

February 1 • Naperville

Daddy/Daughter Winter Luau. 6:30-8 p.m. Ranch View School. Dads and daughters are invited to a Winter Luau featuring treats and a disc jockey playing all your favorite tunes. Each couple receives a commemorative photo of this extraordinary night. Couples are encouraged to dress in tropical attire. Please register both dad and daughter.

February 2 • Woodridge

Teen DIY: Snowflakes. All day event. Woodridge Public Library. Snip out a basic design or show off your superior scissor skills. Take snowflakes home or donate them to decorate the Teen Area.

February 2 • Downers Grove

Motown: Music that Moved the World. 2-3 p.m. Downers Grove Public Library. Celebrate Black History Month with a musical journey to the Motor City…In Detroit in the 1960's Motown Records produced hits as efficiently as the Ford Motor Company produced automobiles - 110 Top Ten hits to be exact. It was the "Sound of Young America" sung by performers like The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Using audio and visual content we'll trace the amazing musical journey from the power soul of "Dancing in The Streets" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine" and "What's Going On" to the pop soul of The Jackson 5. Timeless music that moved us then and moves us now.

Gary Wenstrup uses his passion for music to teach continuing education courses at the College of DuPage, as well as presenting at libraries and other events.

Contact the Ask Us Desk at [email protected] or call (630)-960-1200 with questions.

February 5 • Downers Grove

Snowman Cupcakes. 4-4:30 p.m. Downers grove Public Library. Make a delicious snowman using different sweets that definitely won't be melting.

February 7 • Naperville

American Girl® Doll Valentine's Day. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. Bring your American Girl or any other similar sized doll to this unique Valentine activity. Enjoy decorating a special two-piece holiday outfit and adorable pink, red and white jewelry. Then take a trip to the beauty shop where you add colorful clips and ribbons to your doll's hair just in time for Valentine's Day. Three to five-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

February 8 • Downers Grove

Robin’s Dog Stars. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Downers Grove Public Library. Come and see some amazing dogs jump through hoops, dance, climb a ladder, and more! You may even learn a trick for your own pet! Meeting Room.

February 9 • West Chicago

Family Craft Day. 2:30-3:30 p.m. West Chicago Public Library District. Spend the afternoon crafting away at the library. A variety of crafts will be available for not just kids but Teens and Adults making this a true family affair. The different crafts and projects are made for all levels and abilities and some projects are even designed for the whole family to work on together. Be sure to stop in for some family fun.

February 9 • Woodridge

Blues Concert: Beat the Winter Blues. 2-3 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. Beat the winter blues. “The Louis Armstrong of the Harmonica,” blues legend Samuel Lozada returns with singer Janice Lozada, for a show promising “dancing in the aisle and happiness in your soul.” Don’t miss this fabulous afternoon of sheer entertainment.

February 9 • Downers Grove

Concert: A Winter Interlude. 2-3 p.m. Downers Grove Public Library. DG Music Club gives you a break from winter with classical music chosen to celebrate some of the beautiful things of February – Valentine’s Day, Oscar Night, and only five more weeks of winter.

Contact the Ask Us Desk at [email protected] or call (630) 960-1200 with questions.

February 11 • West Chicago

Anti-Valentines Day. 6:30-8 p.m. West Chicago Public Library District. Do you love to hate Valentine’s Day? Take part in our Anti-Valentine’s day celebrations with activities like speed hating, “saddergories,” and an improv game. For teens in 6th-12th grade.

February 12 • Westmont

The Joys and Challenges of Eating Seasonally. 7-8:30 p.m. Westmont Public Library. Eating seasonally and locally doesn’t mean eating snow three months a year. On the contrary, it means eating food that tastes better and is more nutritious than industrialized food. Discover the health and financial benefits of fresh food, and learn what our ancestors knew about eating well year round.

If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance, so that we can make your spot available for someone else. You can cancel your program registration by calling the library at 630- 869-6150 or by using the cancellation link found in your registration confirmation or reminder email. Thank you.

February 15 • Lisle

Valentine’s Fun. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Lisle Library District. Join us for Valentine’s Day stories and a fun craft. For ages 2-5.

February 23 • Woodridge

Notre Dame: After the Fire. 2-3 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. Join art historian Jeff Mishur for this in depth look at the history of Notre Dame in Paris. Mishur will discuss the Gothic innovations used in the great cathedral as well as interior features such as its stained glass windows. He will also touch on the current status of the church restoration.

Mishur is owner of Art Excursions, a small business providing private guiding and boutique art and cultural tours.

February 23 • Downers Grove

Bridge Musical Encore Concert. 4-5:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church. The Bridge Board at DGFUMC invites you to a special concert presented by our musically talented church members and friends. You may have heard them before (or not) but either way, join us to hear their Encore. All proceeds help support our Bridge families as we work with them toward self-sufficiency. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

February 24 • Lisle

Make It Monday: Wingardium Craftiosa. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Lisle Library District. Craft your very own Harry Potter Wand, just in time for Harry Potter Day at the Library. For 6th grade and up.

February 28 • Woodridge

Fix-It Clinic: Stuffed Animal Hospital. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. Teddy Bear hurt his paw? Plush buddy lost her stuffing? Time for a check-up at the stuffed animal hospital. Library doctors will consult on a stuffed animal's health, recommend treatment, and provide sewing supplies & instruction to help repair the injured animal.

March 26 • Lisle

Family STEAM Night: Popsicle Stick Construction. 7-8:30 p.m. Lisle Library District.

Popsicle sticks are so much more than a way to learn bad dad jokes. We will be combining basic engineering skills and Popsicle sticks to make several different launchers, levers and structures. Please register with one name per group/family and indicate how many people are in your group.

April 9 • Lisle

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. 9 p.m. at Lisle Community Park Bandshell. Remember the good old days when you were little enough to participate in the Egg Hunt? Well here’s your chance with an added twist. Grab your flashlight, make sure it has fresh batteries, and come join the fun in the dark. We will search for stuffed eggs and candy. Flashlight Egg Hunt is just for kid’s grades sixth-nine. Register before the deadline and save.

April 13 • Woodridge

Coloring for Adults. 6:30-8 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. Coloring is not just for kids anymore! A drop-in coloring club will start meeting the second Monday of each month, to enjoy an evening of relaxation and creativity. Meets just off-the-lobby on the main floor of the Woodridge Public Library, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

A variety of coloring pages and colored pencils or markers will be provided, but participants are also welcome to bring their own supplies. A library volunteer—and coloring enthusiast—will be on hand to assist.

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