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  • Kids
Monday, January 30, 2017

Make a Chinese Paper Lantern

Celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a beautiful paper lantern. Caregivers need to stay in the room with children through grade 2.

  • 4:30 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Performance
  • All ages
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

Rooted in time-honored traditions beginning 25 centuries ago, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats feature electrifying acrobats, contortionists and jugglers who combine award-winning acrobatics and traditional dance with spectacular costumes and graceful artistry to produce art that transcends borders and culture. Cost: $10

  • 1:30 pm
  • North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
  • Register
  • Books/Authors
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Let’s Read Our Way to China

At this book talk, Morton Grove Public Library will lead a discussion featuring an exciting variety of books about China, set in China, and written by Chinese or Chinese American writers. Bring your library card; books will be available for checkout.

  • 1:00 pm
  • American Legion Memorial Civic Center of Morton Grove
  • Books/Authors
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

LitLounge: A Map of Betrayal

Grab a drink and discuss A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin. Lilian Shang knew her father was a U.S.-based spy for China during Mao’s reign, but never knew the details until she inherits his diaries from his mistress. Alternating between past and present, the United States and China, Jin weaves an intriguing tale of secrets and betrayal. Sign up and get a copy of the book at the Readers Services desk.

LitLounge meets at the Village Inn, 8050 Lincoln Ave. and is presented in partnership with the Morton Grove Public Library.

  • 7:30 pm
  • Village Inn
  • Performance
  • All ages
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Opening Ceremony: Celebrating Chinese Culture

A variety show featuring the Chinese culture and lifestyle with traditional performances including Lion and Dragon Dances, Chinese music, dance, folk songs, martial arts, and more! Celebrate and welcome the Chinese New Year with friends and family at the Opening Ceremony. Free and open to the public.

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  • 6:00 pm
  • North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids,
  • Teens
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Be the Scientist: Knot Tying

Build your understanding of scientific concepts with monthly experiments and activities. This month, we’re exploring the skill and tradition of Chinese knot tying. For grades 3-5.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Lecture
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Woman Who Was Emperor of China

Wu Zetian (also known as Wu Zhao) was the only female Emperor in Chinese history. She reigned from 690-705 AD in the Tang dynasty, ascending to the throne after her husband died, and their sons proved unsatisfactory replacements. Wu Zetian, an extraordinary politician, was able to handle the court factions, and oversee the expanding imperial borders. Although there were many powerful court ladies before and after Wu Zetian’s time, no other woman was ever recognized as Emperor of the imperial realm. Refreshments will be served. Appropriate for adults, high school students.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Skokie Village Hall
  • Books/Authors
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Discussion: Typical American by Gish Jen

The Niles Library will host a book discussion on Typical American, by Gish Jen, a Chinese American author. Librarian Greta Ulrich will lead the discussion.

  • 1:00 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Lecture
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Raising Children in Bilingual Households

What are the myths about bilingualism and its effects on language development? Megan Riordan, speech-language pathologist, busts the myths and shares information about speech and language development in bilingual children, along with recommendations for parents and caregivers raising children in bilingual households of any languages. Limited to 30 parents and caregivers of young children.

This presentation offered as part of Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Film
  • Teens
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Movies in the Teen Underground: Shaolin Soccer

In this 2001 comedy, a Kung Fu expert unites with a washed-up soccer star to build the ultimate team, combining sportsmanship with martial arts. Directed by and starring Stephen Chow.

  • 4:00 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Performance
  • All ages
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chinese Classical and Traditional Folk Dances

Enjoy a performance of traditional Chinese dances that represent Chinese civilization in various geographic areas and dynasties. The Flying Fairies Dance Group combines Chinese culture, music, costumes, and choreography under the direction of Jin Qiu Yue.

  • 3:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Books/Authors
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

Join us for a discussion of American Born Chinese. A limited number of books will be made available for registrants at the Skokie Public Library.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Film
  • Adults
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Movies, Munchies, and More: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

A story set in 19th-century China and focusing on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid social norms imposed upon women.

  • 11:30 am
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Books/Authors
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

Join us for a discussion of American Born Chinese. A limited number of books will be available to registrants at the Skokie Public Library.

  • 10:00 am
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Kids/Family
  • All ages
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lantern Festival

Join us as we mark the end of the Lunar New Year celebration with arts and activities. Experience traditional Chinese arts and skills, including calligraphy, paper cutting, and storytelling against the backdrop of lovely, illuminated lanterns. Drop-in event for families.

  • 6:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Panda Bear Storytime

Your little panda bear will love learning about the Chinese language and culture during this fun and interactive storytime with children’s book author and Chinese native Songju Ma Daemicke. Registration begins January 15. For ages 2-6 with a parent/caregiver.

  • 10:00 am
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Register
  • Lecture
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Traveling Between Two Worlds

Sujie Man from Oakton Community College will discuss her life in China as a journalist and novelist and her transition to living in the USA. This lecture will take place in Room 1604.

  • 12:30 pm
  • Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus
  • Performance
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coming Together Series: A Debate About U.S./Chinese Relations in a Globalized World

This performance will consist of a public forum debate about various aspects of United States/China relations. A short Q&A/Discussion period will occur after the debate. The participants in the debate are Niles West debaters and the moderator is an Assistant Debate Coach from Niles West.

  • 5:00 pm
  • Niles West High School
  • Books/Authors
  • Adults
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Between the Lines: American Born Chinese

Between the Lines meets at Morton Grove Public Library to discuss the month’s selected book. No registration required. New members are welcome!

  • 10:00 am
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Lecture
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, February 23, 2017

‘Chinese-ness’: How Chinese Americans Mobilize Politically

What does it mean to be Chinese in the United States? How does the idea of ‘Chinese-ness’ mobilize Chinese Americans into a distinct voting bloc? Justin Tse, Professor of Asian American Studies at Northwestern University, explores how Chinese Americans have been the convenient “other,” and how Chinese Americans subvert these narratives, organize for greater visibility, and ultimately gain political prominence in America.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids
Friday, February 24, 2017

Art Attack: Watercolor Goldfish Pond

If you are a creative person who loves to draw, color, and amaze your friends with your masterpieces, this program is for you. Each month we will attack a new and exciting art project that will challenge and build your artistic skills. Dig into the provided art supplies with your creativity and come out an Art Attack winner!

Registration begins January 15. For grades 2-6.

  • 4:30 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Register
  • Lecture
  • Adults
Monday, February 27, 2017

Confucius: The Man and His Message

Rui Zhu, associate professor of philosophy at Lake Forest College, will discuss Confucius, his beliefs and the influence of Confucianism on Chinese culture and the world.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Skokie Village Hall
  • Books/Authors
  • Adults
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Between the Lines: American Born Chinese

Between the Lines meets at Morton Grove Public Library to discuss the book selected for the month. No registration required. New members are welcome!

  • 7:00 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Workshop
  • Kids,
  • Teens
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Snack Time: Chinese Green Onion Pancakes

Eat well and gain some independence by learning to make your own delicious and healthy after-school snacks. This month, learn how to make green onion pancakes in this special cooking program for Coming Together. This program is for grades 6-12.

  • 4:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Explore the Tales and Tastes of China

Join us on an exploration of aspects of Chinese culture as storyteller Robert Kikucki-Yngojo shares tales from Chinese folklore. Chinese snacks from local merchants will be available to sample. Drop-in event for families.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Performance
  • All ages
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chinese Festival

Chinese culture is the focus of this year’s Coming Together celebration. Oakton student clubs and the college community present a festival of music, dance, food, and fun. $3 entrance fee includes food and entertainment. Children under 5 are free. Call (847) 376-7632 or (847) 635-1474 for information.

This event takes place in Room P104.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus
  • Workshop
  • Adults
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Brunching, Chinese American Style

The brunch traditions of Chinese Americans extend far beyond the palate of savory and sweet, bringing together generations daily. Learn how to make several flavorful dishes from members of the local Chinese American community, and try a sample. Registration is required. Seating is limited to 50.

  • 2:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids,
  • Teens
Monday, March 6, 2017

Mandarin Bilingual Storytime

Read books, sing songs, and have fun in both English and Mandarin in this special bilingual storytime. Drop-in event for ages 2-5.

  • 10:30 am
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Film
  • Adults
Monday, March 6, 2017

World Film: The Barefoot Artist

Lily Yeh is a global artist whose primary message is that art is a human right, and that artists can function to create social change. Now 70, Lily lives in Philadelphia, but the world is wide open as this film explores the ways she tries to heal others and her own family.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids,
  • Teens
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Be the Scientist: Paper Cutting

Build your understanding of scientific concepts with monthly experiments and activities. This month, we’re exploring the skill and tradition of Chinese paper cutting. For grades 3-5. Registration required at skokielibrary.info/events.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Books/Authors
  • Kids
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Guys Read: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Are you a guy who likes to read? Come along with your favorite grown-up for discussion and activities featuring the book of the month. This month’s book is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Register at the Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Services desk. Registration begins February 14. For grades 3-5 and a parent/caregiver.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Books/Authors
  • All ages
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

All Ages Book Discussion with Tea

Join us for tea and an all ages book discussion where we will talk about this year’s selections for Coming Together: Celebrating Chinese Culture.

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
  • 7:00 pm
  • Lincolnwood Public Library
  • Workshop
  • Adults
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chinese Cooking with Ying Stoller

Soup or stir fry? Join us for this Chinese cooking demonstration by Ying Stoller of Ying’s Kitchen, Inc. Her cookbooks and cooking sauces will be available for purchase.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Register
  • Books/Authors
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

Join us for a discussion of American Born Chinese. Copies of the book will be available at the Niles Township Schools’ ELL Parent Center.

  • 6:30 pm
  • Niles Township Schools’ ELL Parent Center
  • Film
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Morning Matinee: The Last Emperor

This sweeping account of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader’s tumultuous reign. After being captured by the Red Army as a war criminal in 1950, Pu-Yi recalls his childhood from prison. He remembers his lavish youth in the Forbidden City, where he was afforded every luxury but unfortunately was sheltered from the outside world and complex political situation surrounding him. As revolution sweeps through China, the world Pu-Yi knew is dramatically upended. (IMDb) (PG-13, 2 hrs, 43 min.)

  • 10:30 am
  • Lincolnwood Public Library
  • Lecture
  • Adults
Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Chinese American Vote

There’s an oft-repeated myth that Asian Americans aren’t interested in voting. Learn how three community organizers worked to defy that myth and galvanize the Chinese American vote, using the recent election of Illinois State Representative Theresa Mah (IL-2) as an example of community members working together to test establishment politics.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Crafty Saturday

Bring the whole family to create a paper Chinese dragon puppet or lucky goldfish during this special edition of Crafty Saturday. Program runs while supplies last.

  • 9:30 am
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Film
  • Kids
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Family Film: Kung Fu Panda 3

Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness,” Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. (IMDb) (PG, 1 hr. 35 min.)

  • 10:30 am
  • Lincolnwood Public Library
  • Film
  • Adults
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Special Film Screening of Spilled Water

Enjoy this special screening of the fascinating documentary, Spilled Water. The director, May May Tchao, will introduce the movie and be present to answer questions. Spilled Water, shows through the lives of four different women, how and why gender equality in their homeland is so hard-earned.

  • 2:00 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Performance
  • All ages
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Second Sunday Family Program: Cheng Da Drum Team

Celebrate Chinese culture with the dramatic, immersive sound of the Cheng Da Drum Team.

  • 2:00 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Books/Authors
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Monday, March 13, 2017

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang, Coming Together Featured Author

Join us for an evening with Gene Luen Yang, author of both American Born Chinese and Shadow Hero. Yang is the first writer who works primarily in graphic novels to be appointed by the Library of Congress as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The MacArthur Foundation named him a fellow in 2016 noting that his work “demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people.” A highly acclaimed presenter, Yang will discuss his books and the importance of reading without walls. The Book Stall will be on hand selling copies of his books and a signing will follow the presentation. Space is limited, so individual registration is required and opens February 12th. Registration will be available through the following link or at any participating library.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
  • Register
  • Books/Authors
  • Teens
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Author Gene Luen Yang at Niles North High School

Featured Coming Together author Gene Luen Yang will speak to high school students about his books, the writing process, and more.

  • 10:45 am
  • Niles North High School
  • Books/Authors
  • Teens
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Author Gene Luen Yang at Niles West High School

Featured Coming Together author Gene Luen Yang will speak to high school students about his books, the writing process, and more.

  • 8:45 am
  • Niles West High School
  • Kids/Family
  • Kids
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Very Special Listen Up!: The Ugly Vegetables

Drop in for a special Listen Up! featuring the book, The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin. Explore Chinese culture within the book and within yourself. For birth-kindergarten with a parent/caregiver.

  • 10:00 am
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Books/Authors
  • Kids
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mother-Daughter Book Club: Year of the Dog

Bring your mother (or aunt, grandmother, neighbor, older sister, or teacher) with you for a lively discussion and activities connected to the book of the month. This month’s book is Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Register at the Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Services desk. For grades 3- 5. Registration begins February 14.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Workshop
  • Teens
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chinese Paper Crafts

Join us for Chinese paper cutting and folding, and leave with your own beautiful creations. Drop-in program for grades 6-12.

  • 5:00 pm
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Film
  • Kids
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Movies in the Teen Underground: Hero

Jet Li stars as Nameless (a complicated hero) in this epic action film set during China’s ancient Warring States period. Also starring: Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung and Donnie Yen.

  • 4:00 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Workshop
  • Kids,
  • Teens
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chinese Opera Workshop

Rosa Yeh and the EZ Learn Chinese School Opera Group will introduce Chinese opera history, characters, makeup techniques, costumes and musical instruments. The audience will learn basic Chinese opera movements and practice traditional Chinese instruments such as cymbals and gong.

  • 2:00 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Workshop
  • Adults
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Art of Chinese Bonsai

Bonsai is both an art form and horticultural practice that traces back thousands of years in Chinese history. Join Larry Stephan of the Midwest Bonsai Society for an in-depth demonstration on how to properly prune, wire, and shape a bonsai tree. Take in the beauty of these living miniature displays of nature. Registration required at lincolnwoodlibrary.org.

  • 2:00 pm
  • Lincolnwood Public Library
  • Books/Authors
  • Kids
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mother-Daughter Book Club: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Bring your mother (or aunt, grandmother, neighbor, older sister, or teacher) with you for a lively discussion and activities connected to the book of the month. This month’s book is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Register at the Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Services desk. Registration begins February 21. For grades 5 to 7.

  • 7:00 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Books/Authors
  • Kids
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Parent/Child Book Discussion: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Does your child like dragons? And quests? Read Grace Lin’s magical book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon together and come share your impressions along with some Chinese snacks. Grades K-5 (3rd grade and under must be accompanied by adult).

  • 5:30 pm
  • Niles Public Library District
  • Film
  • Adults
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Critics Choice Cinema: The Mermaid

Shan, a mermaid, is sent to assassinate Xuan, a developer who threatens the ecosystem of her race, but ends up falling in love with him instead.

  • 2:00 pm
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Lecture
  • Adults
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

China’s Foreign Policy

Join George Lungu, Oakton Professor of political science in a discussion of China’s foreign policy and the challenges it poses to the American-led order.

This event will be held in Room P103.

  • 12:30 pm
  • Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus
  • Books/Authors
  • Adults
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

Help celebrate National Library Week with a book discussion of graphic novel, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and MacArthur Fellow.

This event will be held in Room A151.

  • 11:30 am
  • Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus
  • Lecture
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Building Bridges not Walls: How Judaic Studies Came to China

Join Oakton Emeritus faculty Beverly Friend as she tells her personal story of how a friendship between her late husband Jim and Professor Xu Xin of Nanjing University who was teaching a course in American Jewish authors, but had never actually met anyone Jewish, led to an explosion of Judaic studies in China.

This event will be held in Room A145.

  • 11:00 am
  • Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

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  • American Legion Memorial Civic Center of Morton Grove

    • 6140 Dempster Street
    • Morton Grove, IL 60053

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  • Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore

    • 5300 West Touhy Avenue
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Lincolnwood Public Library

    • 4000 West Pratt Avenue
    • Lincolnwood, IL 60712

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  • Morton Grove Public Library

    • 6140 Lincoln Avenue
    • Morton Grove, IL 60053

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  • North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

    • 9501 Skokie Boulevard
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Niles North High School

    • 9800 Lawler Avenue
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Niles Public Library District

    • 6960 W. Oakton Street
    • Niles, IL 60714

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  • Niles Township Schools’ ELL Parent Center

    • 9440 Kenton Avenue
    • Skokie, IL 60076

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  • Niles West High School

    • 5701 Oakton Street
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

    • 1600 E. Golf Road
    • Des Plaines, IL 60016

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  • Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    • 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Skokie Public Library

    • 5215 Oakton Street
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Skokie Village Hall

    • 5127 Oakton Street
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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  • Village Inn

    • 8050 Lincoln Avenue
    • Skokie, IL 60077

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