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  • All ages
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Journeys to Niles Township Opening Ceremony

Are you originally from Rogers Park or Romania? We all have a story to tell of how and why we came to Niles Township. Join us for an exciting Opening Ceremony that celebrates the many journeys people have made to come to Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, and Skokie. Community residents will share how they decided to settle here in a number of different ways, through on-stage performances, videos, dance, world music, art, and delicious light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 1:00 PM
  • Niles West High School
  • All ages
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Exhibit

“When Home Won’t Let You Stay” is a thoughtful traveling photography exhibition and community program series about refugees in America by documentary artist James A. Bowey. It provides a new perspective on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities.

The exhibit is displayed throughout the Skokie Park District’s facilities beginning Wednesday, January 29 and culminates with a final display at the Skokie Festival of Cultures, mid-May 2020.

For more information on the exhibit and artist, visit whenhomewontletyoustay.org. This program is a collaboration between the Skokie Park District and the Skokie Resilient Communities Collaborative.

  • 12:00 PM
  • Skokie Parks
  • Teens
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Book Discussion: Other Words for Home

Copies of the book will be available at the KidSpace Desk to check out beginning January 1. For grades 6-8.

  • 5:45 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Kids
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mini-Makers: Story Discs

Caregivers and children will work together to make a set of story discs. The hand-drawn disks will tell the story of their family’s journey as well as improvising and imagining original tales. For kids birth-5 years.

  • Kids,
  • All Ages
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Coming Together: Family Journeys Storytime

Families and all ages are welcome.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Register
  • Adults
Monday, February 3, 2020

URLife Storytelling with Lily Be

Join renowned local storyteller Lily Be for a two-part workshop that combines games and stories. Participants will explore, discuss, and develop their origin stories in a casual, fun environment. Play Lily Be’s URLife game, then devise ways in which stories can be shared or preserved.

Participants must commit to both dates, February 3 and February 10. Limited to 25 participants. This program is a collaboration between Lincolnwood Library and Skokie Public Library.

  • All ages
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

An Evening with Jasmine Warga

Join us for an evening with Jasmine Warga, author of one of the 2020 Coming Together core texts, Other Words for Home. This acclaimed middle grade novel in verse follows twelve-year-old Jude’s journey immigrating from Syria and adjusting to life in the United States, seeking to find belonging in her new home while remaining connected to her family that she has left behind. This lyrical, powerful book is sure to spark meaningful conversations with readers of all ages. An internationally-acclaimed author, Warga has written other books including My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have received multiple starred reviews and have been published in over twenty-five countries. Books will be available for purchase, and a signing will follow the event. Parking for East Prairie Elementary School is off of Dobson Street.

  • 7:00 PM
  • East Prairie Elementary School
  • Kids
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Mother-Daughter Book Club: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Girls in grades 3-5, bring your mother (or favorite female grown-up) with you for a lively discussion and activities connected to the book Front Desk by Kelly Yang. Pick up a free copy of the book from the Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Service desk.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Register
  • All ages
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

When Home Won’t Let You Stay Multimedia Community Event

As part of the ‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay’ photography exhibition at various Park District locations, artist James Bowey will present a live multimedia event with community dialogue to consider the experiences of refugees and our responses to the needs of displaced people around the world. This program is a collaboration between the Skokie Park District and the Skokie Resilient Communities Collaborative.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Devonshire Cultural Center
  • All ages
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Second Sunday with Mama Edie Armstrong

Enjoy enthusiastic storytelling to awaken your imagination! Mama Edie will challenge us to create the world we would rather see, embrace its multicultural richness, and love it. All ages are welcome, best for children grades K and up.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Adults
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Faithfully Feminist: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives

A women’s only event to continue discussion on how feminism has been expressed in religious scriptures through intimate conversation and story sharing, while breaking bread. RSVP by January 30th to interfaith@mccchicago.org.

  • 2:30 PM
  • Muslim Education Center
  • Register
  • Adults
Monday, February 10, 2020

URLife Storytelling with Lily Be

Join renowned local storyteller Lily Be for a two-part workshop that combines games and stories. Participants will explore, discuss, and develop their origin stories in a casual, fun environment. Play Lily Be’s URLife game, then devise ways in which stories can be shared or preserved.

Participants must commit to both dates, February 3 and February 10. Limited to 25 participants. This program is a collaboration between Lincolnwood Library and Skokie Public Library.

  • Kids,
  • Teens
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mother-Daughter Book Club: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Girls in grades 5-7, bring your mother (or favorite female grown-up) with you for a lively discussion and activities. Pick up a free copy of the book from the Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Service desk.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Register
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

LitLounge: They Called Us Enemy

Grab a drink and discuss They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. Sign up and get a copy of the book at Morton Grove Public Library or Skokie Public Library. This program is a collaboration between Morton Grove Public Library and Skokie Public Library.

  • Kids
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Family Book Club: The Undefeated

For grades 2-3 with an adult. Pick up a copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk at Skokie Public Library. Please register the child attending only, although an adult must attend as well.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Discussion: They Called Us Enemy

  • 7:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • Kids
Friday, February 14, 2020

Love is All Around Storytime and Craft with The Little Red Stroller

For ages 3-7 with a caregiver.

  • 4:30 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Saturday, February 15, 2020

The World of Dough with Chef Maddox

Whether you call them dumplings, ravioli, pierogi, manti, wonton, samosa, empanadas, matzah balls, etc., they all start from the same thing: dough. Join Chef Susan Maddox as she demonstrates making a few different types of dumplings, as well as some history and cultural differences.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • Adults
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Explore Glass Calligraphy

Please join us for an exciting demonstration and hands-on experience with the art of glass calligraphy. Budding artists welcome!

  • 2:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • All ages
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

How Niles Township Supports New Residents

Discover the services provided by Niles Township Government and other agencies that are available to new and current residents. Panelists from various organizations and offices will discuss the Niles Township Food Pantry, social services, and other community resources. Scheduled to attend are Niles Township Government Trustee Mark Collins, Niles Township Social Worker Jackie Walker-O’Keefe, Niles Township Food Pantry Manager Tony Araque, Niles Township High School District 219 Superintendent Steven Isoye, Lawyer Ina Winston of Chicago Legal Clinic and Diana Juarez or a representative of the Niles Township Schools’ ELL Parent Center.

  • 6:00 PM
  • Niles Township Government Building
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Adult Book Dicussion: American Like Me

Sign up and get a copy of the book at the Readers Services desk.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Register
  • Kids
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Guys Read

Are you a guy in grades 4-6 who likes to read? Bring your favorite grown-up for discussion, snacks, and activities featuring the book Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome with connections to The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander. Pick up a free copy of the book from the Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Service desk.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • Register
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Book Discussion: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Discussion will take place in Room C114.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Oakton Community College Skokie Campus
  • Kids
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Big Kid Storytime with The Undefeated

For grades 1 and up.

  • 4:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Between the Lines Book Discussion: American Like Me

  • 10:00 AM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • All ages
Saturday, February 22, 2020

The World of Paper Art

Discover and experience paper art from around the world. Try your hand at jianzhi from China, wycinanki from Poland, and papel picado from Mexico. All ages welcome, best for grades 2 and up.

  • 10:00 AM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • All ages
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bulgarian Dance Ensemble HORO

The horo is a traditional Bulgarian folk dance in which everyone in a community can take part. It’s main form, a circle, symbolizes the unity of humankind. The steps in a horo dance are very diverse; there are over one hundred types of horo dances in Bulgarian folklore. Dance Ensemble HORO was created 17 years ago here in Chicago to preserve and present the beauty and richness of Bulgarian folk dance culture. Join us for a dance tour around beautiful Bulgaria.

  • 2:00 PM
  • East Prairie Elementary School
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Family Heirlooms Photography Project

Join Project Heirloom co-founder and photographer Elaine Melko as she discusses how and why she and author Frances de Pontes Peebles created a project that documents the journeys of American families.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • All ages
Sunday, February 23, 2020

When We Arrived

Explore different chapters in the history of Niles Township through a presentation by local historian Richard J. Witry. Panel members will share their personal stories representing various waves of immigration to our community. This program is a collaboration between the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Skokie Human Relations Commission, and the Lincolnwood Human Relations Commission. The event is free to the public, but registration is required by calling 847-967-4800.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
  • Register
  • All ages
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Romanian Folkloric Activities

Enjoy a combination of Romanian folkloric activities, including Romanian history and the presentation of a Romanian film.

  • 3:00 PM
  • East Prairie Elementary School
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Between the Lines Book Discussion: American Like Me

  • 7:00 PM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • All ages
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Journeys to Niles Township Poetry Jam

The Skokie Fine Arts Commission invites community members to read their original poems about their journeys to Niles Township. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to read their original poems. No props, costumes, or music, please. Light refreshments will be served. This program is a collaboration between the Skokie Fine Arts Commission and the Village of Skokie.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Skokie Village Hall
  • All ages
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Leap Into Games from Different Cultures

Bring the family and enjoy exploring and playing games from different lands and cultures. This program is a collaboration between East Prairie School District 73 and Skokie Public Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • 10:00 AM
  • East Prairie Elementary School
  • Register
  • Teens,
  • Adults
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Book Discussion American Like Me

  • 7:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • All ages
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Share Your Story Neighbor Panel

Hear about the exciting, emotional, and personal journeys to Niles Township from members of our community. We’ll also discuss ways you can share your stories in our upcoming “Journeys to Niles Township” book project. This program is a collaboration between Lincolnwood Library and the Village of Skokie.

  • All ages
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Journeys to D219

Parents and families can come together to share individual stories and experiences of their journeys to Niles Township, specifically to D219. There will also be hands-on activities for participants, such as cooking demos, painting workshops, henna art, performances, and more. This program is a collaboration between D219 and D219 parent groups.

  • 1:00 PM
  • Niles North High School
  • Register
  • All ages
Sunday, March 8, 2020

80 Minutes Around the World

Nestor ‘The Boss’ Gomez leads a storytelling journey through his childhood in Guatemala, his undocumented journey to the United States, and several experiences as an immigrant living in Chicago.

  • 2:00 PM
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • All ages
Sunday, March 8, 2020

Romanian Celebration of International Women’s Day and Martisor

Observe International Women’s Day and Martisor, the celebration of the beginning of spring, with a presentation of Romanian poems and readings.

  • 3:00 PM
  • Logos Christian Academy School
  • All ages
Monday, March 9, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 10:00 AM
  • Oakton Community College Des Plaines Campus
  • All ages
Monday, March 9, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 1:00 PM
  • Oakton Community College Des Plaines Campus
  • All ages
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 10:00 AM
  • Oakton Community College Skokie Campus
  • All ages
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 1:00 PM
  • Oakton Community College Skokie Campus
  • Kids
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Evening Family Stortime with Dreamers

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

  • 7:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • All ages
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 10:00 AM
  • Oakton Community College Des Plaines Campus
  • All ages
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 1:00 PM
  • Oakton Community College Des Plaines Campus
  • All ages
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 10:00 AM
  • Oakton Community College Skokie Campus
  • All ages
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Human Library

Check out a ‘human book’ and have a conversation with your ‘books’ to learn about their journey to Niles and Maine Townships. We hope to have a wide variety of ‘books’ to check out. The Human Library concept was designed to create an atmosphere where an honest conversation can be had in a safe environment. Learn from our community members about their journeys, their triumphs, and their challenges. Stop by the libraries at each campus to check out your ‘book.’ This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 1:00 PM
  • Oakton Community College Skokie Campus
  • All ages
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Oakton Fesival of Cultures

Join Oakton’s student clubs and community members for a festival celebrating the diverse cultures of our community with food, music, and fun! This program is a collaboration between Oakton Community College Library and Oakton’s Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Oakton Community College Skokie Campus
  • Teens
Friday, March 13, 2020

Coming Together Teen Storytime

Gather together in the Teen Underground to share stories about coming to and living in America, featuring excerpts from American Like Me by America Ferrera and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

  • 4:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Kids
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Chat and Chomp Book Discussion with Front Desk

Copies of the book will be available at the KidSpace Desk to check out beginning February 1. For grades 4-6.

  • 12:00 PM
  • Niles-Maine District Library
  • Register
  • All ages
Saturday, April 18, 2020

International Night Celebration

You are invited to a special night of free entertainment! International Night is taking place on Saturday, April 18. This biyearly tradition is an opportunity to find unity in what seems like a divided world. Our students remind us that we are a special community made up of cultural traditions and richness of identities. Let’s be proud this year more than ever to showcase what makes this school such an incredible place to work and play. Come out and enjoy an evening of cultural food, traditional dancing and performances from various student cultural clubs. All are welcome to attend–bring your family and friends for a night of fun! Food will be sold for an additional cost.

  • 6:00 PM
  • Niles North High School

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