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    1/30/2017

    Make a Chinese Paper Lantern

    4:30 pm, Niles Public Library District

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

    2/01/2017

    Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

    1:30 pm, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

    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

    2/01/2017

    Let’s Read Our Way to China

    1:00 pm, American Legion Memorial Civic Center of Morton Grove

    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.

    2/08/2017

    LitLounge: A Map of Betrayal

    7:30 pm, Village Inn

    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.

    2/11/2017

    Opening Ceremony: Celebrating Chinese Culture

    6:00 pm, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

    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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    2/14/2017

    Be the Scientist: Knot Tying

    6:30 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    2/14/2017

    The Woman Who Was Emperor of China

    7:00 pm, Skokie Village Hall

    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.

    2/15/2017

    Book Discussion: Typical American by Gish Jen

    1:00 pm, Niles Public Library District

    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.

    2/15/2017

    Raising Children in Bilingual Households

    6:30 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    2/16/2017

    Movies in the Teen Underground: Shaolin Soccer

    4:00 pm, Niles Public Library District

    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.

    2/19/2017

    Chinese Classical and Traditional Folk Dances

    3:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    2/21/2017

    Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

    7:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    2/21/2017

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

    11:30 am, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    2/22/2017

    Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

    10:00 am, Skokie Public Library

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

    2/22/2017

    Lantern Festival

    6:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    2/22/2017

    Panda Bear Storytime

    10:00 am, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    2/22/2017

    Traveling Between Two Worlds

    12:30 pm, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

    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.

    2/23/2017

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

    5:00 pm, Niles West High School

    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.

    2/23/2017

    Between the Lines: American Born Chinese

    10:00 am, Morton Grove Public Library

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

    2/23/2017

    ‘Chinese-ness’: How Chinese Americans Mobilize Politically

    7:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    2/24/2017

    Art Attack: Watercolor Goldfish Pond

    4:30 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    2/27/2017

    Confucius: The Man and His Message

    7:00 pm, Skokie Village Hall

    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.

    2/28/2017

    Between the Lines: American Born Chinese

    7:00 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

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

    2/28/2017

    Snack Time: Chinese Green Onion Pancakes

    4:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    3/01/2017

    Explore the Tales and Tastes of China

    6:30 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    3/02/2017

    Chinese Festival

    6:30 pm, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    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.

    3/04/2017

    Brunching, Chinese American Style

    2:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    3/06/2017

    Mandarin Bilingual Storytime

    10:30 am, Skokie Public Library

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

    3/06/2017

    World Film: The Barefoot Artist

    7:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    3/07/2017

    Be the Scientist: Paper Cutting

    6:30 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    3/07/2017

    Guys Read: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    7:00 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    3/08/2017

    All Ages Book Discussion with Tea

    7:00 pm, Lincolnwood Public Library

    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

    3/08/2017

    Chinese Cooking with Ying Stoller

    6:30 pm, Niles Public Library District

    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.

    3/09/2017

    Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

    6:30 pm, Niles Township Schools’ ELL Parent Center

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

    3/09/2017

    Morning Matinee: The Last Emperor

    10:30 am, Lincolnwood Public Library

    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.)

    3/09/2017

    The Chinese American Vote

    7:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

    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.

    3/11/2017

    Crafty Saturday

    9:30 am, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    3/11/2017

    Family Film: Kung Fu Panda 3

    10:30 am, Lincolnwood Public Library

    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.)

    3/11/2017

    Special Film Screening of Spilled Water

    2:00 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    3/12/2017

    Second Sunday Family Program: Cheng Da Drum Team

    2:00 pm, Niles Public Library District

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

    3/13/2017

    An Evening with Gene Luen Yang, Coming Together Featured Author

    7:00 pm, Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore

    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.

    3/14/2017

    Author Gene Luen Yang at Niles North High School

    10:45 am, 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.

    3/14/2017

    Author Gene Luen Yang at Niles West High School

    8:45 am, 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.

    3/14/2017

    A Very Special Listen Up!: The Ugly Vegetables

    10:00 am, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    3/14/2017

    Mother-Daughter Book Club: Year of the Dog

    7:00 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    3/16/2017

    Chinese Paper Crafts

    5:00 pm, Skokie Public Library

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

    3/16/2017

    Movies in the Teen Underground: Hero

    4:00 pm, Niles Public Library District

    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.

    3/18/2017

    Chinese Opera Workshop

    2:00 pm, Niles Public Library District

    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.

    3/19/2017

    Art of Chinese Bonsai

    2:00 pm, Lincolnwood Public Library

    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.

    3/21/2017

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

    7:00 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    3/22/2017

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

    5:30 pm, Niles Public Library District

    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).

    3/26/2017

    Critics Choice Cinema: The Mermaid

    2:00 pm, Morton Grove Public Library

    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.

    4/05/2017

    China’s Foreign Policy

    12:30 pm, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    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.

    4/11/2017

    Book Discussion: American Born Chinese

    11:30 am, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    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.

    4/13/2017

    Building Bridges not Walls: How Judaic Studies Came to China

    11:00 am, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    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.