I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of chef Anthony Bourdain on June 8th. He was one of my favorite food writers and television personalities. A drug addict early in his cooking career, Bourdain turned his life around and became one of the most successful food personalities in America starting with his memoir Kitchen Confidential published in 2000. With his success, Bourdain frequently advocated for the underdog.
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Dinosaurs are one of those subjects you might get interested in as a kid but never get too old or too cool to stop loving. When I was young, I was a self-proclaimed expert on all things dino. Unfortunately, as much as my passion for Jurassic Park remains, over the years I've forgotten many of the facts I used to cram my brain with.
Join us on Saturday April 21st for a program about December 7, 1941. Battlefield expert Robert Muelller will discuss the events of that day, the experiences of some of those who were there, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Please note: This program will be held off-site at: Village Green 605 Barrington Ave. East Dundee.
Join us on Saturday, April 14 for a program about Iran. A Sketch of Iran: the Country and Its Culture will be presented by Libby Fischer Hellmann, and will focus on the people, architecture, customs, and culture of that country.
While you’re waiting, or after the program, you can check out the following titles, most of which focus on life in Iran since 1979.
Join us on Sunday March 18 for a program about the fascinating history of the Fox River Valley, presented by local historian Phil Aleo. This program is part of our celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial.
Join us on Wednesday March 7, 2018 for a fascinating program about some of the amazing women of Chicago’s past and present. While you’re waiting, check out these books. Not all of these women will be profiled in the program, but they're all inspiring and have links to Chicago. Come to the Information desk for more suggestions to keep you reading during Women’s History Month, and register for Hell Hath No Fury: The Wild, Wicked, and Wonderful Women of the Windy City to learn more about these incredible women.
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in February 2018. He was 48 years old.
If the recent hurricanes left you wanting to know more about the history of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the titles that follow are an easy place to start.