Discover a World of Knowledge and Entertainment with Illinois Libraries Present Season 3!

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The Six Mile Regional Library District is thrilled to unveil the highly anticipated lineup for Illinois Libraries Present Season 3, scheduled to take place from September 2023 to May 2024. This extraordinary series of events is made possible through the collaborative efforts of public libraries across the state, all coming together to offer an array of premier experiences. Prepare to be captivated, inspired, and uplifted by the incredible offerings brought to you by ILP.

Illlinois Libraries Present Season 3 Lineup
September 2023 through May 2024

Wednesday, September 6, 7PM – The Power of Story with Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize winning #1 New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead kicks off Season 3

Kicking off our third season, we are thrilled to welcome two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead to our Illinois libraries. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle, The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and a collection of essays, Whitehead is only the fourth writer to win two Pulitzers in the Fiction category (for Underground Railroad in 2018 and The Nickel Boys in 2020). His highly anticipated latest, Crook Manifesto, is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family.

His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, among others. In 2023, President Biden awarded Whitehead a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. He has taught extensively, including at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Brooklyn College, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and University of Wyoming. He lives in New York City.

Wednesday, October 4, 7PM – Chills and Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones

National Endowment for the Arts Fellow Stephen Graham Jones talks horror

Stephen Graham Jones joins us to talk scary stories, horror and more with librarian Becky Spratford. Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and Don’t Fear the Reaper, and a prolific author of more than 25 books spanning genres. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient and been recipient of several awards including: the Ray Bradbury Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the Alex Award from American Library Association. He is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Illinois librarian and Readers’ Advisor Becky Spratford will join Stephen in conversation. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library and runs the critically acclaimed blog RA for All. A devout horror fan, she writes a horror review column for Library Journal, is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association.

Tuesday, October 17, 7PM – Food, Family, and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin

Children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin discusses food, family, and folktales, along with a drawing demonstration

Join Newbery and Caldecott honoree and New York Times bestselling Grace Lin for an engaging conversation about her journey to become an award-winning author and illustrator. Learn about her latest middle grade book, Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods, a beautifully written full-color book that explores the whimsical myths and stories behind your favorite American Chinese food, and learn how you can draw your own stories. Evanston Public Library Children’s Librarian, Brian E. Wilson, joins Grace in conversation.

Before she was a bestselling author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels, Grace was the only Asian girl going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor Where The Mountain Meets the Moon, her Geisel Honor Ling & Ting, her National Book Finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver and her Caldecott Honor A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace advocates for diversity through her TEDx talk – “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf” – and a PBSNewHour video essay, “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?” She continued this mission with her podcasts kidlitwomen. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Wednesday, November 8, 7PM – A Taste of Love with Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pies

Netflix’s Bake Squad star and owner of the Chicago-based bakery Justice of the Pies Maya-Camille Broussard shows us how to bake with love

Join Maya Camille Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad, and owner of Chicago based Justice of the Pies for a demo from her kitchen just in time for Thanksgiving. She will share her love of pie, the stories of those that inspired her, and some tips and tricks to help you make the perfect Thanksgiving pie.

Broussard uses her love of food to have a positive impact on the local community. She offers an “I Knead love” workshop several times each year for kids from low-income households to learn basic cooking skills, healthy eating habits, and nutrition. Justice of the Pies has partnered with many Chicago area charities to provide meals for communities on the South and West sides. During the COVID pandemic, her bakery partnered with Frontline Food to provide food from restaurants for front-line workers. Being hearing impaired, Broussard works hard to set an example for young bakers by telling the story of her struggles and success.

Wednesday, December 6, 7PM – Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb helps us survive the holidays

Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and co-host of the “Dear Therapists” podcast joins us for a thought-provoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season. Gottlieb will share tools to help in everyday life and especially as you prepare for the holidays.

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which has sold over a million copies and is currently being adapted into a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she is co-host of the popular “Dear Therapists” podcast and writes The Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” advice column. She has been on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air” as a therapy expert and her 2019 TED Talk was one of the most watched of the year.

December Date To-Be-Determined: a stream of The Nutcracker, danced by The Royal Ballet, with music played by the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
January 11 – Sci-fi author, journalist, and activist Cory Doctorow and Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Ken Liu, AND New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells join us to speculate about our AI Future
February 6 – Meet American cartoonist and children’s book author/illustrator Jerry Craft to learn how to draw your own comics
February 20 –  #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn helps us feel the romance all month with a discussion about Bridgerton and all things romance
April 3 – Prominent speaker and professor Dr. Temple Grandin shares on the gifts of neurodiversity
May 7 – Kal Penn discusses his many lives: writer, producer, former White House staff member, starring actor of “Harold and Kumar” and much more

These events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

  • 5th Annual Library Crawl October 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023 October 1st through 31st Check out some of our neighboring libraries this Fall The crawl passports will be available September 30th at both libraries. Visit 5 libraries by October 31st and you will be entered into a drawing for a Quick Trip gift card! Passports must be turned in by November 2nd.
  • Chills and Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones October 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Zoom Wednesday, October 4, 7PM National Endowment for the Arts Fellow Stephen Graham Jones talks horrorZoom Registration Link to Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rh-AbiSpQD-FKnaCdfJ51QStephen Graham Jones joins us to talk scary stories, horror and more with librarian Becky Spratford. Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and Don’t Fear the Reaper, and a prolific author of more…
  • There's Something Weird In Your Neighborhood: Ghosts and Hauntings of Southwest Illinois October 5, 2023 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA There's Something Weird In Your Neighborhood: Ghosts and Hauntings of Southwest IllinoisThursday, October 5 at 6 PMSMRLD, 2001 Delmar AveJoin author Troy Taylor for an evening of history and hauntings from all around the region -- a night that goes beyond just the legends and lore and reveals the real stories behind the area's famous…
  • Nintendo Switch October 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Teen Room, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Nintendo SwitchEvery Saturday, 1-4 PMTeen Room, 2001 Delmar AveGrades 7-12For more information email the Teen Services Librarian at: [email protected]
  • Reception to Honor Kuenstler Bequest October 8, 2023 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Reception to Honor Kuenstler BequestPlease join usin commemorating the generous giftto the Six Mile Regional Library Districtfrom Miss Helen R. KuenstlerSunday, October 8 2-4 PM at SMRLD, 2001 Delmar AveMiss Kuenstler bestowed an everlasting legacy gift to the library for the purchase of reading materials.  Please join us in celebrating Miss Kuenstler's life and love of…

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