Skokie Reads!
Library Designates November as Skokie Reads! Month
A Celebration of Reading

Skokie Reads!, coordinated by Skokie Public Library, will celebrate the power of reading in our lives and the many books, in many languages, read by the members of our diverse community. Prizes, contests, author readings and other book-related events will be held in the Library and throughout the community.

And the Mayor proclaims...

Acknowledging that Skokie is truly a community of readers, Mayor George Van Dusen, in conjunction with Skokie Public Library, has declared November 2006 Skokie Reads! Month. Skokie Public Library invites everyone who lives or works in Skokie to join in the many planned activities highlighting this month-long celebration of the power of reading in our lives. Events Logoplanned for the Skokie Reads! celebration include:


Author Events

Howard Reich
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00pm
Petty Auditorium
Local author Howard Reich, whose memoir The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son's Memoir is partially set in Skokie, will speak and show excerpts from a documentary being produced from his book. The book will be available for purchase and autographing.
Alex Kotlowitz
Sunday, November 12 at 3:00pm
Petty Auditorium
The respected Chicago author of There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, and Never a City So Real will be interviewed and  take questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.
Kenneth Oppel
Monday, November 13 from 9:45 to 11:15am
Petty Auditorium
The Youth Services Department welcomes the popular children's and young adult author for a conversation about his books and how he writes them. Oppel's books will be available for purchase and autographing. This program is ideal for students in 4th through 8th grade. To register, please call the Youth Services Department at 847.324.3149.
Amir Gutfreund
Monday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Petty Auditorium
The award-winning Israeli author will discuss his book, Our Holocaust, a stirring novel  about a group of Holocaust survivors who live among a "conspiracy of silence" on an imaginary street in suburban Haifa. This program is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest and Israeli House.

Book Drop

Skokie Reads! Book Drop LabelThroughout Skokie during November, in a variety of stores, government and medical offices, and other places where our community gathers, you will see specially marked boxes of fiction, nonfiction, adult, and children's books with the distinctive Skokie Reads! label affixed to their covers. Residents may select a book from the box, take it home, read it, keep it, or share with a friend. Then, visit Skokie Reads! on the Library's website to submit your thoughts about the book using our easy, online Book Drop Project Web form. Everyone who enters will be eligible to win the grand prize of their choice of four books from the New York Times Fiction or Nonfiction Bestseller List as of December 1, 2006. The first 150 Skokie residents to enter the Book Drop or Book Sharing will receive a gift certificate from Shallots Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, or Crafty Beaver.


Book Sharing

Skokie Public Library will soon begin an interactive Book Sharing feature on its website which will allow Skokie residents to submit their recommendations for books that other readers might enjoy. To kick off the Book Sharing project, all residents of Skokie are invited to submit one or two of their favorite titles. During Skokie Reads! Month, the first 150 Skokie residents to enter the Book Drop or Book Sharing will receive a gift certificate from Shallots Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, or Crafty Beaver.

To get started, submit the online Book Sharing entry form or bring a completed copy of the printed form to the Readers' Services Desk at Skokie Public Library. Later this year, Skokie residents will be able to access the Book Sharing database to see what their friends, neighbors, and other Skokie residents are reading and recommending!


The Bookmobile is Coming to You!

In celebration of Skokie Reads! Month, the Bookmobile will travel to new places around Skokie. Climb aboard and register for a library card and see a sample of all that we have for you at Skokie Public Library!

BookmobileWednesday, November 1
8:00 to 10:00am
Weber Leisure Center
9300 Weber Park Place
Sunday, November 5
1:00 to 3:00pm
Fannie May Candy House
10066 Skokie Boulevard
Wednesday, November 8
3:00 to 5:00pm
Market Place on Oakton
4817 West Oakton Street
Sunday, November 12
1:00 to 3:00pm
Village Crossing Shopping Center
Niles Center Road at Touhy Avenue
Wednesday, November 15
5:00 to 7:00pm
Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center
Old Orchard Road at Skokie Boulevard

Design a Book Jacket

Mayor Van Dusen READ!Now is your chance to create that special book jacket for your favorite book! Participants can enter in one of four categories during Skokie Reads! Month:     
    Children ages 3-7
    Children ages 8-12
        Submit entries to the Youth Services "Ask Here" Desk     Teens age 13-17
    Adults ages 18 and older
        Submit entries to the Readers' Services Desk

The book jacket should be designed on 8"x10" paper.

Members of the Skokie Public Library Board of Trustees will choose the winners. Copies of all entries will be on display at the Library and on our website. Winners will be announced shortly after the December 13, 2006 Board meeting. Each of the four winners will be awarded a framed "Read" poster of their family reading their favorite books.

SEE THE BOOK JACKET ENTRIES!


Family Programming

Storytime in Mandarin Chinese (ages 3 to 6)
Wednesday, November 1 from 1:30 to 2:00pm
Youth Services Program Room
Join the Language Stars at the Library for a fun, interactive storytime in Mandarin Chinese! Registration is required. Call the Youth Services desk at 847.324.3149 or register in person beginning October 1.
Braille Buddies (grades 4 through 8)
Saturday, November 4 from 9:30 to 11:30am
Book Discussion Room
Are you curious about those magical raised Braille dots? Would you like to learn how to read and write with Braille? Children who are blind have volunteered to teach you. Come for the fun of it, and make new friends! Registration is required. Call the Youth Services desk at 847.324.3149 or register in person beginning October 1.
Storytime in French (ages 3 to 6)
Wednesday, November 8 from 1:30 to 2:00pm
Youth Services Program Room
Join the Language Stars at the Library for a fun, interactive storytime in French! Registration is required. Call the Youth Services desk at 847.324.3149 or register in person beginning October 1.
Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays, November 15, 22, and 29 from 6:30 to 7:00pm
Youth Services Program Room
Before you dance off to dreamland, join us under the stars for some bedtime stories and songs. Bring your grownup and come dressed in your pajamas. Registration is not required.
Family Fun @ Your Library: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Friday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8:00pm
Mary Radmacher Meeting Room
Why DID the chicken cross the road? In celebration of National Children's Book Week, and with the help of 14 famous children's illustrators, we will attempt to answer this age-old question. Bring your ideas so we can create a Skokie version of the new book Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?. Registration is required. Call the Youth Services desk at 847.324.3149 or register in person beginning November 1.
Bilingual Spanish-English Storytime (ages 3 to 6)
Wednesday, November 29 from 4:00 to 4:30pm
Youth Services Program Room
This lively storytime features a variety of English and Spanish stories, songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and other activities aimed at building a love of language, books, and reading. Registration is not required.

Favorite Poetry Afternoon

Sunday, November 19 from 12:30 to 3:00pm in the Petty Auditorium

Poetry Reading by Beryl Cook

Poetry Reading by Beryl Cook
Copyright © Alexander Gallery, 2004

Join us for an afternoon of favorite poetry with local celebrities, officials, children, adults, and Chicago Tribune senior writer and WGN Radio host Rick Kogan.

To share a favorite poem, submit your name, contact information, and a copy of the poem you wish to read to the collection box at the Skokie Public Library Readers' Services Desk or by email. Submissions must be received at the Library by Tuesday, October 31.

Participants will have five minutes to read and speak about the importance of their chosen poem. Poems cannot be written by the participant or friends or relatives, but must be published works which have special meaning for the reader. The poem may be in English or in any other language. Reading space is limited; entrants will be notified by Saturday, November 5 regarding participation at the reading.

Even if you choose not to read a poem, please come and enjoy the pleasure of poetry in our lives.


How to Find a Good Book

Photo of RickiTuesday, November 7, 2006 at 7:30pm in the Radmacher Meeting Room

Ricki Nordmeyer, Manager of Adult Popular Services at Skokie Public Library, will speak about "Cozy Winter Reads" and demonstrate the many ways of finding a good book using the Library’s reference sources, booklists, online databases and links to World Wide Web sites. Whether it is information on which title comes third in a popular series or rediscovering a book you once read but cannot remember, Ricki will demonstrate easy ways to lead readers to the books they seek.


For more information about Skokie Public Library activities, events, and programs during Skokie Reads! Month and throughout the year, visit our Library Events Calendar!