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Bringing history to life

In celebration of President’s Day and Women’s History Month, actress Jenny Riddle will dramatize, in character, the personal lives of Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Expect a surprise visit from another former first lady as well. Registration required.

Updated: April 17, 2013 2:38AM


Antioch Public Library
57 N. Main St.
(847) 395-0874;

Book club: Discuss “Matched” by Ally Condie Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Registration preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

Storytime: Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can enjoy 30 minutes of stories with their friends Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

Writer’s group: Meet with both beginning and advanced writers Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Bring a short story to share, or join us to critique another’s story. Feel free to bring a topic for discussion.

Storyteller: Paddy Lynn will tell stories that the whole family will enjoy Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Her stories will feature performers chosen from the audience. Registration required.

Travel: Join Nancy McCully and escape the Chicago winter with an armchair tour of Arizona Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. See the red rocks of Sedona, explore the city sights in Phoenix and Tucson, and discover Tombstone and other historic sites. Registration suggested.

Gamers: Teens can take a break and play Wii and Xbox 360 or a board game Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Registration required.


Grayslake Area Public Library
100 Library Lane
(847) 223-5313;

Book club: American Girl Julie, a creative and fun-loving girl growing up in the 1970s, will be featured Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Read before the program date. For grades 2-4. Registration required.

Book group: Discuss “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Registration required.

Animal Quest: Learn about the amazing nature of some of our planet’s creatures through live animals, knowledge, enthusiasm and laughter Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The Animal Quest’s trainer will provide an interactive adventure for children of all ages. Tickets are required to attend.

Crafty kids: Kids can make a easy-weave newsprint basket Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Learn how to use newspaper to design and create a colorful basket. For grades 3-6. Registration required.


Warren-Newport Public Library
224 North O’Plaine Road
(847) 244-5150

Homeschool expo: Homeschoolers can bring their art, speech, poem, experiment, presentation or any other special project that you’ve been working on to present to your peers and their families Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Each child will get five minutes to present one project. Register each child presenting. Patrons are invited to enjoy the presentations.

Performance: Experience the magic of reading at “Reading Is Magic” with Brent Allen Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. Everyone who loves books will want to see this fun-filled program of magic, comedy, storytelling and puppets. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lake Villa

Lake Villa District Library
1001 E. Grand Ave.
(847) 356-7711;

Teacher workshop: Insights from The Write Stuff, the library’s long-running writing workshop for kids, will be shared Fen 19 at 4:30 p.m. Take home a “writing magic” toolbox including brainstorming games, unusual prompts, awesome free resources and more. Registration required.

Book Groups: Discuss “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and; grades 4 to 8 can discuss “London Eye Mystery” by Siobhan Dowd Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Registration required.

Sale: A book sale will be held Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Preview time for Friends members is 4 to 6 p.m. Membership may be purchased at the door for $5 individual and $7 family. The sale is also open to public Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a $2 bag sale from noon to 3 p.m.


Cook Memorial Library
413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
(847) 362-2330;

Insurance reform: Donna Bikus, benefits coordinator from Aflac, and Stephanie Smith-Howard, president of Design Insurance Brokers and Consulting, will discuss health insurance market reform, including new coverage standards for individual and small group insurance plans Feb. 20 at noon. Registration required.

Knife skills: Chef Dave Esau will teach basic cutting, handling and safety of knives Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at 701 Aspen Drive. He will also expertly demonstrate these skills and the proper way to cut various foods while preparing Apple Tarte Tartin and Ratatouille. Registration required.


Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road
(847) 634-3650;

Women’s Suffrage: In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Illinois, Raupp Museum coordinator Debbie Fandrei shares stories and images from the Illinois women’s Suffrage movement, including the role of Lake County women, why saloon owners were against women voting, and the final battle in Springfield Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. Registration required.

Science: Kids can make their own super bouncy balls or slime Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. for grades 3 to 4 and at 7 p.m. for grades 7 to 8. Registration required.


Fremont Public Library
1170 N. Midlothian Road
(847) 918-3225;

Portrayal: Through extensive research, meticulous attention to detail, and documented speeches, letters, and anecdotes Chicago actor RJ Lindsey will present a vivid living portrait of America’s 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Registration required.

Book group: Discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

North Chicago

North Chicago Public Library
2100 Argonne Drive
(847) 689-0125

Performance: A Soul Live Production by Playwright Gloria Patterson called “Walk” will be presented Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.


Wauconda Area Public Library
801 N. Main St.
(847) 526-6225;

Tai Chi: Tai Chi Master Allison Deputy will guide this class, which are open to all experience levels, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Registration recommended.

Teen writing group: Teens can practice their writing skills, learn new techniques, read what other teen writers are working on, and hear helpful comments about your own writing Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. Registration required.

Gaming: For expert or novice, if you like to play chess and/or strategy games, you have a seat at this drop-in club Feb. 22 from 3:45 to 5:45. Bring your cards and prepare to be challenged.


Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave.
(847) 872-4680;

Crafters: Share ideas with fellow crafters while you work Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. or Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Bring your favorite projects.

eZ Training: Bring your device to get hands-on training and help you download what you need to get free eBooks, audiobooks and music Feb. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Stories: Bring your family for dinner and stories, as we celebrate the stories and illustrations of Ezra Jack Keats, with our special guest reader, Beverly Mull, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Registration required.

Create: Create something original with craft materials provided Feb. 20 at 3:15 p.m.

ACT Prep: High school students can get ready for the ACT with free help and resources Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 2/21 from 5:30-7:30.

Online selling and buying: Learn the ins and outs of buying and selling on eBay and Craigslist Feb. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration recommended.

Show and tell: Pet owners get to show off their best friends while teaching others about their pet Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. All animals must be preapproved and owners must register. Afterwards, pets and owners will be available for a meet and greet so you can ask specific questions.

A.A.R.P. Tax Aide: A.A.R.P. volunteers are ready to help prepare taxes Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Appointments required.

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