On Thursday, November 1 at 5 p.m., teens and adults are invited to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Winfield Branch Library. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have died. Participants will learn more about the holiday by exploring our alter, decorating sugar skulls, face painting, and tasting authentic food.
Join us for this free program, to register call 662-4039 or sign up online.
Read more about the program held last year, by an attendee, Emily Lecke:
“The staff made this a wonderful event, from the presentation to the great spread of authentic foods and making crafts! I really loved decorating the sugar skulls and the opportunity to dress up and paint my face. This event was probably one of my overall favorite library programs as it taught me about a very special tradition. I don’t have the same fears I once had of spirits. I am planning to make an altar to honor my grandparents, whom I’ve never met – it makes me happy to make an altar and show my love for them with treats and a meaningful display.”
The Library is hosting a free concert by amazing performer and award-winning composer, Gladius, on Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m.
Since overcoming neuropathy in both of his wrists and elbows, Gladius has developed a reputation for relentlessly touring and impressing audiences. Inspired by Spanish guitar legends and famous composers, Gladius combines various musical genres with the Spanish spirit and will transcend audiences with his incredible guitar skills, both on the classical and electric guitar.
This is a musical performance that you will not want to miss! This program is free and registration is not required.
The Friends of the Library have planned two bus trips in December.
On Wednesday, December 5 take a chartered bus to downtown Chicago. Participants will have the option to be dropped off/picked near Macy’s on State Street or near the Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue. This is not a tour and participants will be on their own throughout the day.
The cost for the round-trip transportation to Chicago is $25 per person or $20 for Friends members. Tickets can be purchased at the Crown Point Library. The bus will leave the Crown Point Sportsplex promptly at 9:00 a.m. and depart from Chicago at 4:00 p.m. There will be no refunds after November 27.
On Wednesday, December 12 take a chartered bus to downtown Antioch, Illinois to experience the Dickens Holiday Village. Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch, IL with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this Volunteer Public Art Exhibit while strolling among the delightful streets of Antioch. You’ll enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops, and eateries. All Dickens Characters are made from the ground up by volunteers.
This is a walking tour and allows sufficient time to enjoy Dickens, includes a lunch with a special presentation of “Behind the Scenes Dickens” plus time to browse Antioch’s downtown boutiques and gift shops.
Tickets are $50 per person or $45 for Friends members. Your ticket includes round-trip transportation, tour guide, and lunch.
Note: participants may choose to discover the Dickens Village on their own and meet up with the group for lunch.
BUS TRIP NOTE: All participants will board the bus at the Crown Point Sportsplex. Parking is allowed in the lot east of the Parks Department Maintenance Building. Please be advised the Parks Department and the City of Crown Point are not in any way liable or responsible for damage or destruction to any of the vehicles which are parked on City property nor is the City liable for any injury incurred by any of the participants in the libraries functions while on City property.
If you are not a member of the Friends group, you can join any time you visit the library. Membership forms are available at the Circulation Desk at the Crown Point Library and at the Winfield Branch.
If you have any questions, please call 306-4599.
Hometown Happenings presents an Evening of Magic by illusionist Jeanette Andrews at the Crown Point Library on Friday, October 12, at 6 p.m.
Hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists today, Jeanette has performed at hundreds of museums, theaters, and universities across the United States, including sold-out and standing-room-only crowds at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. She has been featured on WGN TV and her performances have been praised by PBS, The Daily Mail & The Chicago Tribune.
Join us for an evening of magic and illusions for all ages and “Discover the Magic in You!”
The evening consists of:
20-30 minutes of magic & illusion
20 – 30 minutes “School for Witches & Wizards” where Jeanette will teach kids a trick they can take home with them
20-30 minutes of Q&A, taking photos & signing autographs
Upon “graduating” from the Hometown Happenings School for Wizards & Witches, each child participant will be given a diploma.
Advance tickets: $5 all ages. $10 at the door. Must have at least 1 adult per every 2 kids in attendance.
Purchase tickets at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/127674