On October 27 from 11 am – 12 noon, Open Books Pilsen welcomes all to a very special Halloween & Día de los Muertos Storytime! There will be live music, bi-lingual Storytime readings, book giveaways, arts & crafts, and more! Special prizes for those wearing costumes, this is open to all-ages!
Make The Case, Chicago’s famous bookcase-decorating competition to benefit local students, is back! Presented by Open Books’s Associate Board, Make The Case is a fun-filled evening where teams go head-to-head to decorate the coolest, most creative bookcase in three hours. Spectators cheer on the teams; enjoy food, drinks, music; and submit their votes for the best case. At the end of the evening, the winning team receives fabulous prizes and bragging rights for a year.
After the event, Open Books stocks the shelves with high-quality books through our book grant program, and donates them to classrooms throughout Chicago.
For the past two years, Make The Case has been a sold-out event. Proceeds support Open Books’s mission and programs. Last year, we served over 6,100 students through our literacy programs and gave away more than 156,000 books to children, families, and under-resourced communities throughout Chicago.
For more information, visit: www.open-books.org/makethecase
To the most Noble House in all Westeros,
We are pleased to invite you to the King’s Landing in West Loop’s Open Books for a grand evening of the finest event this side of the Narrow Sea. Join the Queen for trivia of our history as recorded by Grand Maester George R. R. Martin.
Kindly arrive in your best Westeros, Medieval, or Chicago attire at 5:30 in the evening to register your House for the Maester’s trivia, which will begin in the throne room at 6:30.
Pose for your royal portrait as the Queen allows you to briefly sit on the Iron Throne. Enjoy Dornish wine and spirits in exchange for donations to the Night’s Watch. The first 30 in attendance will leave King’s Landing with your very own dragon egg.
Send a raven to your Allied Houses to gather together for this most excellent evening and win the great honour of First Place of Trivia.
We look forward to your presence. All proceeds support Open Books literacy and book programs.
Read-Aloud Book Club has selected Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai for their March, 28 get together at 6:15 PM. Come & join in or sit & listen!
Spend Prom in the Library: A celebration of all things Buffy
Are you tired of dances being crashed by demons? Were you too busy stopping the apocalypse to go prom dress shopping? Well don’t fret, spend prom in the library instead! Open Books invites all Scoobies to our West Loop Bookstore as we turn it into the Sunnydale High Library for our celebration of the anniversary of the Prom episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We will have Buffy trivia, Buffy themed drinks ($5 suggested donations), a photo booth, and general geeking out-ness. Feel free to break out your best prom wear or come wearing your finest Buffy or themed graphic tee. #PromUp
This is a free event open to all but we ask that you bring a book donation for admission and drinks have a $5 suggested donation.
*NOTE: trivia will include all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and contain SPOLIERS. Angel the series and the comic books will not be included in trivia.
Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Join us in spreading the joy of literacy through reading, writing, and the SLAYING power of used books.
Enjoy Lagunitas Brewing Company’s best beers and give to Open Books! Ticket price and net proceeds from beer sales benefit Open Books’ mission and programs.
Snacks and quirky entertainment will be waiting for you!