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!
We will be discussing Hope Larson’s graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Along with the discussion, we will be looking at, touching, and examining works of art that are thematically relevant to the story. This includes exploring dimensionality through interaction with 3D printed/laser cut reproductions of museum objects. There will also be a sculpture making activity inspired by the protagonists travels through the 5th dimension.
Approximately 3,000 Spanish language books are getting a second life at Open Books in Pilsen as a legacy project of the Librería Donceles.
The exhibition of Pablo Helguera’s Librería Donceles at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2016 drew attention to the need for access to books and programming in Spanish. Throughout the 6-month run, the public was actively engaged in robust programming and encouraged to purchase books. Originally slated as the final run of the installation, the excitement generated from the show and programs inspired additional exhibitions in Indianapolis and Boston as well as this legacy project at Open Books.
Repurposing the used bookshelves from closed CPS schools and some of the original 20,000 used books from the Librería Donceles, the new installation at Open Books Pilsen creates a designated space within the Latino community for workshops and activities and is the only repository of secondhand Spanish-language books in the city. During the warmer months, the annex transforms into an open-air shop. In keeping with the spirit of the project, books can be purchased for any price the buyer deems appropriate, and Open Books will maintain and expand the inventory by placing newly donated Spanish-language books in the section as they are received. Ongoing programming will be in partnership with contratiempo, an organization in residence at DCASE who provided much of the programming at CCC throughout the run of the Librería Donceles.
On January 12, 2018 from 6-9pm, Open Books Pilsen, 905 W. 19th Street, will be hosting a free opening reception in conjunction with Second Fridays, with music from Sonorama and readings by writers from the Spanish language literary publication contratiempo.