Library Offerings from Tech to Travel
When you think of the Library you might think of books; your neighbor though, may be thinking of trips to exotic locations or ideas for their new InstaPot. The Hinsdale Public Library offers programming to fit interests from current affairs to crafting.
Voyagers Travel Discussion Club
An informal, interactive group that meets quarterly to discuss a country or region of the world. Share what you’ve learned on your journeys, pick up tips for an upcoming trip, or become better informed about the world. Treats local to the region will be served. The next meeting of the Club will focus on Western Canada on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm.
Not all tech has to do with gaming or computers; some tech has tastier outcomes. Hosts Susan and Mike, who love technology and cooking, started this series of programs to highlight cooking and kitchen trends. One popular night featured an Instant Pot demonstration. Attendees experienced how quickly and easily meals could be made and sampled the resulting food. Mike and Susan are busy working on the next Kitchen Tech program — check the website or spring newsletter for the date and topic.
Next Chapter Book Club
NCBC is a nationwide effort to bring the joy of books to adolescents and adults of differing abilities, regardless of verbal or reading ability. At our twice a month meetings, NCBC members read aloud and discuss the selected title. Past favorites include El Deafo and Dewey, the Library Cat. The next meeting is January 10 at 6:30 pm when they will start reading the graphic novel version of The Lightning Thief.
A quarterly program that goes beyond the bestseller. Local experts meet and discuss ideas from a popular non-fiction title. Our next event will be on Tuesday, January 29 at 7 pm when staff from the Robert Crown Center and Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare will talk about the issues explored in Beautiful Boy, a father’s story of his son’s addiction. Reading the book is optional, but we will have extra copies available for checkout.
What better way to spend an afternoon than making something with your own hands? Host Maura will guide you through the process. The next Crafternoon will take place on Wednesday, January 16 at 3:00 pm. The project will be a no-sew Valentine’s Day rag tie garland. No crafting expertise is necessary and all supplies are included.
A new quarterly offering hosted by Adult Services Assistant Susan. Once the theme is announced, find a recipe in your cookbooks or ours, make it, and bring it to share. Then tell us about your recipe — why you chose it and if you have any tips to make it easier/better/faster. Last month, the group enjoyed shrimp salad with ancho chili sauce and Buffalo chicken cakes. Look for the next meeting in our spring newsletter.
You can register for these (and all of our events) at https://hinsdalelibrary.info/events/, or by stopping by any of the service desks at the Library. If you have ideas for future programs, please let us know.
Lisa Knasiak is the Assistant Director and Patron Services Manager at the Hinsdale Public Library.