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We Go Together

Tuesday 15, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Hinsdale Library

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Oil and water don’t mix.” But, if you’ve ever made a tasty vinaigrette, you know that this isn’t exactly true. If you use the right ingredients and the right technique, you can mix the two together to create something new and exciting.

And that’s what Hinsdale Public Library’s fall FUSION events are designed to do. Last year, we brought Art + Technology together with a visit from NIU Stem Exploration Labs, a digital light painting program, and creative concoctions served on pancake canvases.

On September 16 this year, we’ll put Oil + Water together in a new set of events for all ages. We will feature an olive oil tasting from Olivaceto, as well as fresh coffee and churros from Café La Fortuna.

We will have a beer brewing demonstration for fermentation fans and a STEM room with a liquids-based lab for little explorers.

Hinsdale firefighters will be here with one of the trucks they use to douse water on dangerous fires.

And, we’ll have snow. Yep. Come see what our mad scientists have put together to bring snow to the Library in the middle of September.

What do snow, firetrucks, beer and olive oil have to do with a public library? Everything! We are always finding ways to make connections between our community and our collection. That means different books for different readers, but it also means matching up our books and services in unusual ways.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is great read-alike for Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn. But we might also recommend it to fans of this fall’s big screen release of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

When we discuss the award-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond this fall, we will highlight other nonfiction classics like Nickel and Dimed and There Are No Children Here. And, we’ll recommend provocative novels like The House of Sand and Fog.

The kids who come to our STEAM Storytimes get the best of both worlds with stories that celebrate the wonders of science and a fun activity where they get to see those scientific principles in action.

Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” I can only imagine what he would think of the ones he could visit today. At Hinsdale Public Library, we could get his opinion of Walter Isaacson’s book Einstein: His Life and Universe. We could offer him the print, audio or ebook editions. We could show him how to use an iPad and get him signed up for an Excel for Beginners class. We could introduce him to 3D printing technology and help him record his thoughts in our digital media lab or have him as a guest on our podcast. And, we could offer him a cup of coffee and a quiet place to sit and reflect on what he’s seen.

You might know what you’re coming to the library for, but our hope is that you’re always surprised by what you find.

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