We helped our community stay engaged with important local, national, and international issues. In our Civic Lab, we discussed important issues facing our village and our world and shared reliable, factual resources. We helped you make discoveries about our past, present, and future. And we helped you find information and tools to make your voices heard, especially during an election year.
Oh, the places we went with our annual summer reading program. We said, “Let’s Go!,” and we sure did, with an amazing season of reading, earning badges, and winning prizes. Storytime Splash was a hit when librarians appeared at local pools, and there were plenty of book talks, book giveaways, and more festivities. Our younger residents also had the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines by participating in the program.
This year, Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township included an exhibit featuring the Muslims of Skokie. Our Voices of Muslim Women event drew a lively and engaged crowd and sparked good conversation among community members. We also took a Stand against Racism to show our solidarity as part of a community that welcomes everyone.
Our bookmobile went to many of our schools and neighborhoods, delivering books, movies, and personal service. Photo workshops, nature walks, and nature play gave us the chance to enjoy our village in its natural setting. Of course, Wednesdays on the Green provided opportunities to meet, listen to music, and enjoy the outdoors. We also learned about the natural world that surrounds us every day with special events and programs.
Is there is a better way for people to come together than by sharing a meal? We think not. We had many opportunities to break bread this year. We shared recipes and cooking tips, served summer lunches and after-school snacks, and hosted monthly luncheons to help start conversations for adults older than 60.
We also began offering short cooking demos on our YouTube channel.