Annual Report 2016-2017

Exploring Arts and Culture

Each year, the Library offers opportunities for patrons of all ages to take part in events that explore music, arts, and culture. Concerts by artists including Petra Van Nuis and Bobby Lewis highlighted local musicians, while art shows put works from around the community on display. Several exciting series took in-depth looks at the city of Chicago, Hamilton: An American Musical, and this year’s One Book Everybody Reads selection, Mischling, by Affinity Konar. Reading clubs encouraged patrons of all ages to explore new books, and our summer reading club had record high participation numbers.

Fast Facts:

  • 450 patrons attended One Book Everybody Reads events exploring Affinity Konar’s Mischling.
  • 650 patrons attended Discovering Hamilton events, including a performance featuring cast members from Hamilton Chicago.
  • Our popular Chicago series, which began in the fall of 2016, was extended into the spring of 2017, bringing more than 500 patrons to 11 programs covering art, architecture, history, and politics.
  • Youth Summer Reading Clubs saw highest completion rate ever, with 1,013 finishers (a 56% completion rate).

Two young patrons at an event in the Youth Program Room.

Third Sunday String Band plays in the Auditorium.

2017 One Book, Everybody Reads author Affinity Konar signs copies of her book Mischling.

Ian Weinberger, associate music director of Hamilton Broadway, was joined by performers Joseph Morales and Carl Clemons-Hopkins, for a Discover Hamilton performance.

Two patrons enjoying the Vattmann Park Storywalk.