Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale - Fall 2015

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Join your friends and neighbors for the third annual Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, a one book/one community program that fosters a culture of reading and a sense of community in our city. Each year a title is selected from the works of writers affiliated with Ragdale, the artists’ residency which has supported authors and their creative process for over 35 years.

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai is this year’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale title.  The story is set in an artists' colony on the North Shore and, while not Ragdale, it is unarguably influenced by its architecture and legacy. A number of related programs will take place at various locations throughout the fall. (See below for details.) Copies of The Hundred-Year House are available to borrow at Lake Forest Library and to purchase from Lake Forest Book Store.  

Rebecca Makkai lives with her family in Lake Forest. In addition to The Hundred-Year House (2014) she has written The Borrower (2011), and Music for Wartime: Stories (2015). She has attended three residencies at Ragdale and is participating in the Lake Forest College program, Writing by the Lake.

Calendar of Events

Thursday 9/ 17/15 12 noon – Book Discussion led by Judy Levin. The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai. Lake Forest Library, Children’s Programming Room.

Thursday 10/1/15  7:00 pm “Lake Forest One Hundred Years Ago”, a presentation by the Laurie Stein, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, Lake Forest Library, Children’s Programming Room

Thursday 10/15/15 10:30 am – Tea and Talk with Rebecca Makkai. Ragdale House, 1230 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. Lake Forest Book Store will have copies of The Hundred-Year House available for purchase. Call  847-234- 1063 or email for more information.

Wednesday 10/21/15 7:00 pm – A Conversation with Rebecca Makkai, Moderator Professor Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College (Reservations required. Visit to sign up.)
Program Partners: Friends of Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, The Ragdale Foundation

Call Adult Services for more information 847-810-4610. Events are free and open to the public

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fall Adult Book Discussions

Afternoons with Judy Levin
Thursdays 12 Noon

September 17 – The Hundred-Year House 
                          by Rebecca Makkai
October 15 – The Book of Unknown Americans
                      by Cristina Henríquez
December 3 – All the Light We Cannot See 
                       by Anthony Doerr

Evenings with Elise Barack 
Thursdays 7:15 pm
October 8 – We are Not Ourselves 
                     by Matthew Thomas
November 12 – H is for Hawk
                          by Helen MacDonald
December 10 – The Children Act
                          by Ian McEwan
Please Note: This fall our adult book discussions are following a slightly different schedule than they have in the past.  Discussions still will be held once a month on Thursdays but note that there are two dates in December in place of a September meeting in the evening and a November date in the afternoon.

Funded by Friends of Lake Forest Library

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Lake Forest Symphony Listener's Circle at the Library

Become an insider … join the Lake Forest Symphony Listeners’ Circle! Jim Kendros, the
symphony’s Pre-Concert Lecturer and Resident Music Historian, will host a lively discussion on Thursday evenings before each concert. Meetings will be held at 7:00 pm in the library’s programming room.

All programs will feature in-depth backgrounds about each work, the composers, and the times they lived.  You will receive a special study guide, access to Jim’s articles on the symphony’s website, and a list of recommended recordings to further enhance your listening experience.

Here is the complete Listeners’ Circle schedule for 2015-2016:
Thursday 9/3 (9/5 & 9/6 HAYDN AND BRAHMS program)
Thursday 11/5 (11/7 & 11/8 ACHÚCARRO PLAYS GRIEG program)
Thursday 1/21 (1/23 & 1/24 BEETHOVEN 8)
Thursday 3/17 (3/19 &3/20 MOZART AND SIBELIUS program) 
Thursday 5/12 (5/14 & 5/15 SHOSTAKOVICH 5: THE SECRET 
                                                                                    TESTAMENT program)

Be a part of this exciting new group of enthusiastic appreciators of great music.  Contact the Reference Desk for more information 847-810-4610.

September 3 Program - Haydn and Brahms

The first meeting will explore the differences (and amazing similarities!) of two symphonic giants: Franz Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms. Learn about Sonata-Allegro form, the structure which gave fuel to the symphony's growth and explore the fascinating stories of how both composers began their symphonic odysseys. While musically very different from each other, these symphonic masters provide remarkable listening experiences to anyone who wishes to explore their legacies.