Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—January 2, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser & Rebecca Cerf
It’s hard to think about leaving your warm house on these cold winter days. But the Park Forest Library is offering many Special Events throughout the month of January that will make you want to throw on your coat, hat, scarf, gloves and boots and head on over for some warm indoor activities.
January 11th will kick off the Library’s Winter 2018 Potpourri of Lectures when a variety of topics will be covered. All Potpourri of Lectures are presented on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. from January 11th – March 15th in the Library’s Ringering Room. Scheduled January topics are:
- January 11th – “Applying New Ideas for Parks & Playgrounds” Presenter will be Rob Gunther, Director of Recreation and Parks Village of Park Forest.
- January 18th – “Norman Rockwell & the Saturday Evening Post Centennial” Presenter will be Yuan Liang who has served as a member of the Norman Rockwell Museum Illustrator’s Round Table for over a quarter of a century.
- January 25th – “The Origin of Ideas in Writing” Presenter will be Michael Burge, author of Bryant’s Gap and Melding Spirits.
An Identity Theft Workshop will be held on Saturday January 20th 1 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room. Identity theft crimes continue to rise. Do you know there are different types of identity theft? Do you know how to protect your identity? This free workshop will teach you how to protect yourself.
On Sunday January 21st 2 p.m., the Library will host a Local Author Showcase. Five Local Authors and their published works will be showcased.
- Barb Warner Deane, originally from the Finger Lakes region of NY, has lived in the Chicagoland area for over 25 years; additionally, she has lived aboard in China and Germany. She writes Historical Women’s Fiction and Romantic Suspense. Her latest books include Killing Her Softly and On the Homefront.
- Dr. Leslie K. Best, educator/author, is an honoree of the International Who’s Who of Professional Business Women for her significant career achievements and contributions as an educator. As a writer, she upholds her mission and passion to empower, motivate, inspire and inform readers of all ages. Her most recent book Power Up is a motivational book written especially to empower teenage girls. Other works include: The Afro-Latino: A Historical Journey, Silhouettes of the Past: Growing Up in Chicago during the 50’s and 60’s, and A Heritage of Black Excellence in Chicago Book I and Book II.
- Walter M. Perkins is principal and editor director of Information Plus Professional Services. He has taught journalism, public relations and media law courses at three Chicago-area universities. He was the founding editor of Operation PUSH Magazine and the 100 Magazine; coordinated a national legal education program at the American Bar Association; former communications director for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; former public relations director for the Chicago Urban League; and consulted on several political campaigns. His published writings have included Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. – The First 50 Years, Write Right, Right Now the Book and his latest, scheduled for release in February 2018, Full Circle Race, Law & Justice – an autobiography of Attorney James D. Montgomery, Sr.
- Michael E. Burge, following a career in computer software sales and marketing, he pursued his lifelong interest in writing. His debut novel, Bryant’s Gap, which he published in 2015, and his latest novel Melding Spirits, are drawn upon his Midwest roots. Bryant’s Gap is peppered with fictionalized stories of actual events that took place in the south suburbs of Chicago and Melding Spirits is centered around a unique set of characters in a small town on the Wabash River gripped with mystery and story of first love…Innocence on a collision course with evil.
- Evan Jamal Roberts is an author, educator, professional speaker, and mentor. For over a decade, he has mentored children, teens and adults on the real keys to success in life. Mr. Roberts is passionate about teaching people, particularly youth, the importance of self-education, literacy, developing clarity of purpose and pursuing excellence in their endeavors. His first published book, How to Become Influential and Highly Successful: The Young Adult Success Manual provides the principles for teens to live with purpose and achieve the extraordinary. His newest book, soon to be released, Khahari Discovers the Brilliance of Janae is the latest of his Khahari Discovers series.
Listen to each author’s stories of writing, hear a brief discussion of their latest book; and Q&A. Book purchase and signing will be available immediately following the program. There will be a wide variety of author’s works from adult fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. The Local Author Showcase will be held in the Library’s Community Commons area.
In addition to these special events, the Library features many programs each day that are of interest to those of all ages. You can find information about these programs on the Library’s website: www.pfpl.org. These events are also published each week in the ‘In & Around Park Forest’ article found in eNews Park Forest (www.enewspf.com)
The Park Forest Public Library is located at 400 Lakewood Boulevard. For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.