Austin-Irving Library–July and August Events

Austin-Irving Library–July and August Events

Marco Polo cover and back

The Inner Life of a Mannequin—Anita Olivia Koester art exhibit

The show is installed on the 2nd floor, where you can see it through September 30th

Anita says, “This series of photographs, The Inner Life of a Mannequin, was completed while I was an artist-in-residence at Art Farm in Nebraska. Using an incomplete mannequin as a stand in for myself, the series grapples with both my personal inner landscape as well as feminist issues with traditional female roles. The damage the mannequins had incurred particularly intrigued me, I felt their blemishes and impurities challenged our society’s obsession with a woman’s external perfection. The body is an imperfect creation and yet there is so much beauty to uncover within those defects and in spite of them. I was also thrilled to discover that a body frozen into one form could, through lighting, setting and props come alive to express a complex emotional tapestry.”

Anita is also a poet. Recently her chapbook Marco Polo was published by Hermeneutic Chaos Press. Those are two of her mannequin photos on the front and back covers.


Macbeth—Discussion and Performance Experience

Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 pm

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by reading Macbeth and joining us for a discussion of the play and a performance experience. Members of Theatre Y will be on hand to perform scenes.

Theatre Y will present Macbeth this fall; it opens October 19th at Chopin Theatre.

“Theatre Y creates poetic and visceral theater, mines the contradictions of the human experience, and challenges audiences to find universally shared meaning.”

Theatre Y


Family Events

Family Story Time

Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 am
All ages are welcome

We will celebrate summer and our Summer Learning Challenge theme! Join us as we Explore on the Go!

Lego® Builders

Alternate Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
July 13th, July 27th, August 10th (on August 10th they will meet at 3:00 pm), August 24th

The library will supply the bricks. Just bring a ton of imagination, and get ready to build. The sky’s the limit!


Alternate Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
July 20th, August 3rd, August 17th
For elementary school aged children

Drop-in summertime program. Kids meet with an instructor to do crafts and hang out with other kids. Crafts vary each meeting (painting, beading, mixed media, paper crafts, etc.), and children work at their own pace and skill level in a fun and relaxed setting.

Fold and Fly

Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am
For children ages 8-12 and requires registration

Join origami aficionado Joshua Koppel and get ready for takeoff. Turn ordinary paper into extraordinary planes with this program that will show participants how to fold their very own flyable planes. Dart planes, gliders and stunt planes are just some of the creations that participants will walk away with.

Are We There Yet? A Traveling Trilogy with Puppets

Wednesday, August 10th at 1:30 pm
For children ages 4 and up

Join Marilyn Price for an interactive puppet show told with hand-crafted puppets with stories helping get us to and through the journey.

Austin-Irving Public Library
6100 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago

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