Upcoming Arts Programs at the Austin-Irving Library

Upcoming Arts Programs at the Austin-Irving Library

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

All of the events listed below are free and open to the public


The Key to Latin America
Monday, September 19th at 6:30 pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with singer Nelson Sosa. Mr. Sosa will entertain and educate the audience on different Latin American countries by showing elements of their culture and musical differences in this live performance. Intended for adults, teens and older children.



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.



Kids Book Club
Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm

This month the book is The BFG by Roald Dahl. Copies of the books are available for checkout at the Reference Desk. Book discussion is led by a librarian, followed by a light snack and simple craft project or activity. Recommended for elementary school children, grades 3-5.



Watercolor Wednesday
Wednesday, September 21st at 4:00 pm

Have fun in the middle of the week! Relax, paint, create masterpieces, and hang out with other kids after school on select Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Paints and paper will be provided. Just bring your creativity to unleash the artist within! Recommended for elementary school children, however, younger children if accompanied by an adult would be fine also.

Building blocks on a white background

LEGO Builders
Wednesday, September 28th at 4:00 pm

This session for young students will include all the LEGO bricks you need. Just bring a ton of imagination and get ready to build. The sky’s the limit!



Banned Books Week Dramatic Reading
Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 pm

Celebrate Banned Books Week by visiting the library for a free performance by City Lit Theater of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America during 2015, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom.

From the American Library Association: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read…. it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Last year’s Banned Books performance–it was quite entertaining!

City Lit Theater is dedicated to the vitality and accessibility of the literary imagination. It produces concert readings and full-stage productions of adaptations of literary material.



Adult Book Discussions

Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 pm


The September book selection will be Thirteen Stories by Eudora Welty. Copies of this book are available for checkout at the Reference Desk. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm


The November book selection will be The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Copies of this book are available for checkout at the Reference Desk. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30 pm


The December book selection will be Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Copies of this book are available for checkout at the Reference Desk. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Story Time
Story times for toddlers, preschoolers, and babies are every Thursday from Sept 22 through Dec 1, with the exception of Thanksgiving. They include stories, rhymes, songs, and other fun activities.

Toddler Story Time at 10:30 am. Recommended for children 18 months to 3 years old

Preschool Story Time at 11:15 am. Recommended for infants to 3 to 5 year olds

Baby Story Time at 12:15 pm. Recommended for infants to 18-month-olds

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