Hinsdale library welcomes October with array of programs

Changing colors, warm apple cider and cooler days must mean October is around the corner. Anne (of Green Gables fame) once professed, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

We tend to agree. With school back in session, new routines down pat and summer reading in the rearview, we are excited for the fall-inspired events on the horizon. For the full listing, visit https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info/events.

The month kicks off with Hinsdale native Olivia Sobieraj sharing the fascinating history of the Great Chicago Fire during its 150th anniversary year on Monday, Oct. 4. Learn how the Second City impacted Hinsdale’s population as it rose from the ashes.

Looking for something less local? Explore Seattle from your sofa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, with the Voyager’s Travel Discussion Club.

You can get in the Halloween spirit and feel super smart with a witch history lesson about this surprisingly modern holiday on Thursday, Oct. 21, during Trick or Treat: A Cultural History of Hallowe’en.

One of the things we’ve come to appreciate about online programs and classes is that they give us the opportunity to partner with other agencies and bring in speakers from near and far.

We’re working with the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce to present Social Media Accessibility on Tuesday, Oct. 5. (All are welcome to this crash course on how to help potential users, including those with disabilities, have a great experience on your website or finding and following you on social media.)

We’re also joining other area libraries, Racial Awareness in the North Shore and the Together is Better Alliance, to share Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law & Reversing Segregation on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

And, our friends at Tinley Park Public Library invited us to share their virtual visit with No. 1 NYT bestselling author Chris Bohjalian as he discusses his new historical suspense novel, “The Hour of the Witch,” on Wednesday, Oct. 27. (Seats are limited for this event.)

With the weather becoming less predictable, storytimes will move online. Little ones can join us virtually for stories, fingerplays and music on Tuesday mornings. Babies and toddlers get wiggling at 9:30 a.m. and preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Storytime sessions begin on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Kindergarten kiddos through second-graders will enjoy the Monarch 2022 Read Aloud on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Take-home activities include toddler art kits and our new “Who Would Win” kits based on the beloved book series. Grab the family to BINGO Boogie with us on Oct. 28 if you aren’t already tuckered out from that morning’s Halloween Monster Party.

We didn’t forget about teens! Take home a Teen Yarn Pumpkin Kit on Oct. 8. Find the best schools for you to save time, money and frustration during the college application process in Spotlight on College on Oct. 20. Get your friends together for an epic game of Werewolf on Oct. 27. Halloween costumes welcome!

Include an email address when registering for a virtual event so a meeting invitation can be sent to you. Can’t make it? Many of our programs are recorded so you can watch at your own pace. Visit https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info/recordedprograms. And we always love to see how you’re using the library! Share your take home projects with us by tagging @hinsdalelibrary on social media or email photos to [email protected].

— Molly Castor is the marketing and outreach manager at the Hinsdale Public Library.