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During the month of November, Chicago Public Library presents a variety of programs in conjunction with the current One Book, One Chicago (OBOC) selection, The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja, focusing on Chicago in its postwar prime and describing the city’s profound impact on modern America and the world.

In addition, throughout the One Book, One Chicago season until April 2016, OBOC—along with our community partners—will explore a central theme—Chicago: The City That Gives and for the first time offer related programs in every neighborhood branch library.

One Book, One Chicago is presented by Chicago Public Library and the City of Chicago, and is made possible by the Chicago Public Library Foundation through generous support from The Chicago Community Trust, BMO Harris, Allstate and United Airlines. For more information, please call (312) 747-4050 or visit onebookonechicago.org.

Programs at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.:


Monday, November 2 at 6 p.m.

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level

Pulitzer Prize-winning team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of Half The Sky and A Path Appears, explore how altruism affects us, what are the markers for success, and how to avoid pitfalls. In their recounting of astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress, we see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world.


Wednesday, November 4 at 6 p.m.

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Award-winning author and third-generation Chicagoan Thomas Dyja appears in conversation with Donna Seaman, senior editor at Booklist, for the headline event of this One Book, One Chicago season to discuss The Third Coast. Dyja also addresses how the season’s theme, “Chicago: The City That Gives,” can be found in the growth and shaping of the city of Chicago both in the past and present day.

LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015: Chicago’s Jazz Influence

Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m.

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

In a very special program of the Latino Music Festival, musicians perform selections highlighting the influences of Chicago’s Jazz—from the mid-twentieth century—on Latin American music.


Monday, November 9 at 1 p.m.

Make Wallpaper with the Electronic Cutter

Maker Lab, 3rd Floor

Wish you could design a home like the architects in The Third Coast? Now you can learn architectural and design skills on a small scale with our Really Tiny House Maker Lab Series.

During second part in the series participants can “Make Wallpaper with the Electronic Cutter.”

Subsequent workshops that teach architecture and interior design, will continue every month until April 2016, resulting in a complete “Really Tiny House,” if participants choose to take all classes. Part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial partnership.


· Read The Third Coast Online:

What if all Chicago read the same book at the same time, online? Join us at onebookonechicago.org for the unique online reading experience this fall. Log in with your library card number and read serialized releases of The Third Coast along with your fellow Chicagoans, participate in missions, and win prizes.

· Guest Blog Series:

Throughout the One Book season, meet some of Chicago’s most giving individuals as they contribute original essays about what giving means to them. Guest blogs are available at onebookonechicago.org.

· Twitter Reading Sprints:

Need some motivation to finish that chapter? OBOC hosts “reading sprints” at @1book1Chicago on Twitter throughout the fall, where you can discuss the book with readers around the city! Plus, keep an eye out for special guest reading sprint hosts. The full schedule is available at onebookonechicago.org.

· Studs Terkel Archive Partnership:

Over the course of his 45 years on WFMT radio, Studs Terkel discussed every aspect of 20th century life with movers, shakers, artists, and working folks—many of whom appear in The Third Coast. The Studs Terkel Archive has created a playlist of interviews featuring people from the book, available at studsterkel.org, to compliment your reading.

· CHIRP Radio Listen While You read Playlist:

Dig into the music of The Third Coast with CHIRP Radio! The station has created a playlist of songs and musical artists featured in the book, available at chirpradio.org for your listening pleasure.

Programs at neighborhood branch libraries:


Learn to tell your own story of giving and community in this story-sharing workshop that explores what makes an effective story and the use of narratives in our everyday lives.

Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m.

Beverly Branch, 1962 W. 95th St.


Some of the greatest inspirational songs were integral to the Civil Rights Movement. From “We Shall Overcome” to “This Little Light of Mine,” this music played a vital role in that historical struggle. Chris Vallillo performs pivotal songs from that era in U.S. history and discusses the impact of music to our nation’s most important social cause.

Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m.

West Belmont Branch, 3104 N. Narragansett Ave.

Monday, November 9 at 6 p.m.

Legler Branch, 115 S. Pulaski Rd.

Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m.

Chicago Lawn Branch, 6120 S. Kedzie Ave.

Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m.

Austin Branch, 5615 W. Race Ave.

Thursday, November 12 at 4 p.m.

Jeffery Manor Branch, 2401 E. 100th St.

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