Illinois Libraries Present

Stinson Memorial Public Library District is a proud member of Illinois Libraries Presents. Illinois Libraries Presents offers access to incredible virtual programming to participating libraries. One of the organization’s main goals is to provide high-quality, high-profile events that highlight national names and social justice/DEI issues, that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for single libraries to hold on their own.

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Jessamine Chan & Emily Maloney on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Join Jessamine Chan and Emily Maloney for a discussion about the systems of power that impact our lives, our families, and our finances, through the lens of their acclaimed books, The School for Good Mothers and Cost of Living.

Jessamine Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers, her debut novel. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Chicago with her family.

Emily Maloney is the author of Cost of Living, a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Essays, among others. She holds an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh and lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her partner and their dog.

Join us on Zoom.

An Evening with Chef Kwame Onwuachi
June event details to come!

Top Chef contestant and award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi will discuss his cookbook My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef. His cookbook celebrates the cuisine of the African diaspora, “the world’s wisest food.” Onwuachi will share stories behind his family’s recipes, and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

A James Beard award-winning chef, Onwuachi was also named Food & Wine’s best new chef in 2019 and Esquire’s chef of the year in 2019. He has opened several restaurants and was the executive chef at acclaimed Kith/Kin in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, June 22, 7 – 8 p.m

An Evening with Michelle Zauner on
Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m.

Fresh off a tour with her band Japanese Breakfast, Michelle will join ILP to discuss her bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart, and more. Chicago author, editor, critic, and producer, Jessica Hopper, will join her in

An Evening with Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner, the indie rock star of Japanese Breakfast fame, discusses her music career and her bestselling book Crying in H Mart. Her memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity was a New York Times notable book of the year.

In conversation with Jessica Hopper, Chicago-based music critic, producer, and author.

Join us on Zoom.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

These events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries offering high-quality events.

Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com