OBOH Spring 2023 Events

One Book One Harper Spring 2023 Programs 

Book Discussions

Meet with others who share a passion for learning and reading. Book discussions are sponsored by the Harper College Library's One Book, One Harper program. Book discussions will be held in the Library. Please contact Christine Kuffel (847.925.6859 or ckuffel@harpercollege.edu) with questions or to register). 

 
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
Friday, February 3, 2023  
2-3pm CT
Can a disaster be intriguing???  Yes.  It can.  This richly-detailed and thought-provoking title shares the tragic and compelling story of the industrial accident that devastated Boston’s North End and created a catalyst for social, political, and commercial change.
 
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek  by Kim Michele Richardson
Friday, March 10, 2023 
2-3pm CT
 
An engaging novel based on the 1930’s New Deal Pack Horse Library program. Cussy is a social outcast trying to do good for her community.  This atmospheric story is a must-read for those with a love for libraries and an understanding of the power of books.
 
Overground Railroad by Candacy Taylor or 
Driving While Black by Gretchen Sorin  
Friday, April 14, 2023 
2-3pm CT 
 
Take your pick or read both!  For many, the automobile symbolizes freedom and the liberty to choose when and where we go.  This was not the case for many Americans as the color of their skin robbed them of such autonomy (no pun intended).  Learn about the ways in which ‘travelling while Black’ impacted the economic, political, and social history of the United States.    
 
 

Virtual Presentations 

Join us to learn more about a variety of fascinating topics. 
Please contact Christine Kuffel (847.925.6859) (ckuffel@harpercollege.edu) with questions, or to register.  All programs will be hosted virtually using WebEx.
 
 
Hidden Memory: An American World War II Story  
w/ Anne Shimojima
Thursday, February 9, 2023 
7-8pm CT 
 
World War II was a very different experience for Japanese Americans. Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares the inspiring story of her family’s journey from Japan and through the incarceration camps.  Anne illustrates her story with photos from her family and the National Archives, showing a family whose only crime was looking like the enemy.    
 
Motown: Music That Moved the World  
w/ Gary Wenstrup
Thursday, March 16, 2023 
7-8pm CT 
 
The 1960’s.  Detroit.  Motown Records produced hits as fast as Ford Motor Company produced automobiles.  The music of Motown defined the generation.  Learn about the amazing journey of this musical capitol and the timeless classics it created. 
 
Casting A Historic Vote: Suffrage for Women in Illinois  
w/ Jeanne Schultz Angel 
Thursday, April 20, 2023 
7-8pm CT
 
The path to women’s suffrage was not as straightforward as the history books lead us to believe; it was actually fraught with struggle and strife.  Learn about the players, the movement, and the setbacks that tell the story of this hard-won victory. 
 
 

Additional Harper College Library Programs 

 
Brain Boost
Brain Boost utilizes the Wits Workout program developed by University of Illinois Extension educators. Brain Boost is a brain health program that provides participants an opportunity to engage and exercise their intellectual and social skills through brain puzzles and interaction. This is a virtual program. Please contact Christine Kuffel (847.925.6859) (ckuffel@harpercollege.edu) with questions, or to register. 
 
Thursday, 2/9@ 11am-11:45am CT
Thursday, 2/23 @ 11am-11:45am CT
Thursday, 3/9 @ 11am-11:45am CT
Thursday, 3/23 @ 11am-11:45am CT
 
 
Bookmarks: Satisfying Series with Christine Kuffel
Books et al. programs focus on various topics related to books and reading.Summer is the perfect time to binge-read a series.  Join us as we share our suggestions for the sweet, the scandalous, the shadowy, and the speculative stories we can’t put down!  Learn about new titles (and series) to add to your TBR (to be read) list!  There’s something for everyone!  Please contact Christine Kuffel (847.925.6859) (ckuffel@harpercollege.edu) with questions, or to register. This is a virtual program.
 
Tuesday, 5/9 @ 7pm
Last Updated: 1/13/23