Spring 2022 Library Programs

One Book One Harper Spring 2022 Programs

Virtual Book Discussions:

Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life by Sandra Beasley

This witty and enlightening memoir reveals an inside look at a highly-allergic life. For some, severe food allergies are not just a nuisance, but a matter of life or death. A humbling and insightful read about a topic that deserves greater attention.

When : Friday, February 4, 2022  at 2-3pm

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Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel by Eli Brown

1819. A brassy, female pirate seeking justice. A famous, kidnapped chef forced to create magnificent meals from a paltry pantry. This fast-paced adventure will satiate both your taste buds and your craving for a good read. A truly original tale – we’re sure
you’ve never read anything like this one!
When: Friday, March 4, 2022  2-3pm CT

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Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich

Ehrlich’s mother-in-law, Miriam, a Polish Holocaust survivor, serves as a source of living inspiration. Using food as her medium, she demonstrates the importance of cultural nourishment, preserving traditions, and exploring one’s spiritual reality. Winner of the
National Jewish Book Award.
When: Friday, April 1, 2022  2-3pm CT

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Virtual Presentations:

A Taste for Spice w/ Michael Krondl

Nutmeg. Cloves. Cinnamon. Pepper. When people think of “spice”, McCormick’s comes to mind. But spices have a history beyond a drawer in the kitchen. What impact did spices have on our history, and why? How did spices lead to centuries of European
expansion, colonialism, and even genocide?
When: Thursday, February 10, 2022 7-8pm CT

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History in a Jar: Jam, Jelly, Marmalade and the People Who Made It w/ Sarah Hood

Many of us have our preferences – Jam or jelly? Grape or strawberry? And what exactly is marmalade? Award-winning jam-maker Sarah Hood will tantalize our taste buds and curiosities with tales of these sweet (and sometimes savory) delights and their creators.
When: Thursday, March 10, 2022 7-8pm CT

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The People’s Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today w/ Dave Hoekstra

Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author Dave Hoekstra is back to captivate us with stories of character, community, and Civil Rights (served with a side of collard greens) straight from the “soul food corridor”. The oral histories Dave collected are
the stuff of legends (and so are the recipes)!

When: Thursday, April 14, 2022 7-8pm CT

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Additional Harper College Library Programs

Virtual Genealogy & Family History Programs:

How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game w/ Annette Burke Lyttle

Like many things, genealogical research is better when you start with a plan. Learn steps and techniques of research planning and enjoy a more productive and effective research experience.

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 7-8pm CT 

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“Use Lots More Apples”: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Sources w/ Annette Burke Lyttle

Fill in some blanks and add depth to your family history by using vintage cookbooks. Cookbooks can provide insight on social history as well as valuable genealogical information. Learn more at this session.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 7-8pm CT 


Books et al.

Books et al. programs focus on various topics related to books and reading

Bookmarks: Summer Reads w/ Christine Kuffel

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading! Learn more about creating a reading plan, finding tools to give your reading a boost, and learn about new titles to add to your TBR (to be read) list!

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7-8pm CT 

To register: please contact Christine Kuffel at ckuffel@harpercollege.edu

Last Updated: 4/18/22