Library Set to Celebrate Century of Reading

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Byline: Ames Boykin

Des Plaines Public Library will begin celebrating its big birthday on Sunday.

The celebration starts with a vocal music performance of "The American Songbag: 1907-1957" by the Michael J. Miles Ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The program is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.

The concert begins a 10-month celebration in honor of the library centennial.

Through October, the library will sponsor a variety of special free centennial programs, activities, displays and giveaways. The first library was dedicated on Oct. 5, 1907.

Celebrations will culminate with an afternoon of fun for the whole family on Oct. 7.

A piano concert by Sue Keller at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 will feature a retrospective of ragtime music, sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Activities will continue with a dramatic portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt by R. J. Lindsey at 7 p.m. March 14.

Other centennial programs will include a live performance of old-time radio shows in April, and a concert in June by AC Rock, featuring rock 'n' roll from the 1950s to 1990s.

The winter reading club theme for adults and teens is "Good Things Come in 100s."

Bibliographies of the top 100 books, compiled from various resources, will be available for the public to peruse.

The summer reading club for children theme will be "Carnival of Reading: Celebrate a Century of Books. …