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In 2024, the Village celebrates its 100th anniversary. The library wants to help celebrate Clarendon Hills' centennial all year long! Throughout 2024, we'll highlight books published in 1924—the year Clarendon Hills was incorporated, have a bracket-style book competition to determine your favorite book from the past 100 years, hold a One Author/One Community event, and more!  Be sure to check back here to see any newly added happenings. Happy 100 years, Clarendon Hills!

March

  • One Author/One Community: Agatha Christie
    In March, we celebrate the author Agatha Christie who published two books in 1924 - Poirot Investigates (a collection of short stories that is counted as the third book featuring detective Hercule Poirot) and The Man in the Brown Suit. The library will give away copies of these two books and hold some Agatha Christie-related events.
    • Tea Time with Kankakee Tea Company . . . Saturday, March 2 @ 2 pm
      What happens in every Agatha Christie novel? Murder, sure, but also tea drinking! Rene Parks from the Kankakee Tea Company will share a brief history of tea, as well as, how to develop a mindful tea practice and cultivate your connection to plants. Registration required.  
    • Movie Showing: A Haunting in Venice . . . Tuesday, March 12 @ 1 pm
      Come watch this 2023 film based on Agatha Christie’s book The Halloween Party. Kenneth Branagh stars as celebrated sleuth Hercule Poirot.
    • Book Discussion: Poirot Investigates . . . Thursday, March 14 @ 7 pm
    • Cricut Machine: Agatha Christie Edition 
      • Poirot Book Bag . . . Saturday, March 16 @ 10:30 am
        Watch us demonstrate how to use the library's Cricut machine to make a one-color iron-on vinyl transfer design and apply it to fabric. Each participant will get a chance to add a Hercule Poirot design to a cotton book bag to keep! For ages 13- Adult. Registration required.
      • Agatha Christie Mug . . . Saturday, March 16 @ 2 pm
        Learn how to use a sublimation printer and Cricut mug press to put an Agatha Christie design on a ceramic mug. Mugs will be provided. For ages 13-Adult. Registration required.
    • Book Discussion: The Man in the Brown Suit . . . Monday, March 18 @ 7 pm
    • Agatha Christie: Body of Evidence . . . Monday, March 25 @ 7 pm
      Join Debra Miller of Historical Women of Letters, as she portrays Agatha Christie reminiscing about her childhood and life as a writer and adventurer while she begins her autobiography - a project that took nearly 20 years. Registration required.
    • Win an Agatha Christie Gift Basket
      During the month of March, if you check out or read any Agatha Christie book or attend any of our Agatha Christie programs, you can enter a raffle to win our Agatha Christie gift basket featuring a murder mystery game, a copy of the book The Body in the Library, and more!

  • Centennial Art Competition for Grades 4-8th: Submissions accepted March 1 - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 24 
    The Library is the drop-off location for anyone submitting artwork for this competition. In addition to other recognition, winning art designs will be featured on special Clarendon Hills Centennial edition library cards. Competition Rules and Entry Form

  • Drop-In Art Contest Supplies . . . Saturday, March 9 from 10:00-11:00 am
    Stop by the library between 10-11 am to create your artwork for the Centennial Art Competition. We will have supplies available in the lower-level Story Time Room for you to use to make your project. For students in grades 4-8.

April

  • Centennial Art Competiton for Grades 4-8th Continues: Submissions accepted March 1 - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 24 
    The Library is the drop-off location for anyone submitting artwork for this competition. In addition to other recognition, winning art designs will be featured on special Clarendon Hills Centennial edition library cards. THE LIBRARY HAS 11''x14" in PAPER -- JUST ASK AT THE FRONT DESK IF YOU NEED A SHEET.  Competition Rules and Entry Form

May

  • Centennial Art Opening Reception . . . Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    There will be a special art showing of entrants’ artwork on Wednesday, May 15, at The Birches from 5-7 pm that artists and their families are invited to attend. 

  • Centennial Art Contest Entries on Display at The Birches from May 15 - May 31

June

  •  Reading is Timeless Summer Reading Challenge . . . June 3 - July 31
     Every summer the library has a summer reading challenge in which you can read to earn prizes. This year's theme -- Reading is Timeless -- is in honor of the Village's Centennial celebration. 

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Here are some popular books that were published in 1924: