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Dates: Friday, January 23, 2015 - Saturday, April 25, 2015

January 23-April 25, ONE BOOK, ONE FREEPORT. Freeport. Join in this community wide effort.  Join the entire community in reading the book, Rocket Boys, by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. and participate in the many programs being offered in conjunction with it including lectures, films, exhibits, group book discussions, and hand-on projects for children. (815-233-3000) Jan. 23 to Mar. 7: “Masters of the Muck: Coal Mining in America,” a collection of photos and artifacts, on display at the Freeport Art Museum during open hours. T – F, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21: Free Book Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Feb. 26: “Growing Up in a Coal Mining Family,” a lecture by Dr. Edward and Catherine Finch at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Feb. 28: Free Book Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 1 to Apr. 30: “Freeport and the Space Race,” a display about Honeywell MICRO SWITCH products used in the Space Race, on display at the Freeport Public Library during open hours. Mar. 1 to Apr. 30: “One Book, One Freeport 2015: Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.” display at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center during open hours. Mar. 2: “MICRO SWITCH, Honeywell, and Freeport in the Space Race: A Panel Discussion,” featuring former MICRO SWITCH employees at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 5: “Explore New Worlds!” Fifth to eighth graders will film their own movie at 4:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Registration at the Youth Department required. Participants will receive a free copy of Zita the Spacegirl. Mar. 9: The Read On Book Club Discussion; 7 p.m. at Eilert’s. Mar. 10: Caxton Book Club Discussion; 7 p.m. at Eilert’s. Mar. 12: “The United States Air Force Since 1947” a lecture by Dr. Martin Quirk, chair of the History Department at Rock Valley College at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 14: “An Overview of Space: Past, Present, and Future,” a lecture by Rudy Valdez, an aerospace engineer for Sundstrand at 1 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 15: Prince of Peace Book Club Discussion; 3:30 p.m. in the Prince of Peace Fellowship Area. Mar. 18: “The Cold War as Told in the Battle Over the Novel Doctor Zhivago,” a lecture by Dr. Edward Finch, former director of the Stephenson County Historical Society and a retired English instructor at Freeport High School at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 19: About a Book Club Discussion; 6 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 20: Liberty Village Book Discussion; 10 a.m. in the Liberty Village Activity Room. Mar. 21: “E.T.,” the movie about Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an alien, dubbed “E.T.,” who is stranded on Earth; a Saturday morning matinee at 10 a.m. at the Lindo Theatre. Mar. 21: “Rocket Building at the Museum.” Be a rocket designer of the future using recycled materials at 1:00 p.m. at the Freeport Art Museum. Rockets will be displayed at the Freeport Public Library. Ages 7-14. Register by calling 815-235-9755 or e-mail education@freeportartmuseum.org. Mar. 23: United Presbyterian Church Book Discussion; 7 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church. Mar. 24: “The Space Age: It’s Effect on Astronomy, Globally and in Our Community,” a lecture by Jim Dole, an instructor at Highland Community College at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 25: Reader’s Inc. Book Discussion; Noon at the Freeport Public Library. Mar. 26: Happy Bookers Book Discussion; 11:30 a.m. at Rafters. Mar. 26, 27, 28: The Fine Arts/Theatre Department at Highland Community College will be performing Over the Tavern at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre on the Highland Community College Campus. Tickets are $10 Adult, $8 Senior, $6 Student. The play is set in the Eisenhower years of the 1950s. The Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. This is a hilarious and touching depiction of 1959 Americana. Mar. 27: “Design Your Own Planet,” second to fifth graders will build their own universe at 4 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Registration at the Youth Department required. Participants will receive a free copy of Zita the Spacegirl. Mar. 31: Book Discussion; 6:30 p.m. at the Pearl City Public Library. Apr. 1: “October Sky,” 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Lindo Theatre. A discussion about this movie version of Rocket Boys will be led by Alan Wenzel. Apr. 2: HCC Book Club Discussion; 1 p.m. in the Parkview Home Multipurpose Room. Apr. 8: Book Discussion; 10 a.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Apr. 10: Parkview Home Book Discussion; 2 p.m. at Parkview Home. Apr. 13: Shakespeare Club Book Discussion; 7 p.m. in the Parkview Home Multipurpose Room. Apr. 14: “A Coal Miner’s Son,” Randy Skeens shares his stories of growing up in a coal mining family in Coalwood, WV, the setting for Rocket Boys. The program will include a Skype presentation with Homer Hickam, the author of Rocket Boys at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. Apr. 25: “Rocketry in the 21st Century with Bob Kaplow and Norm Heyen of the Fox Valley Rocketeers.” Can you do what Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys did in the 1950s? Experience the thrill by building and launching a working model rocket in a day long program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Highland Community College. Launches will begin around 1 p.m. Spectators are welcome in the afternoon. Ages 8 – 15. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Register by calling 815-235-9755 or e-mail education@freeportartmuseum.org.

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Dates: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

January 11-April 11, ONE BOOK, ONE FREEPORT. Freeport. Join in this community wide effort.  Join the entire community in reading “Gloryland” by Shelton Johnson. Gloryland begins on Emancipation Day in 1863 with the birth of Elijah Yancy, who is of African American and Native American descent. Unfortunately, newly declared “freedom for all” is not yet a right for Yancy and his family when they face the realities of life. For his own safety, Yancy’s family tells him to leave South Carolina. He ends up traveling to Nebraska where he joins the United States Army, but becomes disillusioned by his duties when they run afoul of the morals his family taught him. The last section of the book focuses on Yancy’s time posted in Yosemite where his assignment is to protect the National Park against human influences to nature, including the Native American people formerly inhabiting the area. It is in Yosemite where Yancy connects with nature and God and finally understands his place in the world. Free copies of the book will be distributed on February 4 and 11 at the Freeport Public Library, courtesy of the Freeport Public Library Foundation. Gloryland’s author, Shelton Johnson, will be in Freeport on March 9 for a full day of speaking engagements including a public presentation in the evening at the Boys & Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County. A variety of additional events will be scheduled around the community, including book group discussions, living history presentations of Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President; Stephen Mather, founder of the National Park Service; a Wild West Lawman; and a buffalo soldier, presented by Freeport’s own Steve Cole. This year’s series of Lectures on American History will touch on the same themes as in Gloryland. There will be special story times and movie screenings. Beginning in March, one episode per week of Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea,” will be shown. In April, the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club of Northwestern Illinois will present an event. (815-233-3000) Schedule of Events: February 1: “Little Big Man”, Noon and 7 pm, Lindo Theatre February 4: Free Book Day, 9 am to Noon, Freeport Public Library February 9: “The Librarian and the Confederate General”, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library February 11: Free Book Day, 9 am to Noon, Freeport Public Library February 16: “Crossed Sabers: A History of the United States Cavalry”, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library February 22: “Sergeant Rutledge”, Noon and 7 pm, Lindo Theatre February 23: “The Rise and Fall of the Western as Art Form and Moral Messenger in urban, Industrial America, 1870s-1970s, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library February 28: “America’s First Asian War: The Philippine Insurrection 1899-1902, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library March 1: National Park Story Time, 10:30 am, Freeport Public Library March 1-April 30: “National Park Photography”, Freeport Public Library March 2: Opening Reception for “National Park Photography”, 5 pm to 7 pm, Freeport Public Library March 4: Living History Portrayal of a Wild West Lawman, 10 am, Freeport Public Library March 7: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 1, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library March 8: “The National Park Service at Age 100”, 2 pm, Highland Community College March 9: Book Signing by Gloryland author Shelton Johnson, Noon to 1 pm, Freeport Public Library March 9: Meet the Author and Presentation by Gloryland author Shelton Johnson, 6:30 pm, Boys & Girls Club March 10: Opening Night Reception for Native American Artifact Exhibit, 4 pm to 7 pm, Stephenson County Historical Museum March 11-April 15: Native American Artifacts Display, Stephenson County Historical Museum March 11, Photography Workshop, 2 pm, Freeport Public Library March 12: “Dances with Wolves”, Noon, Lindo Theatre March 14: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 2, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library March 14: Theatrical Reading of Gloryland, 7 pm, Highland Community College March 15: Living History Presentation of Teddy Roosevelt, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library March 16: “Magnificent Seven”, 5:30 pm, Freeport Public Library March 17: Audubon Children’s Program on National Park Service, 3:30 pm, Freeport Public Library March 21: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 3, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library March 22: Cowboy Story Time, 10:30 am, Freeport Public Library March 22: Living History Portrayal of Stephen Mather, 2 pm, Senior Resource Center March 22: Living History Portrayal of Stephen Mather, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library March 23: Native American Presentation, 2 pm, Freeport Public Library March 25: “Rango”, 10 am, Lindo Theatre March 27: “Permaculture: An Introduction to Getting Started”, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library March 28: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 4, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library March 28: American Classic Tours Preview of Tours, 1:30 pm, Senior Resource Center April 1: Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, 2 pm, Freeport Public Library April 4: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 5, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library April 5: Wild Foods Story Time, 10:30 am, Freeport Public Library April 6: Living History Portrayal of a Buffalo Soldier, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library April 11: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 6, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library

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Dates: Saturday, January 5, 2013 - Saturday, February 16, 2013

January 5-February 16, ONE BOOK, ONE FREEPORT. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. Event Times Vary. The Freeport Public Library joins thousands of libraries across the country in the One Book, One Community program which encourages a shared reading experience, fosters a sense of community and promotes literacy to people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and economic levels.  The chosen book for Freeport is “I Came A Stranger: Growing Up At Hull House” by Hilda Satt Polacheck. This biographical story centers around the author and her life as an immigrant living near Chicago’s Hull House. The Library also is hosting two accompanying exhibitions. “Journey Stories” is a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition that shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. The second exhibition prepared by the Stephenson County  Historical Society, “The Role of the Railroads” shows the vital role of the railroad particularly in regard to the Orphan Trains, the Migration of African Americans to Stephenson County and the Service Men’s Snack Bar at the train depot. A dynamic range of programs, displays, and book discussions will also be held celebrating the program. (815-233-3000) January 5 and 12, 11 am to 2 pm:  The One Book, One Freeport book will be distributed free at the Freeport Public Library. January 14, 7 pm: Lecture: “The Orphan Trains” by Clark Kidder at the Freeport Public Library. January 19, 10 am: “An American Tail” at Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Avenue, Freeport. January 22, 7 pm: Lecture: “Black Migration to Freeport” by Joyce Salter Johnson at the Freeport Public Library January 26, 7 pm: “The Servicemen’s Snack Bar: A Readers Theatre Presentation” created by Ed Finch at Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. Free will offering or canned goods for Freeport Area Church Cooperative. January 27, 2 pm: “The Servicemen’s Snack Bar: A Readers Theatre Presentation” created by Ed Finch at Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. Free will offering or canned goods for Freeport Area Church Cooperative. February 7, 7 pm: Lecture: “US Immigration via International Adoption” by Sherry Finch Cluver at Freeport Public Library. February 13, 7 pm: Lecture: “European Immigration or European Invasion” by Dr. Andrew Dvorak at Freeport Public Library. February 16, 4 pm to 7 pm: Empty Bowls Reception and Closing of the Journey Stories Exhibition featuring folk singer Kendra Beth Swanson at the Freeport Art Museum. Free will offering or canned goods for Freeport Area Church Cooperative. February 16-April 6: “WPA Art: An American Story” featuring Works Progress Administration Depression Era Paintings from the Freeport High School Collection at the Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Avenue, Freeport. February 20, 7 pm: Lecture: “Heirloom Gardening and Seed Saving” by Chuck Voigt at Freeport Public Library. February 26, 7 pm: Lecture: “The Ostfriesen Immigration to Stephenson County” by Wendell Kurr at Freeport Public Library. March 4, 7 pm: Lecture: “Public Sentiments Toward Recent German Immigrants During WWII” by James Winker at Freeport Public Library. March 11, 7 pm: “Jane Addams: A First Person Interpretation” by Amy Nyman at Freeport Public Library. March 20, 7 pm: Lecture: “Old City/New City: Immigrants to Boston in the 19th Century” by Dr. Martin Quirk at Freeport Public Library.