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Virtual Programs

Access all the current virtual programs available for viewing here!  Please be aware that some of these videos will only be available for a limited amount of time. For virtual program videos created by our Youth Services Department, please visit our YouTube Channel.

Baseball In American Culture

Sports commentator, journalist, and author, Evan Weiner, will present a lively, revealing look at the history of baseball and its influence on our culture at the Irvington Public Library.  

Evan Weiner is among a very small number of people who cover the politics and business of sports and how that relationship affects not only sports fans, but non-sports fans as well.  He has been a regular on Talk Sports London and he writes for The Guardian, a U.K. newspaper.  He has appeared as a TV pundit on MSNBC, NewsMax, and ABC.  He is also the author of eight books and is a frequent college speaker.

This presentation will be done virtually by Zoom.  Please register for this program to be sent the login information and instructions for Zoom.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing afterward for an extended period.

Virtual Screening: The Long Shadow - No registration required for viewing the documentary

In this documentary, director Frances Causey traces her family's legacy of white privilege, placing it in the context of the history of anti-Black racism in the United States that began with slavery and continues to impact our society today.  

Visit thelongshadowfilm.com/libraries to stream the film anytime between Friday, February 19 and Friday, February 26.

Conversation and Q&A with Frances Causey, Director of The Long Shadow- Registration is required for the Q&A*

Join us for a live online conversation and Q&A with director Frances Causey, who will discuss her film, The Long Shadow. 

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00-8:00pm 

*Register for the Live Q&A

Co-sponsored by multiple Illinois libraries and held in partnership with Racial Awareness in the North Shore (RAIN), Together is Better Alliance (TiBA).

 Join artist Jojo Liu in this beginner's Chinese calligraphy program.  Jojo will talk about the history of calligraphy, followed by a class on the traditional Chinese calligraphy basics, including how to hold a brush, write basic strokes, and write stokes while standing. No prior knowledge is required to participate in this class, but you will need the following supplies if you wish to follow along:  calligraphy brush, ink, and paper.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing afterward for an extended period.

Dr. Martin Luther King's path and prose took him to many cities across the country, including stops in Chicago, during his meteoric career. While his legacy echoes across the decades, it may seem that history has ignored or forgotten the incredible Chicago chapters in his life. Join us as charismatic historian and entertainer Clarence Goodman follows the footsteps of King's journeys in Chicago in this extraordinary virtual presentation.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing afterward for an extended period.

Learn to create beautiful marbled paper at home to use for cards, bookmarks, gift tags, and more.

If you did not receive a kit and would like to follow along, you will need:

An aluminum baking pan (or other washable tray)

Food Coloring

Shaving Cream (not gel)

Watercolor paper (or other heavy paper like cardstock)

A plastic ruler or other flat washable object for scraping

A skewer, paintbrush or other thin object for swirling

Paper towels

Optional: Gloves and plasic sheeting or newspaper to protect your work surface

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing afterward for an extended period.

For many Chicagoans, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field and Co.  Leslie Goddard returns for a fun and fascinating look at one of Chicago's most beloved holiday traditions. Hear about beloved holiday traditions, including the Walnut Room Christmas tree, the window displays, the toy department, and the catalogs, and more.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing afterward for an extended period.

Chef Dave Esau of Dave’s Specialty Foods will demonstrate Thanksgiving recipe tips and tricks.

Dave will show you a totally unique secret to carving your turkey perfectly, in addition to sharing how to make awesome stuffing, cranberry sauce from scratch, maple roasted acorn squash, and silky smooth swirled mashed potatoes 

This pre-recorded virtual presentation premieres Monday, November 2 at 6pm.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period.

For most of its history, Chicago produced one-third of the nation's candy. You probably know some of them -- Brach's caramels, Mars Snickers bars, Wrigley's gum, Cracker Jack, Curtiss Baby Ruth bars, Tootsie Rolls, Frango Mints, and Dove chocolates. Leslie Goddard returns with the history behind these tasty treats and explores what made Chicago such a powerful location for candy makers.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing afterward for an extended period.

Learn to create a simple macramé plant hanger. This craft is recommended for adults and teens.

The following list of supplies was included in each kit, enough for two hangers:

2 small glass jars (baby food, yogurt or similar)

decorative pebbles

8 pieces of cord (approximately 24 inches each)

2 air plants (small succulents or other small plant cuttings can also be used)

Cardboard macramé board (Optional)

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period.

Candy bouquets are a fun gift to give, but they can be expensive to buy! Learn to make your own candy bouquet and have the coolest gift for teachers, graduations, or just for fun. This craft is recommended for adults and teens. A list of supplies is available in the event description.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period.

Dig into the history and mysteries of Tarot cards. This presentation on the Origins of Tarot will cover the invention of the cards, the major and minor arcana, and how to begin reading cards yourself.

The recording of this presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period. 


Long before Martha Stewart, there was Betty Crocker. In 1950, her brand-new Picture Cook Book hit shelves, with sales that rivaled that of another big book, The Bible. To date, Betty Crocker's cookbook has sold more than 75 million copies. Created in 1921 by a flour company, Betty Crocker became the most trusted advisor to American cooks. Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic. 

This pre-recorded presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period.

Learn to make a delicious and aromatic Tomato Basil Meat Sauce for your favorite pasta!  Three Rivers Library's very own Youth Services Clerk, Alex, has agreed to share one of her family favorites with you, so get ready to cook along with Alex!

This pre-recorded presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period.

Get the full recipe and ingredients here: Alex's Tomato Basil Meat Sauce recipe

Starting with the mother who inspired Mother's Day, and her daughter who tried to stop it, come stories of mothers who did extraordinary things in extraordinary times. These surprising and marvelous stories will inspire and uplift while celebrating mothers here and now. Presented by Martina Mathisen. 

This pre-recorded presentation will be available for viewing for an extended period. 

Presented by Terry Lynn of HFK Presents, Meriweather Lewis, a member of the Corps of Discovery Expedition, explains how our country expanded west from the Mississippi River. How was the land of the Louisiana Purchase explored?  What were these explorers hoping to find?  Included are the stories of the Corps' travels west from St. Louis to Pacific. 

To view the presentation, visit this link. You can even test your knowledge with some Lewis and Clark trivia!