Upcoming Virtual Programs

And Why You Should Attend!

Desserts, Diversity, and a little bit of Music

Folks, we have some great programs coming up! If you're anything like me, live interactions are few and far between and I am missing them big time. Solution? Live Virtual Programs! Not only do these programs allow me to interact with actual other human beings (I mean, my cats are great, but they only talk to me when they're hungry), but they also introduce me to new foods, ideas, and experiences. The first program we have coming up is our "Kids in the Kitchen: An Earth Day Special." "Kids" may be in the title, but this recipe will excite the taste buds on all ages of tongues. I also have it on good authority (Miss Heidi) that this recipe is AMAZING. She even got to use honey from a locally sourced hive! Next on the docket, "Journeying Through the American Indian Way of Life." I find it so exciting that we're able to have programs like this. It's not every day that you're able to hear an expert speak on the history of your home. In this program, Kim Sigafus will walk us through a day in the life of American Indians that lived in Illinois. Even better, there will be a Q & A section of the program, so any questions you may have can be answered in real time! For our last program of the month we have "Latin Hip Hop as a New Poetry." This is going to be a fun one. Plenty of music, participation, and discussion. Catalina Maria Johnson, Ph.D., will make the case that Latin Hip Hop is a new form of poetry, despite the fact that poetry circles and academia have yet to accept it fully. Do you agree? Tune in and find out! Find more information about these programs and register below!
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Kids in the Kitchen: An Earth Day Special

Thursday, April 22nd, 10am

This is an online event.

Join in on a fun and nutritional virtual kid cooking class with Nina Struss at River Valley District Library! Nina, a Hy-Vee Corporate Registered Dietitian and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, has developed a perfect Earth Day treat for kids interested in cooking! Get ready for some delicious and healthy...Dirt? Get in the Earth Day spirit with this Chocolate Avocado Dirt and Worms recipe that kids will have just as fun making as eating!

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Journeying Through The American Indian Way of Life

Friday, April 23rd, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join RVDL and internationally-published award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker, Kim Sigafus for this virtual program about the American Indian way of life as it once was. Learn the history of the tribes that inhabited Illinois, as well as the history of the Trail of Tears as it pertains to those tribes. Discover what a typical day in the life of a Native in the early 1800’s looks like. Native harvest, music, courting, marriage, and more will be discussed, with a Question and Answer section at the end.

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Latin Hip Hop as a New Poetry

Friday, April 30th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

RVDLwelcomes IL Humanities Road Scholar, journalist, and Beat Latino radio show host and producer, Catalina Maria Johnson, Ph.D., for this musical, informative, and interactive program!

“Latin hip hop artists are advancing the poetic traditions of their countries in unique ways. Nevertheless, academia and poetic circles have surprisingly not embraced and celebrated these artists as poets. This program, with video and lyric examples will make a case for hip hop as the new poetry with a focus on Latinos in the U.S., the Americas. The presentation, paired with slides and a rich set of musical videos, is lively, light and fun, and focused on participation, discussion, and musical enjoyment!”

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