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Coming Together

COMING TOGETHER is a cultural initiative that focuses on a different culture each year. This winter, we are celebrating Polish culture with a series of events and programs. Learn about Polish contributions to society in the fields of science, literature, the arts, education, and much more.

Register by calling the Library at 847-663-1234 or visit us online.

Visit the Coming Together website for a full list of events and more information.

Programs at the Niles-Maine District Library:

Special Event

An Evening with William Kowalski, author of The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo
Monday, March 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Spend an evening with the author of the showcase book for the 2019 Coming Together initiative, William Kowalski. The author of seven novels, Kowalski’s work has been translated into 15 languages, garnered various awards and nominations and has appeared on bestseller lists around the world.

Polish Culture

Polish Folk Art Painting
Sunday, February 10, 1:30-4 p.m.
Polish artist Dorota Tomczyk teaches us how to paint angels on a reclaimed wood. Samples will be served.

Modern Polish Cooking with Qulinarnia
Monday, February 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Join Chef Agnieszka Janowska from Qulinarnia as she demonstrates how to prepare three signature Polish dishes with a twist. Samples will be served.

Think Art Photography
Saturday, March 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Are you ready to delve into the magical world of fine art photography? Join award-winning photographer, Katarzyna Derda, for a talk on how to bring imagination to life.

Polish Presence in American Screen Images
Sunday, March 3, 2-3 p.m.
Join Polish American author and educator Joseph Zurawski as he talks about the history of Polish images on film and television screens and how Polish characters have changed through time.

Polish Chicago: From Immigrant Group to Middle Class
Monday, March 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Author Dominic Pacyga presents an illustrated lecture on the four major waves of Polish immigration that have transformed Chicago and its suburbs over the last 150 years.

Easter Eggs with Pisanka Galore
Sunday, March 31, 2-4 p.m.
Learn to decorate Easter eggs using the popular wax-resist technique. This technique involves applying hot beeswax and staining the egg. Participants will use a bi-color style.

Just for Teens

Dzika Fitness Workout
Friday, February 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Grades 7-12
Lose yourself in the music during this intense multidimensional dance-infused workout. Dzika’s goal is to help you live stronger, longer, and more meaningful lives while making friends along the way.

Let’s Make Kolaczki!
Friday, March 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
Grades 7-12
Learn how to make these scrumptious Polish cookies from baker Edyta Wydman. Bet you can’t eat just one!

Just for Kids

World Language Storytime in Polish
Thursday, February 14, March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages 3+ with grown-up
Ms. Bernadetta and friends are here to share stories and songs in Polish (with a bit of English). Craft and a snack included. Witamy!

Polish Storytime
Thursday, February 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages 4 and Up
Come to an evening storytime in English to celebrate the Polish culture.

Paint Your Story
Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Grades K-5
Polish artist Patricia Stepniak will use the story How Music Wrapped the World in Colors to inspire kids to create their own picture story using watercolors, oil pastels, inks, and scrapbooking materials. Caregivers need to stay in the room with children through grade 2.

Chat and Chomp
Monday, March 25, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Grades 6-8
Join us for pizza and a great book discussion. Get a copy of Sarah Crossan's The Weight of Water at the KidSpace desk to read and discuss.

Storytime with the Author: The Boy With the Colorful Head - IGNAS chlopiec z kolorowa glowa
Thursday, March 28, 2-3 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Join author Anna Mycek-Wodecki to read her biographic picture book The Boy with the Colorful Head - IGNAS chlopiec z kolorowa glowa. This will be an interactive storytime with drawing.

Polish Youth Showcase
Saturday, March 30, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
All Ages
Join us to watch area students put on a talent show showcasing their studies. Crafts and snacks will round out the morning.

Book Craft
Sunday, March 31, 2-3 p.m.
Grades 3-5
The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland is an engaging collection of tall tales illustrated with colorful paper cutouts. Join us to discuss the tales and create your own pieces of colorful art.


The Zookeeper's Wife
Saturday, March 9, 2-4:30 p.m.
2017, Rated PG-13, 127 min.
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II starring Jessica Chastain. In English, will be shown with English subtitles. The Zookeeper’s Wife is being shown in lieu of film Defiance (2008) as printed in Coming Together booklet.

Polish Wedding  
Saturday, March 16, 1-3 p.m.
1998, Rated PG-13, 105 min.
The story of a Polish-American family in Detroit, and the daughter that is eager to experience life. Starring Claire Danes, Gabriel Byrne, and Lena Olin. In English, will be shown with English subtitles.

The Fourth Partition
Sunday, March 17, 1:30-3 p.m.
2013, 75 min.
This "must see movie" for Chicago-Polish history won two awards at Polish film festivals. In English, will be shown with English subtitles.

Book Discussions

The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk
Thursday, February 14, 7-8 p.m.
A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from their youthful days in Poland to their complicated, not-quite-successful adult lives. Books are available at the 2nd Floor Adult Services desk.

The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo by William Kowalski
Friday, March 1, 1-2 p.m.
Thursday, March 21, 7-8 p.m.
The showcase book for the 2019 Coming Together initiative chronicles a century of life in America for one humble Polish farm girl and three generations of her descendants. Books are available at the 2nd Floor Adult Services desk.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Friday, March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Grades 7 and Up
Set in Poland during WWII, Anna and the Swallow Man is a story of survival, love, and sacrifice. Books available at the Teen Underground desk.

More Info?

Go directly to the Coming Together webpage!