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Coming Together

Our origin stories are as central to who we are as the cultures we are a part of and celebrate. For the past decade, Coming Together has explored some of the cultures present in our community. This year, we will explore something we all have in common: the stories of our journeys to Niles Township.

Registration for events and programs starts January 20 unless otherwise noted. For a full list of events and more information, visit the official Coming Together website

Programs at the Niles-Maine District Library:

Arts and Entertainment

Second Sunday Special with Mama Edie Armstrong
Sunday, February 9, 2-2:45 p.m.
All Ages
Storytelling to awaken your imagination, Mama Edie will challenge us to create the world we would rather see; to embrace its multicultural richness; and to love it. Pick up tickets at the KidSpace Desk 30 minutes ahead of time. Space is limited. TICKETS

The World of Dough with Chef Maddox
Saturday, February 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
For Adults
Whether you call them dumplings, ravioli, pierogi, manti, wonton, samosa, empanadas, Matzah balls, etc., they all start from the same thing: Dough! REGISTER

Explore Glass Calligraphy with Artist Samra Masood
Sunday, February 16, 2-4 p.m.
For Adults
Join us for an exciting demonstration and hands-on experience with the art of glass calligraphy. Budding artists welcome! REGISTER

World of Paper Art
Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
All Ages; Children Must Be in Grade 2 & Up
Join us as we learn about and try our hand at paper art from around the world including Jianzhi from China, Wycinanki from Poland, and Papel Picado from Mexico. DROP IN

Family Heirlooms Photography Project
Sunday, February 23, 2-3 p.m.
For Adults
Join photographer Elaine Melko as she discusses Project Heirloom, co-created with author Frances de Pontes Peebles, which documents the journeys of American Families. REGISTER

Book Discussions

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Friday, January 30, 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Grades 6-8
This novel follows a Syrian immigrant girl struggling to fit in with her relatives in unfamiliar Cincinnati. Books are available at the KidSpace Desk. DROP IN

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Thursday, February 13, 7-8 p.m.
For Adults
This graphic memoir focuses on actor George Takei’s childhood while he was imprisoned within American internment camps during World War II. Books are available at the Second Floor Desk. REGISTER

American Like Me by America Ferrera
Tuesday, March 3, 7-8 p.m.
For Adults
America Ferrera invites friends to form a collection of first-person accounts about the experience of growing up between cultures. Books are available at the Second Floor Desk. REGISTER

Chat & Chomp: Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Tuesday, March 24, 12-1 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Enjoy some pizza while discussing a novel about a 10-year-old Chinese American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel. Books will be available at the KidSpace Desk beginning February 1. REGISTER


Love is All Around
Friday, February 14, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Ages 3-7 with Caregiver
Join us in reading the book The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst, then create a craft celebrating a loving and giving world. DROP IN

Big Kid Storytime with The Undefeated
Wednesday, February 19, 4-4:45 p.m.
Grades 1+ with Caregiver through Grade 2 

Celebrate the dynamic duo of Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson in this knockout picture book. DROP IN

Evening Family Storytime with Dreamers

Tuesday, March 10, 7-7:45 p.m.
All Ages
Enjoy this picture book about Yuyi Morales’s journey to America and finding her voice alongside her young son. DROP IN

Coming Together Teen Storytime
Friday, March 13, 4-6 p.m.
Grades 7-12
Gather together to share stories about coming to and living in America, featuring excerpts from American Like Me by America Ferrera and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. DROP IN

More Info?

Go directly to the Coming Together webpage!