New Lenox Public Library hosts award-winning children's author and illustrator Grace Lin

Thursday, October 05, 2023
Illinois Libraries Present: Grace Lin on October 17

New Lenox Public Library joins more than 200 Illinois libraries participating in Season 3 of Illinois Libraries Present, a collaborative effort featuring virtual events with bestselling and award-winning authors and esteemed speakers. The season continues with Food, Family, and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels. The event will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, October 17, at 7 PM. Register for Grace Lin on the Library's event calendar.

Lin will discuss why she writes books for the youngest readers through middle graders, how she illustrates them, her latest Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods, and will lead an interactive drawing activity.

Lin was recognized in 2016 by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling and, in 2022, was awarded the Children’s Literature Legacy Award from the American Library Association. Her work received the Chinese American Librarians Association Annual Best Book Award. 

Lin’s awards include a 2010 Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a 2011 Geisel Honor for Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same, and a 2019 Caldecott Honor for A Big Mooncake for Little Star. When the Sea Turned to Silver was a National Book Award Finalist. 

Lin also presented the TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” and the PBSNewHour video essay, “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?” 

Lin will be joined in conversation with Brian Wilson, Children’s librarian at Evanston (IL) Public Library since 2001. Wilson served on the Children’s Literature Legacy Award Committee when the award was given to Grace Lin in 2022. He participated in the 2017 Caldecott Award Selection Committee as well as the Monarch, Bluestem, and Odyssey Awards committees. 

Author events are often a cornerstone of library programming. Throughout the pandemic these events continued virtually as libraries collaborated to host authors and speakers. This ensured that Illinois communities had access to events that may otherwise be unattainable for a single library due to budget or production constraints. Illinois Libraries Present brought together diverse communities, ensured access to patrons across the state, and expanded the speaker’s platform.  

“We’re excited to host a family-friendly event with Grace Lin and are thrilled that the award-winning children’s author and illustrator will lead a drawing workshop as part of the event,” says Adult & Teen Services Programming Coordinator Kelli Jean Cunningham.

Season 3 of Illinois Libraries Present will continue in November with A Taste of Love with Maya-Camille Broussard aka Justice of the Pies. Join Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad and owner of Chicago based Justice of the Pies, for a demo from her kitchen just in time for Thanksgiving. The event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, November 8 at 7 PM.

The event with Grace Lin is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. Food, Family, and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin will begin at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

 To register, visit New Lenox Library's event calendar. For more information, visit the event calendar or call the Adult & Teen Services department at 815-485-2605 ext. 400.

Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility.