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March 2021

Peeple’s Choice Awards 2021

March 1 - March 31
Free

Enter Harvard Diggins Library's Peeple's Choice Awards 2021! Create your, library friendly, Peeps diorama and email your photo to harpgeneral@harvard-diggins.org. All photo entries must be submitted by March 31st. Directions listed below.  Good Luck!  

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Best New Plants Webinar

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Ready to start planning for gardening season? It’s time to see what’s new in trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, roses, vegetables and herbs this year. Kim Hartmann, landscape designer at Countryside Nursery, will share over 50 NEW plants that are proven for our area and add color, texture and diversity to your landscape along with tips and tricks for maintaining your garden. This annual favorite presentation will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar. To receive the Zoom registration link, please…

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April 2021

Composting and Water Conservation

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Water, food waste, and leaves... don't throw them away, let's use them! Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County will host this free Zoom webinar to share some easy ways to conserve water and turn those food scraps into something usable. Information, order forms, and lessons learned will be shared on the basics of rain barrels and composters in a suburban landscape. Also learn more about the Conservation@Home program!  To register for this program, please email adultservices@harvard-diggins.org and…

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Growing Vegetables Webinar

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Kim Hartmann of Countryside Nursery shares the basics of growing your own vegetable garden in this free webinar on Zoom. To receive the Zoom registration link, email adultservices@harvard-diggins.org.

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Live Author Event – Marie Benedict “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie”

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Live virtual author event with Marie Benedict, author of the NYT Bestselling book "The Mystery of Mrs. Christie."  To register, please email adultervices@harvard-diggins.org.  Free courtesy of your library.

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Posters & Propaganda Webinar

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

From band posters stapled to telephone poles to the advertisements hanging at bus shelters to the inspirational prints that adorn office walls, posters surround us everywhere—but do we know how they began? Telling the story of this ephemeral art form, Dave Desimone of the Wisconsin Historical Society reexamines the poster’s roots in the nineteenth century and explores the relevance they still possess in the age of COVID-19 and modern social justice movements.  To receive the Zoom registration link for this…

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June 2021

Jewels of Blue

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Learn about the life of the Eastern Bluebird, the decline of populations due to habitat loss and aggresive introduced species, and the local conservation efforts and success of the bluebird trail program in this free webinar presented by the McHenry County Conservation District. This program is tentatively planned as a webinar, but may move to an outdoor in-person program if pandemic conditions allow.  Adult Summer Reading Club participants who attend can log this as an activity in their Beanstack accounts…

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The Colorful History of the Little Black Dress

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

British actress Audrey Hepburn on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany's based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Versatile, dependable, and affordable, the Little Black Dress or "LBD" has become the fashion equivalent of a Model T Ford. In this illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the history of this fashion icon. Learn how Chanel helped dissociate black from mourning, how Audrey Hepburn helped establish the…

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July 2021

Perfect Pickles

July 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

  Are you wondering what to do with an abundance of garden produce? Join Andrea Pracht of My Kitchen Clatter and learn how to make a classic dill pickle using the brining method. Water, salt, a jar, and produce is all you need - this method works for all sorts of vegetables and fruits. As part of this class, you’ll get instructions, inspiration, and ideas.  Tentative plan for this class is to be an outdoor class held at the library…

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September 2021

Xochitl-Quetzal Aztec Dance

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, experience a journey into Mexico's ancient Aztec culture of music, song and dance. Xochitl-Quetzal invites you to a dynamic and vibrant performance honoring the heritage of the tradition of La Danza De Los Concheros. Join us and explore the Aztec world of indigenous ceremony and ritual presented by Henry Cervantes, Program Manager for The Peace Exchange, an organization that engages youth in leadership training and international travel to study global nonviolent movements. This program…

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