Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.
Friday December 13, 2013, Union League Club
Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, to be Interviewed by Caxtonian Peggy Sullivan
Before becoming Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library in 2012, Brian had leadership roles in San Francisco and Seattle public libraries. He is credited with having a freshness of perspective and high level knowledge with the technologies that are reshaping library services. In 2009 the Library Journal honored him with their “Movers and Shakers” award.
Who better to sit down with Brian than Caxtonian Peggy Sullivan, an important figure in the library world and whose many leadership roles have included Chicago Public Library Assistant Commissioner (1977-1981) and Executive Director of the American Library Association (1992-1994). Come and hear answers to such questions as: any surprise(s) since you took office? With a system of 80 libraries, serving 2.6 million residents, how do you, (or do you), prioritize your services? What changes are you considering, especially in the use of new media? The $64,000 question: are public libraries still relevant, and if so, are they to be relevant in the future?
There will be time for questions from the audience.
December luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard.
Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program
(in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $30.
reservations call 312-255-3710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
reserve by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Newberry Library
Our Annual Holiday Revels
a Fundraising Auction of Things Bookish
Join our festive holiday Revels with strolling musicians, the camaraderie of your fellow booklovers, libations, and our own Tom Joyce as our live auction host. The evening will feature drinks, dinner, music and the chance to find out what Caxtonians have had on their shelves as we bid for silent and live auction items. Bring a guest and you will be entered in a drawing for a free Caxton dinner.Contact Dan Crawford at the Newberry to make arrangements to drop off your auction items. Early submissions allow Dan the best chance to list your item in the Revels catalogue, but items are accepted until December 18. Join us at our annual Revels. Reservations appreciated. Don’t miss the fun.
Friday, January 10, 2014, Union League Club
“A River Rat Speaks:
how one man's love led to the Rock River's amazing literary heritage”
Caxtonian Frank Schier, published poet and editor and publisher of the Rock River Times since 1992,
is a certified river rat, having, on multiple occasions, traversed by canoe or car all or part of the
Rock River's 350 miles (from Hurricane Marsh west of Milwaukee through Wisconsin and Illinois to the Mississippi).
Mentioning the 23 dams, 8 foundries, Native American effigy mounds, sculptures, statutes and 37 cities, Frank will
center on the meaningful traces he found of Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Margaret Atwood, Hamlin Garland, Lorado Taft,
Sherwood Anderson, etc.
Did Samuel Clemens ever travel up the Rock River, a tributary of his beloved Mississippi? Frank will tell of his unique relationship with his mentor, deceased Caxtonian, Peter Stanlis and the dispersal of his library. Finally, he will speak of the campaign for National Recognition for the Rock River Trail: a water way, a road and a hiking and biking trail. Brochures available.
Frank will bring along many favorite books from his significant collection.
On Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014, Amed
Sadri , Gorter Professor of Islamic
World Studies and Professor of
Sociology at Lake Forest College,
will talk on his recent edition of
“The Epic of the Persian Kings.”
Please note this is the fourth
Wednesday of the month.