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Coming Together Celebrates Polish Culture

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Coming Together brings life to the cultural diversity of Niles Township by celebrating a different culture every year. Supported by institutions throughout Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove and Lincolnwood, which are among the most diverse communities in the country, the local group Coming Together has celebrated the multitude of cultures that call these communities home.

Coinciding with the 2018 centennial of Poland’s independence and also marking 30 years since the collapse of communism in Poland, Coming Together is celebrating the Polish culture in 2019.

On Sunday, January 27, Coming Together kicked off with its opening ceremony held at Niles West High School in Skokie.  According to Dodie Frisbie, Supervisor of Adult and Outreach Services, “the festivities, the art show, the food, the dancing and the music were just a marvelous sight to behold.”

Here at Niles-Maine, we are hosting a variety of Coming Together programs in February and March.  For more informaton on events held at Niles-Maine District Library, please visit us here. Click here for a full list of events across all communities and more information about Coming Together.

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.

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Polish Culture

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Copies are available at the 2nd Floor Adult Services desk.

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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. Copies are available at the 2nd Floor Adult Services desk.

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Movies

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.

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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. In English, will be shown with English subtitles.

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The Fourth Partition
Sunday, March 17, 1:30-3 p.m.
2013, NR, 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.

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