Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township
Knowledge. Awareness. Appreciation.
We plan to identify the spotlight culture for 2015 this spring. Applications are due March 30, 2014.
A Celebration of the Korean Culture
January through March 2014
This year's Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township spotlights the rich culture of the Korean community.
The opening ceremony will be a lively and interactive kickoff event, beginning on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00pm at Niles West High School. Enjoy a wide array of cultural activities at this event! A plethora of free events follow at locations throughout Skokie and Niles Township, including talks, movies, art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, and much, much more.
The full calendar of events is available in print form at all participating organizations or download it in Adobe PDF format. Late-breaking details will be posted on the Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township Facebook page.
For adults and high school students, Everything Asian by Sung J.Woo explores a Korean family’s immigration from South Korea to New Jersey, providing a uniquely American experience sure to have familiar aspects to many local families.
For children ages 8 and up, Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent tells the story of a Korean child adopted into an Italian American family who wants to learn more about his heritage upon getting a school assignment on ancestors.
A delightful picture book, The Rabbit and the Dragon King by Daniel San Souci (author) and Eujin Kim Neilan (illustrator), will delight families with younger children.
Multiple copies of each book are available – click on the title or the book cover, or ask a librarian for assistance to find one. Enjoy reading the books, then find a discussion group at the Library or another nearby location if you’d like to talk about the book and learn more. Each discussion will include a member of the local Korean community who can add depth and firsthand experiences to the discussion.
About Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township
Now in its fifth year, Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township is a unique program begun by Niles Township High School District 219, Skokie Public Library, the Village of Skokie, the Holiday Inn North Shore/Skokie, and the Indian Community of Niles Township. During the winter, we explore in depth a different culture each year through reading and discussing common books and enjoying a host of other exciting activities. The event takes place during a six-week period from January through March. Our first four years showcased the Asian Indian, Filipino, Assyrian, and Greek communities. Thousands of residents attended book sessions, lectures, dramas, and musical events for each celebration.
Adding their support and resources to this project are these and other organizations:
- Oakton Community College
- Skokie Park District
- Skokie elementary and middle schools
- Niles Township Schools ELL Parent Center
- Skokie business community
- Lincolnwood Public Library
- Niles Public Library
- Morton Grove Public Library
Past Years of Coming Together in Skokie
Program books for previous Coming Together in Skokie celebrations are available in Adobe PDF format.