History of picture postcards

Katherine Hamilton-Smith, founding curator of the Teich Archives, presents a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards during “The Happy Invention: The History of Picture Postcards” via Zoom on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m., courtesy of Brookfield Public Library.

In America, the first picture postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago — making Illinois the birthplace of the American picture postcard.

In 2016, the world’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, was given to the Newberry Library by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

Hamilton-Smith will touch on the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, the role Illinois played in the history and development of postcards, and on the picture postcard as a cultural icon.

Register by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visiting the Brookfield Library’s online event calendar.

River lantern ceremony in Riverside

Riverside American Legion Post #488 invites the community to remember service members, family and friends at a River Lantern Ceremony on Friday, June 11 at dusk (about 7:30-8 p.m.) in Swan Pond Park, west of the Riverside Public Library on Burling Road.

Lanterns can be purchased at the event for $10 apiece at a table that will be set up at the paved plaza area along the Swan Pond Path. The lanterns can then be lit and placed in the Des Plaines River. The lanterns will float downstream and be retrieved by volunteers.

People are encouraged to bring along a magic marker to write a message on the rice paper walls of the luminaria-like lanterns, which are lit from within.

The event date could change depending on weather and river conditions.

Courtesy of Riverside Public Library

Riverside Library photo contest

Riverside Public Library invites budding shutterbugs to help them celebrate the institution’s 90th birthday during their month-long 90th Year Photo Contest in June.

Submit your best photo of the Riverside Public Library – inside or outside – via email at informationservices@riversidelibrary.org or by tagging the library on social media.

One winner will be selected to receive a fun prize at the end of June.

Design your garden with help from a pro

Phil Douglas (Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Gardens)

Brookfield Public Library invites you to join Phil Douglas, Chicago Botanic Gardens plant collections director, as he shares the best plans to use for garden design during “Garden Design with the Chicago Botanic Gardens” via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

Register by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit the Brookfield Library’s online events calendar.

And more

  • The Riverside Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave., in downtown Riverside. The layout will remain the same as 2020, with an entrance and exit and one-way traffic along with social distancing. Face coverings are required for those who are not vaccinated and no pets are allowed.
  • The Brookfield Farmers Market continues every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Face coverings are required and please practice social distancing. Enter and exit at Brookfield Ave. via the northeast corner of the market. No pets allowed. Park in front of or behind village hall or along Brookfield Ave.
  • Registration is now open for the Riverside Friends of the Fourth 5K, which will take place on June 26. For 2021, the race replaces the Independence Day 5K and will start and end at Riverside’s historic water tower. Those registering after June 1 will get T-shirts after race day. Registration deadline is June 23. You can register online here.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Restraint and Limitation” featuring the abstract work of artists Sarah Arrigada, Anna Buckner, Sharon Butler, Magalie Guerin, Elizabeth Powell, Elise Rugolo and Simon Tatum through June 26. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Email to info@riversideartscenter.com to schedule an appointment.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers a number of virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom.

For adults, there’s Crafternoons: DIY Crayon Candles via Zoom on June 12 at 1:30 p.m. For kids, there’s Story Safari in the Great Outdoors via Zoom on June 15 at 10:30 a.m. Register at the North Riverside library’s online events calendar for info and Zoom access.

  • Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library’s Facebook page.

For adults, there’s Chair Yoga on June 10 at 11 a.m. Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit the library’s online events calendar to register for Zoom programs.

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites kids and adults to Storytime at the Community Garden (at Ascension Lutheran church, 400 Nuttall Road) on June 15 at 10 a.m. No registration required. Weather permitting. There’s also a Riverside Reads book discussion of “Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy on June 15 at 2:30 p.m. outside, weather permitting, at the library.

Visit the Riverside Public library’s online events calendar for more info.