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Poet Carl Sandburg celebrates a birthday in Elmhurst

A photo of Carl Sandburg and his family in Elmhurst is also attached. Required caption information:

Used by permission, Carl Sandburg Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A photo of Carl Sandburg and his family in Elmhurst is also attached. Required caption information: Used by permission, Carl Sandburg Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend poet Carl Sandburg’s 136th birthday celebration, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave.

“Sandburg is one of the most well-known literary figures from both Elmhurst and the state of Illinois,” said Patrice Roche, the museum’s marketing and communications specialist. “Even though he only lived in Elmhurst for approximately nine years, it was an extremely prolific time of his life. The birthday party is our way to honor him and his legacy with a family-friendly event featuring the American folk songs Sandburg loved so dearly.”

Those tunes, from Sandburg’s “American Songbag,” will be performed by folk singer Bucky Halker during half-hour concerts at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will also be kid-friendly tours of the museum’s current exhibit, “Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst.” The children will be given activity sheets to use as they go through the exhibit.

And, of course, there will be birthday cake.

For details, call (630) 833-1457 or go to www.elmhursthistory.org.

ARE YOU GAME?

Spend a lively hour engaged in friendly competition with your kids during Family Game Day, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St. You’ll play such games as Monopoly, Candyland and Connect4 at this event.

For details, call (708) 562-3573 or go to www.westchesterpl.org.

ANSWER THE CALL

You can win prizes if your numbers come up at Winter Break Bingo, 3-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road. All ages are welcome at this drop-in event.

For details, call (630) 368-7700 or go to www.oak-brook.org/library.

WHAT TO DO...SEE “WHO”

Horton the Elephant discovers a microscopic world in “Horton Hears a Who!” The G-rated film, based on Dr. Seuss’ classic book, will be shown at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Bring pillows and blankets for your children.

For details, call (708) 246-0520 or go to fordlibrary.org.

BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE

Santa may not be watching after Christmas but kids will be reminded that Kindness Matters!, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. They will hear “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat” by Anna Dewdney and “Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue” by Naoko Stoop. There will also be a themed activity.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

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