Category Archives: Highlights

A Giant Awakes: Understanding China in the 21st Century

Starting Tuesday, September 27th at 7 PM

IN-PERSON at the Irvington Library ; online option also available.

In this 10-part series, lecturer Jim Levey will examine China’s history, philosophies, and traditions from ancient times through the present to better understand the underlying forces that explain China today. Copies of the syllabus are available at the Reference Desk.
Presenter Bio: Formerly a partner at American China Mercantile and Senior Manager at IBM and Amdocs, Jim holds a Masters in China Studies from the Asian Institute, St. John’s University and has travelled to China extensively on business.  In 2018, he researched and wrote a new curriculum (reviewed by China experts at Columbia) to enable a more insightful view of “China in the Modern World.”
This is a hybrid program that can be attended both in-person and online; to receive the Zoom link. you must register at 

Yoga at the Library is Back!

Beginning Wednesday, October 5 at 11 AM, Susannah Owen returns to the Irvington Library to help start your day right.

Susannah’s classes are simple, accessible, breath-based and heart-centered. She teaches a slow flow class based on mindfulness and deep listening to the body. Her goal is for students to feel calm, clear and more connected to their bodies and the world around them.

Registration is not required – just walk in! – but you must bring your own yoga mat. This class is free and in-person.


Kanopy Streaming Now Available!

Got a WLS library card? You can now watch thousands of films, including The Criterion Collection, for free with your library card! Simply visit, sign-up for an account, and get watching. Hundreds of films are added to the collection each month.

Cardholders can watch up to 10 films per month. Play credits reset on the first of every month. Once you’ve started a film, you can re-watch it as many times as you want for the next 3 days without using additional credits.

You can watch Kanopy in your web browser, through the Kanopy mobile apps, and on your TV with Roku or Chromecast.