Alpine Trio: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Every October the Library presents a series of programs that offers insight into the cultures of people across the globe. This year we are focusing on the Alpine Trio of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Often known as a place to ski with the rich and famous in the winter or hike the edelweiss-covered elevations in the summer, the Alps are also home to much history and culture. From medieval trading centers that still flourish as gracious tourist towns to an imperial city that once hosted some of music’s supreme composers, the Alpine region may surprise you with its architecture, its folklore, and, of course, its food.

Our annual cultural series highlights the cultures of the various and diverse regions of the world. These activities are funded through the generosity of the Elizabeth J. Clough Memorial Fund.

Programs for All Ages
Programs for Adults
Programs for Kids

For All Ages

Festival Night: Edelweiss Dancers and Kinder

Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.

Registration required.

The Edelweiss Dancers, a local dance group, will perform the traditional folk dances of Bavaria and the Tyrol in their authentic costumes.

Sing-Along Sound of Music

Sunday, October 7, 2012, 1-4 p.m.

For all ages.

Registration required.

Join your voices with family, friends, and Julie Andrews during a screening of one of the world’s most beloved movie musicals.

For Adults

Imperial Vienna

Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.

Well known for its role as a leading European music center and its rich historic architecture, Vienna features Baroque castles and gardens and grand buildings, monuments, and parks.

The Delicious Dish on German Food

Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.

Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., as she takes you on a fascinating, fun, and delicious journey through the culinary wonders of her native country. There is a $4 nonrefundable tasting fee due at registration, and space is limited. Please sign up at the Registration Desk (no phone or online registrations).

Senior Session: Learning About Our German Ancestors

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration required.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, a professional genealogist and owner of Lind Street Research, will discuss the history of Germanic areas, migration trends, the Americanization of names, and tips on using American sources to find an ancestor’s town of origin.

Discovering Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.

Registration required.

Composer and music researcher Jim Kendros will explore the lives of these musical giants and will highlight recorded examples of their music.

Picture-perfect Switzerland

Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

Registration required.

Enjoy breathtaking photos taken during the spring and winter seasons in the western part of this beautiful country.

A Chance Encounter With Hitler’s Interpreter

Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Registration required.

Onetime newspaper reporter Jeff Stern will share the story of Paul Schmidt, Hitler’s interpreter.

Beautiful Bavaria

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.

Registration required.

Soak up the dramatic history of Bavaria, including great medieval trading centers, some of Europe’s great art and architecture, and mighty rivers and castles.

For Kids

Super Saturday: The Brothers Grimm

Saturday, October 6, 11-11:45 a.m.

Registration required.

The Brothers Grimm of Arranmore Center for the Arts act out four beloved fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, The Brave Little Tailor, and The Bremen Town Musicians.

Create-a-Craft: Alpine Arts

Friday, October 12, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mount Prospect Public Library

No registration needed.

Stop by the Library and try your hand at these crafts inspired by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytime in German

Friday, October 26, 4:30-5 p.m.

Mount Prospect Public Library

Registration required.

Best suited for ages 3-7, but all are willkommen (welcome). All children must be accompanied by an adult.