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Roselle Public Library District

On the Same Page
Returns This October!

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On the Same Page is a collaborative community reading event. Themed virtual programming based on this year’s novel I Always Loved You, by Robin Oliveira will take place throughout the month of October. Patrons of Bloomingdale, Itasca and Roselle Public Libraries are invited to take part in events at all of the participating  libraries. Copies of the book are available. Ask at your library!


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I Always Loved You_Book Cover-minBook Discussion: I Always Loved You
Thursday, October 14 · 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Copies of the novel are available for registrants of the book discussion.

Join in a group discussion of this year’s On the Same Page selection, I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira. 

The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.

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Electronic audiobook copies of the novel I Always Loved You, by Robin Oliveira, available through Hoopla.

Borrow eBooks and stream audiobooks with Hoopla. All Roselle Public Library District library card holders can access Hoopla – a digital media service allowing you to instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, and more. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. Learn more at hoopladigital.com.


All of the On the Same Page programs will be delivered online this year. Patrons of Bloomingdale, Itasca and Roselle Public Libraries are invited to participate in any or all lectures at any of the participating libraries. Click the underlined title or accompanying image to register. You will receive a link to join the lecture prior to the scheduled date and time.

Paris in the Belle ÉpoqueImage of a lithograph with  hand-coloring titled "Paris. Les Tuileries" by Charles Riviere, 1893.
Tuesday, October 5 · 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Presented by the Itasca Community Library

The Paris that Mary Cassatt and her fellow artists experienced in the 1880s was already the most beautiful city in Europe thanks to the massive rebuilding of the 1860s that created amazing boulevards and new public buildings.

Gene Flynn looks at life during this period, along with the civic, cultural and artistic turmoil that was happening in the City of Lights.

Above image: Paris. Les Tuileries by Charles Rivière, 1893; Tinted lithograph with hand-coloring


United States postage stamp featuring painting by Mary Cassatt. Image depicts a mother and child in a boat with a man rowing.
Adult Take & Make: Postage Stamp Collage Art

Tuesday, October 26 · Pre-Recorded Video
Presented by the Bloomingdale Public Library

Visit Bloomingdale Public Library’s YouTube channel to watch “Postage Stamp Collage” and learn how to use vintage stamps to create an easy and unique art object.

Supplies needed: Mod Podge, sponge brush, used postage stamps (or colorful tissue paper), and 5”x 7”cardstock to fit a generic 5”x 7” picture frame. Shapes were made on the library’s Ellison Die Cutter, but they can also be made using a Cricut or Silhouette machine. Other options are Martha Stewart paper punches that come in a variety of shapes and designs, or using a stencil and tracing your shape, then very carefully cutting it out with an X-Acto knife.

The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a bag of supplies on October 26th.


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Thursday, October 28 · 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Presented by the Roselle Public Library District

Renowned American painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt’s story is brought to life in a dramatic one-woman performance by author and actress Lynn Rymarz. Witness Cassatt’s determination in the life-long pursuit of her dream of becoming a world class artist, from her beginnings in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, ultimately moving to Paris to study alongside the master artists of her day.

Jeff MishurArt historian Jeff Mishur will be presenting the following lectures. Mishur is co-owner of Art Excursions, a company providing private guiding in Chicago, boutique art and culture tours in the United States, and lectures on a wide range of subjects. Jeff holds an M.A. in Art History from Northern Illinois University and has taught at the university level for many years.

All On the Same Page art history lectures will be delivered online this year. Patrons of Bloomingdale, Itasca and Roselle Public Libraries are invited to take part in any or all lectures at all of the participating  libraries. Click the underlined title or accompanying image to register. You will receive a link to join the lecture prior to the scheduled date and time.

Degas and the DanceImage of "The Dance Lesson," an 1879 painting by Edgar Degas. Painting depicts ballerinas in a dance studio with light blue walls and a wood floor.
Wednesday, October 6 · 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Presented by the Roselle Public Library District

Edgar Degas, one of the founding members of Impressionism, explored subjects relating to the dance, the human figure and horses in paintings, pastels, and prints. In addition, Degas was the only member of the Impressionists who produced a significant body of sculpture. Learn about Degas’ works in a variety of media.

Above image: The Dance Lesson by Edgar Degas, 1879; Oil on canvas

Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist in Paris
Thursday, October 21 · 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Presented by the Itasca Community Library

Mary Cassatt worked as an artist and businesswoman in an age when most women of her station were restricted to the home. Despite this, she was able to achieve success by painting private domestic subjects, especially women and children. A selection of works and themes that Cassatt pursued during her career in Paris will be discussed.

 Édouard Manet: Painter of Modern Life
Monday, October 25 · 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Bloomingdale Public Library

Édouard Manet took on the conservative art world in Paris by painting modern life as opposed to “accepted” subjects. By challenging the French academic system Manet inspired Morisot, Renoir, Monet and other Impressionists. Learn about important works in Manet’s oeuvre including Luncheon on the GrassThe Balcony and A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.


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