Back to the '60s

Green Hills has big plans for 50th year celebration

By Laura Bollin

The Green Hills Public Library will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next month by taking patrons back to the 1960s.

The luncheon will begin at noon on Sept. 21 at the library, 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. People born in the 1960s can bring a guest, enjoy a free meal and listen to music performed by Tim Wilsey.

The golden anniversary celebration will continue with a 1960sthemed party from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29. Library patrons are encouraged to dress in 1960s clothing and will have the chance to dance to ’60s music, participate in a trivia quiz, and take a picture with a cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley. The band Jamiah on Fire and The Red Machine — a group of teen musicians — will also perform.

The Green Hills Library District has served the Palos- Hickory area since 1962, and was first housed in in a spare bedroom in Palos Hills’ resident Lila Ellison Warren’s house. The library moved to a space at 10714 Roberts Road in Palos Hills in 1963.

Green Hills assistant director Jane Jenkins said the library has grown greatly since its beginnings. The library expanded by 12,000 square feet in 2008 after voters approved a property tax increase that funded a $5 million bond issue.

“When we started, we were in a storefront, and now, we have this 20,000-square-foot space,” Jenkins said. “We’ve changed a lot over the years.

“Children’s programs were originally just the librarian reading stories to the children, and now, we can put the stories on our website, and kids can watch the videos. Back in the 1960s, we didn’t have e-readers or the Internet, and now, we can download The New York Time straight to a Nook e-reader for our patrons.”

Green Hills Library director Annette Armstrong said there are plans to help area residents reconnect with their childhoods.

“In a scrapbook we found some bookmarks made by kids in the 1960s during a children’s story time,” Armstrong said. “Some of their parents still live in the area, so we are going to try and connect with them and find out what they are doing now.”

For the last 50 years, the library has been a place for people to gather and learn, Jenkins said.

“People can read a book and turn the pages, check out something on an e-reader, use the computer or do homework, or watch a movie,” she said. “I really think there is something for everybody here.”

More music will emanate through the usually quiet library when the Tumbling Dice, a Rolling Stones cover band, visit on Saturday, Oct. 20. For people who remember when Johnny Carson was the “king of late night,” the library will hold a free presentation featuring stories and clips celebrating the 50th anniversary of “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Patrons will be treated to the British comedy “Tom Jones” at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Nov. 15.