Chicago Celebrates Diversity

Chicago Public Library (CPL) continues its Celebrating Diversity campaign in March, during Women’s History Month.  As part of the celebration, CPL presents a variety of free programs and events focusing on the achievements and contributions of women in music and the music industry.

As part of the month-long celebration, CPL presents a special evening of music titled Women in Music: Classical Pianist Toshiko Suzuki and Violinist Talia Pavia play Brahms’ Sonata in G and Franck’s Sonata in A. The free program takes place on Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center , 400 S. State St .  Toshiko Suzuki is a freelance accompanist for professional opera singers and solo instrumentalists. Talia Pavia is founder of the Talia Pavia String Academy and has played under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman and Pierre Boulez. Both are faculty members at the Merit School of Music.


Additional CPL programs for Women’s History Month include:


  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Irish Harp

Sulzer Regional Library presents harpist Aislinn Gagliardi to perform and discuss a selection of traditional Irish music including dance tunes, slow melodies and O’Carolan tunes.

  • Book Discussion: Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

The Richard M. Daley Branch Book Club discusses the book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne by James Gavin.

  • Japanese Folk Dance for Kids

Ikuko Nichols of the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society leads fun and expressive program featuring traditional Japanese dance at Woodson Regional Library.   For children ages 6 to 9 years.

  • Book Discussion: Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

The Dunning Branch Book Club discusses the book Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter by Randy L. Schmidt.

  • Harps & Heroines

The North Pulaski Branch features storyteller Megan Wells to lead an interactive program that celebrates the harp and performs delightful folktales from many cultures.

  • Amazing Women and their Music

Gwen Hilary and Enoch Williamson appear at the King Branch to tell stories about the lives of inspiring, innovative and talented female performing artists of different ethnic backgrounds including Shirley Temple, Rita Moreno, Marian Anderson, Beyoncè Knowles, Coretta Scott King and Lady Gaga. For children, 5 years and older.


CPL also will feature numerous standing exhibitions celebrating Local Women in the Arts, on display at branch locations throughout the city. Moreover, a selected bibliography on Women in Music, as well as the 2012 Women’s History Month Calendar of Events, are available at


The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology. 


The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center , two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches.  All locations provide free access to a rich collection of books, DVDs, audio books and music; the Internet and WiFi; newspapers and magazines; sophisticated research databases, many of which can be accessed from a home or office computer. Each location continues to serve as a cultural center, presenting the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults. 


Throughout 2012, the Chicago Public Library is “Celebrating Diversity” in Music and the Music Industry during all of its ethnic heritage month celebrations. For more information about “Celebrating Diversity” and additional Women’s History Month programs, visit, a neighborhood branch library, or call (312) 747-4300.




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