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Collage Art on Display

October 2 - 28, 2023 - during library hours
Indian Prairie Public Library

401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL

View art from members of the Downers Grove Artists' Guild in this exhibit.

Guest Presenter - Downers Grove Artists' Guild

Tues, October 17, 2023 -  7pm - 9pm (social gathering begins at 6:30pm)
Downers Grove
Public Library

1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, IL

Author and Artist Laura Smetana presenting about her art and publishing children's books.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

September 23, 2023 - Poplar Creek Author Fair - Poplar Creek Public Library District, Streamwood, IL


August 29, 2023 - Children's Book Author Fair - Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL


August 19, 2023 - Elmhurst Public Library Local Author Fair, Elmhurst, IL

August 18, 2023 - Guest Lecturer for University of Southern Florida's OLLI Friday Lecture Series -

Join Laura Smetana as she discusses her book, Ice Cream with Grandpa: A Loving Story for Kids About Alzheimer’s & Dementia, inspired by her own family’s experience. This book explores dementia, aging and loss from a child’s viewpoint and provides tools so families can maintain meaningful relationships with their loved ones as dementia progresses.

August 1 - 31, 2023 - Beautiful Ambiguities Exhibit by the Downers Grove Artists' Guild - Downers Grove Public Library, Downes Grove, IL - Collages on exhibit

July 1 -July 30, 2023 - Art a la Cache: Art in Nature Exhibit hosted by The Romeoville Art Society - Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville, IL - Collages on exhibit

June 25, 2023 - American Library Association Annual Conference - Book Signings for MY LOVE FOR YOU IS LIKE A GARDEN and ICE CREAM WITH GRANDPA: A LOVING STORY FOR KIDS ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA, Chicago IL


March 11, 2023 - Book Launch Celebration: Storytime, draw-along, scavenger hunt, crafts & signing for MY LOVE FOR YOU IS LIKE A GARDEN at Frugal Muse Books in Darien, IL

November 2022 - Downers Grove Artists' Guild Exhibit at the Woodridge Library, Woodridge, IL - Collage from MY LOVE FOR YOU IS LIKE A GARDEN on exhibit

November 30, 2022 - Book Talk “How to Maintain Meaningful Relationships with Loved Ones as Dementia Progresses” & Book Signing for ICE CREAM WITH GRANDPA hosted by The Springs at Monarch Landing, Naperville, IL

September 17, 2022 - Book Launch Celebration: Read-aloud, story behind the book, scavenger hunt, ice pops & signing for ICE CREAM WITH GRANDPA: A LOVING STORY FOR KIDS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA at Frugal Muse Books in Darien, IL.

June 24 - June 27, 2022 - American Library Association Annual Conference - ICE CREAM WITH GRANDPA on display, Washington, D.C.

December 4, 2021 - Book Launch Celebration: Storytime, story behind the book, draw along, scavenger hunt & signing for LITTLE SQUIGGLE’S LAKE ADVENTURE at Frugal Muse Books, Darien, IL

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