Coming Together in Skokie
Knowledge. Awareness. Appreciation.
January through March 2013
The Village of Skokie is a community rich in diversity. Our residents hail from many different countries and speak more than 90 languages and dialects. This exciting mixture of cultures offers an opportunity to build knowledge, awareness, and appreciation for all of our neighbors.
This year's Coming Together in Skokie spotlights the rich culture of the Greek community. Two wonderful videos have been produced by D219 TV on this exciting theme!
Coming Together in Skokie: Greek Culture
To Be Greek
Now in its fourth year, Coming Together in Skokie is a unique program begun by Niles Township High School District 219, Skokie Public Library, the Village of Skokie, the Holiday Inn North Shore/Skokie, and the Indian Community of Niles Township. During the winter, we explore in depth a different culture each year through reading and discussing a common book and enjoying a host of other exciting activities. The event takes place during a six-week period from January through March. Our first three years showcased the Asian Indian, Filipino, and Assyrian communities. Thousands of residents attended book sessions, lectures, dramas, and musical events for each celebration.
Adding their support and resources to this project are these and other organizations:
- Oakton Community College
- Skokie Park District
- Skokie elementary and middle schools
- Niles Township Schools ELL Parent Center
- Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation
- Sanford-Brown College
- Skokie business community
- Lincolnwood Public Library
The backbone of Coming Together in Skokie is reading and discussing books that are rich in cultural aspects. For adults and high school students, The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos explores the lives of a Greek family living through political and personal struggles following the 1967 coup in Greece. War Games by Audrey and Akila Couloumbis explores the Nazi occupation of a Greek village as told by a young boy for middle school readers. Younger children will enjoy Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki, a picture book in Greek and English showing the difficulties a child faces when coming to a new land.
Enjoy reading the books, then find a discussion group at the Library or other location if you’d like to talk about the book and learn more. Each discussion will include a member of the Greek community who can add depth to the exploration of the Greek culture.
And be sure to read The History of Greece, a paper written by local author and teacher Dr. Constantine Ress.
Celebrating Greek Culture
Following the Sunday, January 27 opening ceremony, scheduled for 2:00pm in the Niles West High School Auditorium, more than fifty free events have been scheduled throughout the community. Culminating in personal appearances by two of the featured authors and featuring dance and music performances, an art exhibit, films, cooking programs, lectures and presentations of all types, book discussions, theatrical productions, a tour of the National Hellenic Museum, and much more, there is truly something for everyone!
Printed program books with the complete schedule are available in locations throughout Skokie, for download it in Adobe PDF format. Late-breaking details will be posted on the Coming Together in Skokie Facebook page.
And save the date! On Thursday, February 21 use this Dine Out in Skokie coupon for a 10% discount at any of seven local restaurants.
Past Years of Coming Together in Skokie
Program books for previous Coming Together in Skokie celebrations are available in Adobe PDF format.