The Kankakee Library Announces FantasyCon and Other June Events


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The Kankakee Public Library will offer the following events in June 2019. The library is located at 201 E. Merchant St., Kankakee. For more information call 815-939-4564. To learn more about upcoming events, visit the Kankakee Public Library’s Facebook page.


FantasyCon, Kankakee’s annual celebration of comics, fantasy, and sci-fi will be held on Saturday, June 1. Comic lovers of all ages can chat with artists and authors while browsing selections of comic books, memorabilia, and crafts from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. FantasyCon is free and open to the public.

Chess Club

Chess Club is the first and third Mondays of each month and will meet June 3 and 17 in the third-floor meeting room from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This club provides an atmosphere where chess players of all ages and playing levels can come together to play one another in the strategic game of chess. Chessboards will be provided but players may choose to bring in their own boards. This event will be open and free to the public. Snacks will be provided.

Uke & Me

Uke & Me is a ukulele play along group. Have you taken lessons or taught yourself how to play the ukulele? If so, you’re ready to join other players in a strum-along!  Come for this you-pick/we-pick hour of fun on Monday, June 10 and 24from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (L.O.S.S.) is a free, non-denominational program that supports individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one by suicide. The L.O.S.S. Program is offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with the Diocese of Joliet. They are funded by United Way, private foundations, as well as charitable contributions. L.O.S.S. offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can openly talk about feelings and experiences. They help patrons find community, direction and resources for healing. L.O.S.S. will be held Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion

The Tuesday Morning Book Discussion meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the third-floor meeting room. The book discussion for June, Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, will be held June 11. Books are currently available on the first floor of the Kankakee Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. Snacks and coffee will be provided!

Book Description:

Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl Markham is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Tai Chi Community Wellness

Join the Kankakee Public Library for a relaxing hour of Tai Chi every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. These sessions from The Community Wellness Group practices deep stretching, flexibility, and works to help create balance and energy. The next Tai Chi meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and 25

Cheri Boudreau
Cheri Boudreau
Cheri Boudreau is a writer for the Country Herald and a graduate student at Governors State University. When she's not writing, Cheri enjoys talking comics on podcasts and over on Instagram. She lives in Bourbonnais with her two rescue cats.


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