Event—Public Programming


Celebrate all things Newberry with collection presentations, guided tours, information sessions, and so much more at our new summer fest!

Join us for our new summer fest, an event designed to help you learn more about the Newberry. NewberryFest will take over the first floor of the library, providing unique opportunities for engagement, education, and enjoyment! 

  • Come face-to-face with extraordinary items from our collections and have your questions answered by our expert librarians and curators. 
  • Enjoy a lineup of talks and performances that will help you navigate all the Newberry has to offer, learn about upcoming classes and exhibitions, and give you a glimpse into programming at the library. 
  • Take a tour to the upper levels of the Newberry to learn more about the library’s history. You’ll get a peek at some behind-the-scenes magic from staff in our Conservation and Digital Initiatives and Services departments. 

This event is a free and open to all; no registration is necessary.

Speaker and Performance Schedule

The following talks and performances are designed to help you navigate all the Newberry's collection, learn about upcoming classes and exhibitions, and give you a glimpse into programming at the library. Each talk will last for approximately 30 minutes. The performance by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago will run for approximately an hour.

  • 10:00am: Newberry 101, your introduction to using the Newberry's world-class collection
  • 11:00am: Suzanne Karr Schmidt, George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • 12:15pm: Shakespeare Project of Chicago performance of My Name is Will
  • 1:30pm: Steven J. Venturino, PhD, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, former Adjunct Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, and popular Newberry Adult Education instructor
  • 2:30pm: Preview of our upcoming Indigenous Chicago exhibition with Analú López, Ayer Librarian and Assistant Curator of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and Rose Miron, Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
  • 3:30pm: Genealogy 101 with Matthew Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History

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