The Racine Public Library is collaborating with JavaVino, 424 Main St., to offer storytelling, poetry and film programs at the coffeehouse in Downtown Racine.
Storytellling: Families of children 8 and younger are invited to spend Saturday mornings with storytellers from the library at JavaVino on Dec. 1 and 15, and Jan. 5 and 19 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is a free event and no registration is necessary.
Poetry: Teen and adult Poetry Roundtables will be held monthly on the 3rd Thursday from 7-9 p.m. These free events will focus on contemporary American poetry, highlighting a different poet at each meeting. Participants will read poetry excerpts, analyze them and discuss their significance. Individuals with varying levels of poetry experience are welcome. Roundtables will be Dec. 20, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21.
The library's Poetry Roundtable webpage has information about each month's poet. Photocopies of the poetry will be provided, but it is recommended participants review the work in advance. Space is limited to 10 participants; call the library at 636-9217 to register. The Roundtable will be facilitated by Nick Demske, a local poet and library employee.
Winter Foreign Film Series: Join film enthusiasts to preview some of the library's film collection as JavaVino hosts free screenings on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, wine, coffee and a film and then visit Downtown Racine's restaurants for dinner. Upcoming films and dates after the break:
Aaltra, on Dec. 8: Two rural neighbors come to blows on a farm and get tangled up in a tractor. The tragedy leaves them both paralyzed, wheelchair bound, and simmering with spite. The embittered paraplegics decide to roll across Europe to seek revenge against the tractor's manufacturer. One of the funniest black comedies in some time.French with English subtitles.
The Man of the Year, on Jan. 12: Maiquel has lost a bet and dyed his hair blond. This event triggers a collision with destiny in which he goes from nobody to hero to outlaw in 24 hours. A vibrant, brazen crime saga based on the award-winning novel O Matador by Patricia Melo. Portugese with English subtitles.
Fraulein, on Feb. 9: Having left Belgrade for Zurich 25 years ago, 50-something Reza has become a cafeteria owner and completely detached herself from the past. When Ana, a young woman fleeing Sarajevo with a tragic secret, is hired to work in Reza's cafeteria, her passionate spirit and impulsiveness both irritates and warms Reza's chill demeanor. Their relationship will change both women in ways they never anticipate. A poignant drama with English subtitles.
For more information about the library's programs, contact the reference desks at 636-9217 or 636.9245, or look on the library's website.