In June 2017 the Pew Research Center released a study reporting that Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries.
Pew defines Millennials as anyone between the ages of 18-35 years-old as of the fall of 2016, the time at which the survey was administered. According to the study, 53 percent of the age group had used a public library or bookmobile within the previous year. The average across all adults 18 and older was 46 percent.
For this reason, The Des Plaines Public Library created programming and events specifically for people in this age group.
Meet DP Social: Events for 20 & 30 Somethings, offering "millennials" in the Chicagoland area a great new way to socialize, learn and share interests with like-minded people.
Here is a list of programs we’ve had so far!
In 2017 we launched our first Open Mic Night for 20 & 30 Somethings on the Terrace.
This was when the group was still called Millennials + Libraries. We decided to change the name recently since Millennials aren't going to be 20 & 30 somethings forever.
Some of Des Plaines's finest came and sang, read, and performed for us lucky audience members.
For our next program, we partnered with Temperance Beer Company in Evanston to lead a beer tasting in the library.
We got to learn about craft beer, socialize with other 20 & 30 somethings in the area, and listen to great music chosen by yours truly.
Not to brag or anything, but I have fantastic taste in music and beer!
In March of 2018 we had our first book discussion of the book My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris at Illusion Cafe.
The book is a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 1960s Chicago and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes.
If any of these programs sound appealing to you and you are a 20 or 30 something,
Make sure to sign up for our upcoming 90s & 00s Trivia night on August 24th!
We'll be there dressed in head to toe denim or pleather.