Community members with an interest in crocheting can learn how to make scarves at Joliet Junior College’s “Yarn From the Home Front,” event, a part of the Great Read program, on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-9 p.m. on the Main Campus, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The event is free, but all participants must call ahead of time to register at 815-280-1555. All ages are welcome.
The Great Read is a community-wide program that promotes literacy and helps both children and adults find books they might enjoy. This year’s theme is “The World Wars: Pages in Time.” Books about World War I or World War II are suggested for reading material on their website, ww2.psd202.org/greatread.
During both wars, knitting and crocheting events were popular among Americans. In those days, community members gathered for “Knit Ins,” to make socks, scarves and other clothing for troops overseas. According to Brenda Large, JJC’s personal enrichment coordinator, “Yarn From the Home Front,” is a great program to commemorate veterans, support current military members, and to learn a little bit about the history of the United States.
“This program will also be a really nice way to learn a new skill,” Large added. “This event will encourage the community to read, and to meet new people.”
Other Gread Read events this year will include “Live For Tomorrow – Meet the Author,” on Thursday, Feb. 20, and a JJC children’s event called “Warmth From the Home Front,” on March 15.
The Great Read is presented by Joliet Junior College, Plainfield School District 202, the Plainfield Public Library, the Joliet Public Library, the Fountaindale Public Library, the Shorewood-Troy Public Library, the White Oak Library District, Troy School District 30c, Plainfield Township, the Joliet Barnes & Noble store, and Voyager Media.