Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Nick Offerman

Saturday, June 27, 2015 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

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Esplanade 305

Actor, author, humorist, and woodworker Nick Offerman--best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”—promises attendees plenty of laughter as well as a special library connection. As a lifelong reader coming from a family of librarians, he credits his aunt, Michele Houchens, the local history librarian at the Three Rivers Public Library in Minooka, Illinois and his sister, Lauren Offerman, the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Public Library District, with encouraging his love of reading.

Offerman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living and the forthcoming Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Dutton, May 2015). He acted with Chicago theatre companies, worked as a fight choreographer and master carpenter at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and has appeared in numerous films. Prior to “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, his most prominent role was as factory worker and Benny-Lopez-love-interest Randy McGee on “George Lopez.” In 2007, he co-starred in the Comedy Central series “American Body Shop.” Other TV appearances include as a plumber on “Will & Grace,” as a hobo on “The King of Queens,” in “24,” and in an episode of “The West Wing.”

Attendees can look forward to a humor-filled hour if the introduction on Offerman’s professional woodshop’s website is any indication: “We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines and fine furniture. From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.”
Sponsored by Dutton, a division of Penguin Publishing.

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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:10pm PDT
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