Glen Ellyn Bank and Trust, in partnership with The Bookstore and the Glen Ellyn Public Library, is sponsoring the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center's Literary Event.
Cristina Henríquez, best known as the author of "The Book of Unknown Americans," will share her perspective about "The Power of Stories."
The event will include food, light appetizers, cocktails, and raffle prizes. Henríquez's books will also be available for purchase.
Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Light appetizers and one drink are included in the ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.gecrc.org or at The Bookstore, 475 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.
All proceeds will benefit the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center.
The annual event will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Reserve 22 at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn, 485 Winchell Way.
The Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center was started over a decade ago as a nonprofit educational organization. Its mission is to provide tutoring and mentoring after school and in the summer to low-income students in Glen Ellyn schools.
There are over 100 volunteers who work with these students on a weekly basis.
The Resource Center now serves more than 100 children in three schools. The center is open Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, Hadley Junior High, and Churchill Elementary School.
The program is made possible by the support of individual donors, community volunteers and organizations as well as grants.
Cristina Henríquez is the author of "The Book of Unknown Americans," which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon's Top 10 Books of the Year. It was the Daily Beast Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, a Target Book of the Month selection, and was chosen one of the best books of the year by BookPage, Oprah.com, and School Library Journal.
It was also longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Visit www.cristinahenriquez.com.