Family Fun. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance for families to listen to stories, play board games and make crafts. For all ages.
Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Stories and activities for children up to age 2.
Seminar. Noon, U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman presents as part of her U. of C. Institute of Politics fellow seminar series, “The Politics of School Reform.” For more information, or to RSVP, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Reading. 1 p.m., Logan Center, room 901, 915 E. 60th St., 773-834-8524. Short fiction writer Ben Marcus presents. For more information, send an e-mail to Kelly O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminar. 4:30 p.m., U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Former Turkish parliament member Suat Kiniklioglu presents as part of his U. of C. Institute of Politics fellow seminar series, “The Bridge Between the Bosphorus.” For more information, or to RSVP, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Author Talk. 5 p.m., International House, assembly hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, free. Christian Parenti, author of “Climate Change and the Political Ecology of American Power,” presents. Co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.
Author Talk. 6 p.m., Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., 773-834-4671, free. Peter Slevin, author of “Michelle Obama: A Life,” presents. For more information, or to RSVP, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Book Talk. 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. For Anne Balay’s “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers.” With the U. of C. LGBT Alumni Network. To RSVP, visit semcoop.com.
Panel Discussion. “How to Make a Smart Museum: The Technology Question.” 6 p.m., Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., 773-702-0200, free. A discussion on the role of technology in experiencing art. Panelists to be announced. Space is limited. Register in advance at smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
Author Conversation. 1 p.m., Logan Center, room 801, 915 E. 60th St., 773-834-8524. Featuring short fiction writers Vu Tran and Ben Marcus. For more information, send an e-mail to Kelly O’Brien at email@example.com.
Discussion. “Atmospheres II: An Object Roundtable.” 1-2:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. A roundtable discussion with short presentations, structured around works from the Smart Museum’s collection. Space is limited. RSVP by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Launch. 3 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 773-684-1300. For Hyde Park author Kate Hannigan’s latest book, “The Detective’s Assistant.” To RSVP, visitsemcoop.com.
Girl Scouts. 3-5 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Call Laura Stern at 773-387-4488 for more information.
Xbox Fun Friday. 3:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance for children ages 5 and up to play Xbox dancing and sports games.
April After Hours at Robie House. 5-8 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, flwright.org, $35 general admission, $30 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members. A chance to gather for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music at the Robie House.
Concert. “40 Years in the Moment.” 8:30 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, $20 VIP, $15 general admission, 40yearsinthemoment.eventbrite.com. Featuring pianist Adegoke Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson with a band.
Ancient Earth Day. 1-4 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, free. Participants learn how ancient Mesopotamians cared for the earth, their names for animals and nature gods and how they thought the planet was created. Featuring a chance to create a model ancient Mesopotamian temple from recycled materials. Participants are asked to bring their extra cardboard shoeboxes and paper towel rolls for craft making. Register at oi.uchicago.edu/register.
Earth Day Cleanup. 1-3 p.m., 63rd Street Beach, beach house.
Presentation. “Bank on It for Teens.” 1-4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. An expert presentation focusing on banking basics for teens.
Curator Tour. 2 p.m., Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. With Alice Kain and Angela Steinmetz, guest curators of the museum’s exhibit, “Objects and Voices.” Space is limited. Register in advance by visiting smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.