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Upcoming Literary Events

An Evening with Best-Selling Author Lee Child
Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 pm
Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette
Best-selling thriller fiction writer Lee Child was fired and on the dole when he hatched a harebrained scheme to write a bestselling novel, thus saving his family from ruin. Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the Jack Reacher series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. His latest novel, Personal, was a worldwide #1 bestseller. Mr. Child has won many crime literary prizes including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger award in 2013 and the Anthony and Barry Awards. Please come to hear Mr. Child speak about his creative process and experiences. No tickets required for this event.

Adult & Teen Summer Reading
Celebrate music through programming, listening, and reading.  Visit the Recent Arrivals Desk for your sign-up gift and reading log for your completed books. For every four books listened to or read, you’ll receive a completion prize and the chance to win the grand prize. Turn in your log sheets by August 2. For more details, visit www.wilmettelibrary.info/summerreadingclub or call 847-256-5025. The Club is funded through the generosity of the Friends of the Wilmette Library.

Top Five Reasons for Adults and Teens to Join the Summer Reading Program
1. Exposure to books from different genres.
2. You become an active member in your Library community.
3. “National research finds that students who participate in library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate”. iRead.com
4. Encourages life-long reading habits.
5. And, of course, the prizes!

Read to the Rhythm with Joel Frankel
Thursday, June 18, 3:30-4:15 pm, All ages.
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Read, sing, clap, and dance to the rhythm of Joel Frankel’s Musical Merriment.  Free Ticket required.  Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the evening before the program (6/17) starting at 6 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.  Limit of 6 tickets/family.

Book Club Discussion with Film Highlights
Chronicles by Bob Dylan
Monday, June 22, 7:00 -8:00 pm,
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
This special summer book-club presentation of 'Chronicles' will be led by author and film studies professor Michael Smith and will include discussion as well as the screening of relevant film clips of Dylan corresponding to the different eras discussed in the book.

Mother-Daughter Book Club
Wednesday, June 24, 7:00-7:45 pm
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
'Hachiko Waits', by Lesléa Newman - Registration required.  Enjoy snacks, activities and discussion about 'Hachiko Waits'.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk.  Grades 3-5 with an adult.  Sign up starts 6/3 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 6/10 for non-residents.

Park-a-Day Challenge
Monday, June 8, Vattmann Park
Wednesday, June 10, Townley Field, Kenilworth
Join WPL for an outdoor storytime from 11:30 am to noon when you take the Park-a-Day Challenge to play, discover new play spaces, and promote children’s unstructured play. In partnership with the Alliance for Early Childhood and area park districts and libraries.


Stories in the Parks Selected Mondays, 10:30-11:00 am
Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians in local parks. Maple Park, June 22 and July 27; Thornwood Park, June 29 and August 3; Vattmann Park, July 13. Please gather near the tennis courts at each park. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place in the Current Periodicals Room at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Co-sponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.


Stories in the Library
WPL's Summer Storytime session begins June 16 and ends July 24. These 30-minute programs are held in the Current Periodicals Room.

Babytime (ages 0-24 mo.): Thursdays at 9:30 am, followed by a 30-minute playtime.  Songs, rhymes, tickle and bounces.  6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23
Rhymetime (ages 18 mo.+): Fridays at 9:30-10:00 am.  Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs and more.  6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 
Preschool Storytime (ages 3+): Tuesdays at 10:30-11:00 am.  Longer books, songs and movement for children who enjoy a good story.  6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21


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