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Upcoming Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
100th Anniversary of World War I

August, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, and this fall the Library will explore this period of our history with a series on “The Great War.” Register for programs via the Library’s online calendar or call 847-256-6930. 

Book Discussion: Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7:00-8:30 pm,, WPL Auditorium

Historian Max Hastings delves into the many roads that led to WWI; a history of the war's outbreak from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battles that dotted the Eastern and Western fronts.   Discussion led by Paul Grasmehr, Reference Coordinator at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
Register online or call 847-256-6935.
Location: Auditorium
Registration Ends: 10/8/2014 at 11:00 AM
Contact: Nancy Wagner

Mike at the Movies: Global Perspectives on WWI 
Saturday, Oct.18, 2:00-3:15 pm pm, WPL Auditorium

Film scholar Michael Smith will examine cinematic depictions of the “Great War” from a variety of perspectives.   Film  clips include portrayals of the conflict as seen by Hollywood in the silent (The Big Parade) as well as the sound era (Lawrence of Arabia), not to mention responses from France (Grand Illusion) and Germany, where the reaction was more "coded" through the bleak movement known as Expressionism.

Film Screening:                                                                                                       
Friday, October 10:  All Quiet on the Western Front
2:30-4:45 pm; 6:30-8:45 pm
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Book Discussion

Monday, October 27, 7:00 pm, WPL Auditorium

Austen gives love and marriage a run for their money in this country novel of manners set in Georgian England.  Written more than 200 years ago, Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most popular works of English literature. 

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:00-7:00 pm, Youth Program Room, Grades 1-5
Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only.  Registration required.   Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945

Heroes of Olympus Release Party
Thursday, Oct. 9, 4:30-5:30 pm, Auditorium, Grades 4-8

Celebrate the release of the newest installment in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. Enjoy games and activities inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Registration required. Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945

October 12-18
Teen Read Week!

WPL knows that many teens are overwhelmed with homework and busy social calendars, so during Teen Read Week, WPL encourages teens to slow down and rediscover the fun in reading.
Get Caught Reading at the Library -- Get caught reading for fun around the Library, win prizes and get your picture posted on the Library’s Instagram page.

Guess the Book -- Guess the shredded high school book in the Teen Room and win the grand prize.

Read for Fun at the Rock House -- Read a book of your choosing at the Rock House coffee house and get a discount. Must be a teen and mention Teen Read Week to the cashier.


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