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Upcoming Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Adult and Teen Winter Reading Club
January 2 - February 28
New year, new Winter Reading Club -- with weekly drawings!  For each book you read or listen to, come to the Library and submit the title and your name and contact information.  You'll be entered into that week's drawing.  The more books you read, the more chances you'll have to win a weekly prize and the grand prize.  If you've read some books but can't make it in, simply submit each book title online at wilmettelibrary.info/winterreadingclub.

 
One Book Everybody Reads
The Library is delighted to announce that the 2016 selection is Richard Russo’s 1993 novel, Nobody’s Fool, along with its sequel, Everybody’s Fool. The latter will be published in early May. Mr. Russo will speak about both books when he visits Wilmette on Saturday, May 14. The One Book program is funded by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. Watch for details at www.wilmettelibrary.info/onebook.

 

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents
Cymbeline
Saturday, February 27, 2:00-4:00 pm, WPL Auditorium
Join the Shakespeare Project for a free performance of one of Shakespeare's later works. The group often plays to a packed house, so make sure you arrive early (1:45 pm) for a good seat.
Another of Shakespeare’s late romances, this work is set in ancient Britain and is based on legends concerning the early Celtic British King Cunobeline. Featuring themes of innocence and jealousy, it encompasses aspects of both tragedy and comedy.  Funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.  For questions, contact Sarah Beth Brown, 847-256-6925.

 
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Club
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Media Room
Refreshments will be served.
Location: Media Room
Contact: Leslie Litoff
Contact Number: 847-256-6930

Join WPL Staff for a lively discussion of 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' by William Maxwell.  On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man has been killed, and the tenuous friendship between two lonely teenagers has been shattered. Fifty years later, one of those boys – now a grown man -- tries to reconstruct the events that led up to the murder.   Critics have called this a novel that in its calm reflection makes greatness seem simple.

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group
Wednesday, February 24, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Small Meeting Room
Join The Wilmette League of Women Voters (LWV) and the Library staff for Wednesday morning book talks facilitated by LWV members and engage in a lively discussion of a non-fiction book relevant to our civic lives.  Title:  Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner.

Location: Small Meeting Room
Contact: Betty
Contact Number: 847-256-6936

Evening Book Group
Growing Strong: Three Titles of Personal Transformation
Offsite at the Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1110 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
On third Thursdays in February, March, and April, join WPL staff offsite to discuss stories of personal growth.  Registration is required and available online through the Library’s calendar; space is limited.
'Furiously Happy' by Jenny Lawson on Thursday, Feb. 18, 7-8 pm
Lawson engages both humor and brutal honesty to explore her lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.
'Rising Strong' by Brene Brown on Thursday, March 17, 7-8 pm
Social scientist Brene Brown writes about being vulnerable and living bravely.

'My Life on the Road' by Gloria Steinem on Thursday, April 21, 7-8 pm
The nation’s pre-eminent feminist chronicles her life and travels.
 

 
Boys & Books
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:00-7:45 pm
Youth Program Room
Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about 'EllRay Jakes is NOT a Chicken' by Sally Warner.  Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult.  Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

 
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:00-7:00 pm, Youth Program Room, Grades 1-5
Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, sign up for one 15-minute slot.  K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program.   Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

 
Mother-Daughter Book Club
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:00-7:45 pm
Youth Program Room
 Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about 'Words with Wings' by Nikki Grimes.  Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult.  Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

 

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