Literary Events

Book Club Discussion Series

The Rock House Coffee Shop, 1150 Central Avenue, Wilmette

Not Your Average 9-5: Second in Series of Three Perspectives on Working in the Medical Field

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join for a lively discussion of ‘A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back’ by Kevin Hazzard. 

“A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.”

All discussions in this series (next is June 7) will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm at The Rock House coffee shop at 1150 Central Ave., Wilmette.


Meet the Author:  Affinity Konar to Speak About ‘Mischling’

Sunday, May 7, 2:00 pm

Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette

The Wilmette Public Library and The Book Stall welcome author Affiinity Konar for a talk about her best-selling novel ‘Mischling’, the library’s 2017 ‘One Book Everybody Reads’ selection for its annual community reading series.  The novel is a compelling story of 12 year old twin sisters Pearl and Stasha who fight to survive the evils of Dr. Josef Mengele and the Holocaust.  ‘Mischling’ counters the brutality of the Holocaust by sending messages of hope, beauty and resilience.  The Library has explored the powerful themes in ‘Mischling’ throughout the spring.  The author talk is the final event in this year’s ‘One Book, Everybody Reads’ series.  The event is free and open to the public, and tickets or registration are not required.  A book signing will be held following the program. Copies of Mischling will be available on site for purchase from The Book Stall.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Club Discussion

Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Small Meeting Room

Join WPL Staff to discuss this year’s One Book, Everyone Reads selection, ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain’ by James Baldwin.  In this classic novel from 1953, a 14 year old boy discovers the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront church in 1930’s Harlem.  Baldwin writes beautifully of the struggle for self-invention and self-knowledge.

Refreshments will be served.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00-7:45 pm; Youth Program Room; Grades 3-4 with an adult

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘The Double-Digit Club’ by Marion Dane Bauer.  Copies of the book 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.


Spring StoryWalk

Monday, May 15 @ Vattman Park (15th St. @ Lake St., west of Green Bay Road)

Walks begin at 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm.  Rain date: Wednesday, May 17

Enjoy the outdoors, read the new spring story with WPL librarians, and finish up with a treat. Wilmette Library’s StoryWalk will stay up throughout the spring.

 The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The StoryWalk® Project was adapted for use in Wilmette by the Wilmette Public Library, the Friends of the Wilmette Library, and the Wilmette Park District.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Boys & Books

Tuesday, May 16, 7:00-7:45 pm; Grades 3-4 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘The Homework Machine’ by Dan Gutman.  Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

2nd Grade Book Club

Thursday, May 18, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grade 2 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein.  Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

League of Women Voters of Wilmette and WPL Book Group

‘Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition’ by Daniel Okrent

Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

Join The Wilmette League of Women Voters and the Library for a book discussion. This month’s choice is ‘Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition’ by Daniel Okrent.

A brilliant, authoritative and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.

The group will not meet during June, July and August and will resume in September.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Uniquely Chicago!

Mighty Casey, Shoeless Joe and the Cubs: Baseball Literature and American Identity 

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium

As America’s oldest amateur and professional game, baseball has long provided writers with a lens for viewing American culture.  From ‘Casey at the Bat’ to ‘The Natural’ to ‘Shoeless Joe’ (the novel basis for’ Field of Dreams’) to the 2016 Cubs, this lecture will examine how different baseball narratives (the stories built into and spun out of the game itself) engage with larger conversations about American identity. Presented by Bill Savage, PhD., Northwestern University.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Adult and Teen Summer Reading Club
May 30 – August 31

Celebrate everything design, from architecture and technology to music and painting.  Visit the Recent Arrivals Desk for your sign-up gift and reading log.  For every four books listened to or read, you’ll receive a Wilmette Library umbrella and the chance to win the grand prize, a $100 gift card to a local business ($50 for teens)!  For more details, visit wwwwilmettelibrary.info/summerreadingclub or call 847-256-5025.

The Summer Reading Club is funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Library.


Mark Your Calendars for Intergenerational Storytime

Wednesday, June 7, 10:30-11:00 am

Mather Place of Wilmette, 2801 Old Glenview Road

All ages welcome.

Wilmette Public Library is bringing Storytime on the road!  Meet WPL staff at Mather Place of Wilmette, 2801 Old Glenview Road, to brighten up the residents’ morning with stories, songs and fun.