Literary Events

One Book, Everybody Reads Program


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Read Across America

Thursday, March 2, drop in any time between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, All ages

Youth Program Room

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with games, activities, and, of course, cupcakes.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Adult & Teen Winter Reading Club

Monday, January 2 – Sunday, March 5

Explore all five senses through the Library’s Winter Reading Club. Pick up a log sheet at the Recent Arrivals Desk. Read or listen to any three books before Sunday, March 5 to be entered to win a basket of assorted sensory-related prizes. Pick up a log sheet at the Recent Arrivals Desk to take part in the drawing.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Snow Better Time to Read! – Kids’ Winter Reading Club

Read at least 10 days from Monday, January 2 through Sunday, March 5 to receive a free book and be entered into WPL’s grand prize drawing for a cozy blanket.  Open to Wilmette and Kenilworth residents, and students who attend Wilmette and Kenilworth schools.


End of Reading Club Celebration!

Saturday, March 4, 11:00-11:45 am, Auditorium, All ages

Join us for an end-of-club celebration with Chris Fair’s Laser Comedy Show. This is storytelling like you’ve never seen before!  Free ticket requiredTickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis.  Limit 8 tickets per family.

Sensory-Friendly Performance: 1:00-1:30 pm; Registration required, beginning Feb. 18.  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, March 8,  6:00-7:00 pm, Youth Department, 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.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore Informational Seminar

Saturday, March 11, 2:00-3:00 pm, Auditorium

Learn how you can become part of K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore, an animal-assisted children’s literacy and community outreach program. For more information, contact info@k9readingbuddies.org. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Local Author Book Fair

Sunday, March 12, 2:00-4:00 pm, Auditorium

Join the Library for its first ever celebration of local authors. WPL will be featuring a selection of local authors who will share information about their books. The featured authors have written fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, so there is truly something for all interests.

Authors tentatively planned thus far include Robert Boxer, Songju Ma, Michael Ellman, Edward Price, Elizabeth Benacka, and Mike Ryan.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Kids’ Library Council

Monday, March 13 and April 3, 7:00-8:00 pm, Grades 5-8 , Youth Program Room

Help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served.

March 13: Come to this program and get a free iPhone! Find out whether or not WPL is joking, and prepare your own pranks and hoaxes ahead of April Fools’ Day. Registration is required.   2/27 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 3/6 for non-residents.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

April 3:  Meet Max, the reading therapy cat! A representative from pet therapy group ‘Love on a Leash’ will introduce you to this amazing feline and explain how their program works.  Registration is required.   3/20 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 3/27 for non-residents.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Club Discussion

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

Tuesday, March 14, 10:30-11:30 am, Small Meeting Room

Join WPL Staff for a lively discussion of ‘The Confessions of Nat Turner’ by William Styron.  This fictionalized account of a historic event dramatizes the miseries, frustrations, and hopes that caused an extraordinary slave to rise up against those who held his people in bondage.

Refreshments will be served.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Boys and Books: Middle School & Junior High Edition

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00-7:45 pm; Grades 5-8; Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘The Boys in the Boat Young Readers Edition’ by Daniel James Brown.  Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 5-8.  Registration required.   Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00-7:45 pm; Youth Program Room; Grades 3-4 with an adult

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘Riding Freedom’ by Pam Munoz Ryan.  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.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Boys & Books

Tuesday, March 21, 7:00-7:45 pm; Grades 3-4 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘Invisible Inkling’ by Emily Jenkins.  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.  Sign up begins 2/28 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 3/7 for non-residents.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Wednesday, March 22, 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 ‘Hidden Figures’ by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Despite stringent segregation policies, a group of black female mathematicians become instrumental in the early success of NASA’s space program.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

2nd Grade Book Club

Thursday, March 23, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grade 2 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘Dory Fantasmagory’ by Abby Hanlon.    Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  Sign up begins 3/2 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 3/9 for non-residents. 


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Italian Storytime

Monday, March 27, 10:30-11:15 am, Ages 3-5 with an adult

Join ‘Insieme a Chicago’, an Italian culture and language school for kids and their families, for an Italian-language storytime and craft. Siblings welcome. Registration required.  3/13 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 3/20 for non-residents.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

 

What Do I Read Next?

Tuesdays, March 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

Learn how Goodreads and Novelist can help you browse reading interests, discover new authors, rate and review your reads, and choose your next literary adventure.   Registration required.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Kids’ Library Council

Monday, April 3, 7:00-8:00 pm, Grades 5-8 , Youth Program Room

Help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served.

April 3:  Meet Max, the reading therapy cat! A representative from pet therapy group ‘Love on a Leash’ will introduce you to this amazing feline and explain how their program works.  Registration is required.   3/20 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 3/27 for non-residents.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register