Literary Events

.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.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Club Discussion

Tuesday, July 11, 10:30-11:30 am, Small Meeting Room

Join WPL Staff to discuss ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson. 

Four travelers arrive at a rambling old mansion. Will their stay be merely a spooky encounter with strange phenomena or does Hill House have something more ominous in store?

Refreshments will be served.

No meeting in August.


Summer StoryWalk 

Monday, July 10, Vattmann Park. Walks begin at 10:30 am and 11:00 am.  Rain date: Thursday, July 13 

Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. WPL StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer.

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.


Stories in the Parks

Mondays 10:30-11:00 am

Maple Park, July 17; Thornwood Park, July 24; Vattmann Park, July 31.

Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians in local parks.   Please gather near the tennis courts at each park.  In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library.  If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945.  Co-sponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Book Buddies

Thursday in July (July 6, 13, 20, 27), 7:00-7:45 pm, Youth Program Room.

Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00-7:45 pm; Youth Program Room; Grades 5-8 with an adult

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘Summerlost’ by Ally Condie.  Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 5-8 with an adult.  Registration required.   Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  Registration begins June 28 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; July 5 for non-residents.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Boys & Books

Tuesday, July 25, 7:00-7:45 pm; Grades 5-8 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘Ghost’ by Jason Reynolds.  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.  Registration begins July 5 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; July 12 for non-residents.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Meet Johnny Heller, Award Winning Audiobook Narrator

Friday, July 28, 3:00 -4:00 pm, Auditorium

Multi-Audie Award Winner Johnny Heller presents “The Johnny Heller Audiobook Experience,” a humorous performance/lecture on the making of an audiobook and a lively Q & A.  Johnny is a highly regarded commercial voice over and audio narration coach and teacher who has narrated more than 600 audiobooks for all ages.