Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8: Special Guest Storytime featuring pirates, princesses, and superheroes.

10:30-11:00 am, Ages 0-6 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Space is limited. Free day-of tickets will be available at the Youth Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.


Mather Readers

Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 pm

This off-site group of older adults meets at Mather Place of Wilmette, 2801 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, for a lively book discussion on the first Wednesday of the month.

 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 

Navigating between the Indian traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations.


 Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 am – Noon, Auditorium

Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson 

This stunning coming-of-age novel sensitively explores the relationship of landscape to personality. Winner of the 1993 Milkweed National Fiction Prize.   Newcomers welcome to this monthly book club that meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Refreshments will be served.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Summer Reading Club: Reading Takes you Anywhere

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with Jeanie B!

Monday, June 18, Library Lawn, 6-8 pm, All ages

Start Summer Reading Club with a concert by award-winning songwriter Jeanie B! Bring a picnic dinner beginning at 6:00 pm. There will be face painting and free ice cream on the lawn from 6:00-6:45 pm. The performance starts at 7:00 pm. In case of rain or extreme heat, meet in the Auditorium.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Youth Literary Magazine 

Kids entering grades 3-8, submit your best stories, poems, comics, and artwork to the Youth Literary Magazine. Submissions will be accepted Monday, June 18, through Tuesday, July 31. Work should be related to our summer reading theme — Reading Takes You Everywhere. Pick up complete submission guidelines in the Youth Services Department or on the library website.


Wide World Storytime 

Tuesdays, June 19 – July 31, 4:00-5:00 pm, Grades K-3

Travel the world with books and activities from all over the world. We will experience stories from one continent each week until we’ve traveled the globe.

June 19: South America

     Registration 6/5 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 6/12 for non-residents

June 26: Europe

     Registration 6/12 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 6/19 for non-residents


Wilmette Public Library Event

Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden Tour 

Tuesday, June 26 from 1:45-3:00 pm

(no attendees will be admitted on the tour past 1:45 pm)

Join WPL for a talk and tour of the Lenhardt Library’s rare book exhibition, ‘Color My World: Hues of Nature’ at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and view a variety of specially chosen, rare books.  Afterward, participants are welcome to enjoy all the Botanic Garden has to offer.

Registration is required for every attendee; ages 10 and up, no exceptions.  More information will be given upon registration.  Contact WPL’s high school and adult librarian Jill McKeown with any further questions. 847-256-6952 Adult Services Desk


Libraries Take You Everywhere!   

Wednesday, June 27, 10:30-11:00 am, All ages, Vattmann Park

We’ll be bringing the fun of Summer Reading all around the community this summer, starting with Vattmann Park. Check the website for WPL’s July and August dates. In case of rain or extreme heat, meet in the Youth Program Room.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

‘Drum Roll, Please’ Book Release Party

Sunday, July 1, 2:00-3:30 pm, Periodicals Room

Celebrate the release of WPL Youth Services librarian Lisa Bigelow’s newest book, ‘Drum Roll, Please’! Enjoy refreshments and a reading from the middle-grade novel. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from The Book Stall.