Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:00-7:00 pm, Grades 1-5; Youth Program Room

Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read to a trained therapy dog. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only.  Registration required.  Call Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette 

Local Author Fair

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2:00-4:00 pm; Auditorium

Celebrate the Library’s many talented authors from Wilmette, Kenilworth, and the surrounding areas. Meet our writers, buy books, and enjoy an afternoon celebrating local creative talents. Featured authors include:

Amalya (Ami) Campbell • Betty Carlson Kay • Martina E. Faulkner • Barbara Freeman • Barbara Froman • Sheldon Hirsch • Raymond and Judith Hylton • Scott Johnson • Anne McGivern •
Dr. Bobbie McKay • Stephen Schwartz • John K. Thompson

If you’re interested in participating in a future Local Author Fair, please visit wilmettelibrary.info/localauthors.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion

Echo House by Ward Just

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 10:30-11:30 am, Auditorium

Join WPL staff for a discussion of Echo House, an epic chronicle of three generations of Washington power brokers and the women who loved them (except when they didn’t), complete with a family curse.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Book Discussion

Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II by Charles B. MacDonald

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium

Matt June, Northwestern University, will facilitate the discussion. Registration required. Copies of the book are available at the New Arrivals Desk.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 11:00 am-12:30 pm; Small Meeting Room

Join LWV and WPL for a discussion of Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, written in 1985, which has struck a nerve in today’s political discourse. The current, award- winning television series based on the book has brought renewed attention to the novel.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette 

Bilingual Storytime

Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:00-10:30 am, All ages, Youth Program Room

Join WPL for stories, songs, and fun in Spanish and English.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Kids Book Groups

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion. Copies of the books 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.

Mother-Daughter Book Club 
Middle School & Junior High Edition

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grades 5-8 with an adult; Youth Program Room

One Half from the East, by Nadia Hashimi. Registration required


Boys and Books
Middle School & Junior High Edition

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grades 5-8 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Ghost, by Jason Reynolds.  Registration starts 11/7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents; 11/14 for non-residents


2nd Grade Book Club

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

Nov. 30: Crash! by Nancy Krulik.  Registration starts 11/9 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents; 11/16 for non-residents