Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Winter Reading Club for Adults & Teens

January 2 – March 4

Get cozy this year with WPL’s Winter Reading Club. Visit the Recent Arrivals Desk for your sign-up gift and reading log for your completed books. Read or listen to three books to receive your completion prize and enter to win the grand prize – assorted goodies to keep you warm this winter.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Winter Reading Club for Kids 

Read at least 10 days between January 2 and March 4 to receive a free book and be entered into WPL’s grand prize drawing. Pick up a reading log at the Youth Services Desk between January 2 and February 23.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Game On! Power4Minds Reading Challenge

Ages 4-14

Read two books featuring strong female characters and submit an artistic response between February 1 and 28 at the Youth Services Desk to receive a certificate of achievement and a Lou Malnati’s coupon or a Game On! Power4Minds drawstring bag. Artwork will be displayed in the Library. Co-sponsored by Game On! Sports 4 Girls.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Pajama Storytime

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-7:00 pm, Ages 3 and up, Youth Program Room 

Come in your PJs and bring your favorite blankie or lovie for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft.


Mather Readers

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7:30 pm

This group meets at Mather Place of Wilmette, 2801 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette.

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7:30 pm

This biographical novel re-imagines the life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and his difficult creative compromises in the aftermath of his denouncement by Joseph Stalin.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Book Club Open House

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:00-8:00 pm, Auditorium 

Join WPL staff for a fabulous evening of sips, nips, and books. Grab a glass of wine and a nibble, and tour each station to learn about creating a book group, leading a discussion, book groups for different ages, and more. We’ll trade titles of best books for book groups and worst failures, and raffle off a bundle of newly published books. This fun, relaxed evening is open to those in book clubs looking for inspiration, and individuals who are just interested in learning how to join a group or start a group of their own.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion

‘Stoner’ by John Williams

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10:30-12:00 pm, Auditorium

Join WPL staff for a discussion of Stoner by John Williams.  Some 50 years after it was first published with little notice, Stoner, the story of an academic whose life is full of disappointments, is witnessing a revival of interest and praise, and has steadily infiltrated literary discussions about the American canon.

Refreshments will be served.


Year of the Dog Storytime 

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10:30-11:00 am, Ages 3 and up, Youth Program Room

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this bilingual Korean-English storytime.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group will discuss

‘The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed the World’ by Michael Lewis

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

Lewis explores behavioral economics through the intellectual lives and groundbreaking theories of two gifted Israeli psychologists, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore 

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 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

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.

Boys and Books

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grades 3-4 with an adult; Youth Program Room

‘The Million Dollar Shot’ by Dan Gutman.  Registration required.  Wilmette/Kenilworth residents starting 1/30; non-residents 2//6.


 2nd Grade Book Club

 Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grade 2 with an adult; Youth Program Room  

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert.    Registration required.  Wilmette/Kenilworth residents starting 2/1; non-residents 2/8.

Mother-Daughter Book Club 

Wednesday, Feb. 28 , 7:00-7:45 pm, Grades 3-4 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater. Registration required.  Wilmette/Kenilworth residents starting 2/7; non-residents 2/14.


Glow-in-the-Dark Storytime 

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:30-7:15 pm, Ages 3 and up, Youth Program Room 

Light up the night with glowing stories, songs, and games. Wear white so that you can glow, too!