Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Summer Reading Club Finishing Party with Ralph’s World

Thursday, August 1, 7:00-7:45 pm concert, Library lawn, for the whole family

Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner to the Library lawn beginning at 6:00 pm. There will be free Homer’s ice cream, 6:00–6:45 pm, followed by a concert with Grammy-nominated Ralph Covert and his band, who entertain parents and kids alike with their family-friendly rock and roll.In case of rain or extreme heat, the show will take place in the Auditorium.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Adult Summer Reading Club (funded by Friends of Wilmette Public Library)

A Universe of Stories

Runs through August 31

Let the Library take you everywhere.  Visit the Recent Arrivals Desk for your sign-up gift and reading log. Read or listen to any six books and receive a completion prize – select a book from a wide variety of new and popular titles to take home and keep. For more details, visit wilmettelibrary.info/summerreadingclub or call 847-256-5025.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

YIVO Summer Series: Angels, Demons, Rabbis & Fools: Tales From Jewish Tradition

Tuesday, August 6, 2:00-3:00 pm, Auditorium

Join Storyteller Susan Stone and Lucia Thomas on violin and oud as part of YIVO’s summer series. As a professional storyteller, Susan Stone has been captivating audiences for over 30 years. Jewish tales from Midrash, folklore and Hasidic sources performed with grace and humor transport her listeners to experience the wealth of humor, wisdom and pathos in oral tradition.


Wilmette Writers Group

Tuesdays,  Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 7:00-8:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment.

This group serves as a creative writing workshop in which participants read and critique each other’s work, in addition to learning about useful literary techniques. Current group members include practitioners of the novel, short story, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Julie West Johnson, formerly a New Trier English teacher, facilitates the group, which meets weekly.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mindfulness Storytime

Wednesday, August 7, 2:00-3:00 pm, Grades K-2, parents and siblings welcome; Youth Program Room

Practicing mindfulness helps children (and adults) find more focus and calm. Listen to stories and practice breathing and movement exercises that will help you reach a peaceful state of mind. Registration required, beginning Wed 7/24 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents; 7/31 for non-residents


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mandarin-English Bilingual Storytime

Friday, August 9, 4:00-4:30 pm and Saturday, August 10, 10:30-11:00 am, for the whole family; Youth Program Room

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


Novels @ Night – Valley Lodge Tavern, 1141 Central Ave., Wilmette

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Monday, August 12, 7:00 pm

Unexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self. Appetizers will be served. Other food and drinks available for purchase.

Registration required.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Family Storytime

Friday, August 16, 10:00-10:45 am, for the whole family; Youth Program Room
Stories, songs, dances, and crafts for children of all ages! Children younger than 3 must be accompanied by an adult.

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