Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00-7:00 pm, Grades 1-5, Youth Program Room

Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read some of your favorite stories 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. Register in person or call 847-256-6945 beginning Wednesday, September 18.


Mather Readers

This book group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm at Mather Place of Wilmette, 2801 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette.

‘Embers’ by Sandor Marai

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30-8:30 pm


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Book Club Open House

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Calling all book lovers! Whether you are interested in starting or joining a book club, or are a decades-long book group devotee, learn what the library can offer. Join for sips and snacks as WPL’s librarians teach you tricks to find titles and lead your book club. All readers welcome!


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion

‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ by Thomas Hardy

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:30-Noon, Auditorium

Monthly book club that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers welcome.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mandarin-English Bilingual Storytime

Friday, Oct. 18, 4:00-4:30 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:30-11:00 am

For children of all ages; Youth Program Room

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


Meet the Author:

Susan Orlean, ‘The Library Book’

Esteemed author, journalist, and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean will talk about her New York Times bestseller, ‘The Library Book’, on Saturday, October 19, 2:00 p.m. at Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.

This event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required. A book signing will follow, with copies of The Library Book available for purchase courtesy of The Book Stall.

In The Library Book, Ms. Orlean weaves her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of a devastating fire at the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. Along the way, she delivers an enthralling book that tells a broader story of libraries while revealing how these beloved institutions remain an essential part of our nation’s heart, mind, and soul.

The Library Book was nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Nonfiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 as well as a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year. It will be adapted by Ms.Orlean for a forthcoming television series with Paramount TV.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. In addition to ‘The Library Book’, she is the author of seven other books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation.

The Library has copies of ‘The Library Book’ in multiple formats, including print, audio, and digital. For more information, visit wilmettelibrary.info/meet-the-author or call (847) 256-6930.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group

Discussion of ‘The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal’ by William J. Burns

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  Join the League and your neighbors for a stimulating discussion about ‘The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal’.   

Copies available through the library and online at www.justice.gov


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Parent-Child Book Club for 2nd and 3rd Graders

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grade 2/Grade 3 with an adult, Youth Program Room

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about ‘The Case of the Lost Boy’ by Dori Hillestad Butler.  Sign up and get your own copy of the book to keep at the Youth Services Desk.  Registration begins Thursday, 10/3 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Thursday 10/10 for non-residents.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Halloween Storytime

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:30-11:00 am and Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30-7:00 pm, Ages 3 & up

Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged.

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