Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Big Kid Storytime (Ages 4-7)

Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30:  4:00-4:30 pm, Youth Program Room  

Stories, songs, and dramatic play for bigger kids only. Registration required.  New registrations are welcome throughout the fall session.   Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Family Book Club

7:00-7:45 pm, Grades 3-8 with an adult. Siblings welcome.  Youth Program Room

Tuesday, Oct. 2: Supergifted, by Gordon Korman. Registration required.   Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste. Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  Registration starts Tuesday 10/2 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Tuesday 10/9 for non-residents.


Novels @ Night 

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:00-8:30 pm

Join Wilmette Public Library staff for a lively discussion of contemporary literature. Meet at Valley Lodge Tavern in downtown Wilmette, 1141 Central Ave.  Appetizers will be served. Drinks and other food available for purchase.


Mather Readers:   Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 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.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Book Discussion – Greener Choices Program

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2:00-3:00 pm, Auditorium

Discuss this immensely popular, award-winning book about the threats that currently face the Great Lakes with Go Green Wilmette.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion:

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi  

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 am – Noon, Auditorium

Newcomers welcome to this monthly book club that meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Refreshments will be served.

A horrifying creature stalks the bombed-out streets of postwar Baghdad, seeking vengeance. Man Booker International Prize finalist and winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore 

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:00-7:00 pm, Grades 1-5; Youth Program Room

Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to 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. Registration required.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mandarin-English Bilingual Storytime  

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30-11:00 am, All ages; Youth Program Room

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


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Pajama Storytime  

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30-7:00, 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.


Meet the Author 

Abdi Nor Iftin, Call Me American: A Memoir

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:00-8:30 pm, WJHS Auditorium

Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette

Somali refugee Abdi Nor Iftin will talk about his extraordinary new book, Call Me American: A Memoir.

Call Me American presents the incredible story of Iftin’s childhood in war-torn Somalia, when American movies and music provided him with an escape from a harrowing life. Years later, in a dream-come-true miracle, Iftin won a place in the American Green Card Lottery, and his escape to America became a reality.

Now a proud and legal resident of Maine and on his path to citizenship, Iftin’s dramatic and stirring account truly is a modern-day story, that also serves as a reminder of why western democracies still call to those who seek a better life.

The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required. A book signing will follow, with copies of the book available for purchase courtesy of The Book Stall. The Library has multiple copies of Call Me American for checkout. For more information, visit wilmettelibrary.info/meet-the-author or call (847) 256-6930.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Halloween Storytime  

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30-7:00 pm & Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:00-10:30 am, Ages 3 and up

Youth Program Room

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


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

Join for a discussion of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomo Oluo


2nd Grade Book Club 

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grade 2 with an adult; Youth Program Room  

Enjoy snacks, activities and discussion about ‘The Haunted House Next Door’ by Andres Miedoso.  Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk.  Registration required.  Registration opens Thursday, 10/4 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Thursday, 10/11 for non-residents

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