Literary Events

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

One Book Program – 2019

Featuring Rosellen Brown’s historical novel, The Lake on Fire. Click here to read the full press release.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Adult Winter Reading Club

Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Sunday, March 3

Visit the Recent Arrivals Desk to pick up your winter Reading Club bingo card.  Read and complete a variety of activities to make BINGO!  Come in each time to receive a prize, and turn in your card by March 3 to receive your completion prize.  Funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Library.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Winter Reading Club for Teens

Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Sunday, March 3

To participate in WPL’s Teen Winter Reading Club, visit the Recent Arrivals Desk for your sign-up gift and a reading log to track your completed books.  Read or listen to three books to receive your completion prize, and pick up a new log if you want to do it again.  You can do the program as many times as you want, but no book repeats please.  Funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Library.


 Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Mandarin-English Bilingual Storytime 

Friday, Feb. 1 @ 4:00-4:30 pm, All ages; Youth Program Room

Saturday, Feb. 2, 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

Big Kid Storytime (Ages 4–7)

Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26  from 4:00-4:30 pm, Youth Program Room

Stories, songs, and dramatic play for bigger kids only.


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.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 pm

The Professor’s House by Willa Cather


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Celebrating African American History

Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:00-11:45 am, Auditorium; All Ages

Join storyteller Gwen Hilary and musician Enoch Williamson for this participatory storytelling program that will include folktales from various parts of Africa, African chants, and stories by renowned African American children’s authors, all infused with African instruments.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion

Monthly Book Club that meets on second Tuesday.  Newcomers welcome.

‘Passing’ by Nella Larsen
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 am – noon; Auditorium


Novels @ Night – Nonfiction Edition

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 pm

The Rock House, 1150 Central Ave., Wilmette

Snack on pizza. Drinks and other food available for purchase.

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land  by Monica Hesse


 Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore 

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 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.  Registration required.  Call 847-256-6945 or stop by the Youth Desk.   No online registration.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

League of Women Voters (LWV) of Wilmette and WPL Book Group

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11 am – 12:30 pm, Small Meeting Room

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Join the League and your neighbors for a stimulating book discussion.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

2nd Grade Book Club

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:00-7:45 pm, Grade 2 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid’s Tale by Cornelia Funke

Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion. Registration required.  Call 847-256-6945 or stop by the Youth Desk.  Registration starts Feb. 7 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Feb. 14 for non-residents.   Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk.

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