Wilmette Public Library Upcoming Adult Events

On this page, you’ll find upcoming adult events scheduled in the next few weeks. For a full listing of all our upcoming events, please visit our online calendar.

  • Mighty Casey, Shoeless Joe and the Cubs: Baseball Literature and American Identi
    When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    As America’s oldest amateur and professional game, baseball has long provided writers with a lens for viewing American culture. From “Casey at the Bat” to The Natural to Shoeless Joe (the novel basis for Field of Dreams) to the 2016 Cubs, this lecture will examine how different baseball narratives (the stories built into and spun out of the game itself) engage with larger conversations about American identity. Presented by Bill Savage, PhD., Northwestern University.
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Media Room

    Calling all knitters and stitchers! Bring your project for an informal session and share your expertise and wisdom. Refreshments served.
  • Armchair Travels -- Tanzania
    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    World Traveler Bill Helmuth will give an exciting presentation exploring Tanzania.
  • Digital Magazines
    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Read magazines on the go. Download to your digital device from a selection of over 80 popular titles like Golf Digest, The Economist, and Vanity Fair using Zinio for Libraries.
  • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Discover what is unique about Jewish genealogy, what information to look for, and how to get started.
    Presented by Mike Karsen, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the author of the JewishGen website "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland".
  • Streaming Media
    When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Learn about hoopla, a service that lets you borrow and instantly stream music, movies, and TV shows. Retail services like Netflix will also be discussed.
  • Armchair Travels -- Peru
    When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Take a video tour of Peru.
  • Roberta Miles in Concert
    When: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Roberta Miles is a romantic who sings jazz. A Chicago native, she's been performing in the Chicago Jazz scene for over 20 years. Her love and knowledge of the great American composers deepens her interpretation of the standards. Her performances feature songs by composers such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Frank Loesser.
  • Visit the Library at Wilmette's French Market
    When: Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Where: Off-site

    Visit the Library's table to sign up for the summer reading club and enter a raffle to win a bag of fresh produce
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • SCORE Counseling
    When: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Mentoring Appointment Sign Up Now” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • Current Events Roundtable
    When: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Current Events Roundtable is the place to enjoy your second cup of coffee along with a roundup on the leading national, international and local news of the day. Moderated by Deerfield resident Don Levinthal, the group covers all points on the political spectrum. Newcomers are welcome.
  • The Evolution of the Revolution: HAMILTON
    When: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Dominic Missimi, Founder and former Director of Northwestern's Music Theatre Program, examines the British Invasion of musicals and the development of the American rock musical. In addition to Miranda's In The Heights, he'll explore how musicals like Hair, Les Mis, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and the musicals of Sondheim influenced Miranda in his creation of Hamilton.
  • Veterans Roundtable
    When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Meet with fellow veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to enjoy coffee and conversations. Newcomers are welcome.
  • Intergenerational Storytime
    When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Off-site

    We're bringing Storytime on the road! Meet us at Mather Place of Wilmette (2801 Old Glenview Road) to brighten up the residents' morning with stories, songs, and fun. All ages.
  • "Cook County ICU" Author Visit and Signing
    When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Library is excited to welcome Cory Franklin, MD to discuss his book, "Cook County ICU." Dr. Franklin will discuss the book and answer questions about his career. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

    Come and discuss one of the nation's most fascinating public hospitals through the eyes of its Director of Intensive Care, Dr. Cory Franklin. Dr. Franklin recalls a litany of unusual medical cases and unforgettable patients from his 30-year career.
  • ADHD Support Group
    When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Attend an informal, non-judgmental forum to discuss ADHD. Learn and share strategies and resources, or come just to listen. The group's facilitator, Wilmette resident Dale Davison, holds a Master's degree in special education; she is a board certified ADHD coach and consultant.
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Media Room

    Calling all knitters and stitchers! Bring your project for an informal session and share your expertise and wisdom. Refreshments served.
  • Armchair Travels -- The Historic Gardens of Paris
    When: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Tish Robinson will take you on a tour of the historic gardens of Paris.
  • Page to Stage - …FAIR TREATMENT TO ALL: The Anti-Defamation League
    When: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” partially in response to Leo Frank’s ordeal that same year. We are honored to host representatives of ADL and discuss their history, the inclusive work that they do and the resonance of Parade in today’s society.
  • SCORE Counseling
    When: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Mentoring Appointment Sign Up Now” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • "Open Sesame: the Story of Seeds" Greener Choices Film Screening
    When: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    This provocative and emotionally gripping documentary puts the spotlight on the threat to seeds, which provide everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat. The film examines the harmful effects of big business and genetic modification to seeds by interviewing experts in the field, including farmers, environmental and political activists.
  • Alzheimer's Support Group
    When: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Caregivers of a loved-one or patient with Alzheimer's disease are invited to attend support group meetings. Mike Denesha, the group's facilitator, is a Wilmette resident who holds a Master's degree in family caregiving. Newcomers are always welcome.
  • Classics and Contemporary Book Club
    When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Join us for a lively discussion of the popular novel, Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andrei Makine. Young Andrei spends impressionable evenings with his grandmother in the Siberian village of Saranza, listening to stories of her life in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century and how she came to Russia and fell in love with his grandfather who died during WWI.

    Refreshments will be served.
  • YIVO Summer Series: Jazmer
    When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Jazmer was founded in 1995 by lead singer Shirlee Todd. The band offers a fresh and creative approach to Jewish and American music with its extensive repertoire and interesting arrangements bridging the Old World with the New.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • "Open Sesame: the Story of Seeds" Greener Choices Film Screening
    When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    This provocative and emotionally gripping documentary puts the spotlight on the threat to seeds, which provide everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat. The film examines the harmful effects of big business and genetic modification to seeds by interviewing experts in the field, including farmers, environmental and political activists.
  • Director's Meeting
    When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Director's meeting
  • Tablet/Smartphone Help Drop-In
    When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Download eBooks to your iPad or Kindle. Learn a foreign language on your tablet. Listen to audiobooks or renew library books on your phone. Bring in your device and we'll help you use the Library's free resources.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Support Group
    When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    A support group for adults with Type 1 diabetes meets the second Wednesday of the month. The group is facilitated by Wilmette resident Merle Gleeson.
  • Armchair Travels -- Maritime Canada
    When: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Explore Maritime Canada with experienced traveler Ralph Danielsen.
  • Pianist Chia-Ying Chan in Concert
    When: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Chia-Ying Chan, originally from Taiwan, has given solo performances and recitals across Taiwan, America and Europe, including at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York and international festivals such as the Shuan-yin International Music Festival in Taiwan, the Piano Summer at New Paltz in America and the Gijón International Piano Festival in Spain.

    In addition to performing solo piano works, Chia-Ying has been an active collaborator in both chamber and accompanist settings. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of works including composers from the baroque to the present.
  • Maker Sunday: Tie Dye Extravaganza
    When: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Tie dye t-shirts and more! We'll supply the t-shirts and other materials, you bring the ideas. In case of bad weather, we will tie dye indoors. All ages. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Current Events Roundtable
    When: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Current Events Roundtable is the place to enjoy your second cup of coffee along with a roundup on the leading national, international and local news of the day. Moderated by Deerfield resident Don Levinthal, the group covers all points on the political spectrum. Newcomers are welcome.
  • Antiques Appraisal with Frederick Dose
    When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Find out what to look for when evaluating your old treasures. The first 35 to sign up may bring a hand held item or photo of larger items such as furniture, for evaluation by Mr. Dose, who has been evaluating art and antiques since 1982. For artwork, provide artist’s name prior to the program. No jewelry or accessories. Please register here or call 847 256-6935.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Muslim Discussion: A Disappearance in Damascus
    When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Meet Ahlam Mahmood, an Iraqi Muslim, a refugee to Syria, a political prisoner, a mother, wife, new American, and subject of the upcoming book A Disappearance in Damascus. She will be accompanied by Lori Lucchetti, who was inspired to gather a small group of women together over lunches with Ahlam and her friends in her home in Glenview.
  • WPL Board Mtg.
    When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Staff Room

    Wilmette Public Library Board Meeting
  • Veterans Roundtable
    When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Meet with fellow veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to enjoy coffee and conversations. Newcomers are welcome.
  • Navigating the Midlife Transition
    When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    In midlife, many face an overload of demands coming from work, children, and aging parents, not to mention our own struggles with relationships, health, and identity. As a result, there is a need to examine who we are, where we’ve been, and what we want out of our second half.
    In this 75-minute presentation, we delve into the challenges and opportunities of midlife, and learn the critical steps we need to take in order not only to survive, but to thrive, in middle age and beyond. Presented by Hélène Tragos Stelian, Certified Life Coach. Please register here or call 847 256-6935.
  • SCORE Counseling
    When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Make an Appointment” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Media Room

    Calling all knitters and stitchers! Bring your project for an informal session and share your expertise and wisdom. Refreshments served.
  • Historic Lakefront Walking Tour
    When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Off-site

    Join Kathy Hussey-Arntson, Director of the Wilmette Historical Museum, and Terry Porter, President of the Wilmette Historical Society, for a guided tour of key historic sites along Wilmette's lakefront. The tour will include stops at historic houses on Michigan Avenue, Gillson and Langdon Parks, as well as landmarks such as the Coast Guard station and Wilmette Harbor. Registration is required and meet-up location will be given at that time.
  • Armchair Travels -- Norway
    When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Explore the beautiful fjords of Norway with experienced traveler Bill Helmuth.
  • Developing a Sixth Census: Finding More in “the Census” Than Meets the Eye
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Learn how to squeeze as much as possible from census data. We will look at the information found in the Federal population schedules in specific census years including critical years for finding all important data and will also explore some census “miracles” and stumbling blocks. Important questions will be answered, such as- why the timing of the census enumerations was important and how you can use that information, why neighbors are important for understanding your ancestors, how the information in the census got there and why that matters. There will be examples of state censuses, pre-1790 censuses, and Canadian censuses too. Presented by genealogist Dan Hubbard.
  • E-Books
    When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks to your device for free from the Library.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Mini Masterpieces: A Drawing Workshop
    When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Anyone can learn to draw, or improve their drawing skills. In this class, art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you some "tricks" artists use when they draw. You'll choose from dozens of famous art reproductions to copy and create your own small scale "Mini Masterpiece" in colored pencil. Adults and teens welcome; registration required.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Travelers to all parts of the world--whether overseas or the next county--of the world present their photos. Library staff is available to help with computer equipment.
  • Maker After Dark
    When: Friday, June 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Our popular all-ages Maker series is getting a grown-up twist! Join us to etch your own design into a wine glass. After your project is complete, take your glass downstairs to the Auditorium to enjoy a glass of wine and Dennis Luxion in Concert. Registration required.

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