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.

  • Aviva Trio in Concert
    When: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Mark your calendar for the stunning Aviva Trio. Violinist Linda Veleckis has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe. Cellist Emily Lewis Mantell is currently principal cellist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta. She has also held principal positions with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Bolshoi Ballet. Collaborative Pianist Paul Dykstra strives to showcase the music of composers lost to us due to the Holocaust. His collaborative piano repertory includes most major works for both four hands piano duet and duo, as well as the piano trio, piano quartet and piano quintet libraries.
  • Current Events Roundtable
    When: Monday, August 29, 2016 - 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.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 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.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 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.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 - 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.
  • Legislative Breakfast
    When: Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Legislative breakfast
  • Friends of the Library Meeting
    When: Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Friends Mtg.
  • Korean/Vietnam Veteran's Roundtable
    When: Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Korean/Vietnam War veterans hold regular meetings from 10-11:30 at the Library. Conversations are lively, the coffee plentiful and participants rarely miss a meeting. Newcomers are welcome.
  • ADHD Support Group
    When: Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    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, September 08, 2016 - 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
    When: Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 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.
  • Getting and Staying on the Ballot
    When: Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Thinking of running for local office, but not quite sure how to go about it? Learn about how you can run for local office in this informative and timely discussion. The presentation will be given by Greg Smith, a partner with the law firm of Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., just in time for the election season. Please contact Julie Arment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 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, September 12, 2016 - 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.
  • Alzheimer's Support Group
    When: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Families who have a loved-one 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.
  • Introduction to the Google Doc Suite
    When: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Google Docs Suite is a productivity tool that includes the ability to create, edit, share, and collaborate, anytime, anywhere.
    Requirements: You must have an active Gmail account and basic knowledge of Microsoft office software. Click here to sign up or call 847.853.6566 to register.
  • Classics and Contemporary Book Club
    When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Join us for a lively discussion of Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Addie and Louis, both widowed and long time neighbors, embark on a tender relationship to ward off loneliness. But their nightly visits provoke local gossip and their grown children's disapproval creates further complications for their growning love. A lyrical testament to the human need for companionship.

    Refreshments wil be served.
  • Ancient Egypt: The Ancient Egyptian Collection of the Oriental Institute Museum
    When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Oriental Institute Museum houses one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities in North America consisting of over 25,000 artifacts obtained through early purchases, shares of finds from jointly sponsored expeditions, and the Oriental Institute's own excavations in Egypt. Much is owed to the pioneering vision of James Henry Breasted, founder of the Oriental Institute, who was responsible for acquiring large portions of the material in the early 20th century. Breasted saw the value of building a wide-ranging collection that reflected the many facets of ancient Egyptian life and culture. The museum on the south side of Chicago thereby became a premiere institution for the study and public display of Egyptian antiquities. This talk will provide an introduction to the Egyptian collection of the Oriental Institute, covering its foundation, its growth, and its many highlights including a statue of King Tutankhamun, which is the tallest Egyptian statue in the western hemisphere.
  • Documentary Film Screening: The Babushkas of Chernobyl
    When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Winner of more than half a dozen awards and multiple sold out viewings at the Gene Siskel Film Center, The Babushkas of Chernobyl explores the lively existence of a group of elderly women who refused to abandon their homeland following the Chernobyl meltdown.
  • Documentary Film Screening: The Babushkas of Chernobyl
    When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Winner of more than half a dozen awards and multiple sold out viewings at the Gene Siskel Film Center, The Babushkas of Chernobyl explores the lively existence of a group of elderly women who refused to abandon their homeland following the Chernobyl meltdown.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Support Group
    When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 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.
  • Foreign Film Showing
    When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The third Thursday of the month brings foreign film showings. Films begin at 9:30am.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 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.
  • Digital Magazines
    When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Over 80 Magazine titles like Golf Digest, The Economist, Vanity Fair are available for download to your smartphone, tablet, or home computer. This session will provide an introduction to downloading the magazines to your device through the library’s subscription to Zinio for Libraries.
  • HALL OUTSIDE AUDITORIUM Juried Art Show entries accepted
    When: Friday, September 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Outside of Auditorium

    Hallway sign-in of art work; artists bring work into Auditorium
  • HALL OUTSIDE AUDITORIUM Juried Art Show entries accepted
    When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Outside of Auditorium

    Hallway sign-in of art work; artists bring work into Auditorium
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Media Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Current Events Roundtable
    When: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 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.
  • Juried Art Show pickup of work not selected
    When: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Return of non-selected work.
  • A Conversation with Holocaust Survivor Steen Metz
    When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Local author Steen Metz was only eight years old in 1943 when he was arrested, along with his father and mother, and deported from his home in Demark to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, in what was then Czechoslovakia. In 2011 Steen completed his memoirs, which includes A Danish Boy in Theresienstadt, a book about his experiences. Since then, one of his major missions has been to participate in Holocaust education by presenting programs in numerous venues, including schools, libraries and museums.
  • WPL Board Mtg.
    When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Staff Room

    Wilmette Public Library Board Meeting
  • World War II Veterans' Roundtable
    When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    World War II veterans gather for regular meetings from 10:00-11:30 at the Library. Conversations are lively, the coffee plentiful and participants rarely miss a meeting. Newcomers are welcome.
  • Streaming Media
    When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This session is an overview of Hoopla, which provides movies, tv shows, and music you can download for free to your device with your library card. Additionally, retail services like Netflix will be discussed.
  • Score Counseling
    When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 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.
  • Chicago, City of Neighborhoods
    When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Dominic A. Pacyga, Phd, professor of history in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College, will discuss Chicago’s neighborhoods and how they developed over time as a response to transportation systems, industrialization, and immigration. Kick off program of the new series "Uniquely Chicago".
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 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
    When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 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.
  • Cognitive Behavorial Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
    When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Join The Wilmette Library and The Family Service Center (FSC) for a 6-week evening series of "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Techniques for Retraining Your Brain: with Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, CBT is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life. This course will utilize videos featuring Dr. Satterfield and group discussion facilitated by FSC staff. You will learn practical tools to evaluate your own needs and to begin a tailored approach towards reaching your personal goals. Registration is preferred by calling the library at 847-256-5025 or via the online calendar.
  • Juried Art Show Opening Reception
    When: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Wilmette Public Library's 32nd Juried Art Show Opening Reception
  • All Ages Movie Poster Matching Activity and Exhibit
    When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - All Day

    Fun Guaranteed...For REEL! Visit the Library today from 9am-4:30 pm to view an exciting, vibrant display on the Library's first floor of full size movie posters of popular films. Participate in a short, but fun matching activity - match several descriptions correctly to movie posters displayed at the Library for a chance to be the LUCKY WINNER of a $30.00 gift card supplied by the presenter!
  • CSI: Cemetery Search & Investigation
    When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Curious what those symbols mean on your great-grandfather’s headstone? Did you have ancestors whose body was transported for burial? Tina Beaird will explain the details behind these symbols as well as offer suggestions and tips on how to find your ancestor’s burial place and the types of information that may be found.
  • Voter Registration
    When: Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Vestibule

    Voter Registration and information table hosted by LWV.
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 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.
  • Grandparenting from Afar
    When: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Discover fun ways to keep in touch with your grandchildren using apps and tools on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Writing the Next Chapter
    When: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Three local authors who have launched second careers as novelists discuss how they made the leap and landed on their feet. Patricia Skalka, Lynn Sloan, and Joyce Burns Zeiss — a mystery writer, a writer of literary fiction, and a young adult novelist — will share their stories of success and struggle, and offer insights into the changing world of traditional publication.
  • iPad Tips & Tricks
    When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This class is intended for Intermediate users of iPad. Let's go beyond the basics and explore some neat features you can use on your iPad! Registration required. iPads provided for class use.
  • E-mail Marketing
    When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Learn about resources needed to create your first email campaign and tips on creating a great newsletter. Key aspects of setting up a professional email marketing campaign will be presented. You will leave armed with the tools needed to send your first professional email marketing campaign. Presented by SCORE Chicago. Register here or call 847 256-6935.
  • Digital Photo Organization
    When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Download and organize pictures from your cell phone to your computer. Flash drive and camera phone required.Click here to sign up or call 847.853.6566 to register.
  • LWV/Wilmette Library Book Group
    When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Join The Wilmette League of Women Voters and the Library for Wednesday morning book talks facilitated by LWV members. This month discuss The Highest Glass Ceiling by Eileen Fitzpatrick.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 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.

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