Join a summer reading club, and enjoy good books and fabulous prizes.
Let the Library take you everywhere! Between May 29 and August 31, visit the Recent Arrivals Desk for your sign-up gift and reading log for your completed books. Read or listen to any four books, and you’ll receive a completion prize and the chance to win the grand prize, a $100.00 gift card to Ravinia! The more you read or programs you attend, the greater your chances are to win.
Tuesday, July 26, 7:00-8:30, Auditorium
Join historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., for a fascinating illustrated lecture that explores which First Ladies have rated highest and lowest – or most in-between -- with historians. Who was the best or worst? And what might the future hold for the role of American First Lady? Open to adults and teens.
Registration is required for every attendee. Each participant will make or bake a recipe and bring it in to share with the group. To ensure a more intimate group, the club will be broken up into two smaller groups but the content will be the same for each day. Contact librarian Jill McKeown with two dish choices in mind; otherwise, you will be contacted a week prior to the event. Please understand we cannot guarantee allergy-free dishes. Contact Jill M. with any further questions.
Sunday, July 29, 2:00-3:30, Auditorium
Enjoy the dazzling photographs of some of the Great Lakes most exquisite wildflowers. Glenn Adelson, the Itinerant Botanist and Director of the Environmental Studies Department at Lake Forest College, will introduce you to dozens of local wildflowers. Learn where to find them, their role in the ecosystem, and how you can enjoy and identify many of these magnificent specimens. This lively talk will include some notable facts and memorable stories about these fascinating and beautiful native plants.
Tuesday, August 21, 7:00-8:30, Auditorium
Beginners are welcome for this modern twist on a classic silhouette portrait. Choose a profile to draw freehand (or trace one of the provided printouts). Then let your imagination take over and fill in a painted design using watercolor pencils under instructor Christine Thornton's guidance. Open to adults and teens. Registration required.
Starting May 29 and ending August 31, pick up your “Passport to Reading” and a free book at the Recent Arrivals Desk. You can get started right away! For every two hours you read, get a stamp in your Passport and a ticket to enter one of our end-of-summer prize drawings. Read 10 hours to be eligible to win, plus you’ll receive a travel-savvy phone charger that you can use around town or on vacation. You can read anything for this program; books, comics, magazines, online articles, fanfiction, and even audiobooks count.
Wednesday, June 20, 3:00-4:00, Teen Room
Imagine what your favorite Pokémon are up to in their Poké Balls with this DIY terrarium. We’ll provide all the supplies and some Pokémon-approved snacks. You’ll walk away with a fun decoration for your bedroom, dorm room, locker, or car. Open to teens entering 8th grade and up.
Friday, June 29, 6:30-8:00, Library Auditorium
Getting a job straight out of college is the status quo. Then, drowning in student loan debt, we enter the workforce in a safe and predictable 9 to 5 scenario. But when do we get the time to embrace other cultures and experience the magnificent sights of our beautiful planet? What if there is another way? Former teacher Brian Michalski booked a one-way ticket and learned that a lifestyle of travel doesn’t have to begin at 65.
If you dream of long-term responsible travel but dismiss it as a plausible option, allow Brian to guide you. Come along on his 22-month solo backpacking journey as he worked and volunteered his way through Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Cuba, and more. Get insider information about planning, budgeting, dealing with culture shock, realities of hostel life, testing your physical and emotional limits, coping with inevitable setbacks, work and tourist visa tips, and more so that you, too, can travel like a pro.
Prereaders and independent readers through grade 9, sign up between Tuesday, May 29, and Tuesday, July 31. Read at least 20 minutes a day on 20 different days to earn a free book and entry into a prize drawing. Reporting begins Monday, June 18, and ends Thursday, August 31.
Monday, June 18, 7:00-7:45, Library Lawn. Start Summer Reading right with award-winning songwriter Jeanie B! Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner beginning at 6:00. There will be face painting and free ice cream, 6:00–6:45. The performance starts at 7:00. In case of rain or extreme heat, the show will take place in the Auditorium.
Thursday, August 2, 6:00-6:45 and 7:00-7:45, Library Auditorium. Enjoy Ken Schultz’s unique blend of juggling, physical comedy, humor, improvisation, and audience participation. Free tickets are required. There will be free balloon animals and ice cream in the Youth Department, 6:30-7:30.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.