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Sat:  9 am - 5 pm

Sun:  1 pm - 9 pm

Home Readers Services Future of the Book

The Future of the Book - A weekend of fun activities

for book lovers of all ages, February 28 - March 2


stephencropGaming as an Interactive Book

Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm, Auditorium

Virtual Services Manager and gaming aficianado Stephen Koebel shows you his favorite gaming software and how it may operate much like a book.  It has narrative, plot, and characters, and requires critical thinking skills.  Tell us about yours.

Photo of Narae Kim

Workshops with Book Artist

        Narae Kim

Families welcome.  Registration required. Use the Library's online calendar.


Saturday, March 1, 9:30, Auditorium, Register online    Open to ages 8 and up
Upcycle, recycle, & create paper that is a product of your imagination.  Supplies provided.


Saturday, March 1, 11:30 Auditorium, Register online  Open to ages 8 and up
There’s almost no limit to the form a book takes. Design and make your own book from provided materials.


For Kids! Writing Past, Present and Future

Saturday, March 1 and  Sunday, March 2, Drop in 2 to 4 pm, Youth Program Room
Explore Different ways of writing through history.  Decorate an illuminated letter, experiment with a typewriter, make a simle book, and create stories on an iPad.

McKettrick photo

  What is the Future of the Book, Literally?

Saturday, March 1, 2:30, Auditorium

Newberry Library Librarian Helen McGettrick talks about the life of the book What makes a book published in 1750 survive better than one published in 1895? Helen will also talk about digital preservation.  Will today's e-book be accessible in 20 years, or will it be the equivalent of an 8-track, a format no longer used?


From Clay Tablets to Apple Tablets; The Evolution and the Continuity of the Book

Sunday, March 2, 2:00, Auditorium
Jeffrey B. Garrett, Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries & Director, Special Collections and Archives, Northwestern University Jeffrey Garrett, is a born Evanstonian, a New Trier graduate, and now Dir. of Special Collections and Archives at Northwestern University. He will lead us on a brief but richly illustrated tour through five thousand years of book history. Along the way we will consider Martin Luther as the first blogger and what the computer screen owes to 18th century Baroque architecture. Join us for this romp through book history at warp speed!

Exploring Books

February 25 - March 1, Recent Arrivals Area

Explore books in all shapes, sizes and formats. Try out different e-readers and tablets and learn about digital collections.