Reading Takes You EverywhereSummer Reading Club:
Reading Takes You Everywhere!

Join a summer reading club, and enjoy good books and fabulous prizes.

Adult Club

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.

Special Programs for Adults

Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden Tour

Tuesday, June 26, 1:45-3:00, Chicago Botanic Garden (Please note: No attendees will be admitted on the tour past 1:45.)
Join us for a talk and tour of the Lenhardt Library’s rare book exhibition, Color My World: Hues of Nature, and view a variety of specially chosen, rare books. Afterward, participants are welcome to enjoy all the Botanic Garden has to offer.

Registration is required for every attendee; ages 10 and up, no exceptions. More information will be given upon registration. Contact Librarian Jill McKeown with any further questions.

Farmers’ Market Day

Saturday, June 2, 8:00-2:00, Wilmette Village Center
Join the Library at the Farmers’ Market, where we’ll be signing up patrons for the Summer Reading Club.

Teen Club

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.

Special Programs for Teens

Pokémon Terrariums

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.

Vagabonding Around the World

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.

Kids' Club

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.

Family Summer Reading Celebrations

Kick-off Party: Family Picnic with Jeanie B!

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.

Finishing Party: The Flying Fool

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.



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