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  • Copies of books and readings for our discussions are available the 3rd floor Reader Services desk.

    Adult Winter Reading Club continues through February

    Earn chances in weekly raffles for gift cards and a Grand Prize drawing
    for a mini iPad for each book you read this winter. You will receive a
    padfolio when you join.

    See reading lists from our theme, Fiction Stars: Award-Winning Novels

    Register in Reader Services.

    Weekly Raffle: Turn in a log by February 7 for a chance to win a $10 Potbelly Gift Card.

  • Book Lovers: My Brilliant Friend
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
    Civic Room

    Tracy Gossage leads an evening discussion of "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante.

    Beginning in the 1950s, Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.

  • Book Discussion: Friendly Fire
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:00am
    Civic Room

    Benjamin Goluboff leads a discussion of "Friendly Fire" by A.B. Yehoshua.

    Leaving her husband at home, Daniela journeys from Tel Aviv to East Africa to mourn the death of her older sister and to confront her grieving brother-in-law, a scientist still struggling with the death of his soldier son in an incident of "friendly fire" on the West Bank.

  • Great Books
    Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:00am
    Civic Room

    Join the monthly Great Books Discussion Group led by educator and scholar Robert Waterbury. Share stimulating discussions in a friendly, welcoming setting.

    The February reading is "Exodus" from the Bible. Copies will be available at the Reader Services desk one month before the discussion.

  • Book Discussion: Secret Wisdom of the Earth
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 10:00am
    Civic Room

    Nancy Buehler leads a discussion of "Secret Wisdom of the Earth" by Christopher Scotton.

    After his younger brother's accidental death, a boy is sent to a Kentucky coal-mining town where his grandfather is fighting a mountaintop-removal plan.

  • Writing Workshop
    Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm
    Civic Room

    Kathleen Anne Fleming presents a workshop on writing novels.

  • Illinois Poetry Society Haiku Chapter
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:00pm
    Civic Room

    Haiku poets of all levels are welcome. Contemporary English Language Haiku (ELH) is not the more commonly known style, yet it has retained its Japanese influence in many ways. Come and have your work critiqued, learn more about ELH techniques, and share resources.

  • Winter Reading Club gift book pickup begins
    Monday, February 22, 2016

    Starting today until February 29, participants in the Adult Winter Reading Club who have completed at least one reading log can choose a gift book in Reader Services.

  • Up for Discussion--An Everlasting Meal
    Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 1:00pm
    Pollak Room AB

    Panel discussion of An Everlasting Meal: cooking with economy and grace by Tamar Adler featuring Jen Eisen of House 406, Dale Duda, and Laura Viol of Geneva Lakes Produce (CSA).

  • Evening with the Author: Mary Kubica
    Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 7:00pm
    Auditorium

    Chicago-area author Mary Kubica has written two bestselling thrillers: "The Good Girl", which Library Journal Review called "compulsively readable and highly recommended for anyone who loves mysteries," and "Pretty Baby," which People Magazine described as a "hypnotic psychological thriller." Join us as she reads from her latest work and answers questions from the audience.

    Books will be available to purchase courtesy of the Book Bin.

  • Winter Reading Club ends
    Monday, February 29, 2016

    Today is the last day to turn in a reading log to qualify for the final weekly raffle and the Grand Prize drawing. This is also the last day to choose a gift book for participating.