February 2017

Monday, February 20

Great Books

Adults
10:00 am
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 "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles. Copies will be available at the Reader Services desk one month before the discussion.

Tuesday, February 21

Book Discussion: Best Boy

Adults
10:00 am
Civic Room

Nancy Buehler leads a discussion of "Best Boy" by Eli Gottlieb.

A middle-aged autistic man who was institutionalized as a child is disturbed by the arrival of an obnoxious new roommate and an orderly who reminds him of his abusive father, causing him to form a plan to escape and return to his hometown where his brother still lives.

Adult Graphic Novel Discussion Group: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Adults
7:00 pm

Meeting at North Shore Comics on Dundee and Landwehr Road

"Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Craig Thompson chronicles his emotional struggles as a young man growing up in the Midwest."

Copies are available for checkout at the Reader Services desk. If you would prefer to own a copy of this title, contact North Shore Comics and ask about their special discount for participants.

Wednesday, February 22

Serial Readers (grades 4-6): Infinity Ring, A Mutiny in TIme by Dashner

Kids
4:00 pm
Youth Services Activity Room

Come join us for pizza and a lively discussion of a book that is part of a series. When best friends Dak and Sera stumble upon the key to time travel, a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring, they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind.

Friday, February 24

Mocha & More: All the Bright Places (grades 6-12)

Teens
7:00 pm

Mocha & More Teen Book Discussion: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Heads Up: This book has a suggested reading audience of 8-12th grade.

When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

We meet at Sunset Foods and your first drink is on us. The first 7 registered teens to check in at the Youth Services desk get a free copy of the book.

Saturday, February 25

NORTHBROOK WRITES: Editing Your Novel with James Tadd Adcox

Adults
Teens
1:00 pm
Pollak Room AB

You've written the first draft of your novel. Congratulations! Now what do you do with it?

In this workshop, author James Tadd Adcox will discuss moving from the first draft to the second - and beyond! Learn strategies for revising and shaping your novel, plus tools and techniques to help you keep it all organized. Along the way, he'll tackle questions both theoretical ("What should the beginning of the novel do? How about the end?") and eminently practical ("How do I convince my roommate/significant other that it's extremely important for me to have an entire hardcopy draft of my novel spread across the living room floor?").

**Participants are strongly encouraged to bring sample pages of their book/novel.**

February 2017