Wilmette Public Library Upcoming Adult Events

On this page, you’ll find upcoming adult events scheduled in the next few weeks. For a full listing of all our upcoming events, please visit our online calendar.

  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Video tour of Panama and Columbia today!
  • Everybody's Fool Book Release Party
    When: Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Off-site

    Celebrate the release of Everybody’s Fool, author Richard Russo’s latest novel, with a glass of wine and tasty snacks at the Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Avenue, Wilmette. The Book Stall will have copies of Everybody’s Fool as well as some of Richard Russo’s other titles available for purchase. Part of the Library’s 2016 One Book, Everybody Reads program, which features Russo’s novels, Nobody’s Fool and Everybody’s Fool.
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, May 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Score Counseling
    When: Monday, May 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Mentoring Appointment Sign Up Now” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • Alzheimer's Support Group
    When: Monday, May 09, 2016 - 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Families who have a loved-one with Alzheimer's disease are invited to attend support group meetings. Mike Denesha, the group's facilitator, is a Wilmette resident who holds a Master's degree in family caregiving. Newcomers are always welcome.
  • Classics and Contemporary Book Club
    When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Join us to discuss Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo, this year's One Book, Everybody Reads selection. With sly humor, this moving and heartfelt novel focuses on Donald "Sully" Sullivan,a 60 year old hard-luck guy in the deadbeat town of North Bath in upstate New York and the people he's had a connection with since high school. Themes of luck, responsibility, forgiveness, friendship, and family are examined in Russo's depiction of humanity's follies and triumphs.

    Refreshments will be served.

  • Film Screening: A Streetcar Named Desire
    When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Join us for a screening of the classic film, A Streetcar Named Desire, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Michael Smith, author of the book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry.
    This screening and discussion is part of the Writers’ Theater Page to Stage series, which this year is focusing on works related to their upcoming play, “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A parody.”
  • iPad Basics
    When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Need some help getting started with your iPad? This class will take you on a tour of the basic features and functions of your iPad. Registration required. iPads provided for class use.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Support Group
    When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    A support group for adults with Type 1 diabetes meets the second Wednesday of the month. The group is facilitated by Wilmette resident Merle Gleeson.
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Media Room

    Calling all knitters and stitchers! Bring your project for an informal session and share your expertise and wisdom. Refreshments served.
  • Armchair Travels: Jefferson in France
    When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Tish Robinson will present Thomas Jefferson: Seduced by France.
  • One Book, Everybody Reads Author Richard Russo
    When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Off-site

    Author Richard Russo will discuss his novels Nobody’s Fool and Everybody’s Fool at the Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette. No tickets necessary. A book signing will be held following the program. Copies of Mr. Russo’s books will be available on site for purchase from The Book Stall.
  • Tenor Brett Potts in Concert
    When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Up-and-coming tenor Brett Potts will be performing a selection of classic opera pieces. A performer with the Lyric Opera, he has garnered acclaim for his vocal performance style. Accompanying him will be Luciano Laurentiu on the piano.
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Current Events Roundtable
    When: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Current Events Roundtable is the place to enjoy your second cup of coffee along with a roundup on the leading national, international and local news of the day. Moderated by Deerfield resident Don Levinthal, the group covers all points on the political spectrum. Newcomers are welcome.
  • E-Books
    When: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Join in on the digital craze! Come to this session to learn how to download library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your computer, iPod, E-Reader, or mobile device. We'll take a tour of MyMediaMall, discuss some common problems, and walk through a download.
  • Digital Magazines
    When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Over 80 Magazine titles like Golf Digest, The Economist, Vanity Fair are available for download to your smartphone, tablet, or home computer. This session will provide an introduction to downloading the magazines to your device through the library’s subscription to Zinio for Libraries.
  • World War II Veterans' Roundtable
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    World War II veterans gather for regular meetings from 10:00-11:30 at the Library. Conversations are lively, the coffee plentiful and participants rarely miss a meeting. Newcomers are welcome.
  • LWV/WPL Book Group
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Join The Wilmette League of Women Voters and the Library for Wednesday morning book talks facilitated by LWV members.
  • Score Counseling
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Make an Appointment” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • DNA Test Results -- A Power Tool in the Genealogist's Tool Box
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Learn the many different ways DNA test results can confirm and advance your traditional paper trail research through case examples. Additionally, we will explore the types of DNA tests and the three major testing companies who offer them. Advantages and disadvantages of each company for specific types of research problems will be discussed. Presented by professional genealogist Karen Stanbary.
  • Foreign Film Showing: Garibaldi's Lovers, Italy
    When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The third Thursday of the month brings foreign film showings. Films begin at 9:30am.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Come see a video tour of Austria.
  • Bike to the Library Day
    When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Bike on over to the Library to decorate your bike for the season and learn more about biking in Wilmette. Wear your helmet and get a free water bottle! In case of rain, we will meet in the Youth Program Room. For all ages.
  • Writers Group
    When: Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Behind the Scenes with Northlight Theatre-Discord
    When: Monday, May 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The artistic team of Scott Carter's The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord will lead a conversation about the behind the scenes work to bring three historical legends to the stage. Topics to be discussed include the historical events on which the play is based and how actors approach bringing these historical characters to life and the artistic and design choices in creating a fictionalized meeting of three renowned men. A drawing will be held for a free pair of tickets to the production.
  • Streaming Media
    When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This session is an overview of Hoopla, which provides movies, tv shows, and music you can download for free to your device with your library card. Additionally, retail services like Netflix will be discussed.
  • "Just Eat It Film" Viewing and Discussion
    When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Just Eat It filmmakers dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Just Eat It looks at our obsession with expiration dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment. Hosted by Go Green Wilmette.
  • "Just Eat It Film" Viewing and Discussion
    When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Just Eat It filmmakers dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Just Eat It looks at our obsession with expiration dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment. Hosted by Go Green Wilmette.
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Media Room

    Calling all knitters and stitchers! Bring your project for an informal session and share your expertise and wisdom. Refreshments served.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Stephanie Emrich will present Machu Picchu today.
  • The Men of Omaha Beach
    When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Men of Omaha Beach paints the picture of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 and provides insight into how the Normandy Invasion took place. The focus is upon individuals from the US 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions in the initial assault waves. These are the men responsible for the success of the risky endeavor called D-Day. Period photographs show what it was like in 1944 and contemporary photographs show what some of these battle sites look like today. The presentation ends with a visit to Normandy American Cemetery, site of the bloodiest of the fighting and now a fitting tribute to these men’s sacrifices. Presented by Robert Mueller.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • Korean/Vietnam Veteran's Roundtable
    When: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Korean/Vietnam War veterans hold regular meetings from 10-11:30 at the Library. Conversations are lively, the coffee plentiful and participants rarely miss a meeting. Newcomers are welcome.
  • ADHD Support Group
    When: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Attend an informal, non-judgmental forum to discuss ADHD. Learn and share strategies and resources, or come just to listen. The group's facilitator, Wilmette resident Dale Davison, holds a Master's degree in special education; she is a board certified ADHD coach and consultant.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Travelers to all parts of the world--whether overseas or the next county--of the world present their photos. Library staff is available to help with computer equipment.
  • Independent Bookstores: Alive and Kicking!
    When: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Representatives from The Book Stall in Winnetka, Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston, and Women & Children First in Chicago join together for a panel discussion about the current state of the local independent bookstore. Why are indie bookstores thriving, and how are they meeting the challenges of new technologies, their changing relationship with publishers, and Amazon, the big gorilla on the block? This event is part of the Library's 2016 One Book, Everybody Reads program.
  • Score Counseling
    When: Monday, June 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Mentoring Appointment Sign Up Now” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • Current Events Roundtable
    When: Monday, June 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Current Events Roundtable is the place to enjoy your second cup of coffee along with a roundup on the leading national, international and local news of the day. Moderated by Deerfield resident Don Levinthal, the group covers all points on the political spectrum. Newcomers are welcome.
  • Writers Group
    When: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    This group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome.
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Discussion
    When: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Come join a discussion of the book that is helping people all over the world rethink their attachment to possessions. We’ll help you figure out how to recycle, re-purpose or donate your belongings. Discussion led by Go Green Wilmette. Registration required.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Support Group
    When: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    A support group for adults with Type 1 diabetes meets the second Wednesday of the month. The group is facilitated by Wilmette resident Merle Gleeson.
  • Fiber Arts
    When: Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Media Room

    Calling all knitters and stitchers! Bring your project for an informal session and share your expertise and wisdom. Refreshments served.
  • Armchair Travels
    When: Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Travelers to all parts of the world--whether overseas or the next county--of the world present their photos. Library staff is available to help with computer equipment.
  • Digital Magazines
    When: Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Over 80 Magazine titles like Golf Digest, The Economist, Vanity Fair are available for download to your smartphone, tablet, or home computer. This session will provide an introduction to downloading the magazines to your device through the library’s subscription to Zinio for Libraries.
  • YIVO Yiddish Film Festival Documentary Screening
    When: Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Isaiah Sheffer was an actor, director, radio announcer, playwright, lyricist, singer, mentor, cultural entrepreneur, creative thinker, loyal friend, champion of those he worked with, dreamer, and impresario. The documentary exploring his life is an enduring portriat of a beloved figure in the arts community and in the hearts of many. Sheffer died in 2012 at age 76.
  • Friday Night Concert with Petra van Nuis Trio
    When: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy an evening of Great American Songbook standards both familiar and obscure. Petra, trumpeter Bobby Lewis and guitarist Andy Brown share a love of melody and lyrics and best express their creativity through the timeless popular music of the 1920s-50s.
  • Score Counseling
    When: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Schedule a free, one-hour session with Mark Lieberman, a SCORE mentor and Kellogg MBA, who started four small businesses. Go to www.scorechicago.org and click on “Mentoring Appointment Sign Up Now” to sign up for Library sessions.
  • Alzheimer's Support Group
    When: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Families who have a loved-one with Alzheimer's disease are invited to attend support group meetings. Mike Denesha, the group's facilitator, is a Wilmette resident who holds a Master's degree in family caregiving. Newcomers are always welcome.
  • Classics and Contemporary Book Club
    When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Small Meeting Room

    Join us to discuss Sarah Orne Jewett's classic of literary regionalism, The Country of the Pointed Firs. With warmth and compassion Jewett created vivid portraits of Maine coastal natives at the turn of the twentieth century, a time of rapidly disappearing traditions, manners, and dialects.

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