State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

(2012 selection)

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As part of its 2012 One Book, Everybody Reads program, the Wilmette Public Library presents a series of events related to "State of Wonder." Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the Wilmette Public Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Avenue.

April 17 at 7:00 p.m: Alaka Wali, Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History, will discuss “Seekers of Refuge: The Amazon’s Hidden Peoples.”

Patron comments:

"Great program!"

"Very interesting speaker and photos."

April 23 at 7:00 p.m: Well-known local book discussion facilitator and reviewer Judy Levin will lead a discussion of "State of Wonder" as part of the Wilmette Public Library’s monthly “Fourth Monday Book Club” series.

Patron comments:

"Judy Levin was a great moderator. She provided great background on the author and the book."

"Very good job by Judy Levin!"

April 30 at 7:00 p.m: A program on “New Drug Discovery: How and Why” will be presented by Brian Spear, retired Director of Scientific Affairs, Abbott Laboratories.

Patron comments:

"Speaker was well-informed, articulate, and responsive to questions."

"The speaker was very knowledgeable and made the topic easy to understand."

"Extremely informative! Thank you for putting this talk together."

May 8 at 10:30 a.m: Adult Services Librarian Leslie Litoff will lead a discussion of "State of Wonder" as part of the library’s monthly “Classics and Contemporary” book discussion series.

Patron comments:


"The librarian was well prepared with good questions and ideas!"

May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m:  “Explore the Amazon” during a field trip to The Field Museum.  Participants will explore the Museum’s new exhibition that immerses visitors in adventures with scientists who promote conservation from South America to Chicago. The $25 fee includes bus transportation to and from the library, admission, and lunch. Registration begins April 7 at the Recent Arrivals Desk; payment is due upon registration.

Patron comments:

"Thank you for the wonderful field trip. I loved the exhibits and speakers."

"Today's excursion was outstanding.  Thank you."

"A wonderful trip. Well-paced and excellent use of time.  Very informative."

May 16 at 7:00 p.m: Judy Stigger, Post-Adoption Therapist at The Cradle, presents a program, “Cross-Cultural Adoption: Exploring the Issues, Personal and Global.”

Patron comments:

"Excellent program!"

May 20 at 2:00 p.m: Author Ann Patchett discusses her book, "State of Wonder." A book signing will be held, and the Book Stall at Chestnut Court will have books available for purchase. Please note that this event will take place at the Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.  Ticketed seats will be held until 10 minutes before the event, and, at that time, all unfilled seats will be open to the public.

Patron comments:

"Quite wonderful!"

"Thank you for making this possible."

"Really enjoyed this event. Ann is a great speaker."

"Thank you so much for organizing and providing this free event!"

"Very entertaining!"

"The Ann Patchett program was fantastic! Many thanks!"

"Outstanding program! Thank you so much!"

"Ann Patchett was a great speaker! I really enjoyed the event."

"Excellent program – it’s great to bring authors."

"What a wonderful resource the library is."

"Great event. Thank you for all your hard work with all these events."

Funding for "One Book, Everybody Reads" is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

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