Upcoming Events



Friday, October 24th — 6 to 7 pm

Adam Kessel believes that most people relate to the environment through food and, as a teacher, believes using humor is an effective way to help us all learn about the food that sustains us, plants, and the natural world. Ih nis book, Zombie Gardener, we'll all gain a better undestanding of our neighborhood and all the botanical secrets that it holds, which are vital to our survival.

Kessel has extensive experience as a teach in urban ecology education programs in Chicago. He currently works as a professional Naturalist. This work puts him in any part of over 70,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands teaching restoration-based environmental education programming.


 MEET Cathy Ames

Sunday, October 26th — 1 to 2:30 pm

Cathy Ames, McHenry County resident, will join in a discussion with Arlene Lynes about the life of her father, Robert Ames, who was recently profiled in The Good Spy: The Life and Times of Robert Ames by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird.

Bird's is a compellling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history — a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between the Arabs and the West.



Saturday, November 1st — 3 to 4:30 pm

Join us to welcome Jessica Vealitzek and learn about her moving, 1983 coming of age story where two outcasts are brought together by circumstance: a Minnesota farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his teacher, a closeted young woman starting over after a failed attempt to live openly. You will root for these two as they navigate their new lives, as they attemp to change to become who they are in this lovely novel.



Saturday, November 8th — 1 to 2:30 pm

Please come discover Ponderings, a beautiful gift book with a unique collection of quotes encompassing all genres of life — from classic to contemporary — enriched with photography that captures each sentiment. This is the perfect gift to invite someone you love and care about to pause from a busy life to reflect, imagine, pursue or simply ponder.



Saturday, November 9th — 1 pm

Join us to listen to Dennis Depeik recount the real-life story that inspired his book, Wouldn't It Be Something. An improbable love is born and nurtured in letters from across an ocean between an Army officer stationed in Europe and his sister-in-law's much younger kid sister. The pen pal relationship grew from a high-school girl's crush and a young man's reticence to a marrage of forty-one years and a love that stayed strong for a lifetime.