All Events

Women of Cantigny

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 -
7:00pm to 7:45pm
A lack of male heirs propelled the women in the Medill, McCormick and Patterson families to do amazing things. From serving in Congress, breaking flight records, winning the Pulitzer Prize and owning their own newspapers, each woman has a fascinating story. Presented by Laurie Russell, formerly of the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vpGMvpeXRQezSckVOdG4jg
Event Type: 
Adults

Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Gain new insight and appreciation for the privilege of voting! Historians and educators Llona and Lynn Steele will provide a retrospective of the Women's Suffrage movement, from national Women's Rights advocates to local luminaries, as well as the history of the League of Women Voters.
Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
>https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FkQsUHlbSySk--sLJh1szA
Event Type: 
Adults

Writers' Group

Thursday, August 13, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The WPL Writers' Group will be meeting via Zoom! Facilitated by local author and library staff member, Karen Schreck, we provide a supportive and consistent environment for writers of all genres, ages eighteen years of age and up.

Whether you are an aspiring writer or a published author, whether you seek inspiration for your material, or you are drafting, revising, or editing your manuscript, our community will supply you with prompts and exercises, time and space to write, and, if you so choose, the opportunity to share your work and receive constructive feedback.
Event Type: 
Adults

Fermilab: A Frontier History

Thursday, August 13, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Today, Fermilab is the United States' premier particle physics and accelerator laboratory and a world leader in these fields. But how did we get here?
Event Type: 
Adults

Virtual Needles in the Bookstacks

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 10:00am
Bring your needlecraft project (knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.), make progress on your project, share techniques and skills. Limited instruction provided.
Event Type: 
Adults

Trivia Night

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Gather your "QuaranTeam" (individuals welcome, too!) and some beverages and snacks for Virtual Trivia! We will be playing live via Zoom meeting, one team per log-in, please. Questions will be geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.

Please make sure to join us right at 7pm as we go over instructions. Latecomers will be remain in our waiting room until the beginning of the next round.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Craft Along with Creativebug: Collage

Monday, August 17, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Follow collage artist Danielle Krysa as she demonstrates how to select, cut, and combine found images. We will have fun creating new scenes and imaginative compositions using pictures from magazines.

Supplies needed: 3-5 sheets of blank paper, scissors, craft glue or glue stick, full pages from old books, magazines, and/or ads featuring large images of people, animals, landscapes and textures.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Library Board Meeting

Monday, August 17, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Library Board of Trustees of the Wheaton Public Library will hold the regular monthly Board meetings on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Meetings are held in the Library Board Room on the 3rd floor. The public is welcome.

Event Type: 
Library Board

BRC Meet Up

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 -
8:30am to 9:30am
Please join your fellow business owners as they catch up, discuss and share ideas to help your business in these turbulent times.
Event Type: 
Business
Adults

SCORE Roundtable: Making & Keeping Customer Connections

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Customers are hiding in plain sight, but it is very hard to see them in the isolation environment. How do your existing customers know you are still there and how do new customers find you? In cooperation with the Wheaton Public Library, join SCORE’s Tom Drouin, Master Mentor and facilitator, for a lively conversation about finding and retaining good customers.

Registration limited to 13 participants in order to give all attendees an opportunity to contribute.

Register in advance for this virtual zoom meeting:
Event Type: 
Business
Adults
Book Discussion

Biz Books Review

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:15pm
Business and Career coach Vickie Austin highlights new and classic business books for busy executives, employees, and entrepreneurs. Don't worry if you haven't read the book!

This month's title: Return on Integrity: The Individual’s Journey to the One Essential Thing by John G. Blumberg

Register in advance for this virtual zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpc-qgpjMrHtVGQHW18bTAuCr51vRobiRz
Event Type: 
Business
Adults
Book Discussion

Bloomin' Bulbs

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Flowering bulbs add color to our gardens from early spring to late fall, blooming in many colors, shapes, sizes and heights. Tips on common and not so common bulbs and their allies including colors, planting, watering issues, and pointers on their use as cut flowers will be discussed. Presented by Nancy Bell, Master Gardener of the University of Illinois Extension program.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cOlLcYjXQHWCy4ZvolK-Kw
Event Type: 
Adults

Summer Sunflower Journal

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Create a beautiful covered journal to capture all your sweet summer thoughts with Stampin-Up's Laura Barto. After registering, pick-up your craft kit at the Information Desk or Curbside between August 3-18, while supplies last. Please allow 2 business days to process. Contact bericson@wheatonlibrary.org with questions.
Also needed: glue

Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
>https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SBkeyWiEQxqBl9hd11ZVYw
Event Type: 
Adults

Learn Effectively at Home

Thursday, August 20, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Help your student keep focused and achieve their academic goals while learning at home part- or full-time. Studying smarter is more effective than studying harder. C2 Education Wheaton will help you get organized and handle school this fall like a pro! The presentation will be followed by time for Q&A.

Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MdjnuDHtSfm3svAVNnA-CA
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Living Room Conversation: Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Bias

Monday, August 24, 2020 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Be an active participant in respectful discourse with other individuals on these timely topics and the role these concepts play in systemic racism. This conversation follows an August 20 presentation by Professor Jon Mueller of North Central College. Discussion will focus on where these issues impact our daily lives, social interactions, and policy in America.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Living Room Conversation: Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Bias

Monday, August 24, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Be an active participant in respectful discourse with other individuals on these timely topics and the role these concepts play in systemic racism. This conversation follows an August 20 presentation by Professor Jon Mueller of North Central College. Discussion will focus on where these issues impact our daily lives, social interactions, and policy in America.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Workshop: How to Manage Stress During Your Job Search

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Taking care of yourself during a job search is about creating a positive space for your search. In this workshop, presented by The Peoples Resource Center (PRC) Job Coaches, you will learn the definition/dimensions of self-care, understand how most job searches can cause stress and interfere with healthy self-care, and obtain tangible ideas and tips on self-care techniques and how to apply them to daily life.
Event Type: 
Business
Adults

Ask Wheaton!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Community leaders City Manager Mike Dzugan, Council Member Erica Bray-Parker, Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Elle Withall, Chamber of Commerce Interim President Vickie Austin, and Library Director Betsy Adamowski will each give an overview of what is going on in their area, followed by time to answer your questions.

Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
>https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BF5VFXeeT6GxHBg03q5c7A
Event Type: 
Adults

New Moms Book Club: The Hate U Give

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Are you a new mom or a mom with young children looking for a casual and relaxed book club? Join us via Zoom as we discuss the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, available for simultaneous checkout as an eBook on OverDrive until July 19.

Registration with email address required; Zoom meeting link will be emailed the day of the program.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Versiti Blood Drive

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 -
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Versiti Blood Center of Illinois will be holding a blood drive in the library's parking lot in their mobile coach from noon-6pm. Appointments will be honored first, but walk-ins are welcome. Photo ID is required.

Safe social distancing measures will be in place to ensure donor safety. Keeping in compliance with our state's ordinance, donors will be required to bring and wear face masks during the donation process.
Event Type: 
Adults

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

Thursday, August 27, 2020 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join us via Zoom as Chopra Center certified instructor Stephanie Frantz teaches you a simple mindfulness meditation technique and a stress-buster breathing exercise to relax and increase your overall sense of wellbeing. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system and release stress and anxiety.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Trivia Night

Friday, August 28, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Gather your "QuaranTeam" (individuals welcome, too!) and some beverages and snacks for Virtual Trivia! We will be playing live via Zoom meeting, one team per log-in, please. Questions will be geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.

Please make sure to join us right at 7pm as we go over instructions. Latecomers will be remain in our waiting room until the beginning of the next round.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Virtual Needles in the Bookstacks

Monday, August 31, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Bring your needlecraft project (knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.), make progress on your project, share techniques and skills. Limited instruction provided.
Event Type: 
Adults

Nonfiction Book Discussion: I Should Have Honor

Monday, August 31, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Khalidi Brohi's I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan is a fearless look at tribal life in Pakistan and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Contemporary Book Discussion

Thursday, September 3, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
If you love to talk about contemporary fiction, join our Contemporary Book Discussion group. Pick up a copy of the upcoming title at the Checkout Desk. Visit http://wheatonlibrary.org/browse/books/book-discussions for titles.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Contemporary Book Discussion

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am
If you love to talk about contemporary fiction, join our Contemporary Book Discussion group. Pick up a copy of the upcoming title at the Checkout Desk. Visit http://wheatonlibrary.org/browse/books/book-discussions for titles.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Illinois Weather

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
"When the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain"

Paul Sirvatka, Professor of Meteorology at College of DuPage, will discuss various weather that affect us in Illinois with a reference to various severe weather events as well as a discussion about winter. Come with all your weather questions and find out about how Illinois weather affects you!

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ojpR49cXR7KDWt1ugVoE6g
Event Type: 
Adults

Contemporary Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am
If you love to talk about contemporary fiction, join our Contemporary Book Discussion group. Pick up a copy of the upcoming title at the Checkout Desk. Visit http://wheatonlibrary.org/browse/books/book-discussions for titles.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Living Room Conversation: Considering Constitutional Changes

Monday, September 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Should the Electoral College be abolished? Should we impose term limits on Congress and the Supreme Court? After 250 years, should our Founding Fathers’ decisions be revisited? Join this respectful discourse and share your perspective. Optional advance reading material will provide historical context.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Social Inequities and COVID-19

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Matt Green, Professor of Sociology at the College of DuPage, presents a brief overview of social inequalities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Focusing on inequalities of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and social class, Prof. Green discusses the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus and how they have been experienced by different groups in American society.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4a0wNaH8TV2d15JIQZxyeg
Event Type: 
Adults

You Can Age In Place

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
This lifestyle is designed for older adults who choose to live with greater autonomy, comfort and control. Gina Knight of the National Aging in Place Council will provide an overview of home modifications designed to create safe, accessible and beautiful homes for independent living.
Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
>https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ephUy4SvTsu5fTiEZXSUeg
Event Type: 
Adults

Writers' Group

Thursday, September 17, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The WPL Writers' Group will be meeting via Zoom! Facilitated by local author and library staff member, Karen Schreck, we provide a supportive and consistent environment for writers of all genres, ages eighteen years of age and up.

Whether you are an aspiring writer or a published author, whether you seek inspiration for your material, or you are drafting, revising, or editing your manuscript, our community will supply you with prompts and exercises, time and space to write, and, if you so choose, the opportunity to share your work and receive constructive feedback.
Event Type: 
Adults

Library Board Meeting

Monday, September 21, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Library Board of Trustees of the Wheaton Public Library will hold the regular monthly Board meetings on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Meetings are held in the Library Board Room on the 3rd floor. The public is welcome.

Event Type: 
Library Board

New Moms Book Club

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Title TBD.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Latin American Cuisine

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 -
7:00pm to 7:45pm
Spend the evening with Chef Susan Maddox learning and exploring the wonderful regions of Latin America in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The program will feature a couple of the countries and their individual cuisine through their wonderful ingredients, culture, and cooking methods. Chef Maddox will illustrate some great tricks in order to make your dining experience at home a success.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Astronomy Using Your Eyes

Thursday, September 24, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
So much observation of our daytime and nighttime skies can be done without a telescope.

Join Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium as she gives an overview of celestial observations you can do with just your eyes, including Moon phases, eclipses, planets, stars, and much more in a session suited to an astronomy novice.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UZ1uxYaOTpalQfWKfqw0Qg
Event Type: 
Adults

Nonfiction Book Discussion: Heartland

Monday, September 28, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
In Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh provides a unique look into the lives of poor and working class Americans to deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our nation.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Martin Luther King in Chicago

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Dr. Martin Luther King's journey to the mountaintop included many stops along the way. Between Montgomery and Memphis, he visited Chicago many times in pursuit of justice. History seems to have ignored or forgotten these incredible chapters in his life, and today they feel as relevant as they were 50 years ago.

Join historian Clarence Goodman for this extraordinary narrative in an extraordinary life.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Craft Along with Creativebug: Pompom Flowers

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Create large pompom flowers from colorful tissue paper for your next celebration. Ideas to customize and expand your design will be viewed while we complete our projects. After registering, pick-up your craft kit at the Information Desk or Curbside between September 1-29, while supplies last. Please allow 2 business days to process. Contact bericson@wheatonlibrary.org with questions or color preferences.
Also needed: sharp scissors
Event Type: 
Adults

Contemporary Book Discussion

Thursday, October 1, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
If you love to talk about contemporary fiction, join our Contemporary Book Discussion group. Pick up a copy of the upcoming title at the Checkout Desk. Visit http://wheatonlibrary.org/browse/books/book-discussions for titles.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Genealogy Assistance - DAR

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
A representative from the Perrin-Wheaton chapter of the DAR is available in the Genealogy area to answer questions.
Event Type: 
Genealogy
Adults

China's Expanding Sphere of Influence

Thursday, October 8, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join Maria Ritzema, Assistant Professor of History at College of DuPage, as she discusses the history of China’s influence in the world, including early dynasties, its trade and wealth, and how China is working on regaining their top economic place in the world. She will also discuss China’s "debt diplomacy" in Latin America, Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Register here for Zoom webinar link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1JI70PVQjyJ2Q5i619MKw
Event Type: 
Adults

Contemporary Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am
If you love to talk about contemporary fiction, join our Contemporary Book Discussion group. Pick up a copy of the upcoming title at the Checkout Desk. Visit http://wheatonlibrary.org/browse/books/book-discussions for titles.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join us via Zoom as Chopra Center certified instructor Stephanie Frantz teaches you a simple mindfulness meditation technique and a stress-buster breathing exercise to relax and increase your overall sense of wellbeing. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system and release stress and anxiety.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Contemporary Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:30am
If you love to talk about contemporary fiction, join our Contemporary Book Discussion group. Pick up a copy of the upcoming title at the Checkout Desk. Visit http://wheatonlibrary.org/browse/books/book-discussions for titles.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults