All Events

Rockin' Rhythm Sticks: 2pm

Thursday, October 8, 2020 -
2:00pm to 2:20pm
Children of all ages (geared for preschool and younger)
Get ready to tap to the beat with your rhythm sticks over Zoom. Rhythm sticks can be chopsticks, pencils, markers, drum sticks, and so much more. Please enter your email for connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Geek Talk: Minecraft

Thursday, October 8, 2020 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Show off your builds, discuss your favorite stories, and share your favorite tips and tricks.

Register with an email address to get details on how to join.
Event Type: 
Teens

How to Virtually Visit a College Campus: 5 Ways to Interact With Colleges While

Thursday, October 8, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sheltering in place does not mean high school students cannot continue their college search process. In this virtual presentation, Tom Jaworski, founder of Quest College Consulting will identify resources that will assist families in their virtual interactions with colleges and universities. These strategies will guide prospective students in communicating with colleges of their choice.
Event Type: 
Teens
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

Storytime: Great Beginnings

Friday, October 9, 2020 -
10:00am to 10:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Great Beginnings is geared for birth-23 months. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Storytime: Preschool

Friday, October 9, 2020 -
11:00am to 11:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Preschool storytime is geared for 3-5 years. Each week, Monday's and Friday's class will be the same. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

True Crime Storytime

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 6:30pm
Are you interested in true crime novels or podcasts? Once a week during October we'll be discussing some cases, trading information, sharing our favorite crimes, and just talking criminology.

Please register with the best email to invite you to our programming space.
Event Type: 
Teens

Needles in the Bookstacks

Friday, October 9, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
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

Storytime: Great Beginnings

Monday, October 12, 2020 -
10:00am to 10:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Great Beginnings is geared for birth-23 months. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Storytime: Preschool

Monday, October 12, 2020 -
11:00am to 11:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Preschool storytime is geared for 3-5 years. Each week, Monday's and Friday's class will be the same. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Scavenger Hunt

Monday, October 12, 2020 -
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Grades K-6
How fast can you find your favorite book? Can you find something that floats? You never know what you'll be asked to find when we do our scavenger hunt! Enter your email for connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Lindbergh Kidnapping Drama

Monday, October 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join Wheaton Drama for a discussion of the controversial crime and trial that captured the nation's attention in the early 1930s. Brief, excerpted scenes from John Logan's Hauptmann, the story of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the man accused of kidnapping toddler Charles Lindbergh, Jr. will be presented.
Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
>https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jb5BvCSRRIeiog5R5I4Yjg/a>

D&D Club 2.0

Monday, October 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
We're starting up an additional D&D Club campaign for players.

If you are interested in playing, but have never played before, please sign up for our Introductory Class (September 29th).
Event Type: 
Teens

BRC Business Meet Up

Tuesday, October 13, 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

Homeschool Hangout

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Geared for homeschool students grades K-6 with caregivers
We'll have activities for students the first half of the program followed by the opportunity for parents to talk to each other about their homeschooling experiences all over Zoom.
Event Type: 
Children

Wheel of Fun

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 -
4:00pm to 4:20pm
Grades K-6
Can you stand on one leg for 30 seconds? Would you rather only eat pizza or ice cream for a week? You never know what activities or questions will come up when we spin the wheel of fun.
Event Type: 
Children

Anime Club

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Are you into a specific show, or do you want to learn about a different genre?
Come join in, and we'll discuss our personal favorites.
Register with an email address to get details on how to join.

Event Type: 
Teens

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.

This is an interactive workshop. If comfortable, we ask that you turn your camera and microphone on during the program so the presenter can better engage with you!
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Fiction Book Discussion: The Incendiaries

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Join us as we discuss "The Incendiaries" by R. O. Kwon via Zoom. Copies are available at the library -- please ask at the Information Desk or Curbside Pickup.

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.
Event Type: 
Book Discussion
Adults

Storytime: Toddler Time

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
10:00am to 10:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Toddler Time is geared for 2-3 years. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Move and Groove

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
11:00am to 11:20am
Time to get the wiggles out virtually! Join us and we'll move and groove together to fun songs and rhymes! Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Brainstorm Challenge

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Grades 3-6
Are you ready to be challenged? We tackle one question about the natural world and try to discover the answer by experimenting with household items.
Event Type: 
Children

Combat Loneliness and Isolation

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Let us help you address the challenges faced by individuals living and feeling distant and alone, intensified by the pandemic. Licensed clinicians from Metropolitan Family Services with a combined total of over 40 years of experience will suggest strategies and answer your anonymous questions.

Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JbxJGo1vS62qNlaRVcr9KA
Event Type: 
Adults

Harry Potter Club

Thursday, October 15, 2020 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Grades 4-8
It's all things Harry Potter! Join fellow Potterheads as we discuss the books, the movies, and much more!
Event Type: 
Children

Writers' Group

Thursday, October 15, 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

Storytime: Great Beginnings

Friday, October 16, 2020 -
10:00am to 10:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Great Beginnings is geared for birth-23 months. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Storytime: Preschool

Friday, October 16, 2020 -
11:00am to 11:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Preschool storytime is geared for 3-5 years. Each week, Monday's and Friday's class will be the same. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

True Crime Storytime

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 6:30pm
Are you interested in true crime novels or podcasts? Once a week during October we'll be discussing some cases, trading information, sharing our favorite crimes, and just talking criminology.

Please register with the best email to invite you to our programming space.
Event Type: 
Teens

Trivia Night

Friday, October 16, 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.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Cartooning: Cartoon Monsters

Saturday, October 17, 2020 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Grades K-6
Virtual Zoom program
Get your paper and pencils ready for a virtual drawing class led by cartoonist Mark Anderson! A total creative bonanza! Students will draw tons of crazy, unbelievable monsters. Weird blobby monsters! Scary pointy monsters! Funny hat-wearing monsters! Instagram influencing selfie-taking monsters! Include your email when registering to receive your invite and Zoom link closer to the class.
Event Type: 
Children

Using Newspapers to Fill the Gaps in a Family Story with Maureen Brady

Saturday, October 17, 2020 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Local newspapers provided our ancestors with “all the news that’s fit to print”. This presentation will review the major websites offering access to historical newspapers and search strategies for finding those nuggets of information that can break down brick walls or add color to our ancestors’ lives.

Class is co-hosted by DuPage County Genealogical Society and will be presented virtually over Zoom. Registration link will be posted on the Events page of dcgs.org prior to the class.
Event Type: 
Genealogy
Adults

Paint Along with Snow City Arts: Sunset

Saturday, October 17, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Artist Monica Acosta of Snow City Arts will lead us in a Zen-style, spontaneous approach to painting a sunset. We will use simple forms and organic shapes created by overlapping layers of color. Snow City Arts inspires and educates children and youth in hospitals through the arts. After registering, pick-up your art kit at the Information Desk or Curbside between October 1-16, while supplies last. Please allow 2 business days to process. Contact bericson@wheatonlibrary.org with questions.
Event Type: 
Adults

Storytime: Great Beginnings

Monday, October 19, 2020 -
10:00am to 10:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Great Beginnings is geared for birth-23 months. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Storytime: Preschool

Monday, October 19, 2020 -
11:00am to 11:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Preschool storytime is geared for 3-5 years. Each week, Monday's and Friday's class will be the same. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Chilling Reads

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00pm
Tweens
Youth Services staff will share some of their favorite "send a shiver up your spine" books perfect for the autumn season. Visit the library's YouTube page (wheatonlibrary.org/youtube) beginning at 4pm to find out what we're reading.
Event Type: 
Children

Library Board Meeting

Monday, October 19, 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

Living Room Conversation: Political News Expectations vs. Reality

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Although an independent press is crucial to a healthy democracy, partisanship, bias by omission, opinion, activism, and falsehoods are often replacing facts. Rather than critiquing specific sources, let's identify what we can and should expect.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Homemade Science

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:00pm
Find this science demonstration on the library's YouTube channel (wheatonlibrary.org/youtube) and watch it at your convenience starting at 4pm.
Event Type: 
Children

Living Room Conversation: Political News Expectations vs. Reality

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Although an independent press is crucial to a healthy democracy, partisanship, bias by omission, opinion, activism, and falsehoods are often replacing facts. Rather than critiquing specific sources, let's identify what we can and should expect.
Event Type: 
Adults
Teens

Biz Books Review

Tuesday, October 20, 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: The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Register in advance for this virtual zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdO2hqT8rGdMIyZLRtCoFvgmYhh6ZzGn4
Event Type: 
Business
Adults
Book Discussion

Storytime: Toddler Time

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -
10:00am to 10:20am
Join us for a virtual storytime via Zoom! Toddler Time is geared for 2-3 years. Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Move and Groove

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -
11:00am to 11:20am
Time to get the wiggles out virtually! Join us and we'll move and groove together to fun songs and rhymes! Please enter your e-mail address for instructions and connection details.
Event Type: 
Children

Puppet Playtime

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Children of all ages (geared for toddlers and preschoolers)
Grab your stuffed animal or puppet and join us for an interactive puppet playtime! We'll read a story and act out the pages together with our toy friends!
Event Type: 
Children

Dreaming of Travel

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Distant vacations seem out of the question right now, but there are options you might not have not considered. Join us for glimpses of the Cayman Islands, river cruising, tour packages, and resorts just a short drive away. Wheaton travel agency, Le Travel will provide insight, tips and answers to your questions.

Register here for the Zoom webinar invitation:
>https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1dppRtWSSmKaqBYc9-WClQ
Event Type: 
Adults

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Thursday, October 22, 2020 -
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Children of all ages (geared for toddlers and preschoolers)
Get your teddies and teacups ready and join us for a Teddy Bear Tea Party! Registered participants can pick up a craft supply kit at the library beginning October 1. If you are unable to pick up a kit, a list of supplies will be emailed to you with your link to the event.
Event Type: 
Children

Geek Talk: Minecraft

Thursday, October 22, 2020 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Show off your builds, discuss your favorite stories, and share your favorite tips and tricks.

Register with an email address to get details on how to join.
Event Type: 
Teens

Wheel of Fun

Thursday, October 22, 2020 -
4:00pm to 4:20pm
Grades K-6
Can you stand on one leg for 30 seconds? Would you rather only eat pizza or ice cream for a week? You never know what activities or questions will come up when we spin the wheel of fun.
Event Type: 
Children

Creepy Reads

Thursday, October 22, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
During the Fall, we're starting up a psychological/thriller/mystery based book club. Each month we'll have a set theme and offer several options of books to read that all link to the theme.
October's Theme: Who's Going To Hear You Scream?
-The Cabin - Natasha Preston
-Ten - Gretchen McNeil
-Contagion - Erin Bowman
-Across The Universe - Beth Revis

Please register with the best email address to invite you to our programming space.
Event Type: 
Teens

Antislavery Activism in Illinois

Thursday, October 22, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:15pm
Historian and educator Caroline Kisiel tells the largely forgotten story of the English Prairie settlement in early Illinois and how it played an important role in keeping Illinois free from slavery. Seeking a locale rich in agriculture possibilities and against human captivity, Morris Birkbeck and George Flower established two towns in southern Illinois, with Flower establishing Albion in 1818. Their thriving community drew scores of English and American settlers, forming one of the most important early statehood settlements.
Event Type: 
Adults