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Events related to books and those that enrich your mind, such as book signings, book club events, book sales, writers' group events, lectures, speakers, classes, forums and discussions. Deadline is two weeks before event date.

Jan. 12

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Wisconsin Barns: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Indian Trails Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A program on the book "Wisconsin Barns," by Nancy Schumm-Burgess with photography by Ernest J. Schweit. Schweit will give a PowerPoint presentation that will include images from the book and share stories and anecdotes. For information, visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org or call (847) 459-4100.

Parenting tools for togetherness: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Parents are invited to "The Road Best Traveled: A Parent's Tool for Togetherness." Jeff Siegle will offer insights and suggestions for connecting with your children. Free; register at wnpl.info or call (847) 244-5150.

Jan. 13

Ryerson Reads: 7:30-9 p.m. every other Wednesday, Brushwood, Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. $15 per person per session or $10 for Friends of Ryerson Woods members. Discuss the anthology "Three Famous Short Novels" by William Faulkner, featuring "Spotted Horses," "Old Man," and "The Bear" on Jan. 13; and "The Unsettling of America" by Wendell Berry on March 10. Visit ryersonwoods.org.

Internet for Beginners: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. A lesson on basic Internet searching. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Writers Support Group: 6:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. For all writers; newcomers welcome. No registration required. Call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

A Look at Wise Sayings: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Bring a lunch and look at the humor and wisdom in idioms and proverbs with author Barbara Gregorich in "Keeping the Wolf from the Door; A Look at Wise Sayings." Register at (847) 356-7711 or lvdl.org.

Jan. 14

Read to Rover: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 1-5 can sign up in person at the Ask Here desk for a 15-minute one-on-one reading session with a certified therapy dog. No parents or siblings allowed in the room during the session. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Shanghai Girls: Register by Thursday, Jan. 14, for program at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, Patty Turner Senior Center, 375 Elm St., Deerfield. Melissa Stoeger from the Deerfield Library will review Lisa See's new novel "Shanghai Girls" and give a sneak preview of exciting new fiction coming this spring. Free. Call (847) 940-4010, e-mail seniors@dfpd.org or visit deerfieldseniors.org.

Genealogy Class: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Basic genealogy class (no computers). Bring in scraps of information and learn to use a variety of resources to begin a family search. Free and open to all. To register, call (847) 438-3433, e-mail infodesk@eapl.org or visit eapl.org.

Clear Clutter - Clear Yourself: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Learn tips, systems and strategies from an experienced professional organizer. Register at (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Jan. 15

Twisted Teens Book Discussion Group: 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and Feb. 12, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Book group for teens. On Jan. 15, discuss "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. On Feb. 12, discuss "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson. For information or to register, call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

ITPLD Book Sale: Members-only preview 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15; open to all 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. The Friends of the Indian Trails Public Library District used book sale; nonmembers can join for $3 for an individual and $5 for a family membership. Children's books are mostly 25 cents. There will also be children's and adults' videotapes at $0.50, and some DVDs and books on disc. Adults' pocket paperbacks are $0.50; all others are $1.00, except for "better books," which are higher. Many books will be less than $1. On Sunday, most books will be sold $3 per grocery bag. For information, call (847) 459-4100.

Understanding School Avoidance: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 15, Warren Township Youth and Family Services, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurnee. A free, professional workshop, "School Avoidance: Understanding Avoidance vs. Truancy," will provide professionals with a basic understanding of the causes of school avoidance, role of the family, basic assessment and intervention. Register at (847) 244-1101, ext. 401, or visit warrentownship.net/youth-and-family-services.

Jan. 16

The Write Stuff: 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. A series of hourlong creative writing workshops for grades 3-6, with the goal of creating a literary magazine. The Jan. 16 session is "Just for Yuks," about writing funny stories. The Feb. 20 program is "Games Writers Play,"with games to spark creativity. Registration for each session opens on the day of the previous session. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Infant Massage: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Register with Youth Services. Intended for parents of infants ages 12 months and younger. Call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

Cabin Fever Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. The sale will include overstocked books and audiovisual materials. For information, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Jan. 17

Documentary: 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. "Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America" wil be shown. The film looks at three U.S. towns which, at the turn of the last century, forced the exodus of their entire African-American populations. A discussion will follow with Dino Robinson and Doria Johnson, the great-great-granddaughter of Anthony Crawford, who was lynched in South Carolina in 1916. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

JUF Book Buddies: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Barnes & Noble, 720 Hawthorne Center, Vernon Hills. Free family event. Jewish United Fund's Book Buddies program will celebrate Tu B'Shevat with books, fun projects and family activities. RSVP to juf.org/book buddies or (312) 444-2844.

Jan. 19

Tuesday evening fiction group: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Discuss "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. For information, call (847) 244-5150. Register at wnpl.info.

Jan. 20

E-mail Class: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Learn how to set up and use an e-mail account. Space is limited. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Teen Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 and Jan. 20, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. For grades 7-12. Enjoy snacks and discuss books chosen by teens for teens. On Jan. 20, discuss "Heaven Eyes" by David Almond. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Novel Thoughts: 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. A book discussion grades 4-6. Space is limited. On Jan. 20, discuss "The Boggart" by Susan Cooper. On Feb. 17, discuss "Surviving the Applewhites" by Stephanie Tolan. Registration for each session opens on the day of the previous session. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Author Visit with John Wasik: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Award-winning author of 13 books and personal finance columnist for Bloomberg News. For information or to register, call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

Dewey or Don't We Book Discussion: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. An adult book discussion for everyone who likes to laugh and exchange ideas. Discuss "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind" by Ann Ross. Call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Jan. 21

Thursday Night Book Chat: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Book group for adults. On Jan. 21, discuss "Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey" by Richard LeMieux. On Feb. 18, discuss "We Are All Welcome Here" by Elizabeth Berg. For information or to register, call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

What Were Our Ancestors Really Like: 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Genealogist and author Paul Millner takes a humorous look at the actions and motives of our ancestors. Register at (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Jan. 22

Winter Book Sale: Members only preview, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22; open to all 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Friends of Ela Area Public Library members receive 10 percent off Saturday, remaining books will be sold for $5 a bag Sunday. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the library to help provide materials and equipment. For information, call (847) 438-3433.

Jan. 24

Film discussion series: 1:15 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 24 and 31 and Feb. 7, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. Film and discussion series, "The Holocaust and Film." This program examines films dealing with the Holocaust from different vantage points. Open to the community at no charge. The remaining films in the series are: Jan. 24 "God on Trial," Jan. 31 "Europa Europa," and Feb. 7 "The Quarrel."

Jan. 31

Author: 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. Maggie Anton, author of the best-selling "Rashi's Daughters," will speak about the latest book in her trilogy, "Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France."

Film discussion series: 1:15 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. Film and discussion series, "The Holocaust and Film." This program examines films dealing with the Holocaust from different vantage points. Open to the community at no charge. The remaining films in the series are: Jan. 31 "Europa Europa," and Feb. 7 "The Quarrel."

Feb. 4

Mr. Barry's Books for Boys: 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4 and March 4, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Boys in grades 4-5 are invited to join a monthly reading club. Registration is required. Call (847) 438-3840, e-mail infodesk@eapl.org or visit eapl.org.

Feb. 6

Saturday Stimulus for the Classroom: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Register with Youth Services. For preschool through first-grade teachers, assistants and parents. 3 CPDU credits available. Learn about Web sites and overlooked books and participate in fun, easy science experiments. Call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

Author Chris Bohjalian: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Novelist Chris Bohjalian will share his newest novel, "Secrets of Eden." A book sale and signing will be included. Registration required; call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

Feb. 7

Film discussion series: 1:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. Film and discussion series, "The Holocaust and Film." This program examines films dealing with the Holocaust from different vantage points. Open to the community at no charge. The last film in the series is "The Quarrel."

Feb. 12

Twisted Teens Book Discussion Group: 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Book group for teens. Discuss "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson. For information or to register, call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

Feb. 13

Of Bogs and Books: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the library at Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. Discuss "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" by Daniel C. Dennett. Reservations are requested at (815) 344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov; limited drop-ins welcome but program may be canceled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours before event.

Feb. 17

Novel Thoughts: 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. A book discussion grades 4-6. Space is limited. On Feb. 17, discuss "Surviving the Applewhites" by Stephanie Tolan. Registration for each session opens on the day of the previous session. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Dewey or Don't We Book Discussion: 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. An adult book discussion for everyone who likes to laugh and exchange ideas. Both fiction and nonfiction titles will be discussed. Call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Feb, 18

Thursday Night Book Chats: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Book group for adults. Discuss "We Are All Welcome Here" by Elizabeth Berg. For information or to register, call (847) 223-5313 or visit grayslake.info.

Feb. 20

The Write Stuff: 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. A series of hourlong creative writing workshops for grades 3-6, with the goal of creating a literary magazine. The Feb. 20 program is "Games Writers Play,"with games to spark creativity. Registration for each session opens on the day of the previous session. To register, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Feb. 25

Author Judith Warner: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Judith Warner will discuss how pervasive disorders like autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia and more are and show how complex and painful a journey it can be for parents in "Weve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication." Book sale and signing included. Registration required; call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

March 10

Ryerson Reads: 7:30-9 p.m. every other Wednesday, Brushwood, Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. $15 per person per session or $10 for Friends of Ryerson Woods members. Discuss "The Unsettling of America" by Wendell Berry on March 10. Visit ryersonwoods.org.

Ongoing

Pennies-for-PADS Reading Program: Through Jan. 30, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Children and teens can pick up a reading log at the Youth Services Desk (for children) or Adult Services Desk (for teens) and join the winter reading program. For every hour participants read, LVDL will donate $1 (up to $5 per participant) to Lake County PADS. The library will also set out jars into which patrons of all ages can drop their spare change. For information, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org. For information on PADS, visit lakecountypads.org.

Chicago Wolves Read to Succeed: Through Jan. 30, Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Kids and teens in third grade and up are invited to join the Read to Succeed winter reading program and keep track of their reading to win prizes like Chicago Wolves T-shirts and pennants, and tickets to see a hockey game. Participants can register starting Jan. 4 to see a Chicago Wolves player on Tuesday, Feb. 2. For information, call (847) 244-5150. or visit wnpl.info.

Youth Winter Reading Club: Dec. 19 to Jan. 31, Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Children in preschool through eighth grade can investigate what the library has to offer during he Youth Winter Reading Club, "Reading Detectives," and earn prizes, enter weekly raffles, and enjoy a magician at the end of the program. Call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

Winter Reading Program: Through Feb. 6, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Children ages 14 and under can take part in the "Everything Igby" or "Wolves Read-to-Succeed" programs. The last day to register is Feb. 6. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Adult Book Discussion: 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave. Books are available at the Circulation Desk the month before the discussion. For information, call (847) 356-7711 or visit lvdl.org.

Snow Stories Reading Club: Through Feb. 14, Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda. For teens and adults. For every 50 pages read, participants will be entered into a prize drawing. Visit the Adult Services Reference Desk to register. For information, call (847) 526-6225 or visit wauclib.org.

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