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Upcoming Classes in the Sterling Morton Library


Arbor Reading Adventures

Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! We’ll read stories, make a craft and then head out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change weekly. 
Notes: Weather permitting.
Recommended ages:  Best for ages 2 - 6 with adult.
Schedule and location:
Wednesdays and Fridays, November 2017 through March 2018
(Except November 24)
11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Fees and admission:
Fee is per child. Fee does not include admission to the Arboretum.
$4.00 - member child
$5.00 - nonmember child


The History of Wildflowers

We love wildflowers for their color and beauty. But they are more than just pretty faces! Join writer and naturalist Cindy Crosby to hear stories of how wildflowers have changed human history: through literature, art, medicine, as love charms, and more! Brighten up a winter’s day as you enjoy images of these glorious blooms in all seasons that accompany the talk. Leave with a new understanding of these iconic dwellers of woodland and prairie.
Course number: N278
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fees and admission: 
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 
$16.00 - member
$20.00 - nonmember

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Upcoming Events in the Sterling Morton Library

Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

For a morning of community, connectivity and spirited discussion, join Leafing Through the Pages, the Sterling Morton Library's book discussion group. Meeting on the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon in the Library, this group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology, and gardens. Participants need to obtain books and read each month's selection prior to the gathering to fully share in the discussion.
Not a member of the Arboretum? Join today If you are an Arboretum member and would like more information about Leafing Through the Pages, contact Rita Hassert at or 630-719-2430.


2017 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 12, 2017 - Jahren, Hope. Lab Girl, 2016.
  • February 9, 2017 - Waal, Frans de. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? 2016.
  • March 9, 2017 - Buck, Rinker. The Oregon Trail : a new American journey, 2015.
  • April 13, 2017 - Gooley, Tristan. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs : use outdoor clues to find your way, predict the weather, locate water, track animals--and other forgotten skills, 2014.
  • May 11, 2017 - Nordhaus, Hannah. The Beekeeper’s Lament : how one man and half a billion honey bees help feed America, 2011.
  • June 8, 2017 - Anthony, Lawrence. The Elephant Whisperer : my life with the herd in the African wild, 2009.
  • July 13, 2017 - Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds, 2016.
  • August 10, 2017 - Jens Jensen : The Living Green, 2013. 
  • September 14, 2017 - McDowell, Marta. All the Presidents’ Gardens : Madison's cabbages to Kennedy's roses, how the White House grounds have grown with America, 2016.
  • October 12, 2017 - Flores, Dan L. Coyote America : a natural and supernatural history, 2016.
  • November 9, 2017 - Wulf, Andrea. The Invention of Nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world, 2015.
  • December 14, 2017 - Theroux, Paul. Deep South : four seasons on back roads, 2015.


2018 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 11, 2018 – Egan, Dan. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, 2017.
  • February 8, 2018 – Crosby, Cindy. The Tallgrass Prairie : an introduction, 2017.
  • March 8, 2018 – Duncan, Dayton and Ken Burns. The National Parks: America's best idea, 2009.
  • April 12, 2018 – Before the Flood, 2017. (Viewing of this documentary will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the discussion to follow.)
  • May 10, 2018 – Wohlleben, Peter. The Hidden Life of Trees : what they feel, how they communicate, discoveries from the secret world, 2016.
  • June 14, 2018 – Pearson, Arthur. Force of Nature : George Fell, founder of the Natural Areas Movement, 2017.
  • July 12, 2018 – Adams, Mark. Turn Right at Machu Picchu : rediscovering the lost city one step at a time, 2011.
  • August 9, 2018 – Jans, Nick. A Wolf Called Romeo, 2014.
  • September 13, 2018 – Tyson, Neil deGrasse. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, 2017.
  • October 11, 2018 – Croke, Vicki. The Lady and the Panda : the true adventures of the first American explorer to bring back China's most exotic animal, 2005.
  • November 8, 2018 – Owen, David. Where the Water Goes : life and death along the Colorado River, 2017.
  • December 13, 2018 – Poetry – At this gathering, each participant is invited to bring a nature-related poem/s to share and discuss.


PDF iconLeafing Through the Pages, Reading and Viewing History, 2003-2018.pdf