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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.

2016 Reading and Viewing List

January 14, 2016 – Millard, Candice. The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey, 2005. [LTTP redux – previously discussed on September 13, 2007]

February 11, 2016 - Chasing Ice, 2012. (Documentary) Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m.

March 10, 2016 – Aalto, Kathryn. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: a walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, 2015.

April 14, 2016 - Hatch, Peter J. A Rich Spot of Earth : Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary garden at Monticello, 2012.

May 12, 2016 - Macdonald, Helen. H is for Hawk, 2014.

June 9, 2016 - Montgomery, Ben. Grandma Gatewood's Walk : the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail, 2014.

July 14, 2016 - Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire : a season in the wilderness, 1968.

August 11, 2016 - Keating, Ann Durkin. Rising Up from Indian Country : the battle of Fort Dearborn and the birth of Chicago, 2012.

September 8, 2016 - Rebanks, James. The Shepherd's Life : modern dispatches from an ancient landscape, 2015.

October 13, 2016 - Muir, John. John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (Library of America), 1997.

November 10, 2016 - Stegner, Wallace. Angle of Repose, 1971.

December 8, 2016 – Herriot, James. All Things Bright and Beautiful, 1974.