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Library courses and events




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. Limit 10
Recommended ages:  Best for ages 3 - 5 with adult
Wednesdays and Fridays, November 2015-March 2016, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Not held on November 27, December 25 or January 1.
Sterling Morton Library 
Fee is per child.  Nonmember adult with child must pay admission to the Arboretum.
$4.00 members
$5.00 nonmembers


History of Trees in America

Discover how  wood has contributed to  literature, art, and American poetry. Trees are an indispensable part of America; they were made into  ships, railroads, rifles, wagons, and planes. Learn more about orange groves, the American chestnut tree, and the woods which Henry David Thoreau found respite.  In this two-hour workshop, enjoy some lively discussion about the history and future of trees in our nation.
Instructor: Cindy Crosby, Interpretation Program Coordinator
Course number: N275
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sterling Morton Library
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 
$16.00 members
$25.00 nonmembers

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 rhassert@mortonarb.org or 630-719-2430.

2015 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 8, 2015 – Dennis, Jerry. The Living Great Lakes: searching for the heart of the inland sea, 2003. [LTTP redux – previously discussed on January 13, 2005]
  • February 12, 2015 - Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history, 2014.
  • March 12, 2015 - Green Fire : Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time, 2010. – Film
  • April 9, 2015 - Bachrach, Julia S. The City in a Garden: a history of Chicago’s parks, 2012.
  • May 14, 2015 - McDowell, Marta. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life : the plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales, 2013.
  • June 11, 2015 - Peattie, Donald Culross. A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America, 1950.
  • July 9, 2015 - Rutkow, Eric. American Canopy: trees, forests, and the making of a nation, 2012.
  • August 13, 2015 - Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2013.
  • September 10, 2015 - Eisler, Benita. The Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin, artist and showman, 2013.
  • October 8, 2015 - Bone, Eugenia. Mycophilia: revelations from the weird world of mushrooms, 2011.
  • November 12, 2015 - Croke, Vicki Constantine. Elephant Company: the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II, 2014.
  • December 10, 2015 – Herriot, James. All Creatures Great and Small, 1972.


Leafing Through the Pages - Selections - 2003-2016.pdf