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Upcoming Classes in the Sterling Morton Library

 

Fake News, Real Science: How to Make Sense of the Information Landscape with Carissa Dougherty, Head of Knowledge Management

We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to identify the “symptoms” of a less-than-credible source and what questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for good advice on the internet (and beyond) to answer questions about trees, plants, and the environment.
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Beasts at Bedtime: The Environmental Wisdom of Children’s Literature with Liam Heneghan, author and environmental scientist

Revisit your favorite childhood books--and some unknown treasures--through a new lens with author, scholar, and dad, Liam Heneghan. In his newest book, Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature, Heneghan explores the vast richness of environmental themes and insights woven throughout children's literature.  Environmental scientists and casual nature enthusiasts alike will delight in revisiting youth through an environmental lens.
Sunday, July 29, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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Great Hikes in Literature with Cindy Crosby, author, hiker, and raconteur

Travel the world's great trails as told from the perspective of beloved nature writers. Weaving together literary accounts and her own insights from time on the trail, author Cindy Crosby will explore why we hike to find ourselves, and what do we discover when we get there?

From old standards to new voices, from the heart-wrenching to the humorous, hear excerpts from writings such as A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, On Trails: An Exploration, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

Sunday, August 5, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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

 

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.

 

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