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.
Schedule and location:
Wednesdays and Fridays, November 2018 through March 2019
(Except Friday, November 23, and Wednesday, December 26)
11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Sterling Morton Library
Notes: Weather permitting.
Recommended ages: Best for ages 2-6 with adult.

Fees and Admission:
Fee is per child. Fee does not include admission to the Arboretum.
$4.00 - member child
$5.00 - nonmember child
Registration Information:
IN PERSON:  Stop by the Arboretum Visitor Center on day of program



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 10:00 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.

2019 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 10, 2019 - Agrawal, Anurag. Monarchs and Milkweed : a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution, 2017.
  • February 14, 2019 - Jones, Lucy. The Big Ones : how natural disasters have shaped us (and what we can do about them), 2018.
  • March 14, 2019 - Shifting Sands : on the path to sustainability, 2016. (Viewing of this film begins at 10:00 a.m. with discussion to follow.)
  • April 11, 2019 - Mapes, Lynda V. Witness Tree : seasons of change with a century-old oak, 2017.
  • May 9, 2019 - Stone, Daniel. The Food Explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats, 2018.
  • June 13, 2019 - Johnson, Kirk W. The Feather Thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century, 2018.
  • July 11, 2019 - Connors, Philip. Fire Season : field notes from a wilderness lookout, 2012.
  • August 8, 2019 - Heinrich, Bernd. Life Everlasting : the animal way of death, 2012.
  • September 12, 2019 - Spinney, Laura. Pale Rider: the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world, 2017.
  • October 10, 2019 - Preston, Douglas. The Lost City of the Monkey God : a true story, 2017.
  • November 14, 2019 - McDowell, Marta. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder : the frontier landscapes that inspired the Little House books, 2017.
  • December 12, 2019 - Matthiessen, Peter. The Snow Leopard, 1978.

PDF iconLeafing Through The Pages, Reading and Viewing History, 2003-2019.pdf