Wheaton Reads

Special Events • Book Discussions • Films

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I. Through a generous grant from World War I and America the library hopes to educate the community and honor those who have served. The featured book of Wheaton Reads is Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

Special Events

Ernest Hemingway in WWI
Tuesday, Oct. 17 • 7 p.m. Register online
Presented by Bob Glass, Historian of Society and Docent of Oak Park Ernest Hemingway Society.

Living History: General Charles Dawes
Thursday, Oct. 19 • 7 p.m. Register online
Actor RJ Lindsey portrays WWI General Charles Dawes and narrates a slideshow with battle maps, military strategies, and photos.

WWI Heroes of Wheaton
Tuesday, Oct. 24 • 7 p.m. Register online
Learn about the 500 Wheaton men who enlisted and the 13 who died in WWI. Presented by Nancy Flannery of the Wheaton Historic Commission.

Propaganda Posters: A Painting Workshop for Teens
Monday, Oct. 30 • 7 p.m. Register online
During WWI, governments of many countries designed posters to inspire patriotism and foster an aversion to the enemy. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll look at these fascinating images and either copy one of the designs or create your own using watercolor pencils under the guidance of art teacher Christine Thornton. Beginners welcome!

WWI and America Panel and Discussion
Tuesday, Oct. 31 • 7 p.m. Register online
Assistant Professor Josh Fulton of Moraine Valley Community College will lead a discussion of how Illinois was affected by WWI and share passages from the WWI and America reader. Veterans and their families are invited to share their experiences. All are welcome to this interactive discussion on WWI, the experience of war, and the importance of service. Download a copy of WWI and America.

Tween Program: Eating During WWI (Grades 3-6)
Wednesday, Nov. 1 • 4 p.m. Register online
Try recipes from 1917 and experience what it was like to eat while the world was at war.

American Doughboys in WWI
Thursday, Nov. 2 • 7 p.m. Register online
Military author Robert Mueller takes you on a trip across the battlefields of Northern France to describe the events, people, and places of America’s contribution to the defeat of the German Kaiser.

Songs of WWI
Sunday, Nov. 5 • 2 p.m.
Musician Roger Kotecki will perform songs of WWI on the guitar with bass and percussion accompaniment.
The concert is free and attendees are seated on a first come, first served basis.

US First Division in WWI
Thursday, Nov. 9 • 7 p.m. Register online
Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First Division Museum of Cantigny, discusses the history behind the legendary First Division infantrymen of WWI.

Book Discussions

Registration is not required for any of the book discussions.
Wheaton Reads Book Discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 25 • 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 7 • 10 a.m.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Tween Book Discussion (Grades 3 - 6)
Thursday, Nov. 2 • 4 p.m.
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy

Contemporary Book Discussion
Thursday, Nov. 2 • 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 • 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 • 10 a.m.
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

Film Festival

Pick up free required tickets at the front desk.
The Promise on Friday, Oct. 13 • 1 p.m.
War Horse on Friday, Oct. 27 • 1 p.m.
Wonder Woman on Wednesday, Nov. 1 • 7 p.m.
Testament of Youth on Friday, Nov. 3 • 1 p.m.
Paths of Glory on Thursday, Nov. 16 • 6 p.m.

Coming this Winter

World War I and America Exhibit
Jan. 1 - 23, 2018
A traveling display of World War I and America

These programs are part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.