Upcoming Events

What Music

Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 9, 2023
10:30 am to 11:30 am CT
An “Ode to Joy”
The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street, Win­net­ka, IL – 847–446-8880

For the won­der­ful read­ers and music lovers in your life! cel­e­brat­ing the book, What Music! The Fifty-Year Friend­ship Between Beethoven and Nan­nette Stre­ich­er, Who Built His PianosMs. Lawlor mas­ter­ful­ly uses for­got­ten his­tor­i­cal let­ters, a glos­sary, and rich back mat­ter on both friends’ lives and art to intro­duce read­ers to the man behind the music and the woman who built his pianos.

Lawlor deft­ly depicts how these two fas­ci­nat­ing friends — a com­pos­er with hear­ing loss and a woman who became an inno­v­a­tive piano mak­er in a time that dis­cour­aged female entre­pre­neur­ship — ought the odds and worked togeth­er in per­fect harmony.

Ms. Lawlor will be hap­py to sign her book fol­low­ing the sto­ry time! Great for kids ages 6 to 9 as well as the musi­cal­ly inclined of all ages.

Past Events

JFK Teachers Conference

The con­fer­ence is designed for teach­ers of grades 3 — 8 and school librar­i­ans. Tele­phone 617.514.1600 for more information.

Young peo­ple are increas­ing­ly aware of the chal­lenges to our plan­et. With each new envi­ron­men­tal cri­sis, they are demand­ing action and ask­ing lead­ers to acknowl­edge that, in Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s words, “The supreme real­i­ty of our time is our indi­vis­i­bil­i­ty … and our com­mon vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty on this plan­et.” This day-long con­fer­ence will explore how lit­er­a­ture can help stu­dents to under­stand the inter­con­nect­ed­ness of the nat­ur­al world and how edu­ca­tors can pre­pare young peo­ple to face the urgent chal­lenges of a chang­ing climate.

Join keynote speak­er Dr. J. Drew Lan­ham and award-win­ning authors Lau­rie Lawlor, Sy Mont­gomery, Ani­ta Sanchez and Melis­sa Stew­art to dis­cuss the impact of cli­mate change and how lit­er­a­ture can empow­er stu­dents to nav­i­gate the future with hope and determination.

Addi­tion­al­ly, con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants will be able to browse and pur­chase books, con­verse with col­leagues, meet the authors/illustrator, and par­tic­i­pate in work­shops on cli­mate jus­tice and strate­gies to cul­ti­vate envi­ron­men­tal empa­thy in the classroom.

Down­load the con­fer­ence brochure.

Reg­is­tra­tion includes lunch, hand­outs, and anno­tat­ed bib­li­og­ra­phy of rec­om­mend­ed children’s books relat­ed to the conference.

Ear­ly reg­is­tra­tion fee: $85 August 14 — Octo­ber 6, 2023
Reg­u­lar reg­is­tra­tion fee: $100 Octo­ber 7 — Novem­ber 1, 2023

Pur­chase Order (PO) Number.

Reg­is­ter with a cred­it card.

For infor­ma­tion, con­tact Esther Kohn,

Sup­port­ed by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Laurie Lawlor at The Book Stall on July 10 2023

The Book Stall
Mon­day, July 10, 2023, 6:30 pm
811 Elm Street, Win­net­ka, Illinois

Amid so much dire cli­mate change news, won­der­ing what you can do to make a dif­fer­ence to help save the plan­et? Lau­rie Lawlor will dis­cuss her new non­fic­tion book with read­ers age 10 and up, Restor­ing Prairie, Woods, and Pond How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Dif­fer­ence.

Inspir­ing envi­ron­men­tal suc­cess sto­ry tells how a small town with few resources comes togeth­er to restore nature and cre­ate a valu­able resource for the entire community.

This event for adults and chil­dren is co-spon­sored by Go Green Reads. The mis­sion of Go Green Win­net­ka is to raise aware­ness regard­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty and inspire schools, gov­ern­men­tal units, orga­ni­za­tions, busi­ness­es, and indi­vid­u­als to take action tar­get­ing cli­mate change, waste, and sus­tain­able raw materials.

Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion Annu­al Con­fer­ence 2023
Chica­go, Illinois

Mon­day, June 26, 2023, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Chap­ter One Stage, Con­ven­tion Cen­ter
Auto­graph­ing Restor­ing Prairie, Woods, and Pond: How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Difference

Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion Annu­al Con­fer­ence 2023
Chica­go, Illinois

Mon­day, June 26, 2023, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. 
Chap­ter One Stage, Con­ven­tion Cen­ter
Pan­el Pre­sen­ter for Pro­gram:
“Sav­ing Plan­et Earth:
Intro­duc­ing The Books for a Bet­ter Earth Col­lec­tion”
Host­ed by Mary Cash,VP and Edi­tor In Chief, 
Hol­i­day House Pub­lish­ing, Inc.

Laurie Lawlor Book Launch Celebration

Soci­ety of Mid­land Authors Award Cer­e­mo­ny
Children’s Read­ing Round Table / Children’s Non­fic­tion Award

Tues­day, May 10, 2022, 6:00 pm cash bar, 7:00 pm din­ner
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michi­gan Ave., 22nd floor, Chica­go, Illinois

Car­ol Marin, co-direc­tor of the DePaul Cen­ter for Jour­nal­ism Integri­ty & Excel­lence and NBC5’s for­mer polit­i­cal edi­tor, will emcee the awards ban­quet. The keynote speak­er will be Urbana nov­el­ist and short-sto­ry author Jean Thomp­son, a pro­fes­sor emeri­ta at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Urbana-Cham­paign who served as a judge in the adult fic­tion category.

Suzanne Slade will be giv­en the award for June Almei­da, Virus Detec­tive!: The Woman Who Dis­cov­ered the First Human Coro­n­avirus (Sleep­ing Bear Press). I am delight­ed to receive an Hon­or for Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North, Botan­i­cal Artist (Hol­i­day House) and Kao Kalia Yang will receive an hon­or for Yang War­riors (Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta Press). 

MA/MFA Grad­u­ate & Fac­ul­ty Vir­tu­al Autumn Read­ing
Thurs­day, Nov 11, 2021, 7:00 to 8:15 pm

Join us for a vir­tu­al read­ing fea­tur­ing three alum­ni and two fac­ul­ty mem­bers of our grad­u­ate cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram: Fei Sun, Eri­ka Carey, Jen­nifer Com­panik, Lau­rie Lawlor, and Juan Martinez.
Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Chica­go Lit­er­ary Hall of Fame will also join us to dis­cuss their upcom­ing events and their orga­ni­za­tion’s mission.
The read­ing begins at 7:00 pm Cen­tral Time and is free. Please mes­sage us for the Zoom link on our Face­book event page.

Sto­ry­book Stroll with Lau­rie Lawlor
fea­tur­ing Big Tree Down!
Fri­day, Sept 24, 2021, 8:00 am,
to Sat­ur­day, Sept 25, 2021, 5:00 pm
Start at the Eagle Munic­i­pal Build­ing, fol­low the signs through the Eagle Nature Trail to read along with the sto­ry, end­ing at the Eagle Ele­men­tary School.
Host­ed by the Alice Bak­er Pub­lic Library
Eagle, WI (262) 594‑2800

* ! * Enter a draw­ing in the Library from Sept 20–24 for a chance to win a signed copy of Big Tree Down!

* ! * Meet me, Lau­rie Lawlor, on the trail Fri­day, Sept 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Trail Pho­to Con­test Reception.

Storybook Stroll

Bed­time Sto­ry with Lau­rie Lawlor
Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North
Vir­tu­al on Zoom
Fri­day, May 14, 2021, 7:00 pm
Welles­ley Books, Welles­ley, MA

Rea­dathon Kick-off with Lau­rie Lawlor
Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North
Vir­tu­al Author Vis­it
Mon­day, April 26, 2021, 4:00 pm
Edi­son School, Chica­go, IL

Readathon 2021
Rea­dathon Kick-Off Event, a fundrais­er for Edi­son School

Boo­gie Down Sto­ry­time with Lau­rie Lawlor
Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North
Vir­tu­al – Zoom
Sat­ur­day, April 17, 2021, 10:00 am ET
The Bronx, New York City

Boogie Down with Laurie Lawlor
Boo­gie Down sto­ry­time with Boo­gie Down Books.