The Village Read

Great books bring people together. Join us this summer for the first annual Village Read and help foster that community spirit. To kick things off we’ve chosen Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is celebrating its 200th year since publication. The Library is encouraging the entire village to read, discuss, or explore this fantastic classic. We will be presenting programs, activities, films, and a book discussion. To help as many people as possible to get their hands on Frankenstein, we are giving away free paperback copies at the Library beginning June 4th. You can also download a free copy of the eBook, both in EPUB and Kindle formats.

After getting your copy of the book, be sure to join us for these Frankenstein-inspired events! Registration is required for all programs.

Village Read Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Anderson’s Bookshop, 26 S. La Grange Road, La Grange
Come join us at Anderson’s Bookshop for some food, fun, and great discussion. Librarians Matthew Wenslauski and Nancy Long will lead an informal talk on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Refreshments will be provided. Register here.

Film Screening: Young Frankenstein
Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: The York Theatre, 150 N York Road, Elmhurst
For our Village Read finale, we’ll be showing Mel Brooks’ comedy classic Young Frankenstein on the big screen at the York Theatre. Afterwards we’ll have a post-film discussion with a panel of local film critics. This is a FREE event, but seating is limited, so registration is required in order to guarantee entrance. Register here.

Locked in the Library: Frankenstein’s Lab (Adults, teens, tweens)
Friday, July 13 with appointments between 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Our popular escape rooms are back to celebrate our Village Read book, Frankenstein, with more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork! Teams will work together to escape Frankenstein’s Lab before time runs out. Sign up for a time slot by calling or stopping by the Reference Desk. Up to six adults, teens or tweens can form each team.

Franken-tees (Grades 6-12)
Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
It’s not a boring t-shirt, it’s alive! Learn some quick and clever techniques for changing your old tees into new items. Bring a shirt to cut apart or use some of ours. Register here.

Cupcake Wars (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Working individually or in a small group, create a cupcake masterpiece inspired by the book Frankenstein. Then have your creations judged by our professional food tasters. Email brittany@fordlibrary.org with food allergies. Register here.