The Village Read

Join us this summer for our second annual Village Read! This year we’ve chosen The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. 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 get their hands on The Fellowship of the Ring, we are giving away free paperback copies at the Library (while supplies last).

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

Movie in the Park
The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring
Friday, June 21, movie starts at dusk
Spring Rock Park, 4400 Central Avenue
See The Fellowship of the Ring on the big screen out in Spring Rock Park! Lawn games and summer reading sign-up will be available at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. This event is co-sponsored by the Western Springs Park District. Registration is not required.

Dinner in the Shire
Wednesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Continue your Village Read journey through Middle Earth with some hobbit-inspired recipes. Chef Dave Esau will demonstrate hearty, savory dishes perfect for any respectable hobbit’s evening dinner. Register here.

Locked in the Library: Middle Earth (Adults, teens, tweens)
Friday, July 12 with appointments between 5:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Our popular escape rooms are back to celebrate our Village Read book, The Fellowship of the Ring, with more puzzles, hidden clues, and teamwork! 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.

Rock Painting: Middle Earth Edition
Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Rock painting is back! In honor of our Village Read book, The Fellowship of the Ring, we will be painting rocks with cozy hobbit doors. Register here.

Village Read Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
Join us for some food, fun, and great discussion. Librarian Matthew Wenslauskis will lead an informal discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Refreshments will be provided. Register here.

The Art of Middle Earth
Monday, July 22 at 7 p.m.
In this slide lecture, art historian Jeff Mishur explores imagery by J.R.R. Tolkien and artists inspired by his legendarium. The program includes a discussion of paintings and drawings made to illustrate Tolkien’s books or directly inspired by them. Register here.