Summer Reading is Underway!

Reading logs for kids, teens, and adults are available at the library, at Bookmobile stops, or can be printed from bit.ly/bplsrp2024. Prize information is also available at that same link. View our summer programs at bit.ly/bplsummerprograms. Library programs are always free!

Drive Up Window & Permanent Book Drop are now open!

Though façade work will not be completed until July, the new drive up and the permanent book drop are now open!
Those wanting to pick up hold items at the Drive-Up need to select ”Drive-Up” as the pickup library when placing the hold.
Items placed on hold for pickup at the Main Library will only be available inside the library.

Navigate Your Stars with Author Jesmyn Ward

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Adult
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Program Description

Navigate Your Stars with Author Jesmyn Ward

Join us for an evening with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. Hailed as “the new Toni Morrison” by the American Booksellers Association, Jesmyn will discuss her life, her literary vision, and her unique perspectives on love and loss. Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of American Library Association, will join her in conversation.

Jesmyn Ward is the critically acclaimed author of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including bestselling Sing, Unburied, Sing; Salvage the Bones; and the memoir Men We Reaped. Her many honors include the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a Strauss Living Award. In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award for Fiction twice. The standout writer of her generation, Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. A professor of creative writing at Tulane University, Ward’s latest book, Navigate Your Stars, is an adaptation of her 2018 commencement address at Tulane that championed the value of hard work. 

Tracie D. Hall is a librarian, author, curator, and advocate for the arts. She is the first African American woman to lead the American Library Association, where she's served as Executive Director since 2020, and fights for social justice, access to information, and universal broadband.

Registration is required and can be completed online at bit.ly/bplward, by calling 309.590.6168, or in person at the Adult Services Desk. 

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This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.