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St. Andrew’s Fall Book Fair

  • 11/6/2020 9:00 AM - 11/7/2020 4:00 PM
  • Category: Events
St. Andrew’s Fall Book Fair

The St. Andrew’s Fall Book Fair, featuring over 20,000 used books, will be held on November 6-7 at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville, Illinois. The books are well organized and priced to sell. Categories include fiction (hardcover and paperback), children’s books, history, literature, pets, sports, regional history, cookbooks, gardening, art, biography, music, humor, large print, religion, reference, science fiction and much more. The books are sorted by category with some categories also alphabetized by author. DVDs, CDs, vinyl, jigsaw puzzles and games are also available. Reservations are required.

Luxembourgers in Chicago: From North Avenue to Wilmette (Virtual Lecture)

Wilmette Historical Museum

  • 11/8/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The Wilmette Historical Museum will host a virtual lecture via Zoom with Kevin Wester discussing “Luxembourgers in Chicago: From North Avenue to Wilmette.” His lecture will provide a broad overview of Luxembourg immigration during the second half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, when the Chicago area, including Wilmette, became home to the largest number of Luxembourg immigrants in America.

ALPLM Reading Club: Coraline

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 10/26/2020 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The ALPLM Reading Club invites you to read Neil Gaiman’s Coraline! Just in time for Halloween, our spooky selection for this month features creepy descriptions, heart pounding suspense, and (possibly) bone-chilling illustrations. If you’re interested in a thrill, a chill, and good conversation, join us for this discussion.


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