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  • Where's Waldo is Coming to Lake Forest

    REMINDER: The Where's Waldo Party is this Friday, July 28 at 3:00pm in Market Square (weather permitting), otherwise it will be in-store. The winners of the Where's Waldo Search will be drawn during the party. Winner MUST be present.

    This year marks the 30th anniversary Where's Waldo and Waldo, the iconic children's book character, is coming to Lake Forest this July to spread the "Buy Local" message. Lake Forest Book Store will be hosting an exciting month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in twenty-five participating local businesses. Come into the store and pick up your Waldo Local Passport with the names of the participating merchants. Visit each merchant during the month of July and find the displayed Waldo standee, then have your passport stamped or signed. Throughout the month there will be prizes awarded to the players and on Friday, July 28th, there will be a big Waldo celebration to celebrate.

    Event date: 
    Friday, July 28, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
    Event address: 
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • A Conversation with Ruth Ozeki

    Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being has been selected as the title for 2017’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, a one book/one community program.

    Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale 2017 will culminate with our main event, A Conversation with Ruth Ozeki, ​moderated by Professor of English Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Lake Forest College. 

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Event is free but requires registration at

    First 20 adults to register for the Summer Reading Program at Lake Forest Library will receive a copy of A Tale for the Time Being

    About the book:​ Two characters narrate a Tale for the Time Being; a sixteen-year-old Japanese-American girl living in Tokyo and keeping a diary, and a Japanese-American writer living on an island off British Columbia who finds the diary washed up on the shore after the tsunami in 2011. The Seattle Times called it “a terrific novel that explores quantum physics, military applications of computer video games, Internet bullying and Marcel Proust as well, all while creating a vulnerable and unique voice for the 16-year-old girl at its center. Ozeki has produced a dazzling and humorous work of literary origami.”

    About the program: ​Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale is a one book/one community program that fosters a culture of reading and a sense of community in our city. Each year a title is selected from the works of writers affiliated with the Ragdale Foundation, the artists’ residency that has supported authors and their creative process for over 35 years. Program partners create events to help the community deepen their understanding of the chosen book title and encourage discussions in the community. Program Partners include the ​Lake Forest Library, Friends of Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest College, and the Ragdale Foundation. The Lake Forest Book Store is the official bookstore of Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale.

    About the author: Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest College
    Calvin Durand Hall, 555 North Sheridan Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045