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Books Between Bites

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Batavia Books Between Bites Program

Press Contact:  Becky Hoag, info@booksbetweenbites.com


Batavia’s Books Between Bites 2023-2024 Season Announced

(BATAVIA) — Batavia's popular monthly noontime book program, Books Between Bites, begins its 35th season on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The series is hosted from noon to 1 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The public is invited to attend these free programs, presented September through May, on the third Thursday of the month. Reservations are not required.

The 2023-2024 season opens on Sept. 21 with Kate Garrett, director of the Batavia Depot Museum, discussing "Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries" by Greg Melville. A journalist, Melville visits local cemeteries wherever he travels and in this book, he invites readers to join him. From colonists’ hasty burials to the leisure parks that inspired the Transcendentalists, Melville sees cemeteries as windows to understanding American history. Garrett, a Batavia resident, is a lifelong learner who feels about libraries the way Melville feels about cemeteries.

The season continues on Oct. 19 with local author Annie Hansen, and her new novel "Get a Grip." On Nov. 16, Pam Otto, outreach ambassador for the St. Charles Park District and creator of the weekly "Good Natured" column, shares a favorite that was a bestseller in 1942: "We Took To the Woods" by Louise Dickinson Rich. Books Between Bites will be hosted one week early in December, on Dec. 14, as Batavia’s city administrator, Laura Newman, discusses two autobiographies by Madeleine Albright: "Madam Secretary" and "Hell and Other Destinations."

The series kicks off 2024 on Jan. 18 with Mayor Jeff Schielke sharing what he has researched as "The Back Story of Batavia History." On Feb. 15, we introduce our new executive director of Batavia Public Library, Josephine Tucci. She shares her special interest in "Scandinavian and British Mysteries." Former ESPN senior writer and legal analyst, Lester Munson, returns with his sports perspectives on March 21, discussing "The Tao of the Backup Catcher" by Tim Brown and Erik Kratz.

Local author Marnie O. Mamminga will introduce her new book for children, "The Woodpecker’s Song," on April 18. She will be joined by her illustrator, Mary C. Parks. The final program of the season will be on May 16 when Batavian Karl Bruhn shares his fascinating research on "Sears Kit Houses in Batavia, Geneva & Beyond."

Books will be available for sale and signing at each of the programs featuring authors.

These programs are held in the Founders Room, located on the main level of the Batavia Public Library. Parking is available in the lot just south of and adjacent to the Library.

Guests are invited to bring their lunch and eat as they enjoy the program and discussion. Lunch items, beverages and baked goods also may be purchased at Flyleaf Bakery Cafe, located just inside the Library and next to the meeting room. To pre-order for pick-up just before the program, please call 331-302-3480.

Books Between Bites was established in 1987 in Batavia by the late Lee C. and Betty Moorehead. The program has continued through their daughter, Becky Hoag, in partnership and co-sponsorship with the Batavia Public Library.

For more information about Books Between Bites, visit booksbetweenbites.com, where a complete schedule and description of each program may be found, along with a printable season schedule. Printed season schedules are available at Batavia Public Library.


April 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Batavia Public Library
(630) 879-1393
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Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Avenue
Batavia, IL 60510 United States
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