Our annual community-wide reading and book discussion initiative returns this spring with Mary Robinette Kowal's award-winning novel,The Calculating Stars. Kowal will be doing a virtual visit to Brookfield to discuss her book and much more on Thursday, July 16, on Zoom. Please register to ensure you don't miss this fantastic event! Check out additional Brookfield Reads! events below.

Copies of The Calculating Stars will be available at the Library Check Out Desk and may be requested online through SWAN. E-book copies are also available via Digital Library of Illinois. If you'd prefer a copy of your own, please fill out our Google Form.

Do you have a topic or book suggestion for next year? Please use the Brookfield Reads Suggestion Form to submit your suggestion.

Picture of women against stars and the author Mary Robinette Kowal.

Brookfield Reads! Events

Please note that registration is required for these events. To register for an event, click on the event title to get to the registration page. All of our events will be presented on the Library's Zoom account.

The Harvard Computers
Monday, June 1 @ 2 pm.
Learn about the women who worked in Edward Pickering's lab in the early 1900s and laid the groundwork for all of modern stellar astrophysics. Presented by Sally Laurent-Muehleisen, associate chair in the Department of Physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

To Fly Among the Stars
Wednesday, June 10 @ 1:30 p.m.
Rebecca Siegel, author of the recently published book To Fly Among the Stars: the Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts Program, shares her research on the history of women astronauts.

Economic Factors Related to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events
Monday, June 22 @ 7 p.m.
What’s the connection between global warming and extreme weather? Brookfield resident and Citizens' Climate Lobby Research Coordinator, Rick Knight, presents on climate science and on the links between climate change and extreme weather events.

Women in Astronomy
Thursday, July 9 @ 7 p.m.
Women have played a part in astronomical discoveries for centuries. We will explore advancements made by the ladies of science, from comets, to pulsars, dark matter, and more with Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium.

Book Discussions for The Calculating Stars

Girls Night Out Book Club
Monday, June 15 @ 7 p.m.

Sci-fi & Fantasy Book Club
Wednesday, July 1 @ 6 p.m.