Our annual community-wide reading and book discussion initiative returns this spring with Robert Kurson's stunning inside story of mankind's first historic first mission to the moon, Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made Man's First Journey to the Moon. Mr. Kurson will be visiting Brookfield to discuss his book and much more on Thursday, May 31 at the Brookfield Zoo. Please register to ensure admittance into the Zoo. Check out additional Brookfield Reads! events below.

Explore the Brookfield Reads! resource guide to learn more about Rocket Men and other related titles and events. Copies of Rocket Men will be available at the Library Check Out Desk and may be requested online through SWAN. Electronic copies (ebooks and eaudio) are also available via MyMediaMall and eRead Illinois.

Cover for Rocket Men        Robert Kurson

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.

Nature Inspired Technology 
Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m.

Did you know some of the best inventions (and the ones we take for granted) are inspired by nature? Andre Copeland of the Brookfield Zoo will discuss how nature has inspired technology.

Rock Art
Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m.

Beautify your space with some rock art. We will have supplies to make meditation art rocks, pet rocks or fabric art rocks.

Rocket Men Book Discussion 
Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m.

Join us as we discuss this year's Brookfield Reads! selection, Rocket Men: the Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon.

The Space Race
Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.

Relive the thrilling intensity that consumed the 1960's as the U.S. and Soviet Union were locked in a race to send men to the Moon. Michelle Nichols of Adler Planetarium will take an in-depth look into the space race and share information that has only come to light in recent years.

Rocket Men Book Discussion 
Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.
Meets at Irish Times

Come join the conversation with the Non-Fiction Book Discussion group as they discuss Rocket Men. Please note that the group meets at Irish Times.

BROOKFIELD READS! Finale Author Event: Robert Kurson
Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center

This year's Brookfield Reads Finale features New York Times bestselling author, Robert Kurson. Mr. Kurson will discuss his book and take questions from the crowd. The event will be held at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center. Please register in order to gain admittance to the event.