Bensenville Reads: Dystopian Futures

The Bensenville Library is proud to announce the 12th annual Bensenville Reads program! Each year, the Library selects a book, author, or theme to promote reading in the community.

This year we have selected the theme “Dystopian Futures”. The genre goes back to H.G. Wells’ 1895 classic “The Time Machine” and has recently swelled in popularity for both Adult and Young Adult audiences, with some classic novels returning to best sellers lists. The five books we’ve selected this year are a mix of classics and more contemporary works. Copies of the books are available at the Library.

You are invited to join us for a series of book groups discussing each selected title, as well as a special presentation on post-apocalyptic survival training.

Bensenville Reads is co-sponsored by the Bensenville Arts Council.

The Handmaid’s Tale | by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Brave New World | by Aldous Huxley (1931)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

1984 | by George Orwell (1949)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The Giver | by Lois Lowry (1993)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Ready Player One | by Ernest Cline (2011)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.


Post-Apocalyptic Survival Training
Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m.

If an apocalypse happened right now would you be ready? Join the Library as we welcome Nick Conrad from The Green Suite for a discussion of survival strategies and urban survival skills such as food and water preparation, water purification, urban foraging, gardening, and solar electricity. Bring two uncrushed soda cans with you and you’ll learn how to make a small alcohol burning survival stove of your own.



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