Saturdays, February 3-24 at 1:00pm
Events will be held in the Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, 921 School Street, Lisle

Free, thought provoking discussions about our regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it. Authors from around Chicagoland will present their books in a fun and informal fashion. Join us for a deep discussion, coffee and refreshments in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot in front of the Beaubien Tavern and at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

Please Note: Program subject to change without notice. Visit the Lisle Library to check out the books featured in this series. Seating is on a first come basis. Admission is FREE and this event is designed for the whole family!

Presenting Sponsors: The Museums at Lisle Station Park and The Lisle Park District
Thank You To Our Program Partners: Lisle Library District, Lake Claremont Press, Arcadia Press

Saturday, February 3 at 1:00pm

  • “Cycling in Chicago” by Chris McAuliffe

Chris McAuliffe, is a 25-year resident of Chicago and a long-time cyclist who competes in road and cyclocross racing. Chris holds a USA Cycling racing license and races for the XXX Racing-Athletico cycling team. He also enjoys recreational cycling and exploring the many bike trails and forest preserves around Chicagoland.

Cycling in Chicago is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The new book is written by local author Chris McAuliffe, and is set to release on October 30, 2017. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Chicago was the center of bicycle manufacturing in the United States. As an early industrial and transportation center, two-thirds of all bicycles manufactured in the United States were from Chicago—it was the Detroit of bike manufacturing. For decades, Chicago was also a center for cycling track and road racing. Six-day races drew capacity crowds at the Chicago Stadium, Chicago Coliseum, and International Amphitheatre. Road and track competitions were also held at Sherman Park, the Humboldt Park Velodrome, and on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile. Today, Chicago is a hub for recreational cyclists. Hundreds of miles of bike lanes, rail to trails, and bike paths, such as the Illinois Prairie Path, the Bloomingdale Trail, Lakefront Path, and the Big Marsh, provide cyclists with numerous recreational and commuting options in a crowded urban environment. Chicago was awarded Bicycling Magazine’s Best Bike City of 2016.

Saturday, February 10 at 1:00pm

***CANCELLED - Moved to February 17***

Saturday, February 17 at 1:00pm

  • “Winfield” by Jim McGuire

Jim McGuire has been working with the Winfield Historical Society for over eight years, helping to establish a local history museum at Hedges Station, the oldest standing depot in Illinois, dating back to 1849.

A look at life in early Winfield, with a focus on many of its early residents, places, work and play, through the use of the photos in the collection of the Winfield Historical Society and from local residents and institutions.

Richard Lanyon - Draining Chicago: The Early City and the North Area

Saturday, February 24 at 1:00pm

  • “The Great Chicago Fire” by John Boda & Ray Johnson

John Boda is a native of Chicago and a long-time researcher, student, and teacher of history. His own grandmother survived Chicago's worst disaster- The Eastland- July 24th, 1915. He is also a pro musician singer-guitarist and performs in many venues and styles all over the Chicago area. Ray Johnson is a former criminal investigator, historian, author, and lecturer on Chicago history and has been featured on The History Channel, Discovery ID, as well as in local print and radio media. He currently writes a Chicago history blog, "Chicago History Cop" for ChicagoNow.

A captivating picture book on The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 with extensively researched captions and stories. It contains over 200 photos, some of which have never been published.

Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or


The Museums at Lisle Station Park invites families to come to the Museum on the following dates from 10:30-11:30am for a free fun family activity. Activites will vary depending on the theme of the month, are best suited for kids ages 4-10, and will be held in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot in front of the Beaubien Tavern and at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

Program Co-Hosted By: Lisle Library District

Saturday, April 14 from 10:30-11:30am

  • Morse Messages

Learn how the Lisle Stationmaster would send and receive messages using a telegraph and write messages using your own morse code.

Saturday, May 19 from 10:30-11:30am

  • WAYCAR #14584

Discover the incredible history of our Waycar! Learn all about how the Burlington Line used this
caboose as a rolling office, bedroom, and kitchen, and then make your own mini-Waycar.

Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or