Parent Book Jams (PBJs)

Parent Book Jam (PBJ) –  Thursday 10/5/2017 at 7:00 PM.

The description for the program is:
Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Reading the book before you come is encouraged but not required. Copies of the book are available for checkout; ask at the Youth desk.
This program is free and open to all. Registration is required.

Register by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library, or sign up at the following: Parent Book Jam (PBJ) – Grit

Co-sponsored by Community Parent Network (CPN).

LOCATION: Library Annex Building. Please park at the back of the main library lot and walk across to the orange building.


CPN Parent Book Jams


CPN’s Parent Book Jam (or PBJ!) sessions are discussion groups designed to talk about books by CPN speakers or other books of interest to our parenting community. You do not need to read the book before attending the PBJ. The PBJs typically include:

  • Book overview
  • Implications for parenting
  • Tips and tools
  • Interactive discussion

Check our events page for upcoming PBJs

Past PBJ books:

February 2017 – Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
   THANK YOU to Vernon Area Library’s Heather Hageli for moderating the discussion.
Click here for an excerpt of Quiet Power
Click here for an interview with Susan Cain by nprEd’s Elissa Nadworny
Click here for Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution (QR) website, here for QR’s Parenting and Kids page, and here for QR’s Parenting Quiet Kids course.
November 2016 Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology by Lucy Jo Palladino
     THANK YOU to Vernon Area Library’s Heather Blake for moderating the
December 2015Age of Opportunity by Laurence Steinberg
    THANK YOU to Laurence Steinberg for participating in Q&A via Twitter Chat and            Dr. Cristina Cortesi for moderating the discussion.
October 2015The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber