Glenview Reads Together

One Community, Many Stories

September 23–October 18

Rocket Men by Robert Kurson

The Glenview Public Library is proud to present its second annual community-wide reading program. Join with friends, neighbors, coworkers, Library staff, and others by reading Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson, then come together for an evening with the author, special discussions, programs, and other events that are out of this world. Learn about the urgency and danger of the Apollo 8 mission and discover the story of a country that came together during tumultuous times.

Copies of the book are available at the Reader Services Desk. Check the catalog for other available formats such as large print, audiobooks, eBooks, or a Book Club in a Bag discussion kit.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Glenview Sunrise for their generous support.

The Book

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: it would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and a myriad of experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and to arrive at a new world.

The Author

Robert Kurson began his career as an attorney, graduating from Harvard Law School and practicing real estate law. Kurson shifted careers and began writing professionally for various publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, and Esquire. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including his 2004 debut, Shadow Divers, followed by Crashing Through (2007), Pirate Hunters (2015), and his latest, Rocket Men (2018). Mr. Kurson currently lives in the Chicagoland area.

Adult & Teen Book Discussions

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Reader Services Desk. No registration is required for these discussions. Just drop in.

Wednesday, September 25, 7-8 PM • Glenview Library Multipurpose Room
Saturday, September 28, 10-11 AM • Glenview Library Multipurpose Room
Monday, October 7, 1-2 PM • Glenview Library Community Room East
Thursday, October 17, 7-8 PM • Offsite: Hackney’s on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Avenue

Recommended additional reading for Rocket Men


Adults & Teens

Kick Off: Robert Kurson Author Event & Book Signing

Tuesday, September 24, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room

An interview with New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson as he discusses Rocket Men, followed by questions from the audience. Book sale and signing following the program.

Out of This World Pretzels (ages 13-18)

Saturday, September 28, 2-3 PM • Youth Program Room

Have a blast making galaxy pretzel rods with a variety of chocolate melts and star embellishments—for yourself or for a special gift. Register by September 25. Limit 12.

Mysteries of Saturn: The Cassini Mission (all ages)

Saturday, October 5, 2-3 PM • Community Room

Join John Vittallo and Kevin Simkins of the NASA JPL Solar Ambassadors as they present spectacular recent discoveries from the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Moon Landings in Art, Film & Literature

Tuesday, October 8, 7-8 PM • Community Room

In this delightfully artistic approach to space exploration, Dr. Julia diLiberti, College of DuPage, presents the novels, movies, and comics that took us out of Earth’s gravitational pull before the Russians launched Sputnik and before Armstrong’s 1969 moon landing.

Apollo 11 (93mins/G/2019)

Friday, October 18, 2 & 6:30 PM

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon featuring never-before-seen large-format film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.

Kids & Family

Moon Viewing with Telescopes (all ages)

Thursday, October 3, 7-8:30 PM • Meet in Community Room West

View the moon through our telescopes! NOTE: No program if moon is not visible. Just drop in.


Through Friday, November 15
Offsite: Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Boulevard

Welcome back to the Storybook Trail! A great read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts! Just drop in. Presented in conjunction with Bike Glenview.

Spark Park: Space Edition (grades 1-3)

Tuesday, September 24, 4:15-5 PM • Youth Program Room

Young and curious minds needed for hands on exploration of STEAM topics.

Party on the Moon (ages 3+)

Saturday, September 28, 10:30-11:15 AM • Community Room

How do you have a tea party in zero gravity? Enjoy stories, tea, and treats, as well as a visit from an out of this world friend. Space themed attire is encouraged but not required.

Saturday Kids Club: Outer Space Fun with the Discovery Center Museum (ages 2+ w/adult)

Saturday, October 5, 10:30-11:15 AM
Offsite: The Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Boulevard

Stories, crafts, and loads of FUN! Co-sponsored by The Book Market.

Graphic Novel Book Club (grades 3-5)

Wednesday, October 9, 4:15-5:15 PM • Youth Program Room

Love graphic novels? Come talk about this quarter’s title, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson. In-person registration is required at the Youth Services Desk to pick up your free book, while supplies last. Open to GPL cardholders and students attending Glenview schools.

Drop-In Movie: Space Buddies (84mins/G/2009)

Friday, October 25, 10 AM-Noon • Community Room