Santa and Mrs. Claus SOLD OUT

Santa and Mrs. Claus SOLD OUT

Make time this holiday season for you and your children to visit Santa and capture the wonder that will be cherished for years to come. Mrs. Claus will delight young and old with a reading of “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and other holiday favorites.

Our Santa and Mrs. Claus enchant audiences each year at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza, Chicago. 

SOLD OUT   $40/family   Proceeds to benefit the PRC Book Drive
One day only. Hurry, call the store today to reserve your time as space is limited! Payment required to reserve your spot.  Includes party and refreshments.

(630) 765-7455!

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The Perfect Cookie Bake-Off!

The Perfect Cookie Bake-Off!

Last year we at PPB were nuts for Dorie’s Cookies, Dorie Greenspan’s wonderfully unique book of cookie recipes.  Just weeks ago America’s Test Kitchen released The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars, and it is spectacular.  I mean there is a new Cookie Book in town!  Last night I made the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were so fabulous that Tom came back not only for thirds, but he actually made sure I had sealed the rest up in Tupperware.  Psssst... key ingredient is browned butter.  I have my eye on the Cranberry Oat Bars, Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites, and Cinnamon Swirls.  Gosh, and maybe we have to try the Potato Chip Cookies?

Come over Monday the 18th because Cathy and the Koropp girls (including me) will be having a bake-off of our favorites from The Perfect Cookie.  For sure you will want one copy or three to keep and give this season.  

$10/person.

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Winter Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Winter Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Gobsmacked. That’s what I felt when I first turned on Vivian Howard’s PBS cooking show/reality series, “A Chef’s Life.”  A chef by training, Howard is first and foremost a storyteller and her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” written during filming of her show, is really a memoir connected by 200 recipes.  See, she grew up in Deep Run, North Carolina but was tres eager to flee to boarding school and then New York, where she worked as a chef.  That ended up being tough going and she and her new husband were lured back to Eastern North Carolina when her parents offered to pay for the start-up of a restaurant - as long as it was near to Deep Run and her extended family.  Vivian’s honesty about her adventure is addictive, and her recipes are too; throughout the book she celebrates food native and nearby (tomatoes, sweet corn, ham, biscuits) and she has literally jump-started the region’s economy with her insistence on buying local.   Her writing here is a great example of her personal approach and just-plain delicious food.  

We are so jazzed about Vivian that we’ve decided to feature her book in three cooking demos - in Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Sign up for all three and get a discount on the book, or singly.  We can’t WAIT!

$40/person, all three classes

$35/person, all three classes +  purchase of the cookbook

$15/person, individual classes
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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A Return To Our Roots

A Return To Our Roots

Jenny and Sandy’s 2-Event Package

When me and Jen started this whole PPB thing in the fall of 2013, we didn’t have a store yet but we did have my kitchen and living room!  So we started offering book-based events and haven’t stopped since.  To celebrate our 3 1/2 year mark, we are excited to return to our PPB roots and offer two events from my home.  See, our first cooking demonstration featured “Keepers”, still one of our favorite cookbooks because it was all about do-able and delicious weeknight cooking.  We knew we were onto something because our first 25 folks had a blast cooking and tasting and laughing our way through the recipes.  Jenny has been doing her shows in my living room since she started her biz in 2000, so of course that fall we had to offer her presentations in a PPB party format.  All that to announce the following fun-ness:  This winter, we Return To Our Roots in a 2-event package offered from Sandy’s home in south Wheaton. 

January 18th, come on over and cook with us — we will feature the new cookbook by the authors of Keepers Dinner Plan:  Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule - and you’ll take the cookbook home;

February 8th, come over again for a Jenny presentation of the characters and stories that have impacted her most, followed by an intimate book review with Jenny and Sandy

25 tickets available, first come first served; ticket price is for the two events combined, and will not be sold separately.  Cookbook included in the cost, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our annual holiday book drive for the People’s Resource Center.    Cost: $100Address and details provided upon sign-up.

Call today, (630) 765-7455!

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The Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation

For a long, long time Jenny and I have wanted to offer a conversation series at Prairie Path Books and this winter seems like the perfect opportunity.  Both of us feel strongly that gathering and interacting with those in our social circles and broader community is the most interesting way to live and learn.  So let’s do that, ok?  Call the store to register for our free three-part, interactive series we are calling “The Art of Conversation.”  We are reading up on the latest literature about what makes for the best conversations and we will talk about that with you, but then we hope you all will put what we learn into action. Or should we say, INTERACTION.  

3 Sundays- January 21st, 28th, and February 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Free series, attendance at all three strongly encouraged. Snacks and Bevs provided.

We are inspired by this quote from American professor William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943):

“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.”

Don’t miss this! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.

This series is generously sponsored by:

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Burns Dinner

Burns Dinner

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“Yesterday I had a delightful chat with a customer from England and of course within minutes I had to tell her that I am Scottish and we set right to sharing stories.  Most everyone knows I’m Scottish within a short time of meeting me because I am a proud MacGregor.  She asked me - seeing my PPB kitchen - if we host a Burns Supper, a traditional night of celebrating Robert Burns’ poetry and his birthday - with plenty of ethnic goodies to go around.  How could I have overlooked a Burns Supper on our PPB events’ list??  Of course, Jenny must read poetry aloud, and we both will cook from the new cookbook based on Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful book series “Outlander”.  Yummy goodness like Cock-A-Leekie (chicken soup with leeks), Bangers and Mash (sausage and potatoes), Oatmeal Scones with Clotted Cream, and Banoffee Trifle (gingerbread + chocolate trifle). 

Slàinte!  (Cheers!) —Sandy

$15/person  
Call the store to reserve your seat, (630) 765-7455!

The Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation

For a long, long time Jenny and I have wanted to offer a conversation series at Prairie Path Books and this winter seems like the perfect opportunity.  Both of us feel strongly that gathering and interacting with those in our social circles and broader community is the most interesting way to live and learn.  So let’s do that, ok?  Call the store to register for our free three-part, interactive series we are calling “The Art of Conversation.”  We are reading up on the latest literature about what makes for the best conversations and we will talk about that with you, but then we hope you all will put what we learn into action. Or should we say, INTERACTION.  

3 Sundays- January 21st, 28th, and February 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Free series, attendance at all three strongly encouraged. Snacks and Bevs provided.

We are inspired by this quote from American professor William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943):

“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.”

Don’t miss this! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.

This series is generously sponsored by:

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Champagne and Snowflakes Winter Book Review

Champagne and Snowflakes Winter Book Review

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about the best new books to curl up with on snowy evenings.

Free! Space is limited. Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss The Book Thief.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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The Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation

For a long, long time Jenny and I have wanted to offer a conversation series at Prairie Path Books and this winter seems like the perfect opportunity.  Both of us feel strongly that gathering and interacting with those in our social circles and broader community is the most interesting way to live and learn.  So let’s do that, ok?  Call the store to register for our free three-part, interactive series we are calling “The Art of Conversation.”  We are reading up on the latest literature about what makes for the best conversations and we will talk about that with you, but then we hope you all will put what we learn into action. Or should we say, INTERACTION.  

3 Sundays- January 21st, 28th, and February 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Free series, attendance at all three strongly encouraged. Snacks and Bevs provided.

We are inspired by this quote from American professor William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943):

“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.”

Don’t miss this! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.

This series is generously sponsored by:

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A Return To Our Roots

A Return To Our Roots

Jenny and Sandy’s 2-Event Package

When me and Jen started this whole PPB thing in the fall of 2013, we didn’t have a store yet but we did have my kitchen and living room!  So we started offering book-based events and haven’t stopped since.  To celebrate our 3 1/2 year mark, we are excited to return to our PPB roots and offer two events from my home.  See, our first cooking demonstration featured “Keepers”, still one of our favorite cookbooks because it was all about do-able and delicious weeknight cooking.  We knew we were onto something because our first 25 folks had a blast cooking and tasting and laughing our way through the recipes.  Jenny has been doing her shows in my living room since she started her biz in 2000, so of course that fall we had to offer her presentations in a PPB party format.  All that to announce the following fun-ness:  This winter, we Return To Our Roots in a 2-event package offered from Sandy’s home in south Wheaton. 

January 18th, come on over and cook with us — we will feature the new cookbook by the authors of Keepers Dinner Plan:  Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule - and you’ll take the cookbook home;

February 8th, come over again for a Jenny presentation of the characters and stories that have impacted her most, followed by an intimate book review with Jenny and Sandy

25 tickets available, first come first served; ticket price is for the two events combined, and will not be sold separately.  Cookbook included in the cost, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our annual holiday book drive for the People’s Resource Center.    Cost: $100Address and details provided upon sign-up.

Call today, (630) 765-7455!

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Cooking Demo: The Lost Kitchen

Cooking Demo: The Lost Kitchen

If you can attend only one cooking demonstration this year (and I sure hope that’s not the case), make it “The Lost Kitchen.”

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I am utterly mad for this cookbook.  Dave read about it in the paper and mentioned the author, Erin Fritch, owner of the Maine restaurant “The Lost Kitchen” and self-taught chef.  He said, “she reminds me of you.”  Not because of her peppery personal history (she lost her first restaurant during a wicked divorce and made some bad choices in the aftermath).  He meant because she came back for a second career determined to do it her way, with great honesty and simplicity.  Oh and this girl knows how to COOK.  You simply must call and say you’ll come.  The Lost Kitchen is THAT good.    — Sandy

$15/person
Call the store to say you can come, (^30) 765-7455!

Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss Carrying Albert Home.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Cooking Demo: Stanley Tucci

Cooking Demo: Stanley Tucci

I’ve mentioned before that when I started dating my husband, I quickly learned that he is part Italian and that his mother’s name, in fact was Italia.  And she liked to cook.  And Dave really liked her cooking.  So ... once it became clear we were going to stay together I took it upon myself to master the art of Italian cooking with the classic tome “Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.”  It still is the best, most complete most well-written and yet plain-spoken Italian cookbook out there - 25 years hence.  It’s a must if you don’t have it.  But it’s sort of ... a lot.  No photos + really, well, hefty.  

Enter the excellent Italian home chef Stanley Tucci to bridge the gap. I’ve had a celebrity crush on Tucci ever since he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the best foodie movie ever—The Big Night. He learned to cook by his Nonna’s side and he really knows what he’s doing, delicious-wise. And yes, Tucci knows how to make the show-stopping timpano and the recipe is in the book!

See you here!   — Sandy

$15/person. Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss The Unwomanly Face Of War.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Spring Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Spring Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Gobsmacked. That’s what I felt when I first turned on Vivian Howard’s PBS cooking show/reality series, “A Chef’s Life.”  A chef by training, Howard is first and foremost a storyteller and her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” written during filming of her show, is really a memoir connected by 200 recipes.  See, she grew up in Deep Run, North Carolina but was tres eager to flee to boarding school and then New York, where she worked as a chef.  That ended up being tough going and she and her new husband were lured back to Eastern North Carolina when her parents offered to pay for the start-up of a restaurant - as long as it was near to Deep Run and her extended family.  Vivian’s honesty about her adventure is addictive, and her recipes are too; throughout the book she celebrates food native and nearby (tomatoes, sweet corn, ham, biscuits) and she has literally jump-started the region’s economy with her insistence on buying local.   Her writing here is a great example of her personal approach and just-plain delicious food.  

We are so jazzed about Vivian that we’ve decided to feature her book in three cooking demos - in Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Sign up for all three and get a discount on the book, or singly.  We can’t WAIT!

$40/person, all three classes

$35/person, all three classes +  purchase of the cookbook

$15/person, individual classes
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!