Local Author Collection  

We are thrilled to be launching a locally authored print collection at each branch, kick-started by the generous contributions of many writers in the WriteOn! Group! 

Interested in contributing your book to our local author collection?  Please note:

  • Local authors are defined as residing in, or hailing from, Joliet and its immediate adjoining communities of Joliet Township, Rockdale, Preston Heights, Crystal Lawns, Ingalls Park, New Lenox, Shorewood-Troy, Plainfield, Channahon-Minooka, Fairmont or Crest Hill.
  • Up to two copies of a single title can be dropped off at the Ottawa Street or Black Road branches at the Circulation Desk, marked to the attention of Catherine Y. Adamowski.
  • Locally authored materials will be held to the same standards for all acquired materials, as governed by our Collection Development Policy. Items not added to the collection will be donated to the Friends of Joliet Public Library for resale.

Writer’s Group 

Joliet Public Library is thrilled to partner with WriteOn Joliet!, a welcoming, diverse group of writers of varied skills, interests and experience. The group includes professional journalists, fiction novelists, bloggers, screenwriters, musicians and poets. WriteOn! promises a safe, comfortable and supportive atmosphere to share your work, and constructive feedback so that everyone can benefit from the group's shared knowledge. WriteOn! is an independent writer’s group that is sponsored by the library. As such, it is a dues-paying organization, after your first visit. Interested in learning more? Please come by and check it out! For more information, visit writeonjoliet.com

Write On meets at BRB at 6:30 PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in Meeting Room D. 

Local Author Spotlight

Tom Hernandez is a writer, public speaker, raconteur, performer and communications professional. Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Tom has been writing personally and professionally since childhood. He was a reporter for 10 years at several suburban daily and weekly newspapers and wrote a “slice of life” column for another 11 years for two community newspapers. He now serves as the Director of Community Relations for a large suburban Chicago public school district. Tom’s writing explores the many complicated facets of life — marriage, family, relationships, identity, aging, parenting, faith, social justice and politics. Visit his website to learn more about his four published books at www.tomhernandezbooks.com. Tom and his wife, Kellie live in Plainfield, Illinois. They have two adult daughters, and welcomed their first grandchild in 2018.




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