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Dec 21 Mark Twain House Titanic 7 PM 

2022 Three Programs TBD Arlington Hts Senior Center 
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Jan 20 Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair Arlington Hts Senior Center 
Jan 7 Lifelong Learning Titanic

Jan 20 Wooddale Library Noble Train 7 PM 
Jan 25 Madam President Hanover Senior Center 5 30 Virtual

Feb 1 Bridgman Library Virtual Wright  Brothers Wrong Story 6PM 
Feb 2nd Eisenhower Library The Brillian Con of Cassie Chadwick 7 PM
Feb 8 Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 5 30 in person
Feb 9 Friends of American Writers Madam President
Feb 22 Bloomindale Library Kidnapping George Washington 6 30 PM
March 4 White Oak Library Titanic 6 30 PM
March 28 Bloomingdale Library Cassie Chadwick 6 30 PM

April 4 Fountaindale Bolingbrook Library Titanic 7 PM 

April 5 St Charles LIbrary Tianic 7 PM 

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April 7 Troy Library Titanic 7 pM 

April 9 Berwyn  Library Titanic 7 PM 
April 12 Winfield Library Titanic
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April 14 Lagrange Library Titanic 7PM 

April 19 Wooddale LIbrary Titanic 7 PM 

April 21 Glen Ellyn Book Club Titanic 

April 25 Prospect Heights Library Madam President 7 PM 

May 3 New Buffalo Library The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick 6 30 Eastern

 Oct 3 Fountaindale Library Al Capone 7 PM 




Thank you for presenting, Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson on June 20, 2017. This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn the little known story of Mrs. Wilson's extraordinary story.

Of the sixty-eight people in attendance for this program, forty-three people completed an evaluation. Attendees were asked the question "Did this presentation meet your expectations?" and asked to rate it on a scale of 0-10. An average score according to their responses was 9.8. When attendees were asked the question "How effective was the speaker?" an average score according to their responses was 9.8. When attendees were asked the question "Would you recommend this program to a friend?", all respondents but one indicated that they would recommend this program to a friend.

Marci Buerger Mt Prospect Library
Some of the comments included:

Outstanding! Insightful, energetic presentation
Fast paced!
Fascinating topic! Presenter engaged audience well
Absolutely great-Fun and informative
Making history come alive! Way to go! Super!
Knowledgeable and insightful
Interesting topic-Great presentation
Engaging style-Appropriate humor-Good flow in presentation
Learned a great deal-Very enjoyable!
Very informative and entertaining
Very good
This was great! Never knew about her!
Excited to hear of the unspoken roles of women
Very in-depth and enjoyable presentation
Very interesting-Great interaction with the crowd
Thought provoking-Very comprehensive and interesting-Great speaker
Very interesting-Never knew anything about Edith Wilson




"William did a great job helping aspiring writers not only learn more about their craft, but also the realities of what it takes to be a writer in today's market. Well done."
Kay Palacek Deerfield Public Library

William Hazelgrove has a way of talking with prospective writers in a way that makes them feel like they are getting advice from a friend. His open way of leading the discussion had patrons asking questions and talking about their own struggles. The advice Mr. Hazelgrove gave to each of us in attendance is sure to be very helpful in our future writing endeavors.

Hannah Berry
Young Adult Librarian
Aurora Public Library

Mr. Hazelgrove tells it like it is with humor and inspiration. Every writer – from the newbies to those with numerous publications – can learn something from his Selling Your Writing in the Age of Social Media presentation.          Susan Gibberman  Shaumburg Township Library

"William Hazelgrove's presentation on writing a memoir was well-received – he offered helpful writing tips and insider information on becoming a published author."
Gail Graziani Westmont Library

"Thanks for a great workshop! Your audience was highly enthusiastic about the benefits."
Debbie Prieser Oak Park Library  


"Mr. Hazelgrove's presentation reinforced a lot of what we teach about in our reading and writing classes." – Ali Tannenbaum


"I liked that Bill talked about how he kept a journal of advice based on rejection letters he had received, and that he became a better writer because of that.  It showed the students that writing is a journey and no one is good at first and that you get better along the way." – Lynn Bruno


"I liked that the students were able to see a manuscript and all of the editing that goes into great writing." -Beth Ewoldt Hadley Jr. High


"Mr. Hazelgrove's presentation was engaging, motivating, interactive, informative and humorous.  I loved it!" -Brett Cooper Hadley Jr. High


"Bill really drove home the point to our students that writing the first draft is not the meat of writing.  Rewriting is."- Denise Capenigro Hadley Jr. High


"Bill's presentation really connected to our students interest level and skill level.  They knew exactly what he was referring to and they could relate to it personally.  It was truly on the mark!" – Patty Jurczak Hadley Jr. High


"Author William Hazelgrove truly inspired and motivated our Creative Writing classes with his presentation at our school this spring".

Maggie Bellinger
Bartlett HS, Bartlett, IL

Thank you so much for visiting us here at the Morton East Library Media Center! The students enjoyed your presentation. The opportunity to meet a professional author is truly something that they appreciate. I know that you captivated and inspired many of them to pursue their own writing.

       Patrick Glazik Library Media Specialist/Morton East HS



"In all the years I've been moderating, your presentation stands out from all the rest…filled with inspiration, helpful hints and good advice that I have never before heard by any of our writers.

 – Caryl Mobley, Programming

Arlington Heights Public Library


Thanks again for joining us for Writers Week. I don't know if you realize this but you have a pretty strong state presence. You seemed very confident up there. And this is what the students said too. Your session was one of the highlights of the week."

Tony Romano

William Fremd High School


"I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for agreeing to share your life with us. I'm certain that each student listened intently to your talk about the ups and downs of the writing business. Further, I believe you inspired a good number of them to consider a career in writing. Don't be surprised if we call upon you in the future!"

Elaine Glenn

Librarian Oak Park and River Forest High School

Hi Bill,

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful presentation you did at our Library a couple of weeks ago. It was well received and you provided a wonderful lecture.



Adult Programming Coordinator
Deerfield Public Library
920 N. Waukegan Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015
847.945.3311-main number



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