The White Oak Author Fest is an event designed to showcase local authors and support the Library’s goal of being a cultural hub for our residents. It is geared towards all ages, and there will be a variety of actives leading up to the event, as well as activities on the day of.

Murder Mystery

The Crest Hill Branch will roll out the red carpet and be turned into “The Oaks Casino” where guests will dine on heavy appetizers and drinks. Guests will have the opportunity to interrogate a cast of characters, play casino games to earn clues, and solve old-fashioned pen-to-paper puzzles in order to determine who murdered Bradley, code name Black Jack, a spy undercover at the casino.

Tickets are $50 per person, and this fundraiser will help to defray the cost of bringing in New York Times Bestselling author Sara Paretsky during the White Oak Author Fest on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The only way to get a chance to see Ms. Paretsky will be by buying a ticket to this fundraiser. If you’re not able to make it to A Murder Mystery Affair the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2018, donations in the amount of $50 are accepted.

You can purchase tickets at any White Oak Library District Branch. We accept cash, credit card, and check, and tickets must be paid for prior to the event. You must be aged 21 years and older to attend, and semi-formal attire is encouraged for the casino theme.

For further information, please contact Amy Byrne, Crest Hill Branch Manager at 815-552-4278 or abyrne@whiteoaklibrary.org


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