Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published three stand alone novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe. Her most recent books are part of a new young MG series, The Wish List (Scholastic, 2017-2019) as well as a forthcoming picture book biography, Just Like Rube Goldberg (Beach Lane Books), illustrated by Robert Neubecker.

When Sarah is not writing or reading (or cooking or riding her bike), she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, social action, and of course, sparkle power! She loves working with other writers in one of her classes at the amazing Highlights Foundation or online, with Writers on the Net ( She loves sports. She overuses exclamation points. When she’s excited, she talks with her hands. Sign up for her weekly newsletter on the writing process at

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I was born in Chicago and interesting fact, I have an identical twin brother. So if you say hello to me and I just ignore you, well it wasn’t me, it was him. Sometimes he’ll pretend to be me just to mess with you so be careful.

I am a real life veterinarian when I am not writing about Dr. At. I actually get a lot of ideas for my stories from my own experiences doing house calls. I’ve never solved any real mysteries apart from “what is making my dog so itchy?” (It was fleas!)

I am married to a “real doctor” (She has an MD). I tell her she’s just a veterinarian who specializes in one species. She likes to point out that my patients try to bite me. We agree to disagree.

I have two sons. I suppose they could be my twin brother’s, who would know, except my wife, but maybe not. We are identical. I have two cats. They adore me and worship me in their own cat ways. That is to say, they ignore me until they are hungry and like to give me hairballs as gifts and will let me pet them if they’re in the mood. I am also known as “The Cat Whisperer” due to my almost supernatural-like ability to make cats bend to my will. Clients are often impressed with my ability to connect with their pets. I have known about this ability ever since I was in vet school and I only use it for good.

Author Denise Swanson to Speak at the Crest Hill Branch Library about The Rocky Road to Publication

We are excited to host author Denise Swanson in an after hours event. Enjoy appetizers and a signature cocktail from 5:30 – 6:00 pm before hearing Denise present, “The Rocky Road to Publication.” You do need to register for this free program, and must be 21 years of age or older. Register here.

Inspired by personal accounts, Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery series. She writes from her personal experiences as a school psychologist and small town resident.

Scumble River Mysteries

Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries

Author Suzi Parron Will Speak about Barn Quilts

We are thrilled to host author Suzi Parron in an after hours event. Enjoy light appetizers and wine from 5:30 – 6:00 pm before hearing Suzi’s journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother’s quilting art. Suzi’s hour-long presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.

Suzi discovered barn quilts on a trip through Kentucky in 2008. She documented over one thousand barn quilts in the process of writing her 2012 book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” The book includes a chapter on the barn quilts of Illinois and features a colorful barn quilt from Kankakee County on its cover.

Suzi’s second book, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” was published in 2016. The book takes its readers on a 13,000 mile journey across the United States and Canada to meet barn quilt owners along the way.

This program is both informative and entertaining, as Suzi explores the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand. Suzi will have books on hand for sale and signing.

You do need to register for this free program, and must be 21 years of age or older. Register here.