Books Between Bites
is held in the large
Founders Room at
Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Avenue
Batavia, IL
Noon - 1 PM
Third Thursday/month
September thru May
 
The program is free
and reservations are not required. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch, or purchase food
 at the Library's
Chapters Coffeehouse & Café
Call 630-406-8005
and pick up your order
when you arrive
 
Questions? Please call
Becky Hoag at:
630-482-9157
Or, Email:

 
 
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please send your name and Email address to: 
About Books Between Bites
Books Between Bites was established in Batavia, IL in 1987 by the late
Rev. LeeLee C. Moorehead C. Moorehead, and his wife, Betty, after retiring to this community. The monthly (September through May) book review program was held at Batavia United Methodist Church until the new Batavia Public Library was built. It was moved to the Library in 2002, to better accommodate the large group it attracts. 

Moorehead had launched Books Between Bites programs in other communities in which he lived and worked. He got the idea from his mother, who participated in a program with the same name at his hometown Decatur (IL) Public Library. Decatur's program continues to this day. He first started a program in Green Bay, Wisconsin around 1973, while serving as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church, Green Bay. When he moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1975, he established Books Between Bites at First United Methodist Church, Madison.

Moorehead took great delight in tracking down and inviting some of the most esteemed citizens he could persuade to come to his program. Payment was no more than a nice sack lunch, prepared by Betty. Yet he managed to lure governors, senators, mayors, newspaper editors, Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winners, and industry leaders, as well as numerous local authors.
(Click on Past Seasons for an archive list of Books Between Bites presenters.)

 Since Moorehead's death in 2003, the program has been continued by Betty Moorehead, and his daughter, Becky Hoag, in partnership with George H. Scheetz and Stacey Peterson of Batavia Public Library.
Betty Moorehead & Rick KoganBetty Moorehead with Rick Kogan of The Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio. Rick has been coming out to Books Between Bites since 1994, when Lee first persuaded him to be part of this special program. He has only missed twice in all those years. Once when he was in the hospital with pneumonia and Lee still tried to persuade him to make it to the program.

The second time was 2003, the day before Lee passed away, when the Iraq war was launched and Rick had to stay at the Trib 24/7 to assist with the coverage.      

We love you here in Batavia, Rick!
Oh - and Lee loved the color orange. Thus the color scheme for this Website.
Books Between Bites
Batavia, Illinois