|Books Between Bites
is held in the large
Founders Room at
Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Avenue
Noon - 1 PM
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
and pick up your order
when you arrive
|Questions? Please call
Becky Hoag at:
|If you would like to be on our Email list to get
monthly updates about the program
please send your name and Email address to:
|Books Between Bites was
established in Batavia, IL in 1987 by the late
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.
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.
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
We love you here in Batavia, Rick!
|Oh - and Lee
loved the color
orange. Thus the color scheme
for this Website.