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Mission Impossible: War and Peace

As all good things must come to an end, so must our Mission Impossible: Ulysses blog.   Since the program has officially concluded, we’ll no longer add new posts here.  But alas, you can simply visit our Mission Impossible: War and Peace blog to start the fun again!  Kickoff for War and Peace is 6:30pm August 10, Main Library Community Meeting Room.  No registration.  No reading required.  Just come and see if you want to pick up another “impossible” book and join us for a new and exciting literary journey.  Regular meetings will start in September.  Check the War and Peace blog for more details in the coming weeks.


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Final Meetings

I know some of you might want some clarification about our final meetings.  We’re discussing the final episodes – 16, 17, and 18 (see the reading schedule for page ranges).  In terms of dates and places, North Branch group is the only one that deviates from the routine scheduling.

  • Thursday, 5/19, 7pm, North Branch, leader: Nancy Engel
  • Tuesday, 5/24, 6pm, Celtic Knot, leader: Karen Hansen
  • Wednesday, 5/25, 7pm, Small Meeting Room, leader: Lesley Williams
  • Thursday, 5/26, 3pm, Small Meeting Room, leader: Russell Johnson (changed from Tuesday)
  • Thursday, 5/26, 2pm, Celtic Knot, leader: Karen Hansen
  • Thursday, 5/26, 7pm, Small Meeting Room, leader: John Stahl

If you have other questions, please email me at or call 847-448-8643.

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Two Weeks Notice

If you can believe it, the next sessions of Mission Impossible: Ulysses start in just two weeks!   No matter how deeply you plan on delving into this assignment, now is probably the time to start if you haven’t already.  It took me about a week to get through it at a fairly leisurely pace.

Regarding attendance, please notify your group leader if you won’t be attending the next session or if you’re dropping out completely.  There are still sizeable waiting lists for most sessions, and I’m sure those folks would like to jump in if there’s an available spot.  To the folks on the waiting lists – there are no plans to create an additional group.  Unfortunately, there is neither enough staffing nor space to do so.  The best I can do is suggest you keep up with the reading and jump in if and when a space opens up.  If one of you would like to start your own group, I’d be happy to support you in any way I can.

As always, feel free to email me your questions or concerns:

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Registration Now Open

Registration for Mission Impossible: Ulysses is now open.  There are six sessions meeting at different times and locations.  Please register for only ONE meeting, as space is limited at each location.  Registering just once will secure your spot at your chosen meeting place/time for all future meetings.  If you need to change your meeting place/time after the first meeting, you may contact me at that point, and I will attempt to register you for another group if space is available. 

Times and Locations

  • Tuesday, 2-3:15pm – Small Meeting Room, Main Library
  • Tuesday, 6-7:30pm – Celtic Knot
  • Wednesday, 7-8:15pm – Small Meeting Room, Main Library
  • Thursday, 2-3:30pm – Celtic Knot
  • Thursday, 7-8:15pm – North Branch
  • Thursday, 7-8:15pm – Small Meeting Room, Main Library (first meeting will be in the Board Room)

How to register

There are two ways to register: online or over the phone.    

To register yourself online…

  • Go to
  • Scroll down to the week of July 18.
  • Locate your desired meeting date (July 20, July 21, or July 22), and find your desired meeting time by moving your mouse over Mission Impossible: Ulysses (a box will appear and reveal the event time and details).
  • Click on the correct event to start registration.
  • Enter required information and click “submit.”

If you cannot register yourself online, call the Reader’s Services Desk to register at 847-448-8621.

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Alternative Meeting Times and Places

Please vote here for your preferred alternative meeting time/place.  The Tuesday at 6pm Celtic Knot option will still be available once I open the official registration lists.  For now, I’m more interested in where/when you might be willing to meet if that time slot fills up.  All of the options I list are for the same week of the regularly scheduled meetings (see the sidebar on the right side of this blog).

Remember, voting in this poll won’t register you for anything.  It will just give me an idea about which 4-5 options to make available to you for registration.  Thanks for your input and your patience!


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A Clarification on Groups

I’m close to sorting out our options for potential days, times, and places.  In the meantime, let me clarify something that might be a point of confusion: how we’re going to be split up.  Although there will still be a group that meets at the Celtic Knot at 6pm on selected Tuesdays, there will be additional groups that meet during other days, times, and places.  All of these official meetings will take place in the same week as the regularly scheduled dates you’ll find posted on this blog and on the meeting handouts.  For example, throughout a meeting week, there might be an evening group that meets at the Library, a lunchtime group that meets at the Celtic Knot, and a morning group that meets at North Branch – all in addition to the 6pm Celtic Knot meeting.

Groups will be shaped based on who registers for a specific day/time/place.  So, if you want to be in the same group as a friend, make sure you both register for the same day/time/place.  Registration will be first-come, first-served.  I’ll hash out all of these details when the time comes.

In a few days, I’ll post a poll to this blog.  It will list days/times/places alternative to the 6pm Tuesday meeting.  You will then select which alternative day/time/place works best for you (if any).  Your response will help me determine which options are most popular.  Participating in this poll will NOT register you for a particular group.  That step will come later.  Stay tuned for more info!


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Last Night’s Handout

While you’re more than welcome to pick up a handout at the Reader’s Services Desk (second floor), I’ve uploaded the file to this post for those of you who’d like to print your own from home.  It’s a Word 2003 document.  I must warn you, however, that it might contain fonts you don’t have on your computer, so don’t be surprised if looks a little weird when you open it.  You’ll find the same information on this blog in the Resources and Reading Schedule tabs at the top of the screen.

Ulysses Handout with Reading Guide

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