Jeanne Roppolo’s True-Life Adventures

Jeanne Roppolo’s True-Life Adventures

Jeanne Roppolo, Northwest Side author, raconteur (storyteller), and guest speaker, has several public speaking engagements/travelogues in the next few months, all on different topics.

She is well-known as the author of the Grandma Goes to… book series—the books are aimed at children, but adults confess to enjoying them too.

For more information about Jeanne and her adventures, visit

Jeanne at McMurdo Sign


Travelogue on Jeanne’s adventures as a 57-year-old contract worker for the National Science Foundation, living at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. She has published a book about her experiences, Surreal: Reflections on Ice. According to Chicago librarian Donna: “…Ms. Roppolo shows us that living life to the fullest can begin at any age.”

When: Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 am

Where: Chicago Gaelic Park
6119  147th St.
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Trans-Siberian Train taken by Jeanne RoppoloDSC00662 prison cell taken by Jeanne Roppolo

Northern Asia

Jeanne was a blogger for Road Scholar on a Trans-Siberian Rail journey–5,000 miles across Asia. This travelogue focuses on the cold and isolated highlands, lowlands, and steppes of Northern Asia, which formerly served as home to Russian and Soviet criminals and political exiles.

When: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 am

Where: Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago


Earth MS Clipart

Earth Day

Grandma Jeanne is popular at schools. She will be celebrating another Earth Day with the students of Arbury Hills. Everyone is welcome to join them on the back playground.

You have a chance to win a free book by matching the recycling photos with the correct countries.

When: Thursday, April 21 between 3:30 and 5:00 pm

Where: Arbury Hills School
19651 Beechnut Dr.
Mokena, IL 60448

Maori WarriorsJeanne in front of Sydney Opera House

New Zealand and Sydney, Australia

After five months as a contract worker in Antarctica (to hear more about this, you may attend her April 13th event described above), Jeanne explores the South Island of New Zealand and visits Sydney, Australia. Enjoy vibrant scenery, visit museums, learn about Maori culture, experience thrills at the Adrenaline Capital of the World, and attend a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

When: Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm

Where: River Grove Library
8638 W. Grand Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
The library prefers that guests register. Call 708.453.4484

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