Library Book Clubs

Family Book Clubs | Classics & Contemporary | Mather Readers | Cookbook Book Club | League of Women Voters | Novels @ Night | BYOBook

Family Book Clubs

The Library hosts several book clubs for children to attend with a special adult. Child and adult participants read the chosen selection and then meet with other families to enjoy discussion, snacks, and activities. Clubs include 2nd Grade Book Club, Mother-Daughter Book Club (adult may be of any gender), and Boys and Books. For information about upcoming book club events, view our calendar.

Classics and Contemporary

Second Tuesday of the month in the Small Meeting Room, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Refreshments served.


Tuesday, December 11th, 10:30

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

Spellbound by the mysterious Philip Tempest, Rosamond is seduced with promises of love and freedom, then spirited away on Tempest's sumptuous yacht. But she soon finds herself trapped in a web of intrigue, cruelty, and deceit. A story of dark love and passionate obsession that was considered "too sensational" to be published in the author's lifetime.

A Long Fatal Love Chase


Tuesday, January 8th, 10:30

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Jun Do, the son of an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans, rises in the ranks of the North Korean state to become a professional kidnapper. He must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Then, in an attempt to save the woman he loves, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jon Il. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Orphan Master Son


Tuesday, February 12th, 10:30

Passing by Nella Larsen

A prominent female writer of the Harlem Renaissance presents the electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York.


Mather Readers

This book group meets at Mather Place, 2801 Old Glenview Road, on the first Wednesday of the month and is open to the public.

Wednesday, December 5th, 7:30

Washington Square by Henry James

Named for the upscale area of New York in which the novel is set, Washington Square is a classic examination of social class in mid-nineteenth-century New York.


Wednesday, January 2nd, 7:30

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Bluest Eye

Wednesday, February 6th, 7:30

The Professor's House by Willa Cather

Willa Cather's lyrical and bittersweet novel of a middle-aged man losing control of his life is a brilliant study in emotional dislocation and renewal.

Professor's House

Cookbook Book Club

Registration is required for every attendee; each participant will make or bake a recipe and bring it in to share with the group. Call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with two choices in mind, otherwise you will be contacted a week prior to the event. Please understand we cannot guarantee allergy-free dishes.






League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Wednesday, November 28th, 11:00

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

In gripping, enlightening detail Anderson explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.


Wednesday, January 23rd, 11:00

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour M. Hersh

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author and preeminent investigative journalist of our time --a heartfelt, hugely revealing memoir of a decades-long career breaking some of the most impactful stories of the last half-century, from Washington to Vietnam to the Middle East.


Wednesday, February 27th, 11:00

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Goodwin draws upon four presidents she has studied closely -- Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.


Novels @ Night

Tuesday, December 4th, 7-8:30 pm, meet at Gusto, 1146 Wilmette Ave.

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.


Wednesday, February 13, 6 pm, meet at The Rock House, 1150 Central Ave.

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

Nonfiction Edition! An astonishing portrayal of two arsonists whose relationship shifts from true love to crime spree in a once-thriving coastal community decimated by a punishing economy. Join us for a discussion of love gone wrong on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Registration required.

  American Fire


Tuesday, November 20th or January 15th, noon - 1 pm

Bring a brown bag lunch and your favorite new book titles. Tell us about what you have read lately and discover new titles from your fellow readers.  Library will supply beverages and dessert.

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