Library Book Clubs

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

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, April 9, 10:30

Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Lured by the potential for new life, Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher flee to industrialized Chicago. Our One Book Everybody Reads selection!

Lake on Fire

 

Tuesday, May 14, 10:30

Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the status she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she reassesses her life and ability to love.

Painted Veil

 

Tuesday, June 11, 10:30

House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of family patriarch Miguel "Big Angel" De La Cruz and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore. A New York Times Notable Book from a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

House of Broken Angels

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, April 3, 7:30

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

In this stunning novel about intertwined lives, Edwidge Danticat crafts a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores the mysterious bonds we share—with the natural world and with one another.

Claire of the Sea Light

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30

Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, this novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.

Sense of an Ending

Wednesday, June 5, 7:30

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Written with the austere clarity that has made J. M. Coetzee the winner of two Booker Prizes, Disgrace explores the downfall of one man and dramatizes, with unforgettable, at times almost unbearable, vividness the plight of a country caught in the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression.

Disgrace

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.

Tuesday, April 16, 12:00

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Even the most celebrity-cookbook-skeptical reader will find it hard not to enjoy this tome from supermodel Chrissy Teigen. With self-deprecating wit and down-to-earth charm, Teigen posits herself as an enthusiastic home cook and passionate eater.

Cravings

Saturday, April 20, 12:00

American's Test Kitchen: Vegan for Everybody

Eating vegan can seem overwhelming: Will it be flavorful? Satisfying? Easy to make? America's Test Kitchen addresses head-on what intimidates people: finding great-tasting and filling vegan protein options, cooking without dairy, preparing different whole grains and vegetables, and even baking.

Vegan for Everybody

Saturday, May 18, 12:00

Southern Living Party Cookbookby Elizabeth Heiskell

Join us for this spunky and fun all-diets cookbook!

Southern Living Party Cookbook

 

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Wednesday, March 27, 11:00

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike.

  Righteous Mind

Wednesday, April 24, 11:00

American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good by Colin Woodard

Woodard examines the history of and solutions to the key American question: how best to reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society.

  American Character

Wednesday, May 22nd, 11:00

Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life by Theda Skocpol

The threat posed by lack of participation in the institutions of democracy is serious, and the author of this hard-hitting, insightful examination of the problem traces the problem back to the 1960s, offering solutions for how to reverse the trend.

  Diminished Democracy

Novels @ Night

Thursday, May 2, 7 pm, meet at the Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Ave.

Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Lured by the potential for new life, Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher flee to industrialized Chicago. Our One Book Everybody Reads selection! Registration required.

  Lake on Fire

Wednesday, June 5, 7 pm, meet at the Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Ave.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Given a chance to resume a deferred dream years after raising her troubled siblings, Isma worries about the influence of a powerful politician's son who drives the family to choose between love and loyalty, with devastating consequences. Winner of the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Appetizers will be served. Wine available for purchase.

  Home Fire

 

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