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, March 12, 10:30

All the Names by José Saramago

Senhor José is a clerk in the city’s Central Registry and has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor José sets off to find her-but as he gets closer, he discovers more than he would ever have wished. A Nobel Prize winning author.

All the Names

 

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

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, March 6, 7:30

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

Hillbilly Elegy

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

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

 

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Wednesday, February 27, 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.

  Leadership

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

Novels @ Night

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

Thursday, May 2, 7 pm, meet at The Rock House, 1150 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

 

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