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, October 8, 10:30

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

In a drunken haze, Michael Henchard sells his wife and child to a sailor for five guineas at the local fair. The next morning he awakes, realizes the magnitude of what he has done, and swears he will not drink again. Decades later, Henchard has grown wealthier and is the Mayor of Casterbridge – but he can never escape the tragic repercussions of his past. One of Hardy’s most powerful novels.

The Mayor of Casterbridge


Tuesday, November 12, 10:30

There There by Tommy Orange

In a brilliant portrait of the urban Native American, twelve characters from Native communities travel to the Big Oakland Powwow, connected in ways they may not yet realize.

There There


Tuesday, December 10, 10:30

The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

In the aftermath of World War II, an English soldier and the daughter of an Australian commander attempt to reclaim their lives in occupied Japan. 2003 National Book Award winner.

The Great 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, October 2, 7:30

Embers by Sandor Marai

As masterly and lovely a novel as one could ask for, evoking the memory of unspoken passions, the loss of illusions, the crumbling of an empire, and all the aching beauty of that which lasts but a moment and then is gone forever.


Wednesday, November 6, 7:30

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

One of the defining novels of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, this novel is a character-driven account of the life of Janie Crawford. Janie tells the story of her life and her three marriages in a moving and vivid examination of women and relationships. The story evokes a strong sense of place, with settings ranging from North Florida to the Everglades in the early 20th century. Hurston's classic has become one of the most widely read and highly acclaimed novels in the canon of African-American literature.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Wednesday, December 4, 7:30

The Windfall by Diksha Basu

Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and heart the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere.


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.

Saturday, October 19th at 10:00

Brunch at Bobby's by Bobby Flay

Join us for brunch. Registration is required by calling 847-256-6952 or emailing Jill M. Each participant will make or bake a recipe and bring it in to share with the group. Call Jill M. with two choices in mind, otherwise you will be contacted a week prior to the event. Please understand we cannot guarantee allergy-free dishes.

Brunch at Bobby's

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

No meeting in July or August. This group will resume in September.

Wednesday, September 25, 11:00

Mueller Report by Robert S. Mueller

A discussion of the Mueller Report - Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election. Available for download at the Justice Department website.

Mueller Report

Wednesday, October 23, 11:00

The Back Channel: a Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal by William J. Burns

An impassioned plea for recognition of the importance of diplomacy in an age of uncertainty by a consummate insider.

Back Channel

Wednesday, November 20, 11:00

Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black as Told to Susan Klonsky by Timuel D. Black, Jr.

Sacred Ground opens in 1919, during the summer of the Chicago race riot, when infant Black and his family arrive in Chicago from Birmingham, Alabama, as part of the first Great Migration. Black recounts in vivid detail his childhood and education in the Black Metropolis of Bronzeville and South Side neighborhoods that make up his "sacred ground." Centenarian,Timuel Black, has been a life-long activist for social justice and this book is a testimony of his life and times.

Sacred Ground

Novels @ Night

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00, Wilmette Wine Cellar

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra

This dazzling collection of linked short stories explores a remarkable cast of characters whose lives overlap throughout a century of changes in Russia. Appetizers will be served. Wine available for purchase. Registration required.

Tsar of Love and Techno


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