November Book Groups

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Join us for these upcoming book discussions at Wilmette Public Library. 


American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Sa Tuesday, November 8th, 10:30am

Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation, identity, and race relations that remain compelling today. (Provided by the publisher)

Reserve a paper copy of the book here. Ebook copies are available through Digital Library of Illinois or the Libby app and Hoopla.

In-person discussion. No registration required.




Books Unite Us

Wednesday, November 16th, 11:00am

Join us for a discussion of frequently challenged and banned titles, the threat of censorship, and the importance of protecting intellectual freedom in libraries. There is no assigned book this month. Simply be ready to discuss a favorite banned or challenged book. This year, more than ever, we must shine a light on this critical issue. 

Banned Books Week is celebrated every year in September to raise awareness of censorship in libraries and celebrate the freedom read. 

For some recommended titles, please see our curated list or visit the American Library Association's Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019.

In-person discussion. No registration required.




Thursday, November 17th, 7:00pm

Bring a book you've recently adored and present it to the group. A librarian will share a list of great 2022 titles just in time for holiday shopping.

This is a virtual discussion. Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter.



Murder on the Red River

Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon Wednesday, November 30th, 7:00pm

"Cash and Sheriff Wheaton make for a strange partnership. He pulled her from her mother's wrecked car when she was three. He's kept an eye out for her ever since. It's a tough place to live—northern Minnesota along the Red River. Cash navigated through foster homes, and at thirteen was working farms. She's tough as nails—Five feet two inches, blue jeans, blue jean jacket, smokes Marlboros, drinks Bud Longnecks. Makes her living driving truck. Playing pool on the side. Wheaton is big lawman type. Maybe Scandinavian stock, but darker skin than most. He wants her to take hold of her life. Get into Junior College. So there they are, staring at the dead Indian lying in the field. Soon Cash was dreaming the dead man's cheap house on the Red Lake Reservation, mother and kids waiting. She has that kind of power. That's the place to start looking. There's a long and dangerous way to go to find the men who killed him. Plus there's Jim, the married white guy. And Longbraids, the Indian guy headed for Minneapolis to join the American Indian Movement." (Provided by the publisher)

Place a hold on a copy of the book. Ebook and downloadable audiobook copies are available through Digital Library of Illinois or the Libby app. Downloadable audiobook copies are available through Hoopla or the Hoopla app. 

In-person discussion. No registration required.