The following groups meet at the library and are open to the public. New members are always welcome. Just drop in. For more information, please contact Readers Services at 630/887-8760 ext. 239.

Adult Book Discussion Groups

Adult Chess Players

Beginner or advanced, join this congenial group for friendly competition on the first three Mondays of the month at 6 p.m.

Current Events Discussion Group

Join these lively discussions on foreign and domestic policy issues on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. February through May, the Great Decisions Discussion Group replaces this group.

English (ESL) Conversation Group

Practice your English pronunciation and conversation skills guided by a volunteer from Literacy Volunteers of DuPage. Meets on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Call co-sponsor Literacy Volunteers of DuPage (LVD) at 630/416-6699 for details.

Genealogy Group

Local genealogists share their tips on doing research. Meets on the fourth Thursday, January through October, and the third Thursday in November from 1 - 3 p.m. View the 2015 schedule. If you are unable to attend a meeting, check the IPGG blog for copies of handouts from the programs.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Discussions on foreign policy issues at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays, February through April, and on the second and third Mondays in May. Topics are based on the Foreign Policy Association briefing book ($22). Register in person at the Ask Us Desk.

Movies & More

The movie discussion group is led by staff after viewing the movie of the month.

IPPL Groups | Databases | Websites

Enjoy reading? Join one of our lively book discussion groups. A copy of book discussion titles will be at the Checkout Desk one month before the discussion. New members are always welcome. Find other discussion groups in the area.

genlit_web…a book club for 20-30 somethings

Join GenLit for drinks, dinner, and discussion with fellow 20-30 somethings. Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month (January-October) at 6:30 p.m. at various local restaurants. Find GenLit on Facebook.

crimereaders_web...a book club for readers who like unraveling clues, interpreting evidence, and analyzing characters

We partner with the Woodridge Public Library to bring crime readers together on the third Thursday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m. at Home Run Inn (7521 Lemont Rd., Darien) to discuss novels of crime and mystery. Follow Crime Readers on Facebook.

novelidea_web...a book club for for readers who like to delve into a book's characters, plots, setting, and themes

Drop in for one of our librarian-led discussions. Held the second Wednesday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Book Discussions

  • When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

    China Dolls by Lisa See, 2014
    It's 1938 in San Francisco: a world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub.
  • When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (2003)

    Meets at 6 p.m. for dinner (optional); 7 p.m. for discussion at
    Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd., Darien. Drop in. Visit facebook.com/CrimeReaders.
  • When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    The Expats by Chris Pavone (2012)

    Meet at La Cabanita, 118 Burr Ridge Pkwy., Burr Ridge
  • When: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

    For anyone who participates in a book group, plus anyone who wants to meet other book lovers, discuss books, or learn about IPPL's book groups. Light refreshments will be served.

    PLEASE INDICATE THE NAME OF YOUR BOOK GROUP in the notes field.

Databases for Book Lovers

BookBrowse features reviews, recommendations, readalikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.

Literature Resource Center contains literary criticism, biographies of authors, bibliographies, work overviews and explanations, websites, and journal articles.

Literature Resources from Gale contains literature criticism, biographies, work/topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works.

LitFinder contains poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. Includes some full-text works, analysis, and criticism, plus author biographies.

NoveList Plus is a resource that helps readers discover what to read next and includes book discussion guides and series lists.

Resources for Your Book Discussion Group

Book Club Picks from IPPL
Browse staff created lists of book suggestions for your book group.

About.com Book Clubs
Discover new ideas for books, tips on leading discussions, reviews, and questions.

Book Group Buzz: A Booklist Blog
Find book group tips, reading lists, suggested books, author sites, and more.

LitLovers.com
Find popular book club books, reviews, reading guides, plus tips on how to start a group, discuss a book, and generic discussion questions (helpful for those books without a reading guide).

Reading Group Choices
Fun, comprehensive reading group site with hundreds of guides and recommendations, plus news and advice.

Reading Group Guides
Visit this online community to discover good discussion titles, tips for book clubs, and sign up for a monthly newsletter.

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