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 Chess Players
Beginner or advanced, join this congenial group for friendly competition on the first three Mondays of the month at 6 p.m.
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.
- Recommended Web Sites - Literacy Resources
- Reading/Literacy and ELL (English as a Learned Language) Sites for Kids &Teens
- Literacy Computer
- Life Skills Collection
Local genealogists share their tips on doing research. Meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. View the 2013 schedule. If you are unable to attend a meeting, check the IPGG blog for copies of handouts from the programs.
This group meets every Monday evening at 7 p.m. for eight weeks, taking the place of Current Events in February and March. The Foreign Policy Association provides a discussion book which costs $20.00. This year’s topics are: Rebuilding Haiti, U.S. National Security, Horn of Africa, Responding to the Financial Crisis, Germany Ascendant, Sanctions and Nonproliferation, The Caucasus, and Global Governance. 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.
Book Discussion Groups
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.
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.
...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.
...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, January 28, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson (2011)
Meet at Taste of India, 7243 S. Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook
When: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Conference Room, 2nd Floor
Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones, 2014
Thomas Greene goes from being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, and from the classical piano pieces he was trained to play to the toe-tapping swing of the big band era. Song Yuhua is refined, educated, and bonded since age eighteen to Shanghai's most powerful crime boss in payment for her father's gambling debts.
When: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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, February 25, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (2013)
Meet at Thai O'Cha, 737 Plainfield Road, Darien
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
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.
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.
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.