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 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.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

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.

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

A new generation of book club, GenLit will “tap” into the spirit and interest of those of a certain generation (20-30 somethings). Meets for dinner and discussion 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 at 7 p.m. at a local restaurant 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: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 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.
    Thurs., Sept. 18, Tug of War by Barbara Cleverly (2007)
  • When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

    Meet at The Patio, 7440 S. Kingery Hwy., Darien
  • When: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Conference Room, 2nd Floor

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, 2012
    Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
  • When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 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.
    Thurs., Oct. 16, River of Darkness by Rennie Airth (1999)
  • When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (2013)

    Meet at Taste of India, 7243 S. Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook
  • When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Conference Room, 2nd Floor

    The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, 2013
    Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.

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

Amazon Book Clubs
Browse for titles, get summaries of the books and a list of discussion questions.

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

Current Picks
Get book recommendations from the staff at Indian Prairie. Also find links to other reviews, author interviews and book discussion guides.

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).

Oprah’s Book Club
Browse the titles in Oprah’s Book list and get discussion ideas.

Reading Group Center
Includes reading recommendations, tips, and cheat sheets. Reading group guides here are for the Random House imprints, Vintage and Anchor.

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

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

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