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.

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, December 10, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Conference Room, 2nd Floor

    The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton, 2014
    Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, he heads north to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government
  • When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Conference Room, 2nd Floor

    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent , 2013
    Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

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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