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, April 22, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (2006)

    Meet at Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont
  • 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.

...More book-related websites

What's New?

SWAN Services Limited
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

The public catalog is in “view-only” mode as SWAN staff address software changes. You...

Seed Library Opens April 18
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This Saturday, April 18, we will open a new library at IPPL- our Seed Library! IPPL members...

Catalog Issues
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This evening our public catalog will be in “view-only” mode. You will able look...

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, 150...

New Catalog
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Have you heard? Our online catalog has a new look and new features! Our...

Staff Recommendations

Heaven is for Real (2014) PG
Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

Greg Kinnear is excellent in this lovely and thought-provoking movie based on a true story. He plays a minister in Nebraska whose young son has a near-death experience during emergency...

Not All Tarts are Apple by Pip Granger (2002)
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Seven-year-old Rosie, who lives with her aunt and uncle in the Old Compton Street Café, is the darling of their Soho neighborhood.  Her low-class neighbors are made up of con...

GrubHub
Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Hungry? Find a restaurant on here to order from.  Delivery and pickup options are available. You can search restaurants by distance, ratings, cuisine and more....

Find it Fast

FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickrPinterestGood ReadsLinkedIn