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.
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 third Monday 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 at 7 p.m. at a local restaurant 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, December 11, 2013 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Meeting Room
Light On Snow by Anita Shreve, 2004
When a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow, the event forever alters the 11-year-old's understanding of the world.
When: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
S is for Silence by Sue Grafton, 2005
Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.
When: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Conference Room
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, 2012
Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer's acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.
When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell, 1993
A mother and a daughter live quietly in the rustic gatehouse of Shrove House, an isolated British estate. Their life seems perfectly ordinary except that daughter Liza has been kept isolated from the outside world for all of her sixteen years.
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (2012)
Meet at Home Run Inn, 7521 Lemont Rd., Darien
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