Library Book Clubs

Family Book Clubs | Classics & Contemporary | Mather Readers | Cookbook Book Club | League of Women Voters | Novels @ Night

Family Book Clubs

The Library hosts several book clubs for children to attend with a special adult. Child and adult participants read the chosen selection and then meet with other families to enjoy discussion, snacks, and activities. Clubs include 2nd Grade Book Club, Mother-Daughter Book Club (adult may be of any gender), and Boys and Books. For information about upcoming book club events, view our calendar.

Classics and Contemporary

Second Tuesday of the month in the Small Meeting Room, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Refreshments served.


Tuesday, February 12, 10:30

Passing by Nella Larsen

A prominent female writer of the Harlem Renaissance presents the electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York.



Tuesday, March 12, 10:30

All the Names by José Saramango

Senhor José is a clerk in the city’s Central Registry and has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor José sets off to find her-but as he gets closer, he discovers more than he would ever have wished. A Nobel Prize winning author.

All the Names

Mather Readers

This book group meets at Mather Place, 2801 Old Glenview Road, on the first Wednesday of the month and is open to the public.

Wednesday, February 6, 7:30

The Professor's House by Willa Cather

Willa Cather's lyrical and bittersweet novel of a middle-aged man losing control of his life is a brilliant study in emotional dislocation and renewal.

Professor's House

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

Hillbilly Elegy

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

In this stunning novel about intertwined lives, Edwidge Danticat crafts a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores the mysterious bonds we share—with the natural world and with one another.

Claire of the Sea Light

Cookbook Book Club

Join us for a special Winter Reading Club edition of our cookbook book club as we introduce two clubs, one completely plant-based, and one where we discover how bitter foods can be transformed into delectable dishes, which may include both vegan, plant-based and meat dishes.

Registration is required for every attendee; each participant will make or bake a recipe and bring it in to share with the group. Call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with two choices in mind, otherwise you will be contacted a week prior to the event. Please understand we cannot guarantee allergy-free dishes.

Tuesday, January 29, 12:00

Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

New Vegan addition to Cookbook Book Club! A recipe collection from the popular food blog Minimalist Baker features simple, quick vegan recipes that require ten ingredients or less, including such options as spiced buckwheat pancakes, cornbread chili potpies, and Thai quinoa meatballs.

Minimalist Baker

Saturday, February 2, 12:00

Bitter by Jennifer McLagan

McLagan turns her attention to a fascinating, underappreciated, and trending topic: bitterness. What do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate, and radicchio all have in common? They're bitter. In this deep and fascinating exploration of bitter through science, culture, history, and 120 deliciously idiosyncratic recipes, McLagan makes a case for this misunderstood flavor.



League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Wednesday, February 27, 11:00

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Goodwin draws upon four presidents she has studied closely -- Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.


Novels @ Night

Wednesday, February 13, 6 pm, meet at The Rock House, 1150 Central Ave.

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

Nonfiction Edition! An astonishing portrayal of two arsonists whose relationship shifts from true love to crime spree in a once-thriving coastal community decimated by a punishing economy. Join us for a discussion of love gone wrong on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Registration required.

  American Fire


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