Library Book Clubs

Wilmette Public Library offers several book discussion series through the Adult Services and Youth Services Departments.  Please see details below. 

Family Book Clubs | Classics & Contemporary | Mather Readers | Cookbook Book Club
League of Women Voters | Previous Book Club Picks


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 Second 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 list of Kids' Events.


Classics and Contemporary

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



October 10, 10:30

The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer 

The Nobel Prize winner addresses issues of displacement, belonging, and class in the story of a South African couple: Julie, a white woman from a financially secure family and Abdu, an illegal Arab immigrant.

 The Pickup



November 14, 10:30

Echo House by Ward Just 

An epic chronicle of three generations of Washington power brokers and the women who loved them (except when they didn’t), complete with a family curse.

 Echo House


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.

September 6, 7:30

Howards End by E. M. Forster

Howards End, first published in 1910, is a novel about social conventions, codes of conduct, and personal relationships in turn-of-the-century England. Howards End is considered by some to be Forster's masterpiece.


October 4, 7:30

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s best-known work has become a modern classic, and a staple on English literature reading lists. Written over 30 years ago, the novel’s dystopian setting and themes resonate today.

book cover



Cookbook Book Club

Pick a recipe, let Librarian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know what you'll bring, make or bake, eat and share with the group!  Registration is required and space is limited!  Call the Library to reserve a copy of the cookbook.  *Please note that everyone who registers is required to bring a dish to share.  



Saturday, October 14 at 12:00 in the Auditorium 

Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman 

In this award winning cookbook, author Deb Perelman offers a wide variety of dishes for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners alike!

 Smitten Kitchen

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

This book group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month.


September 27, 11:00

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Many people know Noah as the current host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show but he has also written a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of his coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Born a Crime

October 25, 11:00

Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks

Churchill and Orwell made enduring cases for the necessity of moral and political fortitude in the face of authoritarianism. Each played a different and enduring role in a modern world; both important not just to understanding their times but also to understanding our own.

book cover Churchill and Orwell
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