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 | Recommended titles for Book Clubs


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.



December 12, 10:30

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad 

When a shady London shopkeeper becomes involved in a plot by anarchists to blow up the Greenwich Observatory, things go disastrously wrong. Conrad’s 1907 masterpiece has been hailed as the world’s first political thriller.

Secret Agent



January 9, 10:30

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler 

The “grande dame” of science fiction and Nebula award winner writes a hopeful tale set in a dystopian, dysfunctional future America where 18-year-old Lauren has hyperempathy—if she sees another in pain, she literally feels their pain too.

 Parable of the Sower


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.




January 3, 7:30

Church of Marvels by Leslie Perry

Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York--a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger.



February 7, 7:30

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Barnes elegantly imagines Dimitri Shostakovich's career within Stalinist Russia, at the same time illuminating the tumultuous evolution of the Soviet Union. The result is both a stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society.

 noise of time  



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, December 9 at 12:00 in the Auditorium 

Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven

In our next cookbook book club we’ll be whipping up recipes from this quirky and original cookbook.  

 Home Made Winter


League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

This book group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The group will not meet in December.


January 24, 11:00

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

A visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg's refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation's highest court--with the fierce dissents to match--get to know RBG as never before. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah

book cover


February 28, 11:00

Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

Lewis explores behavioral economics through the lives and theories of two gifted Israeli psychologists, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. Their intellectual synergy produced provocative and groundbreaking theories about the workings of the human mind, including the origin of biases and the mechanisms responsible for mental errors and for formulating judgments.



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