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.

April 10, 10:00 (NOTE early start time)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Join local book leader and reviewer. Nancy Buehler to discuss this year's One Book, Everybody Reads. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.  For a complete list of One Book events and the author visit please visit One Book, Everybody Reads events.

Cover.A Gentleman in Moscow


May 8 at 10:30

The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes

"Tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American author, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers--particularly his encounter with one of Villa's generals, Tomás Arroyo, as well as with a spirited young American woman named Harriet Winslow. In the end, the incompatibility between Mexico and the United States (or, paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both Bierce and Arroyo, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of these two cultures in conflict" --From publisher description.

 Old Gringo



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

April 4 at 7:30

The LIfe of Pi by Yann Martel

Pi Patel, a young man from India, tells how he was shipwrecked and stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. This outlandish story is only the core of a deceptively complex three-part novel about, ultimately, memory as a narrative and about how we choose truths.


May 2 at 7:30

Frankenstein by Mary Wallstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises rofound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human?




Cookbook Book Club

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.



Saturday, May 26 at 12:00 in the Auditorium 

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore

Join us for our next cookbook book club as we cook from the popular website Food52’s most beloved cookbook.

 Food52 Genius Recipes


League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

This book group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. The group does not meet over the summer (June, July, August).


 March 28, 11:00

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall

Using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.


 April 25, 11:00

The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple

The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions--and inactions--have defined the course of our country.

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