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.

June 12 at 10:30

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

The relationship of landscape to personality is a familiar theme, especially in western literature, but it may never have been explored with as much sensitivity and as fine an eye for detail as Watson manages in this stunning coming-of-age novel, the winner of the 1993 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. (Booklist Review)

Montana 1948


July 10 at 10:30

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

A Chinese woman who works in a New York nail salon doesn’t come home one day; her young son is raised by well-meaning strangers who cannot heal his broken heart. This timely novel depicts the heart- and spirit-breaking difficulties faced by illegal immigrants with meticulous specificity. (Kirkus reviews)

 The Leavers



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, June 6, 7:30

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations.



Wednesday, July 11, 7:30

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

An international bestseller translated into some 70 languages as of 2016, Coelho's novel is a parable with a message of hope.  Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. 




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).


 May 23, 11:00

Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Silva is at the top of his game in this spy thriller that rings true to current events. The novel offers a sobering, insightful, and multifaceted look at the overwhelming complexities of the seemingly interminable war in the Middle East.



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