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Enjoy reading? Join one of our lively book discussion groups. A copy of book discussion titles will be at the Checkout Desk one month before the discussion. New members are always welcome. Find other discussion groups in the area.

genlit_web…a book club for 20-30 somethings

Join GenLit for drinks, dinner, and discussion with fellow 20-30 somethings. Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month (January-October) at 6:30 p.m. at various local restaurants. Find GenLit on Facebook.

crimereaders_web...a book club for readers who like unraveling clues, interpreting evidence, and analyzing characters

We partner with the Woodridge Public Library to bring crime readers together on the third Thursday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m. at Home Run Inn (7521 Lemont Rd., Darien) to discuss novels of crime and mystery. Follow Crime Readers on Facebook.

novelidea_web...a book club for for readers who like to delve into a book's characters, plots, setting, and themes

Drop in for one of our librarian-led discussions. Held the second Wednesday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Book Discussions

  • Short on Time Book Discussion Group
    When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:00 AM
    Where: Indian Prairie Public Library District at Board Room

    A new group for those who can’t commit to every month. Meetings will take place every other month (except in summer), and we will read essays,short stories, and short nonfiction. Drop in. Pick up the book one month prior to the meeting at the Checkout Desk. May's book is The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel.
  • GenLit Book Club (for 20-30 somethings)
    When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:30 PM
    Where: Indian Prairie Public Library District

    The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don'tby Nate Silver (2012) Meet at La Cabanita, 118 Burr Ridge Pkwy., Burr Ridge
  • Book Club Party
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:00 PM
    Where: Indian Prairie Public Library District at Meeting Room

    Book Clubs: Join us for a party to mingle with other book clubs, discover new book ideas, and share your favorite discussion titles.
  • GenLit Book Club (for 20-30 somethings)
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:30 PM
    Where: Indian Prairie Public Library District

    Meets for dinner and discussion at 6:30 p.m.
    Register at facebook.com/genlit, by calling 630/887-8760 ext. 239, or in person at the Adult Ask Us Desk.

    The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan (2014)
    Meet at Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd., Darien

Databases for Book Lovers

BookBrowse features reviews, recommendations, readalikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.

Literature Resource Center contains literary criticism, biographies of authors, bibliographies, work overviews and explanations, websites, and journal articles.

Literature Resources from Gale contains literature criticism, biographies, work/topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works.

LitFinder contains poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. Includes some full-text works, analysis, and criticism, plus author biographies.

NoveList Plus is a resource that helps readers discover what to read next and includes book discussion guides and series lists.

Resources for Your Book Discussion Group

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Book Group Buzz: A Booklist Blog
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Find popular book club books, reviews, reading guides, plus tips on how to start a group, discuss a book, and generic discussion questions (helpful for those books without a reading guide).

Reading Group Choices
Fun, comprehensive reading group site with hundreds of guides and recommendations, plus news and advice.

Reading Group Guides
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