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.

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


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



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, May 2, 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?


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.




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).


 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.


 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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