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Library Book Discussions Groups 

Wilmette Library offers four book discussion series through the Adult Services Department.  Please see details below.

Classics & Contemporary   Monday Night Readers    Online Book Club  League of Women Voters


Classics and Contemporary

Meet in the Small Meeting Room, second Tuesday of the month, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Refreshments served.

May 12, 10:30

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Based on the author's wartime experiences, this is a "science fiction" and antiwar classic. We follow Billy Pilgrim, abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore where he is displayed like a zoo animal. But in his mind he returns again and again to his time as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden during WWII.


June 9, 10:30

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Mildred Lathbury is an "excellent woman."  That is, she's single, capable, supports her church, and is ready to help others.  And of course, she's taken for granted.  Pym's acclaimed comedy of manners is an amusing and astute look at human nature with all its flaws. 


 Excellent women


Monday Night Readers

 June 22, 7:00

Chronicles by Bob Dylan

Book Club Discussion with Film Highlights

Musical legend Bob Dylan surprised many longtime admirers with the 2004 release of his memoir Chronicles Vol. 1. A critical and commercial success, the book eschews a linear approach to the troubadour's life and instead hopscotches around in time -- focusing primarily on his first arrival in New York City in the winter of 1961, his seclusion from public life and ill-fated collaboration with poet Archibald MacLeish in 1970 and his recommitment to live touring and the recording of his comeback album Oh Mercy in the late 1980s.


This special summer book-club presentation of Chronicles will be led by author and film studies professor Michael Smith and will include discussion as well as the screening of relevant film clips of Dylan corresponding to the different eras discussed in the book.




 Online Book Club

Great for commuters and anyone who prefers a book club without meetings.  Create an account at www.goodreads.com search "Groups" for "Wilmette Public Library" and post your comments at any time.

This winter, tell us what you've been reading! Log onto the Wilmette Public Library's Goodreads group and post what books you've loved (or otherwise) this season!



League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Wednesday, May 13 , 11 am

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson

"..With strong and insightful writing, using T.E. Lawrence as a window onto the tragic history of World War I and its settlement in the Middle East, Anderson makes this complicated history both vivid and engaging."  (Library Journal)

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