ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available on the Hold shelf about one month in advance. Pick up a copy of any discussion book you’d like to read and take it to the Check-Out Desk. Please contact Jane at the Reference Desk (309-343-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the clubs.
The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program for all ages is Reading by Design, and the June and July book discussion titles reflect this theme.
Tuesday/Thursday Book Discussions
The Tuesday Book Club meets at the library the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss a novel half the time and a nonfiction work half the time.
June: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja
Author Dyja contends that “Understanding America requires understanding Chicago,” and he shows why in this robust, outspoken, zestfully knowledgeable, and seductively told synthesis of biography, culture, politics, and history.
Join us for a discussion of The Third Coast:
- Thursday, June 8, 6:30 pm at at Jimmy John’s (235 E. Main)
- Tuesday, June 13, 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a PBS documentary about Chicago’s Loop.
July: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
In this classic work of fiction that has greatly influenced popular culture, a scientist creates a monster in an unethical experiment.
Join us for a discussion of Frankenstein:
- Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 pm upstairs
- Thursday, July 13, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s (235 E. Main)
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a History Channel documentary about the real Frankenstein.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group
The Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group meets once a month on a Friday, usually the third of the month.
May: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
Jules has lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity – and to take up residence in Disney World. The classic attractions in the greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago 20th century have been running as they always have. But a new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its animatronics with immersive direct-to-brain interfaces. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself, and he vows to sabotage their plans and protect the sanctity of the park. An excellent ride, entertaining and unpredictable.
Join us for a discussion of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom:
- Friday, May 19, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
June: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days – and he is determined not to lose. Travelling by train, steamship, sled, and even elephant, he and his companions must overcome storms, kidnappings, and more to win the wager.
Join us for a discussion of Around the World in Eighty Days:
- Friday, June 30, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
July: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is a collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson’s and Sterling’s unique visions—and the beginning of movement we know today as “steampunk!”
Join us for a discussion of The Difference Engine:
- Friday, July 28, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Restaurant at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch.
May: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed reciprocal relationships by linking 4 fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them.
Join us for a discussion of The Botany of Desire:
- Thursday, May 25 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
June: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This dystopian novel sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be Huxley’s most enduring masterpiece
Join us for a discussion of Brave New World:
- Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
July: Modified: GMOs and the threat to our food, our land, our future by Caitlin Shetterly
A disquieting and meditative look at the issue that started the biggest food fight of our time–GMOs. From a journalist and mother who learned that genetically modified corn was the culprit behind what was making her and her child sick; a must-read book for anyone trying to parse the incendiary discussion about genetically modified foods.
Join us for a discussion of GMOs:
- Thursday, July 20 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)