I enjoy book groups, and I especially like wrestling with what the author wanted to get across in their work and learning of other reader's perspectives.
If you consider what the library experience is all about, you can break it down it down to this:
Libraries are where people meet knowledge, where people meet story, and where people interact with other people.
Book groups are a distillate of the latter two aspects of the library experience, and they are a huge component of what makes my job fun!
Recently we had a holiday party at each of our two book groups in December, one that meets the 1st Tuesday morning of the month and one that meets the 2nd Thursday evening. At both we had a terrific time in the midst of good food and great people.
While we reflected on our year of intriguing discussions and (mostly) enjoyable reads, the book groupers voted for the BGA's, the Book Group Awards. Below are some of the winners.
If you like book groups, you’ve come to the right place. In addition to our two regular book groups that meet at the library, we have our Books2Film program that meets every third month.
We are also lucky enough to chip in with the Des Plaines Historical Center with their history book group that meets every other month.
Looking ahead to 2016, the library has an exciting lineup in store.
We'll be discussing
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- National Book Award finalist Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- the Greek tragedy Antigone
- and David McCullough's The Wright Brothers.
If you have any questions regarding the schedule or registration, give us a call @ (847) 376.2840.
We look forward to seeing you at a book group in 2016!
DPPL's 2015 Book Group Award Winners Are:
by Fredrik Backman
This novel was a co-winner of the Most Enjoyable Book Award of the Tuesday Morning group. The eponymous character was also a co-winner of the Favorite Main Character. It was widely acclaimed as the one of the best books of the year.
by Andy Weir
This was a slam dunk favorite of many people. The Thursday Nighters voted this as the Most Enjoyable Book mostly due to its unique combination of being a humorous and scientific thriller.
by Gabrielle Zevin
The character of A.J. Fikry was beloved by the Tuesday Morning group enough to be the other co-winner of the Favorite Main Character Award. It was also a co-winner of the Tuesday Morning Most Enjoyable Book Award.
by Anthony Doerr
This novel garnered the coveted Best Plot and Best Discussion Awards at the Thursday Evening book group party. The depth of its content and its themes resonated with the group.