Our ongoing book groups are open to all and offer something for everyone. 

In March, we're launching three new library-led book groups, including one that meets at Oak Park's Beer Shop, giving you even more opportunities to explore your interests with us.

Books and Brews

Meets monthly: Tuesdays, 7–8:30 pm

“Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us,” said Adult and Teen Digital Learning Librarian Rose Barnes. “We’ll discuss books of all genres. Not necessarily the big-name authors, but books that have mass appeal.”

With Arts & Culture and Readers’ Advisory Librarian Margita Lidaka, Barnes leads this new monthly book group for adults 21 years and older.

What we're reading 

Copies will be available at the Main Library one month before each discussion. 

New Moms Book Club

Meets quarterly: Wednesdays, 7–8 pm, at Maze Branch

“As a new mom, you’re still a person who needs to have interests,” Library Assistant Lauren Cooper said. “It’s good to take time for yourself, and then get out to actually talk with others.” 

That’s why she’s launching a new book group especially for new moms, which will meet quarterly “to give you time to finish a book,” Cooper said. “The mom guilt can sink in pretty fast when you try to make time for yourself. My hope is that someone who hasn’t felt able to do that sees this as an opportunity.”

What we're reading


Meets monthly: Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 pm, at the Main Library

“There are many different reasons a person connects with a book, and it’s personal,” said Materials Services Librarian Barbara Fitzgerald.

BYOBook is a new monthly group where we’ll have relaxed, open conversation and trade book recommendations. “Come and share your thoughts about what you’re reading,” Fitzgerald said, “and get new ideas for what to read next.”

What we're reading

Join us every month to find out, and to share what you're reading!

Please register in advance for each date:

Plus: A special International Women's Day discussion

Wednesday, March 8, 7-8:30 pm, at the Main Library 

Join us to discuss Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy's 2015 book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.

Looking for a library-led book group title?