Library-Led Book Discussions & Local Book Club Support

Your public library hosts staff-led discussions and provides support to locally-led book clubs.

Book Club Kit books and tote bags on shelves
Book Club Kits are located on the Main Library’s second floor, near new fiction.

Have a local book club? We’re here to help!

Ask us to reserve titles

Patron Services Coordinator Julie Meo helps local book clubs reserve titles in a variety of formats. Email or call 708.452.3412.

Check out a kit

Each Book Club Kit comes in a bag that’s checked out as a single item. Any Oak Park library cardholder can place a hold on or visit the second floor of the Main Library to select a kit. In each bag:

  • 10 copies of the same popular title
  • Discussion questions curated by Oak Park librarians
  • Lists of similar titles to give you ideas on what to read, listen to, and watch next

Host your book club online

Many Oak Park book clubs and writers’ groups have been meeting online, via the library’s virtual meeting spaces service. You can set up and run your own virtual meeting on Zoom, with support from trained library staff. See how reserving a virtual meeting space works and what’s available »

Librarian-curated reads

Looking for ideas on what to read next, by genre and topic? Browse these suggested title lists »

Join library-led book discussions

Join your neighbors and friends at these book groups led by library staff members.

  • Earth Lounge explores the curiosities and complexities of nature, environmentalism, and sustainability. 
  • Crime & Coffee talks history and crime with fellow true crime lovers over a hot cup of coffee.
  • Latinx Author Book Cafe discusses works written by Latinx authors. Spanish language copies will be made available when possible.
  • Love on the Page discusses romance books and subgenres, like romantic fantasy, historical romance, contemporary romance, and more.
  • Otherworldly Reads alternates between science fiction and fantasy literature.
  • Words on Wednesday inspires small group conversation about a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles.