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Civically Engaged Reader

New discussion series

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, May through October, to ponder the meaning of civic activity in its most basic forms: associating, serving, giving, and leading. In The Civically Engaged Reader discussion series, we’ll read and reflect on short stories, poems, and essays by writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Dave Eggers, Maya Angelou, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Martin Luther King Jr.

As this anthology notes, “Reading deepens reflection; reflection deepens action.” Whether you volunteer, serve on a committee or board, participate politically, or simply seek to improve our world by joining with others, come explore and find meaning in these efforts. See upcoming discussion dates and times »

Collage of book covers: Americanah, The Book of Killowen, The Widows of Malabar Hill, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, The Wangs vs. the World, The Secrets of Wishtide, Exit West, The Elephant Whisperer, The Crossing Places, Same Kind of Different as Me, Names for the Sea, and A People's History of Chicago.

Discussions are open to everyone

Looking for a library-led book group title? Ask at the hosting library about a month before the discussion date. Request a copy through your library account. Log in now »

Library-led book groups

  • Books and Brews is an opportunity for anyone age 21+ to meet new friends, discuss new books outside of the library. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at Oak Park Brewing Company, 155 S. Oak Park Ave.
  • Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Meets on the third Tuesday of the month, Dole Branch, 12 pm.
  • Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions. Meets on the first Tuesday of the month, Maze Branch, 12 pm.
  • More Than a Month strives to enrich understanding of a complex, historical legacy and to widen knowledge about the scope of black history.
  • New Moms Book Group is especially for new parents. Ditch the “mom guilt” and join other adults to keep exploring and discussing your interests. Meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, at Exit Strategy Brewing Co., 7700 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130.
  • Read & Reflect shares a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Meets on the third Friday of the month, Dole Branch, 12 pm.
  • Words on Wednesday inspires stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, Main Library, 1 pm.

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