Book Discussions

Contemporary Books

  • First Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and on the second Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Registration is not necessary
  • Free coffee provided by Café on the Park
  • For more information contact Beth Rupert at 630-868-7533 or by e-mail at beth@wheatonlibrary.org.

January - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
February - Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
March - Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
April - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
May - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
June - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Previous discussion books

True Story: Nonfiction Book Discussion

True Story is Wheaton Public Library’s new Non-Fiction Book Club. Each month we pick books that are the most interesting, captivating and entertaining true stories that our world has to offer. If you want adventure, history, science, and a stimulating conversation about the human experience, then please join us for our book discussion

  • Last Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. No Discussion from November-January. We resume in February
  • Please register online
  • Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation desk. For more information please contact Matt Binder at 630-868-7529 or mbinder@wheatonlibrary.org
  • Missed a meeting? Check out the blog for more information on each month's discussion True Story Book Club Blog

October 24 - Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
No discussion from November-January. We resume in February
February 27 - Packing for Mars by Mary Raoch

Great Books

The Great Books method of Shared Inquiry discussion encourages a personal approach to literature. Participants engage in a search for the author's meaning. There are no right or wrong answers and no examinations. The sharing of individual interpretations results in a greater understanding for all.

  • Second Wednesday of each month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Register online or by phone at 630-868-7533.
  • For more information contact Beth Rupert at 630-868-7533 or beth@wheatonlibrary.org.

2016-17 Schedule
January 11 - Lives of a Cell (selections) by Lewis Thomas
February 8 - Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
March 8 - Rothschild's Fiddle by Anton Chekhov
April 12 - Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen
May 10 - No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
June 14 - Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

YA for Adults

Love reading Young Adult/Teen fiction? You're not alone! Join us to talk about the best (and worst) in YA. New members welcome any time.

  • Usually the first Wednesday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m.
  • No registration necessary.
  • For more information contact Eileen - teenread@wheatonlibrary.org.

January 3 - Bone Gap by Laura Ruby - Copies available through LINKin
February 1 - American Born Chinese and Nimona (Graphic Novels) - Copies available at the Checkout Desk beginning January 4
March 1 - Every Day by David Levithan - Copies available at the Checkout Desk beginning February 2

Biz Book Reviews

Business and career coach Vickie Austin highlights business books for busy executives, employees, and entrepreneurs, from the hottest bestsellers to time-honored classics. She’ll share each book’s essence to give you new ideas and insights for your own business and career and include you in a lively discussion, whether you’ve read the book or not.

  • Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in meeting room B in the lower level of the library.
  • Please register online or call the Reference Desk 630-868-7520
  • Co-sponsored by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Prairie Path Books, and CHOICES Worldwide

October 18-Work Rules!:Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
November 15-The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills and Leave a Positive Impression! by Debra Fine
December 20-Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler
January 17-Circles of Gold: Honoring Your Network for Business and Career Success by Vickie Austin
February 21-You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Book Group Guides

Online Groups

Let us help your group!

We can supply information about new titles, book discussion guides, tips and Web sites to help you make your book club selections. We can also give you information on how to start a new club. Please let us know how we can help! Call Beth Rupert at 630-868-7533 or send an email to beth@wheatonlibrary.org.