What’s more fun than reading a book? Talking about it!
Forever Young Adult Book Club
If you enjoy Young Adult (YA) books, but you’re a little less Y and a bit more A, this is the group for you! The ZB Library FYA Book Club meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Stone Creek Grill. Be one of the first 10 to register at the Adult Services desk and get a free copy of the book. Titles are also available on the Book Group Kindles, available for checkout at the Adult Services desk. For a link to the catalog list of all ZB FYA titles, click here.
3/27 – Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950s New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation. See more….
4/24 – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstren
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways. See more….
5/22 – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. See more….
6/26 – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
An intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect YA listeners. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. See more….
Enjoy a taste of the classics in this savory book discussion. We’ll meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Stone Creek Grill in Winthrop Harbor. Be one of the first 10 to register at the Adult Reference desk and get a free copy of the book. Titles are also available on the Book Group Kindles, available for checkout at the Adult Services desk. For a link to the catalog list of all ZB Literary Tastings titles, click here.
3/11 – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities begins on a muddy English road in an atmosphere charged with mystery and drama, and it ends in the Paris of the French Revolution with one of the most famous acts of self-sacrifice in literature. See more….
4/8 – Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlemarch is an evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community in early 19th-century England. Set in the small provicial town of Middlemarch, the narrative follows several strands. But it’s the story of Dorothea Brooke which captures the imagination. See more….
5/13 – The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Edna Pontellier is married, twenty-eight, and at the cross road of her life. She is passionate and artistic, but has no one who understands her deep yearnings. But her life changes when she spends a summer away from her husband at a small coastal retreat. See more….
6/10 – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Best-selling author Alexandre Dumas–who also wrote The Three Musketeers –tells this heartbreaking yet heroic tale of Edmond Dantes who takes revenge on the men responsible for his unjust fourteen-year imprisonment, keeping him from the woman he loved and the life he was supposed to live.
The Next Page
Books are best when shared! We’ll read some bestsellers and discover what’s on the next page. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the library and on the fourth Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at El Lago Mexican Restaurant in Zion. Be one of the first 10 to register and get a free copy of the book. Titles are also available on the Book Group Kindles, available for checkout at the Adult Services desk. For a link to the catalog list of all ZB Next Page titles, click here.
3/22 – The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Click here to register.
Despite her own major achievements–she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States–Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness. See more….
4/2 and 4/26 – Unmentionables by Laurie Loewenstein
Marian Elliott Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, sweeps onto the Chautauqua stage under a brown canvas tent on a sweltering August night in 1917, and shocks the gathered town of Emporia with her speech: How can women compete with men in the work place and in life if they are confined by their undergarments? See more….
5/7 and 5/24 – Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
Having decided she will never marry, Kate Worthington plans to escape her meddlesome family by travelling to India. Her mother agrees on the condition that she gets–and rejects–three marriage proposals. To fulfill her end of the bargain Kate travels to the manor of Blackmoore in northern England, where her plans go awry. See more….
6/4 and 6/28 – Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Kate is in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. See more….
For ZB Teens
High School teens in 9th through 12th grades will meet on Thursday, 4/10 from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at Applebee’s in Zion to share their favorite books.
The Hardcover Society
This book discussion group is for ZB Teens. Visit zbteens.com to learn how you can get a free book! Join us for discussions, blogging, free snacks and sodas on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Applebee’s in Zion.
The Hardcover Society: Readers in 6th through 7th grades will discuss Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee on 4/10.
Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission. See more….
The Hardcover HIGH Society: Readers in 8th through 12th grades will talk about Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas on 4/10.
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. See more….
Junior Hardcover Society
Readers in 3rd and 4th grades are invited to this monthly book discussion group on Mondays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
3/10 - Flight of the Red Bandit by Geronimo Stilton
In #56 of the Geronimo Stilton series, Grandfather Shortpaws sends Geronimo Stilton on a hunt for his old friend, the Red Bandit, in Arizona. See more….
4/14 – Mr. Jack is a Maniac by Dan Gutman
In this tenth book in the outrageously funny My Weirder School series, Principal Klutz thinks the kids at Ella Mentry School need to learn some self-defense moves. But the guy he hired–Mr. Jack–thinks he’s an action hero! He spends all his time looking in the mirror. He does everything in slow motion. How are the kids supposed to learn anything? See more….
Guys in K-8th grades will read awesome books and talk ‘em over with other dudes. Hang out, munch on snacks and have fun playing games on Tuesdays, 3/18 and 4/15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Kids – If you’ve ever been tempted to stay up all night reading a good book, then this club is for you! Night Owls meet on Tuesday, 4/22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We’ll start with a book from Matt Christopher’s Soccer `Cats series, where boys and girls are on the same team! Share your favorite sports book or title. We’re sure to have a hoot!
In order to earn prizes for reading, check out the reading challenges page!