Book Clubs

What’s more fun than reading a book?  Talking about it!

For Adults

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.

  • 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.
  • 5/22: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
  • 6/26: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick – This is a novel of reflection and refraction, of love and loss, of fear and hate but most of all it is a novel about sacrifice.

Literary Tastings

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.

  • 5/13: Middlemarch by George Eliot (Chapters 5-8) – Middlemarch is an evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community in early 19th-century England. Set in the small provincial town of Middlemarch, the narrative follows several strands. But it’s the story of Dorothea Brooke which captures the imagination.
  • 6/10: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (pages 1-611) -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.
  • 7/8: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (pages 612 to End) – 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.
  • 8/12: 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.

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.

  • 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?
  • 5/7 and 5/31: The Impersonator by Mary Miley – Featuring a struggling young vaudeville performer who is persuaded to impersonate a missing heiress and gets caught up in a scam that thrusts her deep into the Roaring Twenties’ world of gangsters, bootleggers, and murder.
  • 6/4 and 6/28: 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.
  • 7/2 and 7/26: 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.

For ZB Teens

Epic Reads

High School teens in 9th through 12th grades will meet on Thursdays, 5/8 and 6/12 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: For readers in 6th through 7th grades.

  • 5/8: Legend by Marie Lu – In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
  • 6/12: In the After by Demitria Lunetta - In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the earth.

The Hardcover HIGH Society: For readers in 8th through 12th grades.

  • 5/8: Pivot Point by Kasie West -A girl with the power to search alternate futures lives out six weeks of two different lives in alternating chapters. Both futures hold the potential for love and loss, and ultimately she is forced to choose which fate she is willing to live through.
  • 6/12: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.

For Kids

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. The first four to register at the Youth Services desk with a parent or guardian will get a free book!

  • 5/12: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – The adventure of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
  • 6/9: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate -When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Guys Read

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, 5/20 and 6/17 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Night Owls

Kids – If you’ve ever been tempted to stay up all night reading a good book, then this club is for you! Night Owls meets on Tuesdays and we’re sure to have a hoot!

  • 5/27: We’ll read something by Laura Numeroff from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • 6/24: We’ll read Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In order to earn prizes for reading, check out the reading challenges page!