Book Discussion Groups at the Clarendon Hills Public Library

The Clarendon Hills Public Library hosts 3 distinct book discussion groups on a monthly basis in the adult seating area of the library. New members are always welcome! See descriptions below of when we meet and what we are reading and contact librarian Kathy Strange at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 630-323-8188 for more information.

Books are made available one month before the discussion date for groups hosted here at the library as well as for book discussion groups throughout Clarendon Hills. Books are labeled and shelved behind the library’s front desk.


Meets the third Monday of the month except December at 7:00 p.m.

For nineteen years this group has read all genres of mystery and crime fiction; from cozies and amateur detectives to police procedurals, legal thrillers and classic noir. Discussion titles are chosen on a quarterly basis and suggestions from group members are welcomed. So far the group has never read the same author twice.

What We Are Reading

August 21, 2017


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

by John Berendt

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In steamy and eccentric old-South Savannah, local bad-boy Danny Hansford is shot inside the opulent mansion of his sometime lover. The subsequent imprisonment and trials of antiques dealer Jim Williams make for a stylish narrative that reads like a novel.

Complete List of Upcoming Game's Afoot Mysteries to be Discussed


Meets the first Wednesday of the month except January and February at 10:00 a.m.

Beginning its 42nd year, this group reads a variety of contemporary and classic fiction as well as nonfiction. Group members take turns facilitating the discussions.

What We Are Reading

August 2, 2017 

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

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Two French sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, are reunited when the elders' husband is sent to fight in World War II. An emotional tribute to brave women who found both their beliefs and their bonds tested by the savagery of war and deprivation

Complete List of Upcoming Kay Carlson Books for Discussion


Meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The group focuses on reading across genres, featuring both contemporary and classic novels, histories and biographies.

What We Are Reading

August 10, 2017


The Sympathizer

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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A terrific debut novel with an Asian perspective of the Vietnam War that tells the story of a double agent.. The hero is a communist sympathizer who feeds information to the North, even after escaping Vietnam with his loyalist friend on the last plane out. 

Complete List of Upcoming Thursday Night Readers Books for Discussion

Information for Book Clubs in the Greater Clarendon Hills Community

We want your book club to be successful and are happy to assist your group with potential book discussion picks, questions that prompt good conversation, and author biographies! Contact us if you need help with any of your book club needs. Speak to us before assigning a particular book to your group, so we may inform you about title availability in various formats, and insure that there are sufficient copies of your title (or suggest alternatives if there are not).  

Writers' Group


Saturdays:  September 30, October 28, and November 25 from 12 noon to 3:45 PM. 

New writers are always welcome at this established group regardless of genre. Come and get advice and encouragement from your fellow wordsmiths.