For Adults

The General Book Club

The General Book Club Events Calendar

The General Book Club meets every month to discuss current and classic works of fiction and nonfiction. Selected titles encompass a range of writing styles, and themes. Titles from past discussions include Home by Toni Morrison, The Sea by John Banville, The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra, Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, and, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly.

The General Book Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm and is open to everyone. Copies of the book are available at the library.

The Crime Fiction Book Club

Crime Fiction Book Club Events Calendar

The Crime Fiction Book Club is for adults who enjoy quality novels in the mystery/suspense genre. Meetings are held twice monthly, March through November, with a winter break in December, January, and February. Join us in the Bilder Family Meeting Room at 2:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month, or at 7:00 p.m. on the following Tuesday, for a lively and informal discussion. Books are available for check out from the book club shelf, and refreshments are provided! Drop in and be welcome!

Off the Beaten Path Book Club

Off the Beaten Path Book Club Events Calendar

This book group focuses on the strange, the weird, and the uncanny–stories that seem a bit askew, and look at the world from unusual angles. We invite you to leave your usual books behind and dare to read differently. Join us in the Bilder Family Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for a lively and informal discussion.

Wander with us … Off the Beaten Path.

If you have any questions, please contact discussion leader, Kristine Ohman, at (815) 756.9568, ext. 2111, or send her an email at

Book Award Sites

The following sites list award-winning books in a variety of genres. Take a look at your favorites to find the titles that you just shouldn’t miss.

More information

infoOur Adult Services department is comprised of books, audio-visual materials, and periodicals. Overall, Adult Services houses thousands of items, all of which can be found using our catalog. This collection is housed on the main level of the addition and in the Haish Memorial Library building.

If you ever require assistance with materials on the upper level or elsewhere, do not hesitate to ask either a clerk at the main circulation desk or a librarian at the reference desk.

The books in our Adult Services department are divided between fiction and non-fiction. Mysteries, bestsellers, and romance novels are all kept up-to-date with attention to what is most popular among our DeKalb area readers.

The nonfiction section is just as expansive as our fiction collection and even more closely scrutinized for timeliness and accuracy. The commonly held notion that public libraries are simply for fiction readers does not hold true at DeKalb Public Library. We cater to the researcher, or student, as well as the casual reader in every facet of our operations and goals.