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Book Clubs

The library offers book clubs for a variety of ages and interests.

Adult Book Discussions

All adults are welcome to attend our adult book discussions. Copies of the books are available in the Adult Services department prior to each club meeting.

The General Book Club discusses titles selected from nonfiction and literary fiction. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Crime Fiction Book Club chooses suspenseful novels with a focus on criminality. As such, some titles have sensitive content. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m. and the following Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. This book club does not meet in the months of December, January, and February.

Off the Beaten Path Book Club focuses on the strange, the weird, and the uncanny–stories that seem a bit askew, and look at the world from unusual perspectives. We invite you to leave your usual books behind and dare to read differently. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.


Teen and Tween Book Clubs

Teen Choice Book Award Discussion: The Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Reader’s Choice and YALSA’S Teens’ Top Teen are two book awards in which teens choose the winners. Simply use your library card to check out a book or an audiobook, or to download an e-book or an e-audiobook using our digital resources. This free program is for teens, ages 13-17, or in grades 7-12. For additional information or help with registration, please contact Susan at susang@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3400.

Social Justice for Teens: Are you looking for a safe space to discuss issues important to you? Do you love reading books? Join teen librarians Audra and Leah for our monthly virtual event where we talk about graphic novels and books that touch on important topics. This event is available on Google Meet. Topics and issues discussed will be moderated by our librarians. This is a safe and respectful space for teens to express themselves. For more information or help with registration, please contact audrah@dkpl.org or leahh@dkpl.org or call (815) 756-9568 ext. 2450. This virtual event is intended for age 15 and up.

Spine Crackers Book Club: Join the Spine Crackers Book Club to discuss a book each month. You can check out a copy of the book via the Hoopla app. This book club is for students in grades 5-7. We will meet virtually via Zoom to discuss the book. Registration is required, the discussion will be limited to 8 participants. For more information or help with registration, please contact Jen at jenniferm@dkpl.org.


Children’s Book Clubs

Bookworm Barbs is a book party for our K-2nd grade beginning readers. We will read a simple chapter book every month (or have a caregiver read it aloud), do a craft, and eat a snack. Kits with the book and other supplies are available a month before a meeting at the Youth Services desk.

BARB (Books are Really Brilliant) is our home for book-loving 3rd-5th graders. Every month, we’ll read a book and talk about it, play a game, and eat a snack. Kits with the book and other supplies are available a month before a meeting at the Youth Services desk.

For more information about these book clubs, please contact Laura at lauraw@dkpl.org.