Book clubs offer readers the opportunity to enrich their reading experience by sharing their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. The library has several book clubs readers can join, as well as resources for those wishing to start their own club or participate in one.


Library Book Discussion Groups

Contemporary Fiction Book Group

This group discusses current literary fiction once a month.

  • 2017-2018 schedule
  • Meetings are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the South Elgin Room of the Main Library.

Contact: Tish at 847-289-5838 or

Great Books Discussion Group

This group discusses some of the world's greatest books of literature, philosophy, economics, political science, and psychology once a month.

  • 2017-2018 schedule
  • Meetings are the second Monday of the month from 6:55 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. at the Gail Borden Public Library. You may attend the discussion group without registering. Just join the group at any time.

 Contacts: Information Desk at 847-429-4680 or Jeanne Hebeisen at 847-741-6264.

Rakow Readers

The Rakow Readers Book Group is for readers interested in reading and discussing contemporary fiction and nonfiction.

  • 2017-2018 schedule
  • Meets at the Rakow Branch on the fourth Monday of each month at 1:30 pm.

Contact: Susan at 847-531-7271 or

Rakow Novels@Night

The Rakow Novels@Night Book Group is for readers interested in reading and discussing contemporary fiction and nonfiction.

  • 2016-2017 schedule
  • Meets at the Rakow Branch on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Contact: Susan at 847-531-7271 or

Walking Book Club

This group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm for a 45-minute walk followed by a 45-minute book discussion.  A variety of contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles are discussed.

  • 2016-2017 schedule
  • Meets at the Centre of Elgin, located at 100 Symphony Way, every Wednesday at 7:00pm.

Contact: Christine at 847-289-5829 or


Resources for Book Clubs


The Book Club Collection at Gail Borden Public Library:

Avoid the hassle of tracking down enough copies for your next discussion. These titles are available in multiple copies for you and your book club members to check out. For a printable list, click on any title.



Online book clubs, book reviews, and discussion guides:

How do I start my own book club?

  1. Ask several friends, co-workers, and other acquaintances if they’d be interested in being in a book club with you. If your number seems small (anywhere from 5-12 people is a good size for a group), ask people to bring a friend.
  2. Decide what kinds of books you want to read—classics, best-sellers, literature, mysteries, anything and everything, etc. Tip: make sure books are available in paperback or at the library if cost is a concern.
  3. Decide how often and when you want to meet. Important: plan on meeting even if you hear people have other plans. Always keep your meeting dates on the calendar, e.g. first Monday of the month or every other Thursday.
  4. Pick a place where you will meet, or plan on each member hosting a meeting and rotating through your list of members.
  5. Decide if one person is going to lead the discussion or if club members will take turns. Discussion questions are available online, and some books include guides at the end.
  6. Pick out at least 6 months’ worth of titles at once. Club members can each pick one title and plan on hosting that discussion, a set-up that works well. Be sure to pick titles that are available at your library or bookstore.
  7. Library staff are happy to help you with any step of the process: choosing titles, obtaining copies of books, or even providing small study rooms for your meeting. Just ask at the Information Desk.



If you are in a local book club and are having trouble obtaining books, please let us help!
We can borrow book club titles from other libraries, even if those titles are in our own collection. Fill out a Material Request Form at the Information Desk or online and indicate that you need that title for a book discussion group.