Have you ever wanted to read some of the world's greatest books of literature, philosophy, economics, political science, and psychology, but needed guidance to understand the content? Join us at the Main Library's Great Books Discussion Series.

  • The group is open to adults and discusses books from the great works of literature.
  • The group leader has had training in the "Shared Inquiry" method promoted by the Great Books Foundation. Responses are encouraged from all participants and all viewpoints are discussed.
  • Meetings are the second Monday of the month from 6:55 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. at the Main Library. You may attend the discussion group without registering. Just join the group at any time.
  • Books are either borrowed from the library or purchased through the group.
  • There is no fee to join, other than the cost of the books if you decide to purchase them.

Until it is safe to public gather again the Great books club will not be holding meetings.

2019-2020 Reading Schedule

For more information, contact the Information Desk at (847) 429-4680.

September 9

"Hell Screen" Ryūnosuke Akutagawa*

October 14

"Why Write"

Jean Paul Sartre*

November 11

"Babylon Revisited" and "Winter Dreams"

F. Scott Fitzgerald

December 9

No meeting

No Meeting

January 13

"Beast in the Jungle"

Henry James

February 10 "Emma"

Jane Austen

March 16th

Note: This is the 3rd Monday

"Human Personality"

Simone Weil*

April 13

"Hedda Gabler"

Henric Ibsen

May 11 "Notes from Underground" Fyodor Dostoevsky
June 8 "To Room Nineteen"

Doris Lessing*

July 13

"Long Day's Journey into Night"

Eugene O'Neill
August 10 "Bright and Morning Star" Richard Wright*

* The library does not own a copy of these titles