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.

  • Meetings are the second Monday of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Main Library.
  • The group is open to adults and discusses books from the great works of literature.
  • 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.

Our meetings are being held in the library, with the option of joining on Zoom.  Registration at the library is required.

*Due to the unknowns with the Covid situation Great Books may cease meeting at any time.

2021-2022 Reading Schedule

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

September 13

"Notes from Underground" Fyodor Dosteovsky

October 11

"To Room Nineteen"

Doris Lessing*

November 8

"Long Days Journey into Night"

Eugene O'Neill

December 13 No Meeting this month  
January 10 "Bright and Morning Star" Richard Wright *
February 14 "The Music School", "The Football Season", "Solitaire" John Updike
March 14 "Cherry Orchard" Anton Chekhov
April 11 "Clean Well-Lighted Place" and "Hills Like White Elephants" Ernest Hemingway
May 9 "On Tranquility of Mind" Lucius Annaeus Seneca **
June 13 "The Devil Baby at Hull House" Jane Adams**
July 11 "Much Ado About Nothing" William Shakespeare
August 8 "Notes of a Native Son" James Baldwin

* Great Books’ Great Conversations 5 anthology  

** Great Books’ Great Conversations 6 anthology 

Either book can be purchased on the Great Books website or may be available as a used copy from sites like ABE books or Thrift books.