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 Book Group

Meetings are held the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Grove Room of the Main Library.

Contact: Tracy Hanson at 847-608-5013 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.

  • 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.
  • 2021 schedule

 Contact: Jeanne Hebeisen at 847-741-6264.

Rakow Readers

This group discusses contemporary fiction and nonfiction.

Rakow Readers meets the fourth Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Rakow Branch or through Zoom. Please see the schedule for details.

Contact: Stacy at 847-931-2092 or

Timeless Book Club

Turn toward the past in this historically-themed book discussion group. Members are responsible for their own copy of selections.

  • The Timeless Book Club will not meet again until March of 2022
  • This group meets the 4th Tuesdays in March, June and September in the Shales Living Room. 

Contact: Ben Bahl at 847-608-5012 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.

  • Not all meetings occur at the Gail Borden Library.  Please inquire about meeting location.
  • 2021-2022 schedule

Contact: Andrea at 847-289-5844 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. Find a group of people interested in being in a book club with you. 5-12 people is a good size for a group.
  2. Decide which types of books you want to read.
  3. Decide how often and when you want to meet.
  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.
  6. Pick out at least 3 months’ worth of titles at once.
  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.



We can help readers find the books they want. Fill out a Material Request Form.