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 8:30 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.
  • Due to the uncertainty of COVID, Great Books may cease meeting at any time.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Lapinski at 847-695-3422 or rlapinski@gailborden.info.

Upcoming Titles


  • January 8: (novel) “Fathers and Sons,” by Ivan Turgenev
  • February 12 (play) “Miss Julie,” by August Strindberg
  • March 11: (play), “The Merchant of Venice,” by William Shakespeare
  • April 8: (novel) “As I Lay Dying,” by William Faulkner
  • May 13: (epic poem) “The Inferno,” by Dante, translation by Peter Thornton
  • June 10: (play) “Ghosts,” by Henrik Ibsen
  • July 8: (novella) “The Secret Sharer,” by Joseph Conrad
  • August 12: (novel) – “Mrs. Dalloway,” by Virginia Woolf

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.