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.

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.

2022 - 2023 Reading Schedule

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

September 12
“The Devil Baby at Hull House”
Jane Addams
Short Story
October 10
“R.U.R.” (Rossum’s Universal Robots)
Karel Čapek
November 14
Democracy, An American Novel
Henry Adams
December 12
No meeting in the Library
January 9
“A Letter Concerning Toleration”
John Locke
February 13
“Lady Windermere's Fan”
Oscar Wilde
March 13
“The Daughters of the Late Colonel”
Katherine Mansfield
Short Story
April 10
“Such, Such Were the Joys," "Shooting an Elephant," and "Politics and the English Language”
George Orwell
March 13
“The Daughters of the Late Colonel”
Katherine Mansfield
Short Story
May 8
“Saint Joan”
George Bernard Shaw
June 12
“Roman Fever”, Edith Wharton; “One of These Days”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; and “Smokers”
Tobias Wolff
Short Stories
July 10
“Death of a Pig," "Here is New York," and "The Years of Wonder"
E. B. White
August 14
“Confessions of a Fallen Standard Bearer”
Andreï Makine
Novel (Discussion questions only)

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.