Support For Book Groups

Register Your Group | Book Discussion Kits | Discussion Guides & Book Reviews

Register Your Book Group

Are you in a local Bloomingdale book group with your friends, neighbors, or church group? Register your book group with the library, and we will borrow multiple copies of the selections for your group and notify a designated contact person when they're ready.

What We Need:
- Book titles
- Number of copies needed
- How often you meet
- If any of your members need large print or audiobooks

You can give us your selections at least six weeks before your group meets, or you can give us your list for the entire year. Please be aware that some newer orpopular titles may not be available to borrow. If enough copies aren't readily available, we'll contact you in time for you to choose an alternate title. Don't strain your pocketbook buying each month's selection. Let us take care of locating your books for you. Have your designated contact person stop by or call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730 to register your group.

Book Discussion Kits

The library has book discussion kits that are available for your book group to check out. A kit includes multiple copies of one of the titles listed below and questions for discussion and information about the author. The individual who checks out the kit is responsible for all the books contained in the kit.

Titles and Discussion Guides available for Book Discussion Groups
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. (10 copies)
Backman, Fredrik. A Man Called Ove. (9 copies)
Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. (8 copies)
Cleave, Chris. Little Bee. (10 copies)
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa. The Language of Flowers. (9 copies)
Ferrante, Elena. My Brilliant Friend. (10 copies)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. (10 copies)
Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. (10 copies)
Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha. (10 copies)
Goolrick, Robert. A Reliable Wife. (10 copies)
Haruf, Kent. Plainsong. (10 copies)
Hickam, Homer. Rocket Boys: A Memoir. (10 copies)
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. (10 copies)
Jiles. Paulette. News of the World. (10 copies)
Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. (9 copies)
Kelly, Martha Hall. Lilac Girls. (10 copies)
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. (10 copies)
Kline, Christina Baker. Orphan Train. (10 copies)
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. (6 copies)
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. (10 copies)
Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. (10 copies)
Morgenstern, Erin. The Night Circus. (10 copies)
Morris, Heather. The Tattooist of Auschwitz. (10 copies)
Ng, Celeste. Everything I Never Told You. (10 copies)
Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go Bernadette? (9 copies)
Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. (10 copies)
Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (10 copies)
Stedman, M.L. The Light Between Oceans. (10 copies)
Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Young Reader's Edition (14 copies)
Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. (5 copies)

Discussion Guides & Book Reviews

We can help you find discussion guides and book reviews that will enrich your discussions. The following databases and web sites contain information pertaining to books and authors.

NoveList Plus
Novelist Plus
NoveList allows you to use a favorite author or title as a springboard to locate other authors and titles of interest. On NoveList you can also look up and view book series information, read the first chapter of many books, and read reviews.

Reading suggestions, excerpts, guides, and much more!

ALA Book Club Central
Features book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more
Book discussion guides, advice for starting and running a book group, and interviews with book groups around the country

Reading Group Choices
Recommendations and book group guides, as well as information for book group leaders

Book Movement
Lists of the best books for discussion, based on ratings from 32,000 clubs as well as book guides and other online tools to simplify club communications and activities

Reading guides, book reviews, and book club resources

Literary Reference Center Plus (Bloomingdale Library card required to use outside of library)
Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of writers and their works

Publisher Websites
Many publishers offer reading group guides online. These sites are also helpful for choosing titles. Here are a few publishers to try:
Random House Reading Group Guides
HarperCollins Book Club
HarperCollins Reading Guides
Houghton Mifflin Reading Group Guides
Hachette Book Group Reading Book Guides
Penguin Group Reading Guides

What to Do When There's No Guide Available
This site has helpful questions from that you can use when you can't find a book discussion guide for your book club book.

Generic Book Discussion Questions

  1. What is the significance of the title?
  2. Why do think the author opened the book this way?
  3. Did the cover of the book give you a good idea of what the book would be like?
  4. Can you compare this book to any other books we have read in the group?
  5. Do you think this book was autobiographical?
  6. Are the male and female characters in the book written with equal depth?
  7. How important was the setting to this book? Could it have been set anywhere else?
  8. Would you read another book by this author?
  9. Did you like the author's writing style?
  10. What are the book's strengths and weaknesses?
  11. Who was your favorite character and why? Who was you least favorite character and why?
  12. Did you like the ending?
  13. Would this book make a good movie? Cast the movie!