Book Discussions

Cooking Up Controversy: Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen

Posted September 21, 2014 | Posted in Book Discussions,Readers Advisory

 From its first publication in 1970, Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen has been a regular guest on the lists of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in the US. This is due chiefly to its portrayal of its pre-school aged protaganist, Mickey, in the nude. The book depicts him fully clothed until he slips into a dream, where the action and story of the book take place. Together with Where the Wild Things Are and Outside Over There, this book comprises Sendak’s trilogy of books whose stories take place chiefly in a child’s dream.In the Night Kitchen

New Book Discussion Group

Posted June 6, 2014 | Posted in Book Discussions,Front Page,What We're Reading

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Lounge with a latte as you share your latest great read with other book lovers! The Villa Park Public Library will host its newest Small Talk book discussion series at C U Latte Café, 9 E Blvd., Villa Park, IL.

The first Small Talk discussion will be held Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and will center around non-fiction favorites. Each of the small-group discussions will be facilitated by a library staff member.

In the cozy café setting, those participating in the June 24 program may discuss current non-fiction books they’ve read or obtain reading recommendations from library staff and others attending.

Other upcoming Small Talk book discussions this summer at C U Latte Café will include:

• Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.—Young Adult Literature for Adults

• Tuesday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.—Fiction

No registration is necessary. For more information, check out the Villa Park Public Library website at or call 630-834-1164, ext. 2.


Handmaid’s Tale – Read Alikes

Posted April 14, 2014 | Posted in Book Discussions,Readers Advisory

If you enjoyed reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale,  here are some books that are sure to please:

Handmaid’s Tale – Points To Ponder

Posted April 7, 2014 | Posted in Book Discussions,Readers Advisory,What We're Reading

Prior to reading our book discussion pick The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, here are some questions to consider. Hope to see you on Thursday April 17th at 7:30 pm for the discussion.

  1. The society in the novel is not ideal, but are there any parts of society that are an improvement over ours?
  2. Do men have it any better than women in this novel?
  3. Who has the power in Gilead?
  4. Why scrabble?
  5. What do you think of Offred’s relationship with the Commander? With Nick?
  6. What did you think of the ending?
  7. Does the title bring anything to mind?

Handmaid’s Tale – About the Book

Posted April 3, 2014 | Posted in Book Discussions,Readers Advisory,What We're Reading

As part of  National Library Week festivities, a book discussion of  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood  is being held April 17th at 7:30 pm. A  little information about the book to get you started  from Reading Group Guides.

“In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies?

Offred…must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.”

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