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Shorewood, Illinois, USA (Critical Grind)

Shorewood, Illinois, USA (Critical Grind)

Bring your current read and relax at Critical Grind Board Game Cafe. With a menu of coffees, teas, smoothies, refreshers, and specialty toasts, there's something for everyone.

Critical Grind is an open and inclusive space. We are handicap accessible and accommodate Gender Neutral bathrooms.

Check out our Facebook page for information about upcoming meetups.

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Macomb, Illinois, USA (Macomb Public Library District)

Macomb, Illinois, USA (Macomb Public Library District)

Welcome to the MacombPLD Silent Book Club. Join us in the library to enjoy some dedicated reading time. Silent Book Club is all about enjoying reading without any of the pressure; discussions and socializing are optional. Just bring yourself and whatever you want to read in whatever format you prefer, or come early to browse and let us help you find your next favorite book. If audiobooks are more your thing feel free to bring your device and headphones so you can read that way.

No registration required; this program is for adults only. See our library calendar for dates and times.

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Bloomington, Illinois, USA, (Bloomington Public Library)

Bloomington, Illinois, USA, (Bloomington Public Library)
Are you looking for a book club without assigned reading? Do you just need to spend a peaceful hour with a good book? The Silent Book Club offers this!

Bring a book with you or find a new favorite in the stacks. Then enjoy reading from 6-7pm in the calm, discussion-free Quiet Reading Room. After the hour of reading ends, you have the option to socialize with other readers in the library's Conference Room until 7:30pm.

All readers are welcome. Those enjoying audiobooks should plan to use headphones. No registration is required.

Visit the Bloomington Public Library events page for more information about our meetups. Questions about this program can be emailed to Mimi at reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org.
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Chicago - McKinley Park, Illinois, USA (Aquinas Literacy Center)

Chicago - McKinley Park, Illinois, USA (Aquinas Literacy Center)

Come one, come all to Aquinas Literacy Center’s Silent Book Club in McKinley Park! We love to read and invite you to join us for reading, relaxing, and mingling among other bibliophiles. Bring your own book, whether that be a physical book, eBook, or audiobook, and spend 60 minutes reading in uninterrupted silence.

Events are free to attend and will be held once a month. The first 30 minutes will be social time (no requirement to socialize!), where you can mingle or make a cup of tea, then followed by an hour of reading. Tea, water, and coffee will be available for your enjoyment.

Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with our meeting plans! We look forward to reading with you!

 

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Chicago, Illinois, USA (New Book Joy/Edgebrook)

Chicago, Illinois, USA (New Book Joy/Edgebrook)

Hello, ALL readers!! If you are looking for some FREE me time once a month, please join us at New Book Joy in Edgebrook. We will be hosting a monthly (usually on the 3rd Saturday) from 4:00pm - 5:00pm (5:30pm if you would like to participate in our optional mix and mingle with other attendees) and you will have the opportunity to read upstairs in our lounge or downstairs in our booktique!

We will be offering other goodies and perks at each event too! If you are interested in joining in our Silent Book Club fun, please RSVP here, since spaces are limited. We are looking forward to reading silently with you!

Join us on Facebook for details about upcmoing meetups.

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DeKalb, Illinois, USA (DeKalb Public Library)

DeKalb, Illinois, USA (DeKalb Public Library)

DeKalb Public Library's Silent Book Club takes place on the last Wednesday of each month. Please join us in having quiet social time to read whatever you like or listen to audiobooks through your own device and headphones. Bring your own reading material or choose something from our shelves.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Quiet time begins promptly at 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm you will have a chance to share what you were reading, if you choose. Introverts welcome.

Visit our events page for more details.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, USA

Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, USA

Book lovers unite! Our Bloomington-Normal chapter offers a fun, no pressure way to join a book club and meet fellow book lover friends! We meet for two hours twice a month on a Thursday evening at Green Top Grocery in their teaching kitchen, and a Saturday afternoon with the location posted ahead of time in our Facebook group! All meetings will have a Facebook event page made!

We aim to enrich our lives by reading within a community, making new connections and friends, supporting local businesses, finingd new book recommendations, and spreading our love of books of all kinds! Everyone is welcome and we love every kind of book no matter the genre or format!

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Peoria, Illinois, USA (Peoria Public Libray)

Peoria, Illinois, USA (Peoria Public Libray)

Patrons are invited to silently read from 3-5pm at Peoria Public Library's McClure Branch the first Saturday of the month. Noise-cancelling headphones and light refreshments will be provided. Patrons are encouraged to "BYOB" (bring your own book) or pick out a book at the library to read. Registration required, adults only.

The McClure Branch is in the heart of the city in Peoria's Center Bluff neighborhood and is the Peoria Public Library's smallest branch, providing a cozy atmosphere for its patrons.

Visit our website for information about upcoming meetups.

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Springfield, IL, USA (Lincoln Library)

Springfield, IL, USA (Lincoln Library)
Want to carve out time to read but don't want the pressure to finish and discuss a specific book? Want to learn what others are reading and low-key socialize? It sounds to us like you may be a Bookalo.

The Gathering of the Bookalos is an off-site BYOBook Silent Book Club. There is no assigned reading, you just bring whatever book in whatever format you'd like and read it quietly alongside others who are doing the same thing. That's it. It's a time dedicated to quiet reading, learning about what others are reading, and hanging out with folks out in the community.
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