Due to COVID-19, some clubs are meeting virtually or may be temporarily suspended as the library is not currently hosting any in-person meetings.

The library offers several monthly programs for both adult and teen patrons. You can view information about these clubs below, and many other library programs  can be found on our Events Calendar.

Adult Book Discussion Group

Meets: Second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please check with the library before assuming this group is meeting on these dates/times. Meeting times have been changed frequently during the pandemic!
All Upcoming Dates

Come discuss a new book each month at the library. New members are always welcome. Books are available a month before the discussion on the holds shelf near the front desk. For more information or to be added to the book club mailing list, please call the library or contact Tiffany, tamschl@cretelibrary.org.

Titles & Dates for 2021-2022:
  • Feb. 8: The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
  • Mar. 8: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  • Apr. : The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
  • May 10: Josephine Baker’s Last Dance, Sherry Jones
  • Jun. 14: Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust, Loretta Lynn
  • Jul. 12: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  • Aug. 9: The Boys in the Cave, Matt Gutman
  • Sept. 13: Never Caught : The Washingtons’ Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • Oct. 11: A Killing in the Hills, Julia Keller
  • Nov. 8: Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • Dec. 13: Sackett’s Land, Louis L’Amour
  • Jan. 10: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, David Grann

C.R.A.V.E (CRete Area Voracious Eaters)

Meets: First Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
All Upcoming Dates
Prepare and bring a dish based on the month’s theme, then share samples and recipes with club members. No need to register. For questions about C.R.A.V.E. contact the Information Desk.

Through a Lens Darkly (Crete Library Film Club)

Meets: Third Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m (unless noted otherwise).
All Upcoming Dates

Enjoy a unique cinematic event on the library’s big screen with refreshments and a short discussion following the movie. Note that Film Club also hosts annual events like the Summer Film Series (July/August) and Horror Fest (October) where the club will meet additional times and/or for double features. Although there are no age restrictions on Film Club, films shown frequently have an “R” rating. It is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their children’s attendance and viewing habits.

For more information, to make a film suggestion, or to join the mailing list, call the library or contact Dan, dwitvoet@cretelibrary.org. You may also visit the Film Club blog at Through a Lens Darkly.

Adult Writing Group

Adults: First Monday of each month at 7 p.m. – For patrons age 19 and older.
Teens: Last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. – For patrons age 18 and under.
All Upcoming Dates

Beginning and experienced writers are welcome to explore the craft of creative writing and discover their own voice as they respond to stimulating and challenging writing prompts under the direction of a writing facilitator. Bring whatever writing materials you want, or just bring yourself and we’ll supply paper. Anyone who wants to read their writings out loud is welcome to do so and will receive feedback and support. For more information, call the library or contact Melody, mreed@cretelibrary.org or Cassandra, coconnell@cretelibrary.org.

Knot Just For Knitters

Meets: Second and Fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m.
All Upcoming Dates

All are welcome to attend. Bring whatever project you are working on: knitting, crocheting, needlework, sewing, whatever! Come for assistance or advice from your fellow needleworkers, or just for the companionship while you work on a project. All levels welcome! No registration necessary.

No current project? Use yarn to help others! Yarn and needles will be supplied to work on collaborative projects such as:
Warm Up America — knit or crochet blankets, newborn caps, and friendship shawls for local organizations.
Project Linus — knit or crochet security blankets for children in need.
Mother Bear Project — knit or crochet bears for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Scarves from the Heart — provide cancer survivors with a scarf.
Snuggles Project — blankets for shelter animals.

If you are unable to attend a meeting you may stop by the library and pick up a pre-packaged project kit to make at home. When completed, return it to the library, and a group member will see that your item is distributed to the appropriate organization. For more information, call the library at 708-672-8017 or contact Deb, dmeder@cretelibrary.org.

Young Adult (for Adults) Book Club

Meets: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
All Upcoming Dates
Location: The Loft Restaurant and Bar, 1336 Main St., Crete, IL 60417

Are you an adult who loves or is interested in Young Adult (YA) literature? If so, come to one of our meetings where we will discuss new and classic young adult literature. Monthly book selections will be available to checkout at the library. For more information, please call the library or contact Cassandra, coconnell@cretelibrary.org. You may also visit the group’s Young Adult (for Adults) Book Club Facebook page.

Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group

Meets: 2nd and last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
All Upcoming Dates

Beginning and experienced crocheters welcome! Beginners, please bring an H-size (5mm) crochet hook and a Medium 4 weight yarn in white or any pastel color for your first project. For more information, please call the library or contact Cassandra, coconnell@cretelibrary.org.