Reading Groups

The Wade Center regularly runs book discussion groups.


The Hobbit

Thursdays, 7pm ;  October 30-November 20

A reading and discussion group at the Wade Center on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic.  We'll delve into the book together over four weeks, and view some Tolkien-related materials from the Wade Center’s collections. The group will be led by Laura Schmidt, Wade Center Archivist.

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Group Syllabus

Reading at the Wade

Saturday mornings

This book discussion group, facilitated by Dr. Rolland Hein (professor emeritus of English at Wheaton College), meets at the Wade Center on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 11:00am during the school year. 

This group will be on hiatus until January 2015. 

Dr. Hein anticipates he will begin with C. S. Lewis's Reflections on the Psalms, but check back as the date gets closer.  We will post the syllabus as soon as soon as it is available.

Audio recordings of the Wade Center's Saturday morning Spring reading group discussions are free and available for download


Classics Reading Group

Wednesday afternoons

The Wade Center also hosts a Classics Reading Group on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm - 3:00pm during the school year. Also led by Dr. Rolland Hein, this book discussion group explores books beyond those written by the Wade Center's seven authors. 

This group is on hiatus through January 2015.   

Dr. Hein anticipates he will begin in January with  Malcolm Muggeridge's Conversion:  the Spiritual Journey of a Twentieth Century Pilgrim, but check back as we get closer to the date.  We will post the syllabus as soon it is available.


All reading groups are free and open to anyone who would like to participate, but sign-up is required due to space considerations. To sign up, or for more information, contact the Wade Center front desk at 630-752-5908 or at


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