Book Clubs

Find new books and new friends at our book clubs

Our book clubs meet both in person and via Zoom. Meetings are moderated by library staff. Zoom links for each club are found on the library's event calendar.

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Adult Book Club

Each year we read two mysteries, two historical novels, three general fiction novels, three nonfiction / biographies and devote two meetings to “What else are you reading?” discussions.

New members are welcome!

2022 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
September 7
Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown
A World War II saga of patriotism and courage. The special Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated in camps back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment. They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of their American homeland. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. Within months many found themselves living in internment camps.

October 5
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers.

November 2
The Childbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar's stuffy edicts to close the choir and instead "carry on singing," resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death. Jennifer Ryan's debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women in a village of indomitable spirit.

December 7 
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Documenting his grandparents' experiences during the siege of Leningrad, a young writer learns his grandfather's story about how a military deserter and he tried to secure pardons by gathering hard-to-find ingredients for a powerful colonel's daughter's wedding cake.


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A Book Club for Those Who Love Classics

Classics Book Club

"Every rereading of a classic is as much a voyage of discovery as the first reading."
-Italo Calvino

Join us as we discuss some recognized classic literature.  

New members are welcome!


2022 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
August 21
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Written during World War II, the novel mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's familiar satiric exploration of his cast of lords and ladies, Catholics and eccentrics, artists and misfits, revealing him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

September 18
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
A story of expatriate Americans and British living in Paris after the First World War.

October 16
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Dorian Gray is arrogant. He is pompous, selfish, devastatingly narcissistic, and for much of his life, he has never had to think twice about the ramifications of his actions. When the arrival of artist Basil Hallard forces Gray to confront his deepest insecurities, Dorian’s most vulnerable self is imminently revealed. After having traded his righteousness for riches, Dorian Gray becomes faced with many regrettable truths. Needing to own up to his actions, Gray must finally learn to deal with the consequences of living a life completely self-obsessed. Gripping with prose so relatable to the many conundrums of growing up, Wilde weaves a narrative of self-desire and self-actualization. A true coming-of-age tale in a time where the glamour of appearance was as heavy as the currency in your pocket.

November 20
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
An autobiographical novel concerning a young daughter of German immigrants growing up in the slums of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 20th century.

December 18
No Meeting


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Sometimes Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

TrueCrime

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained."
-Thomas M. Cirignano

Meet with us to discuss select true crime books, examine writing style, content and overall presentation of material by the author as we try to understand whether or not the people at the heart of the stories were explained.


2022 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
September 14
Under the Banner of Heaven:  A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
The true story of Mormon Fundamentalist brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty who murdered their sister-in-law and her baby daughter because they believed that God wanted them to.

October 12
Columbine by David Cullen

On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school and to leave 'a lasting impression on the world.' Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence.

November 9
All that is Wicked:  A Gilded-Age Story of Murder and the Race to Decode the Criminal Mind by Kate Winkler Dawson
Acclaimed crime historian, podcaster, and author of American Sherlock, Kate Winkler Dawson, tells the thrilling story of Edward Rulloff-a serial murderer who was called "too intelligent to be killed"-and the array of 19th century investigators who were convinced his brain held the key to finally understanding the criminal mind.

December 14
What are you reading / watching / listening to?


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Young at Heart

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 "Brave doesn't mean you're not scared. It means you go on even though you're scared."
- Angie Thomas, 
The Hate U Give

Can’t get enough of Young Adult (YA) literature? Connect with fellow teens as we discuss a wide range of YA books. Visit our web calendar for upcoming titles  


2022 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
September  12


An Emotion of Great Delight by Tehereh Mafi
A searing look into the world of a single Muslim family in the wake of 9/11. It's about a child of immigrants forging a blurry identity, falling in love, and finding hope-in the midst of a modern war.

October 10


In Every Generation by Kendare Blake
Follow the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil.

November 14


The Project by Courtney Summers
Lo Denham wants to expose the Unity Project as a cult and reconnect with her indoctrinated sister, but as she immerses herself in the group with no signs of Bea, Lo begins to question everything she thought was true.

December 12


Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson  
Stevie and Kat, two high school seniors heavily involved in theater, leave Connecticut for a night of fun in New York City, but soon they find themselves without their phones or each other.


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