ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available on the Hold shelf about one month in advance. Pick up a copy of any discussion book you’d like to read and take it to the Check-Out Desk. Please contact Jane at the Reference Desk (309-343-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the clubs.
Tuesday/Thursday Book Discussions
The Tuesday Book Club meets at the library the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss a novel half the time and a nonfiction work half the time.
March: White Heat: the Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
White Heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between poet Emily Dickinson and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public. As the Civil War raged, an unlikely friendship was born between Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure who ran guns to Kansas and commanded the first Union regiment of black soldiers. When Dickinson sent Higginson four of her poems he realized he had encountered a wholly original genius; their intense correspondence continued for the next quarter century.
A Big Read event.
Join us for a discussion of White Heat:
- Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s (235 E. Main)
- Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 pm upstairs
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a short program about Emily Dickinson.
March and April: Profound by Accident: Galesburg Reads Emily Dickinson
This year’s NEA Big Read book is Profound by Accident: Galesburg Reads Emily Dickinson. This book was published just for Galesburg, and only 1000 copies are available. They will be given away free while supplies last starting the evening of March 3 at the Big Read Kick-Off.
Retired Carl Sandburg College professor Norm Burdick will lead discussions of Profound by Accident on March 29 and April 11. Library staff will lead a discussion on April 13.
Join us for a discussion of Profound by Accident:
- Wednesday, March 29, 12:15 PM, Carl Sandburg College Library
- Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 pm, upstairs at the library
- Thursday, April 13, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s (235 E. Main)
Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group
The Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group meets once a month on a Friday, usually the third of the month.
March: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, once again boggles the mind with a completely unbelievable story of ghosts, time travel, eccentric computer geniuses, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the end of the world, and—of course—missing cats.
Join us for a discussion of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency:
- Friday, March 24, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
April: Lexicon by Max Barry
At an exclusive school in Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics–at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind. The very best will graduate as “poets,” adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive. Students adopt the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities.
A Big Read event.
Join us for a discussion of Lexicon:
- Friday, April 28, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Restaurant at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch.
March: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
We’ll start off the year with this classic novel about the magic of gardens and the outdoors
Join us for a discussion of The Secret Garden:
- Thursday, March 30 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)