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.
December: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Lillian Boxfish took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country.
Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party.
On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not.
Join us for a discussion of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk:
- Tuesday, December 12, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
If you like, bring a holiday treat to share.
January: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In his riveting book Born to Run, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Join us for a discussion of Born to Run:
- Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, January 11, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
The Tuesday discussion will be followed by an award winning documentary about the Tarahumara.
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.
December: Witches Be Crazy by Logan J. Hunder
Beloved King Ik is dead, and there was barely time to check his pulse before the royal throne was supporting the suspiciously shapely backside of an impostor pretending to be Ik’s beautiful long-lost daughter. With the land’s heroic hunks busy drooling all over themselves, there’s only one man left who can save the kingdom of Jenair: rural blacksmith turned innkeeper Dungar Loloth. .Logan J. Hunder’s hilarious debut blows up the fantasy genre with its wry juxtaposition of the fantastic and the mundane, proving that the best and brightest heroes aren’t always the best for the job.
Join us for a discussion of Witches Be Crazy:
- Friday, December 8, 6:00 pm
The discussion will take place at a private home. Contact Jane at the library (343-6118) for the address.
January: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Four women known only by their professions (Psychologist, Surveyor, Anthropologist, and Biologist) are tasked with exploring, discovering, and (hopefully) delivering data about a mysterious coastal territory called Area X. The movie comes out in February.
Join us for a discussion of Annihilation:
- Friday, January 26, 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.
December: Three seasonal short stories by Truman Capote
Food for Thought discussion at En Season Restaurant of three seasonal short stories by Truman Capote (A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor). You will order and pay for your own food.
Join us for the discussion:
- Thursday, December 7, 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
Discussions will resume in 2018 when En Season reopens.
BYOB BOOK DISCUSSIONS
BYOB (bring your own book, beverage, baby…) is a monthly book club for busy adults. While you engage in adult conversation about a short book, Children’s Room staff will provide a fun craft or activity for children ages 4 and older (younger ones are welcome too, but will need to be supervised by the parent).
December: A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry
Three days before Christmas, in the freezing slums of London’s East End, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters Minnie Maude Mudway, who is only eight, alone, and determined to find her friend Charlie. However Charlie is no ordinary companion: He is a donkey who belonged to Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf. Gracie is shocked to learn that only the day before, someone brutally murdered Uncle Alf and made off with his rag-and-bones cart and the beloved beast who pulled it. Now, come hell or high water, Minnie Maude means to rescue Charlie–and Gracie decides to help.
Join us for a discussion of A Christmas Promise:
- Monday, December 4, 10:00 am at the library