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.
February: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan
Set in Springfield in the 1830s, this historical novel features Abraham Lincoln as an ambitious young circuit lawyer and state legislator.
Join us for a discussion of A Friend of Mr. Lincoln:
- Thursday, February 8, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
- Tuesday, February 13, 1:00 pm at the library
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the 50-minute History Channel documentary High Tech Lincoln, about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.
March: Lincoln’s Greatest Case: The River, the Bridge, and the Making of America by Brian McGinty
In May of 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge, changing the course of American transportation history. Within a year, long-simmering tensions between powerful steamboat interests and burgeoning railroads exploded. Dramatically reenacting the Effie Afton case―complete with a young Abraham Lincoln’s soaring oratory―this account gives us the previously untold story of how a sensational trial propelled a self-taught lawyer and a future president into the national spotlight.
Join us for a discussion of Lincoln’s Greatest Case:
- Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
- Tuesday, March 13, 1:00 pm at the library
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.
February: Kindred by Octavia Butler
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South
Join us for a discussion of Kindred:
- Friday, February 23, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
March: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
Join us for a discussion of Good Omens:
- Friday, March 30, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally to discuss books about food and the environment. We have been meeting at En Season, but since it has now closed we are seeking a new venue.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch.
March: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Food for Thought discussion at a location to be named of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This classic book of literary nonsense has had a huge influence on popular culture and includes a tea party and items labelled Eat Me and Drink Me. You will order and pay for your own food.
Join us for the discussion:
- Thursday, March 29, 11:30 am at a location to be announced.
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).
February: The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding. Hanneke is drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations.
While you engage in adult conversation about the book, children’s room staff will provide a fun activity for children 4 and older (younger ones are welcome too, but must be supervised by the parent).
Join us for a discussion of The Girl in the Blue Coat
- Monday, February 5, 10:00 am at the library