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 email@example.com) 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.
May: Saving Simon by Jon Katz
In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people.
Join us upstairs at the library for a discussion of Saving Simon:
- Tuesday, May 10, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, May12 10, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by the short documentary Forgotten: The Plight of the American Donkey.
June: Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder
This year’s summer reading theme is Read for the Win. In keeping with the theme, in June we will read and discuss Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder. It tells the story of a fictional female Canadian athlete who competes at the 1928 Olympics. Copies will be available for checkout a month in advance.
Join us for a discussion of Girl Runner:
- Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the movie Race (©Universal,
PG-13, 135 minutes), which tells the incredible true story of Jesse Owens. When he competes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he must overcome not only elite competition but also the brutal racial climate of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
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.
May: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
His Majesty’s Dragon is the first book in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. The 9th and final book in the series, set during the Napoleonic wars with the addition of dragons, will be released in June 2016.
When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit.
Join the Tome Raiders for a discussion of His Majesty’s Dragon:
- Friday, May 27 at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
June: Infinite Arena: Seven Science Fiction Stories About Sports
In keeping with the summer reading theme of Read for the Win, in June we will read and discuss Infinite Arena, seven science fiction short stories about sports by authors like George R.R. Martin and Arthur C. Clarke. Copies of the book will be available a month in advance.
Join us for a discussion of Infinite Arena:
- Friday, June 17, 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, usually around $8-12 for entree, side, and drink.
May: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Cullen Witter is forced to examine everything he thinks about his small Arkansas town when it becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker. This tale finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances. You will order and pay for your own lunch. Copies of the book will be available for checkout about one month in advance.
Join us for a discussion of Where Things Come Back:
- Thursday, May 19 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
June: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Although they will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots, or stormy political campaigns, books have at times been the most powerful influencer of social change in American life. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published in 1962, exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, eloquently questioned humanity’s faith in technological progress, and helped set the stage for the environmental movement.
Join us for a discussion of Silent Spring:
- Thursday, June 23 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)