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.
March: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was charged with murder. He knew it was a case of mistaken identityand believed the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. With the help of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. The Sun Does Shine is a testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. The Tuesday discussion will be followed by a short video.
Join us for a discussion of The Sun Does Shine:
- Tuesday, March 12, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, March 14, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s in Galesburg
April: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
In April we’ll discuss this year’s NEA Big Read selection, When the Emperor Was Divine, in which a Japanese American family is sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II. Told from the perspective of four different family members, the novel is loosely based on the wartime experiences of the author’s mother’s family.
Join us for a discussion of When the Emperor Was Divine:
- Tuesday, April 9, 1:00 pm (at the library)
- Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm (at Jimmy John’s)
- Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 pm (at the library)*
*followed by a 6:30 pm Skype conversation with the author
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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: Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Lifelong friends reunite after a long separation, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. A chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman who bears a magical crystal staff drawsthe companions deep into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world. No one expected them to be heroes. Least of all, them. A classical work of high fantasy based on Dungeons & Dragons. You will purchase your own food/drink.
Join us for a discussion of Dragons of Autumn Twilight:
- Friday, March 22, 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. Attendees order and pay for their own lunch.
March: Lights Out by Ted Koppel
In Lights Out, Ted Koppel suggests that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. You will pay for your own food.
Join us for the discussion:
- Thurs., March 28, 11:30 am, Craft Butcher and Deli (41 S Seminary)