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.
While the Covid-19 health crisis continues, please check with the library for meeting information for the discussions. They may be virtual or they may be in person meetings.
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.
August: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
This year’s Big Read title is Lab Girl, a memoir by geobiologist Hope Jahren. (The 2020 Big Read was moved from April to August.)
Lab Girl is a treatise on plant life but also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.
Join us for a discussion of Lab Girl:
Tuesday, August 11, 1:00 pm (at the library)
Thursday, August 13, 6:30 pm (at Jimmy’s Pizza)
Thursday, August 20, 6:00 pm (at Knox County Brewing Co)
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.
Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which various noble houses control planetary fiefs, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the only source of melange, or “the spice,” a drug that extends life and enhances mental abilities. Melange is also necessary for space navigation, which requires a kind of multidimensional awareness and foresight that only the drug provides. As melange can only be produced on Arrakis, control of the planet is a coveted and dangerous undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the factions of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice.
Join us for a discussion of the second half of Dune (we will discuss the first half in June):
- Friday, July 31, 6:00 pm (maybe outside at Hardee’s, maybe virtual)
August: Contact by Carl Sagan
Perhaps the most famous piece of science fiction about heroic scientists, Sagan’s novel follows Ellie Arroway, who has a strong passion for science that leads her to get involved with the searc
h for extraterrestrial intelligence. And spoiler alert: she finds some. This isn’t so much the “aliens just show up” kind of story, but the kind where we find them by doing scientific investigation. Part of the Big Read 2020.
Join us for a discussion of Contact:
- Friday, August 21, 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.
Walking is an essay by American writer, naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, whose work has made a lasting contribution to modern environmental practice. The ebook is Always Available to GPL cardholders through the Alliance Digital Media Library: https://alliance.overdrive.com/media/785243
Join us for a discussion of Walking:
- Thurs., July 23, 11:30 am (outside at Charred 51, 51 N Prairie)
August: The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone
The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes – and thousands more – to the American plate. Part of the Big Read 2020.
Join us for a discussion of The Food Explorer:
- Thurs., August 20, 11:30 am (outside at Charred 51, 51 N Prairie)
Buzzwords is designed for people over 21 and under 40, but it is open to anyone. Attendees order and pay for their own food/drink.
August: Lab Girl
See above for information about the 2020 Big Read title Lab Girl.
Join us for a discussion:
- Thursday, August 20, 6:00 pm (at Knox County Brewing Co)