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.
January: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
Book discussion of Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, a novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife Maud
Join us for a discussion of Finding Dorothy:
- Tuesday, January 14, 1:00 pm (at the library)
- Thursday, January 16, 6:30 pm (at Jimmy’s Pizza)
(please note, this is the 3rd Thursday, not the 2nd)
February: Let’s Play Two by Ron Rapoport
Book discussion of Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub by Ron Rapoport, a revealing biography of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, one of America’s most iconic, beloved, and misunderstood baseball players.
Join us for a discussion of Let’s Play Two:
- Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 pm (at the library)
- Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm (at Jimmy’s Pizza)
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.
January: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s police force. Peter’s ability to speak with the dead brings him to the attention of DCI Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and the uncanny.
Copies of the book are available for checkout. You will purchase your own food/drink.
Join us for a discussion of Midnight Riot:
- Friday, January 31, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
February: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin
Book discussion at Hardee’s of How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin, a collection of thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society. Copies can be checked out at the library. You will
order and pay for your own food/drink
Join us for a discussion of How Long ‘Til Black Future Month:
- Friday, February 28, 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.
February: What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Book discussion at Craft Butcher & Deli of What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha. It tells the inspiring story of how the author and a team of researchers, parents, and community leaders discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan were being exposed to lead in their tap water. You will pay for your own food. Copies are available for checkout
Join us for a discussion of What the Eyes Don’t See:
- Thurs., February 20, 11:30 am, Craft Butcher and Deli (41 S Seminary)
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.
January: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. This novel explores the bonds of friendship and how female ambition beats against the strictures of poverty and patriarchal societies. You will pay for your own food.
Join us for a discussion of Girls Burn Brighter:
- Thurs., January 23, 6:00 pm, Knox County Brewing Co (2900 W Main)
February: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Each chapter in this original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest and the rise of foodie culture while delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. You will order and pay for your own food/drink.
Join us for a discussion of Kitchens of the Great Midwest:
- Thurs., February 20, 6:00 pm, Knox County Brewing Co (2900 W Main)
Black History Month
Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman
Join a discussion of Give Us the Ballot. Author Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law. Copies can be checked out at the library. Presented in partnership with the Galesburg NAACP.
- Thurs., February 27, 6:30 pm at the library