Galesburg Public Library

Adult Book Clubs

Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome. Copies of the books are available through curbside pickup. Please contact the Reference Desk at (309) 343-6118 or reference@galesburglibrary.org if you have questions about the clubs.

The Tuesday Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the Thursday after the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss both fiction and non-fiction works. For information on the current month’s book selection and meeting information, check out the Tuesday or Thursday events on our calendar.

The Tome Raiders is Galesburg Public Library’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group that meets once a month, on a Friday, usually the third of the month. For information on the current month’s book selection and meeting information, check out the Tome Raiders event on our calendar.

Currently on hiatus: The Food for Thought discussion group discusses books about food, climate, and the environment. When meeting at a restaurant, attendees order and pay for their own lunch. For information on the current month’s book selection and meeting information, check out the Food for Thought event on our calendar.

Currently on hiatus: Buzzwords is designed for people over 21 and under 40, but it is open to anyone. When meeting at Knox County Brewing Company, attendees order and pay for their own food/drink. For information on the current month’s book selection and meeting information, check out the Buzzwords event on our calendar.


Book Club Kits

Area book clubs are invited to take advantage of a service at the library. Book club kits contains 5 to 20 copies of a book and a set of discussion questions. One member of a club can check out the kit, distribute books to the club members, collect the books after discussion, and return the kit to the library. This is an easy way for a book club to find enough copies of a book for everyone in the club. The kits check out for six weeks. They are located in the library near the Audiobooks, at the start of the Oversize collection. If you have a suggestion for a book club title, please let Reference staff know at reference@galesburglibrary.org or 309-343-6118.

The Galesburg Public Library has a book club kit for each of the titles below.


Kids Book Club

Independent readers in grades 4-6 are invited to join our Children’s Librarians for this monthly club. Enjoy talking about novels with other readers your age, playing games, and more. Kids’ book club meets on the third Thursday of each month from September through April.


Teen Clubs

Join the Library’s Teen Advisory Board, where you can make YOUR voice heard about the library! You can suggest and vote on future teen events, talk about ways to improve the Teen Scene, and give the library recommendations for new YA books to purchase. Open to teens aged 12-18 or in grades 7-12. New members always welcome!

High School Action Committee is a service and leadership opportunity just for high school students! HAC members will plan and implement special library projects such as volunteer efforts, library promotions, fundraisers, and more. Open to teens ages 14-18 or entering grades 9-12. New members always welcome

The library’s Dungeons & Dragons Club meets every month for ongoing adventures using the popular pen-and-paper roleplaying game. New players are always welcome, even if you have never played before! Open to teens ages 12-18 or in grades 7-12. For the moment, D&D Club is meeting online using Roll20. Contact the Reference Desk for details on how to join.


Movie Club

The movie group meets in the evening at least once a month on the third Tuesday to watch a new movie at the AMC Showplace or a newly-released DVD at the library. The group sees movies based on books or otherwise connected to literature whenever possible. A discussion at a restaurant follows. Sometimes movies are shown at the library as well. Movie titles and times are announced about one week in advance, when the theater posts its upcoming schedule. Check the calendar of events on the home page for upcoming movie events.

Never been to Movie Club? Whether you only see one or two movies a year or you go to the movies every week, you are welcome to join us. Send an email to reference@galesburglibrary.org to be added to the Movie Club’s email distribution list. There are no dues and no commitment. Newcomers are always welcome! If you don’t find us at the theater, ask restaurant staff to help you find us. Both the movie and the restaurant are pay-your-own-way.

  • For information on the Movie of the Book club’s current monthly selection and meeting information, check out the MOTBC event on our calendar.
  • For information on the library’s Free Movie series at the library, including the current month’s selection and meeting information, check the of Free Movie event on our calendar.