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 firstname.lastname@example.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 a restaurant, 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 10 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 end of the romance paperbacks collection. See a complete list here. If you have a suggestion for a book club title, please let Reference staff know at email@example.com or 309-343-6118. New kits are added a couple of times each year.
The Galesburg Public Library has a book club kit for each of the titles below.
- Always the Young Strangers by Carl Sandburg
- Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Dopesick by Beth Macy
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Kannah
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celete Ng
- Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
- Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
- A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
- Lucky by Marissa Stapley
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
- My Lovely by LeAnn Morgan
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- Rising Strong by Brené Brown
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.