Book Clubs

Join one of our monthly book clubs to discuss popular novels or scifi and fantasy. Titles are available from the Main Desk one month in advance. The Nonfiction Book Group is currently on hiatus.

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Book clubs can fill out this form to request upcoming titles. Tell us how many copies you need, including audiobook and large print editions, and we’ll deliver. Your members will be able to pick up selections at the Main Desk with a valid library card.

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4th Monday Book Group

Join in the discussion of popular titles and share your thoughts and opinions! This group is led by a different member each month. Books are available at the Main Desk one month in advance. Click here for a list of upcoming dates, times, and locations.

February 27, 2017

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

“Written in 1866, this heretofore undiscovered gem by the author of Little Women tells the story of Rosamund Vivian, an intelligent, strong-willed, 18-year-old young woman who longs for adventure. But when she marries a wealthy, jaded young man, and is swept off to Europe, Rosamund too soon learns that her new husband is not as he had presented himself. “

March 27, 2017

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

“The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent’s death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.”

April 24, 2017

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men–bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?”

May 22, 2017

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama XIV, Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho

“One of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how readers can attain the same inner peace.”

Unreal World Book Club

This group is for readers who enjoy fantastical stories including paranormal, futuristic dystopian, science fiction, and more. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Books are available at the Main Desk one month in advance.

In March, April, and May, we will meet at Grill 89, 800 E Ogden Ave, Westmont.

March 7, 2017

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious–and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.”

We will also watch the 2009 film Mr Nobody.

Dark Matter is also available as an ebook from cloudLibrary and Media on Demand and an audiobook on CD.

April 4, 2017

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

“When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.”

We will also watch the film Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is also available as an ebook from Media on Demand and an audiobook from hoopla or on CD.

May 2, 2017

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzalez

“When a prophecy suggests that an insider might bring about the downfall of a powerful underground organization known as the Regional Office, devoted recruit Sarah and young assassin Rose find their respective lives clashing in a dispute that threatens everything they know.”

We will also watch the film Sucker Punch.