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.

August 28, 2017

Choosing Hope by Kaitlin Roig-Debellis

“Choosing Hope is a lot of things. A written witness to a tragedy that will never be forgotten. A gripping firsthand testament to the power of good over the power of destruction. An inspirational memoir by a brave young woman whose story is one of courage, heroism, faith, and resilience. And a celebration of all the people who make the choice to pass along their hope and positivity to young ones–parents, mentors, and especially teachers. There is no moving on, but there is always moving forward. And how we move forward is a choice.”

September 25, 2017

I, Me, Mine by George Harrison

“Cherished by fans and collectors, I Me Mine is the closest we will ever come to George Harrison’s autobiography. This new edition has been significantly developed since the 1980 original; now printed in color, and with previously unseen archive material, the book covers the full span of George Harrison’s life and work.

October 23, 2017

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

“Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. ‘Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,’ Wiking explains. ‘It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.’

November 27, 2017

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

“For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything. August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away. Woodson heartbreakingly illuminates the formative period when a child meets adulthood — when precious innocence meets the all-too-real perils of growing up.” — from book jacket

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 September through November, we will meet at Mai Thai, 697 N Cass Ave, Westmont.

September 5, 2017

John Dies at the End by David Wong

“This may be the story of John and David, a drug called soy sauce, and other-worldly beings invading the planet. Or, it may be the story of two beer-drinking friends who live in an unnamed Midwestern town and only think something horrific is going on. But the important thing is, according to the narrator, ‘None of this is my fault.'”

John Dies at the End is also available as an audiobook on CD and a downloadable audiobook from Media on Demand.

We will also watch the film adaptation of John Dies at the End. The movie is also available for streaming from hoopla and Media on Demand.

October 3, 2017

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.”

We will also watch the film Steamboy.

November 7, 2017

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

“When Patricia Delfine was six years old, a wounded bird led her deep into the forest to the Parliament of Birds, where she met the Great Tree and was asked a question that would determine the course of her life. When Laurence Armstead was in grade school, he cobbled together a wristwatch-sized device that could send its wearer two seconds into the future. When Patricia and Laurence first met in high school, they didn’t understand one another at all. But as time went on, they kept bumping into one another’s lives. Now they’re both grown up, and the planet is falling apart around them. . . . But something bigger than either of them, something begun deep in their childhoods, is determined to bring them together. And will.”

All the Birds in the Sky is also available as an ebook from cloudLibrary and Media on Demand, as well as an audiobook from RBdigital.

We will also watch the film Upside Down. In addition to DVD, the film is available from hoopla and Media on Demand.