Fifty Five+ · Book Discussion Groups
Interested in joining a book discussion group? Or maybe starting your own? We can help!
The Library hosts book discussion groups at most of our branches. Membership is open to everyone and there are no fees. Most groups meet once a month and the discussions last one or two hours. Copies of titles to be discussed are collected ahead of time by library staff. Use our program calendar to find upcoming discussions or contact your local branch for details.
Looking for some ideas to spark a lively discussion?
You’ll need your library card number and PINto access these resources from home.
- Books and Authors. Search for books by title, author, genre, character, setting, or time period; browse recommended reading lists created by librarians; use the “Reading Room” to create lists of your favorite titles and rate the books you’ve read.
- NoveList Plus. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction book reviews, plus features that allow you to search for specific subjects, genres, series, and "read alikes" for favorite authors.
Websites & Blogs
- Bookreporter.com. Author bibliographies, author profiles and interviews, book reviews and excerpts, awards, group discussion guides, and publishing news.
- Book TV. The online complement to Book TV, C-SPAN2's book program.
- NPR Books. A terrific resources for recommendations and stories about the literary world.
- Reading Group Choices. Discussion worthy books and discussion topics for reading groups.
- ReadingGroupGuides. Search for guides by title, author, genre, themed-read, etc. Tips for starting and running a group are also available.
You'll find more book-related websites in Sites by Subject, a directory of websites maintained by library staff.
Book Group Guides
- Fellowship in a Ring: A Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups by Neil Hollands
- Read 'em Their Writes: A Handbook for Mystery and Crime Fiction Book Discussions by Gary Warren Niebuhr
- Good Books Lately: The One-stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers by Ellen Moore
- The Reading Group Book: The Complete Guide to Starting and Sustaining a Reading Group, with Annotated Lists of 250 Titles for Provocative Discussion by David Laskin
- The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience by Diana Loevy
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