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For Readers: Library Book Discussions


Connect with other readers in online discussions of these thoughtful selections. When you sign up (required), you'll see options for downloading the e-book or audiobook (when available). Or request print books and audiobooks on CD or Playaway, if available, and pick up your items at the drive-up window or on the "Holds" shelves inside the building. 

Thirsty Thursdays

A book discussion for 20- and 30-somethings. 

Cover of How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

    This stunning story of the author’s struggle to break free of her strict Rastafarian upbringing ruled by a father whose rigid beliefs, rage and paranoia led to violence shows how found her own power and provides a unique glimpse into a rarefied world we know little about.

Thursday, May 16, 6 PM • SIGN UP on Meetup

Novel Night Book Discussion - One Book

Captivating fiction you might have missed. 

We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newmancover of We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman

When Edith, her best friend of 42 years, succumbs to ovarian cancer, spending her last days at a hospital near her, Ashley, stumbling around into heartbreak, helps Edith celebrate her life as they reminisce, hold on and try to let go.

Tuesday, May 21, 7 PM • SIGN UP

Book Discussions with Judy Levin

Intriguing reads beyond the best sellers. 

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Darkcover of Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

A retiring children’s book author looking to secure her legacy tries to get the beautiful Maine coast where her novels are set donated to a trust, but must first convince the shareholders, one of which is her best friend. Get the book.

Thursday, June 13, 10 AM • SIGN UP

Thirsty Thursdays

A book discussion for 20- and 30-somethings. 

cover of The Celebrants by Steven RowleyThe Celebrants by Steven Rowley

Reuniting in Big Sur to honor a decades-old pact to throw each other living “funerals,” celebrations to remind themselves life is worth living—and living well— five friends find their pact upended when one of them reveals a shocking secret.

Thursday, June 20, 6 PM • SIGN UP on Meetup

Book Discussions with Judy Levin

Intriguing reads beyond the best sellers.

cover of The Trackers by Charles FrazierThe Trackers by Charles Frazier

Commissioned to create a mural representing Dawes, Wyoming, for their new Post Office, Val Welch, a painter in Depression-era America, stays with a wealthy art lover, his wife and a mysterious elder cowboy where he turns up secrets that could spark formidable changes for all of them.

Thursday, Jul 11, 10 AM • SIGN UP

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