Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.--Neil Gaiman

Enter a Dream World This Summer--Read
Adult Summer Reading Program
June 15 - August 10

Discover your dream world this summer by reading one book in five of the six categories:

  1. Mystery/Suspense
  2. Biography (nonfiction or fictional biography)
  3. Poetry
  4. Historical (nonfiction or historical fiction)
  5. Graphic Novel
  6. Reader's Choice

After you have read a book in five of the categories fill out a card for the drawing. Only three entries per person, please. Prize drawings will take place on August 19. 

Dream prizes! $75 Gift Certificates from

  • The Waterfront
  • Festival Foods
  • Marcus Theater

Summer Book Chats @ JavaVino
Wednesdays 10:30 -11:30 am
Join library staff as they discuss their favorite genres. We hope you'll share yours, too!

June 17--Barry McKnight from Circulation
June 24--Sandie Frost from Circulation
July 1--Brendan Hubbs from Reference
July 8--Jenny Garson from Circulation
July 15--Noreen Fish from Reference

Summer Chapters Lunch Hour Book Discussions
Bring Your Lunch--Dessert and beverage provided

Tuesday, June 16, noon. Main Library Auditorium
The Returned by Jason Mott

Around the world, people are coming back from the dead and trying to reunite with their loved ones. In a tiny Southern town, Harold and Lucille Hargrave are astonished to have their son Jacob come back to them 50 years after he died. A global government agency at first works to reunite "The Returned" with their families, then later confines them as more and more people come back from the dead. A beautifully written exploration of love and family, community, and responsibility.
Discussion questions for The Returned.

Tuesday, July 14, noon, Main Library Auditorium
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets presents his most romantic and enjoyable novel yet that follows a young italian inkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.


Great Books

The Great Books is a collection of books that is considered a foundation of Western Culture. The Library sponsors a Great Books group, facilitated by library patron Edward Staats. All Great Books discussions will be held at Main in the Archives Room, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noted. All begin at 6:15 pm and end at 7:45 pm  Participants are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the texts.  Questions may be directed to Edward Staats at 608.385.6020. New members are welcome!