Book Clubs

Share your reading experiences and gain insight while getting to know other readers from all across the state. Wolfner Library proudly offers multiple book clubs for your reading pleasure! Each book club will feature a different type of reading experience.

  • Novel Reads is the general fiction book club.
  • Big Ideas is a non-fiction book club.
  • Good Books is a mild reads book club. The Good Books club will read fiction and non-fiction books that feature little-to-no sex, violence, or strong language.
  • Patron Led is a focused book club. The first one will be focused on African-American literature.

 All clubs will meet via Zoom.

How the club works:

 Call Wolfner Library to register for the club or clubs you are interested in. Your books will be sent to you. We recommend registering at least two weeks in advance of your club meeting date.

     1. Read the book for your club(s).

     2. On the appointed day and time, call or login to Zoom.  The login methods will be provided as part of the event reminders.

     3. Once everyone is on the line, we will discuss the book we have read!

Schedule:

September: 

September 2 at 2 p.m. Wolfner Library is proud to announce a new quarterly patron-led book club featuring African American literature.  The first meeting will discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama (DB 92627; LP033366; BR 22497; DB 93194 para español)

September 10 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: Memoirs of a Geisha by DB 45008; LP000359; BR052050: A fictionalized account of the life of a typical geisha in 1930s and 1940s Japan. Sayuri recalls being nine years old when she and her sister are sold to a geisha house as their mother lies dying. From then on Sayuri learns the traditional exotic art of pleasing men. Bestseller.  1997.

September 17 at 2 p.m. Good Books: Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac DB 60312: At the white man's school, Ned Begay is taught that Navajo is a useless language. But when the United States enters World War II, the Marines recruit Ned and other Navajo as code talkers sending messages based on their native language and unknown to the enemy. For grades 6-9.

September 24 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II by Bruce Gamble DB 93601: An account of the US Army's Australia-based Kangaroo Squadron, which carried out armed reconnaissance missions and even rescued General MacArthur and his staff from the Philippines in 1942. Draws from eyewitness accounts in diaries, letters, interviews, and memoirs, as well as Japanese sources. Some violence and some strong language. 2018.

October:

October 15 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: Setting Free the Kites by Alex George DB 97103; LP033425: 1976. On the first day of eighth grade, Robert Carter is saved from his longtime bully by the new boy in class, Nathan Tilly. Their friendship blooms, but tragedy strikes the families of both boys and they struggle to deal with loss. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2017. The author will be joining the book club for this event!

October 23 at 2 p.m. Good Books: Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army’s First Blind Active-Duty Officer by Scott Smiley with Doug Crandal DB 71909; BR 19133: Account of U.S. Army Captain and Ranger Scotty Smiley, who after losing his sight during a suicide-bomber attack in Iraq, became the first active-duty blind officer. Covers Smiley's post-injury accomplishments, including earning an MBA, winning an ESPY, climbing Mount Rainier, and teaching leadership at West Point. Discusses his faith. 2010.

October 30 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: This Land is their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David Silverman DB 97804; BR 22939: Historian reevaluates the events driving the founding of the Plymouth colony in the seventeenth century. Discusses the founding of the peaceful alliance between the English and the Wampanoag Indians and its eventual bloody dissolution. Examines the complicated emotions and cultural narratives surrounding the holiday of Thanksgiving. 2019.

December:

December 2 at 2 p.m. African American Topics: Something to Celebrate by Felicia Mason, Monica Jackson, and Margie Walker DB 57518: Three stories of holiday romance by African American authors. As the New Year approaches in Monica Jackson's "Truly Everlasting," Trask and Felicia discover they are meant for each other. Others find love in "The First Noel" by Felicia Mason and Margie Walker's "Kwanzaa Kupendi." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.