Book Clubs

Share your reading experiences and gain insight while getting to know other readers from all across the state. Wolfner Library proudly offers three 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.

 All three clubs will meet via conference call line.

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 the toll-free number which will be provided at the time of registration.

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

Schedule:

August:

August 15 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman DB 73853

Narrated by Jill Fox.

70-77 C.E. Among the nine hundred Jews holding off the Romans at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert, are four women: Yael, an assassin's daughter; Shirah, called the Witch of Moab; Shirah's warrior daughter Aziza; and Revka, a grandmother whose daughter is dead. Violence. Bestseller. 2011.

August 22 at 2 p.m. Good Books (mild reads): Animal Farm by George Orwell DB 38959; BR 20910; LP000141

Narrated by Gillian Wilson.

An allegorical political satire of communism in which the animals on a farm overthrow their master and live a utopian life until the intelligent pigs take over and one establishes himself as dictator. 1946.

August 29th at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: The Bonehunter’s Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age by David Rains Wallace DB 50723

Narrated by Roy Avers.

Account of the historical feud between two nineteenth-century American paleontologists — Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. After the Civil War both men amassed large collections of dinosaur bones discovered in the West, but their intense rivalry led to muckraking and scandal rather than scientific cooperation. 1999.

September:

September 12 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare DB 22927; BR 14849; LP050006

Narrated by Patricia Beaudry.

When 16-year-old Kit Tyler tries to aid a woman accused of witchcraft in colonial New England, she herself is brought to trial as a suspect. Kit's young friend, Prudence, whom she has taught to read, and Nat, a sailor who has fallen in love with Kit, come to her defense. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Award.

 

September 19 at 2 p.m. Good Books (mild reads): “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita DBC00756

Narrated by Alice Timm.

In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's people, the Ponca, were removed from their ancestral lands in Nebraska's Niobrara River Valley to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). When his only son dies in 1879, Standing Bear undertakes a 600-mile journey back to Nebraska in order to bury him. This action sets the stage for a federal trial to determine whether or not Native Americans were entitled to equal protection under the law, and had they been deprived of their property, homeland, and even their lives without due process.

 

September 26 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln by Kate Clifford Larson DB 66976

Narrated by Laural Merlington.

Author of Bound for the Promised Land (RC 64511) investigates the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Focuses on the involvement of boarding-house owner Mary Surratt. Reexamines primary documents to assert that Mary and her son John, both Confederate sympathizers, participated in John Wilkes Booth's plot. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

October:

October 17 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis DB 16982; BR 11912; LP000012

Narrated by Paul Watson.

Four English children find their way through a huge wardrobe in an old house to the mysterious land of Narnia, which is suffering under the spell of the White Witch. Chronicles of Narnia, book 2. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1950.

October 24 at 2 p.m. Good Books (mild reads): Orphan Trains to Missouri by Michael Patrick and Evelyn Trickel DBC05758

Narrated by Tom Collier.

Discusses the use of orphan trains to place orphaned or abandoned children in home in nineteenth-century Missouri. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

October 31 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell DB 81065; LP030471

Narrated by Patrick Downer.

Author of Lady Bird (DB 49783) examines the history of the Crystal City internment camp, which operated between 1942 and 1948 and housed families of Japanese, German, and Italian descent, many American-born, who had been decreed dangerous enemy aliens. Describes life at the camp and repatriation to foreign countries. 2015.

November, 2019-January, 2020:

 All three Book Clubs will be on break for the holidays.  The clubs will resume in February.