Book Club Information

Book Club Collection

Whether you are currently a member of a book discussion group or are thinking about starting one, let the library help. We can provide multiple copies of titles that you can check out. Each title has from 5-12 copies.

Contact the Reference Desk at 419.521.3110, and we will have the books ready for you to pick up at Main Library or one of our branches.  These collections of books circulate for a six week period. 

Book Club Collection A-G

Book Club Collection H-L

Book Club Collection M-Z

Upcoming Library Book Discussions

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library adult book discussion groups meet once a month. Books are chosen by the group, focusing on a variety of genres and styles. The list of selected books for the quarter is posted below. Copies of the books are collected at the desk where they can be checked out. Large print and audio books are often available. Those who are part of the group believe that reading is enhanced by good follow-up discussion. Sign-up may be required at some locations.


December 2018 - February 2019
*Sign up is required for some Book Discussion Groups. Please call your local library for details.

Bellville Branch Book Club   10 AM
Join us for a lively discussion of a popular book. The books will be available one month ahead. Light refreshments will be served.

Tue. December 4
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva 
Tue. January 8
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 
Tue. February 5
One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis 

Brickyard Books   6 PM
We're taking the talk out of the library. Book lovers, join us on the third Tuesday of the month to share your love of books and their transformative qualities. Books are selected by the group so check at the library, or go to the Event Calendar to see what's next.
Tue. December 18, January 15, February 19

Relax, It's Just Coffee

*Bromfield Book Club  6 PM

Malabar Farm State Park
Visitor Center
Join us for a lively discussion of the Mansfield area's well-known author, writer, and conservationist, Louis Bromfield.  This club is designed for enthusiasts of Bromfield’s books, but also for those who haven’t read his work before.

Contact Butler Branch Library at 419.883.2220, or the Lucas Branch Library at 419.892.2576 for more information and registration. The Club will meet at Malabar Farm Visitor Center. Space is limited – sign up soon!

Mon. December 3
Here Today and gone Tomorrow (play) by Louis Bromfield 
Mon.  January 7
Johnny Appleseed: the Man, the Myth, the American Story by Howard Means 
Mon.  February 4
24 Hours by Louis Bromfield 

Lexington Branch Bits of Books   2:30 PM
Come share what you've been reading, leave with some great book lists.
Wed. December 12, January 9, February 13

Lexington Branch Evening Book Club 6:30 PM
Tue. February 12
The Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly Hall

Madison Branch   10 AM
Join us in our monthly book discussion.

Sat. December 1
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Sat. January 5
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Sat. February 2
The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

Madison Branch - Adult YA Book Club      6:30 PM
Perfect for the adult reader of YA Fiction.

Tue. November 27
If You Could Be Mine  by Sara Farizan
Tue. December 18
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Tue. January 29
Asking for It by Louise O'Neill
Tue. February 26
Persepolis  by Marjane Satrapi 


Main Library Book Discussion   6:30 PM

Tue. January 22
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Tue. February 26
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Ontario Branch Book Chatter  1 PM

Tue. December 11
Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Tue. January 8
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
Tue. February 12
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King 

Stephen King Spotlight Series Book Club 

Tue. December 11
Main Library 4 PM
The Shining


Resources for Book Clubs

Novelist Plus
With nearly 1,000 book discussion guides available for books published since 1999 and the ability to limit the guides by audience, fiction or nonfiction, publication date, genre, and subject, this is a great place to find your next book discussion title and guide. This database is available to all Mansfield/Richland County Public Library customers with their library card from home and to anyone in the Library.

To access Novelist Plus, start at the M/RCPL webpage

Move the cursor to Find Stuff, and then move the cursor to the word Research on the blue drop down menu. Next move the cursor to Databases: Alphabetical and click once.

Scroll through the alphabetical list of databases until you see Novelist Plus. Double click on the link.

After entering your library card information, move the cursor to Quick Links on the orange menu at the top of the Novelist Plus page. Then move the cursor to the words Book Discussion Guides and click once.

Reading Group Choices   
Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups. The company produces a printed guide annually that is distributed nationally to libraries, reading groups, bookstores, community book festivals, and individuals. Its popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.”

Reading Group Guides      
With over 4,000 reading group guides available, this really is the online community for reading groups.

“We provide lists of the best books for discussion, based on ratings from 35,000 clubs as well as book guides and other online tools to simplify club communications and activities. Whether you're looking for book guides, book reviews, book ideas, new books or club communication tools, BookMovement has something for every book club.”

Book Browse           
BookBrowse is an online magazine for book lovers - including reviews, previews, ‘behind the book’ backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.”

The Booklist Reader         
“Launched in September 2014, The Booklist Reader provides a single home for the respected and well-established blogs Likely Stories, Book Group Buzz, Bookends, Audiobooker, and Shelf Renewal, all brought to you by Booklist Publications, a part of the American Library Association.”


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