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.

August 2018

Book Buzz @ Crestview 6 PM

No assignments or homework, just a group of book lovers talking about their latest reads and discovering their next ones. 
Mon. Aug 27
Crestview Branch

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

Tue. Aug . 28
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Main Library Book Discussion   6:30 PM

Tue. Aug. 28

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

September - November 2018
*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. September 4
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 
Tue. October 2
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan 
Tue. November 6
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald

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. September 18, October 16, November 20

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. September 10
Rotten to the Core by Martin Yant
Mon.  October 1
The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg by Louis Bromfield 
Mon.  November 5
Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington 

*Crestview Branch Book Buzz  6 PM
Mon. September 24
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald
Mon.  October 22
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
Mon.  November 26
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume 

Lexington Branch Bits of Books   2:30 PM
Come share what you've been reading, leave with some great book lists.
Wed. September 12, October 10, November 14


Lexington Branch Evening Book Club 6:30 PM
Tue. October 9
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

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

Sat. September 1
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Sat. October 6
Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell
Sat. November 3
Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

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

Tue. September 25
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Tue. October 30
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
Tue. November 27
If You Could Be Mine  by Sara Farizan


Main Library Book Discussion   6:30 PM

Tue. September 25
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Tue. October 23
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Ontario Branch      1 PM

Relax with Ontario staff and chat about books. Share with others what you like and dislike about the book of the month.

Tue. September 11
Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Tue. October 9
Bring a favorite and share what you love about it.
Tue. November 13
The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

Stephen King Spotlight Series Book Club 

Tue. October 16 
Main Street Books 6 PM
Tue. November 13 
Main Library 4 PM
The Mist


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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