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.
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 at the link 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.
Resources for Book Clubs
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 www.mrcpl.org
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, book stores, 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.”
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.”