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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 2019 - February 2020
*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 3
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Tue. January 7
The Green Bay Tree by Louis Bromfield
Tue. February 4
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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.

Relax It's Just Coffee
Tuesday December 17, January 21, February 18 

Bromfield Book Club  6 PM
Butler Branch

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.

Mon. December 2
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Mon. January 6
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 
Mon.  February 3
The Rains Came 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 11, January 8, February 12

Lexington Branch Evening Book Club 6:30 PM
Tuesday January 28
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Tue. February 25
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Toni Morrison

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

Sat. December 7
The Book Women of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Sat. January 4
Annelies by David Gillham
Sat. February 1
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac

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

Tue. December 17
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
Tue. January 28
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Tue. February 25
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Main Library Book Discussion   6:30 PM
Join us in our monthly book discussion.
Tue. January 28
The Widow by Fiona Barton  
Tue. February 25
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII by Sonia Purnell

Ontario Branch Book Chatter  1 PM
Tue. December 10
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Tue. January 14
Diamond Doris: The True Story of he World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief by Zelda Lockhart
Tue. February 11
Bring a favorite and tell us what you love about it.

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

Click on the Find Icon and then click the Research Databases icon. Next select Databases: Alphabetical.

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 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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