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. We can provide 5-12 copies of each title.
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.
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 audiobooks 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
For accurate dates and current book titles being read by the group, go to our library calendar.
October's Discussion Title: My Lovely Wife By Samantha Downing
November's Discussion Title: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
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. ON HOLD.
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.
The meeting place changes from month to month. Please contact the Main Library reference desk at 419-521-3110 for more information on meeting location.
Butler Branch Bromfield Book Club 6 PM
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. ON HOLD.
Lexington Branch Bits of Books 5 PM
Come share what you've been reading, leave with some great book lists.
This group will begin meeting again on Wed. Nov. 11 at 5 PM
Lexington Branch Evening Book Club 5 PM
Wed., Nov. 4- November's Discussion Title: Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish by Joel Mackall
Madison Branch - Adult YA Book Club
Perfect for the adult reader of YA Fiction.
Tue. Oct. 27 @ 5 PM- October's Discussion Title: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Tue. Nov. 24 @ 6:30 PM- November's Discussion Title: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Main Library Book Discussion 4:30 PM
Join us in our monthly book discussion. (Does not meet in November)
Tue. Oct. 27-October's Discussion Title: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Ontario Branch Book Chatter 1 PM
Join us in our monthly book discussion. ON HOLD.
Plymouth Book Buzz 1 PM
Sat. Oct. 24- October's Discussion Title: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Sat. Nov. 21- November's Discussion Title: Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
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
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.”
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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