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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.

February 2020 - May 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. March 3
Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
Tue. April 7
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Tue. May 5
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Lexington Branch Bits of Books   2:30 PM
Come share what you've been reading, leave with some great book lists.
Wed. March 11, April 8, May 13

Lexington Branch Evening Book Club 6:30 PM

Tue. February 25
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Toni Morrison
Tue. March 31
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Tue. April 28
Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish by Joe Mackall
Tue. May 26
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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

Sat. March 7
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Sat. April 4
Tomorrow's Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew
Sat. May 2
Southernmost by Silas House

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

Tue. February 25
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Tue. March 31
Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson 
Tue. April 28
The Color of the Sun by David Almond
Tue. May 26
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones 

Main Library Book Discussion   6:30 PM
Join us in our monthly book discussion.
Tue. March 24
There There by Tommy Orange
Tue. April 28
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Tue. May 26
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Ontario Branch Book Chatter  1 PM
Tue. March 10
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
Tue. April 14
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Tue. May 12
Bring what you're reading and tell us about it.

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 February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19

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. March 2
The Mansfield Killings by Scott Fields
Mon. April 6
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Mon.  May 4
Night in Bombay by Louis Bromfield

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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