Book Clubs

Book Clubs

For kids of all ages, teens, and adults!

STEAM Book Club

Kids ages 8 through 12 are invited to a special STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-themed book club!

YA Book Club

YA Book Club meets once a month! Participants choose what to read and can get a free copy of the book. Check out our calendar or contact Teen Librarian Regina at rdemauro@tcpl.org for more information.

Tween Book Club

Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club offered twice a month. Registration is required.  You're welcome to bring suggestions for future books to read together!  Check our calendar for upcoming book club dates!

4 Seasons Book Club: TCPL's fiction book club

A Long Petal of the Sea book coverA Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Thursday, June 10th

6:30 - 7:30pm

Online via Zoom

The 4 Seasons Book Club meets quarterly to discuss works of modern fiction and celebrated classics. Our Spring Pick is A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.

From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. (Goodreads)

“One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in [Isabel Allende’s] long career.”—The New York Times Book Review

We decide what to read by group vote. Anyone is welcome to participate in the discussion but Book Club copies are limited so register here or contact Joyce, jwheatley@tcpl.org, if you'd like to borrow a copy. This event is free and open to the public.

All past titles are available as kits for your own book club meeting!

Previous Selections

 

Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club

Cover of 'March Book 1' by John Lewis March Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Monday, May 3rd
6:30 - 7:30pm
Online via Zoom

Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this diverse and subversive medium in this bi-monthly book club. 

For May we will be reading the John Lewis' March Book 1:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

If you have any questions, you can email Sophia at smckissick@tcpl.org. To register, check our events calendar.

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True Crime Book Club

image of cover of in cold blood by truman capote

Join us for a twice-yearly book club focused on true crime.

Our next meeting will take place in July 2021!

In the meantime, feel free to join the conversation on our TCPL True Crime Book Club Facebook group.

Next Chapter Book Club

A fun, weekly, community-building book club for adults with developmental disabilities. Books are read aloud together, so all reading levels are welcome. Contact Teresa at tvadakin@tcpl.org for more information.

Book Club Kits

Upcoming Book Club Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 9
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Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to pick up either via curbside or in lobby pick-up. Book Club will meet via Zoom. P...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
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Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we are reading Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher. Register online and we will contact you when your book is ready for pick-up at the Library. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
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Our book club has gone virtual! Register in advance to receive your own copy of the book to keep, as well as the Zoom link. This month we will be discussing Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
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Seats Remaining: 3
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Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we will be reading The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall. Special guest TBA. Register online and we will contact you to let you know when your copy of the book is ready fo...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
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Seats Remaining: 1
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Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this diverse and subversive medium.  Registration is required, and books will be provided for participants. (Those who have their own copy are welcome to participate as well, just note when you si...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Community Groups, Makerspace
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Join us for a virtual making meetup and sewing circle and bring your projects to work on while listening to the works of Toni Morrison! Register here: https://spaces.library.cornell.edu/event/7470355 Co-sponsored with Cornell University Library...
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Tween Book Club: Under the Egg

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Open
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
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Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  In May we will be reading Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow.  Pic...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  In May we will be reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow. Pic...