Book Clubs

Book Clubs

STEAM Book Club

Kids ages 8 through 12 are invited to a special STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Art, and Science)-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 on the second Wednesday of each month. Registration is required. Register and pick up your free copy of the book at the Youth Services Reference Desk. You're welcome to bring suggestions for future books to read together! Refreshments will be served. Check our calendar for upcoming book club dates!

4 Seasons Book Club: TCPL's fiction book club

4 Seasons Book Club logo

Thanks to all who participated in the 4 Seasons Book Club in 2019.  Stay tuned for updates on new titles. Email Joyce, jwheatley@tcpl.org, if you would like to receive news on the group’s book choices.  All meetings take place on Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM, in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room at the Library.

Dates in 2020:

2/27/20

4/30/20

6/18/20

9/24/20

The 4 Seasons Book Club meets quarterly to discuss pre-selected works of modern fiction and celebrated classics.  Titles are decided by group vote approximately 6-8 weeks before each book club meeting. Check this page for updates. 

For more information, contact Joyce at jwheatley@tcpl.org.

 BOOK CLUB KITS - See what books 4 Seasons has read in the past--all of these titles are available as kits for your own book club meeting!

Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club

book cover of The Prince of los Cocuyos by Richard BlancoTuesday, November 5
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tompkins Trust Company Study Room

Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club meets quarterly to discuss a selected non-fiction title. Our meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room.

The final selection for 2019 is The Prince of los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco.

“Made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, imported to the USA" is how Blanco describes his story in shorthand. So, you would expect his memoir to be filled with stories and reflections that are completely unique to him. And, he has done just that - in a brilliant, engaging and, at times, hilarious way. However, he's also written a story that speaks to anyone who has tried to find their place in the world and within their own family. His descriptions of family members are both vivid and yet somehow familiar, regardless of your ethnic heritage. Blanco's stories will have you unexpectedly thinking about your own family, as well as the tales and trials that make up your personal story.

Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the shy boy or the openly gay man, the engineer or the presidential inaugural poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?

Please register with us in advance to obtain a copy of the selected title (there are a limited number available). For more information, or to register, contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org. You can also register for an upcoming Truth Be Told meeting by exploring our events calendar.


Check out TBT's past titles!

Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club

book cover of Old Souls by Brian McDonald and Les McClaineNext meeting: Monday, December 2nd, 6:30-7:30pm,
in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room. 
For December, we are reading Old Souls by Brian McDonald and Les McClaine.

Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this diverse and subversive medium in this quarterly book club. New titles are chosen by popular vote. Registration is required as there are limited copies available.

From Brian McDonald and Les McClaine comes Old Souls, a supernatural graphic novel about addiction, obsession, and the things we do for family.

Chris Olsen has a good life. He has a regular job, a wife and daughter who love him, and a promising future. By any measure this is a good life, but it isn’t his first.

When a troubling encounter with a homeless man triggers something inside Chris, memories of his past lives bubble to the surface. A lost Chinese boy, a wailing grandmother, and a love so powerful it never left his soul―all compete for his attention.

Chris sinks deep into the seedy and seductive world of “grave robbers,” vagrants known for their ability to relive their former lives. But can he find closure to a tragic episode in his past without losing himself in the process?

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

Check out what we've read in the past.

 

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

See what our adult book clubs have read. All titles are available as kits for your own book club meeting.

Upcoming Book Club Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club

December 9, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
*RESCHEDULED FROM 12/2* 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...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

December 11, 2019
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club on the second Wednesday of each month. This month we will be reading two graphic novels by Katie O'Neill - Aquicorn Cove and her brand new title The Tea Dragon Festival. Registration is ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Next Chapter Book Club

December 12, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
About this event::
Next Chapter Book Club provides the opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to read, learn and make friends in a community setting. It is not a traditional book club where groups read books on their own time and gather...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

YA Book Club

December 18, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Schwarz Jacobson Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
About this event::
Join us every month to discuss a book we've all read! Participants can pick up a free copy of the month's title to keep from the Teen Services office. Bring suggestions for future books and we'll add them into our rotation. This month we will be d...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Next Chapter Book Club

December 19, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
About this event::
Next Chapter Book Club provides the opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to read, learn and make friends in a community setting. It is not a traditional book club where groups read books on their own time and gather...