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

The Promise cover artThe Promise by Damon Galgut

Thursday, November 18th 

6:30 - 7:30pm

Online via Zoom

The 4 Seasons Book Club meets quarterly to discuss works of modern fiction and celebrated classics.  Our 2021 Fall Pick was chosen from 6 titles nominated for the 2021 Booker Prize Shortlist.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE

A modern family saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by twice Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut.

Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled potential; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country—an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and, ultimately, hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones.

"Simply: you must read it."—Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine

The 4 Seasons Book Club decides what to read by group vote. Anyone is welcome to participate in the discussion but Book Club copies are limited. If you would like to join our book club, vote on our next selection, reserve a copy of the book and participate in the next discussion, please contact Joyce, jwheatley@tcpl.org. This event is free and open to the public.

Previous Selections

 

Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club

Cover of 'The Outside Circle' by Patti Laboucane-BensonThe Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson

Monday, November 8th
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. 

This month, we will be reading Patti Laboucane-Benson's The Outside Circle:

In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers — both gang members — surrounded by poverty and drug abuse, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives. Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. After returning home one evening, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a violent struggle, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially maintaining his gang ties, a jail brawl forces Pete to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey and encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation through a traditional Native healing circle. Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author’s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of Aboriginal men who are gang-affiliated or incarcerated.

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

You can also join the conversation at the TCPL Panel by Panel Book Club Facebook group.

Previous Selections

 

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.

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: 5
About this event::
Children ages 9 - 12 are invited to a monthly S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Book Club. This month we are reading The Spirit of Cattail County by Victoria Piontek. We will be joined by Jason Gorman from the Finger Lakes Land...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club: New Kid

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. Back by popular demand - we will be reading and discussing New Kid by Jerry Craft this month. If you missed it last time, join us! Registration is required as space is limited. Register onli...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
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 "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In November we will be reading Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow. Pick up...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club: Each Tiny Spark

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
About this event::
Children ages 9 - 12 are invited to a monthly S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Book Club. This month we are reading Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya. Please register to hold a copy of the book, and to receive Zoom informa...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
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YA Book Club is hybrid this year! Join us this month to discuss Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil. Participants will receive a free copy of the book to keep. Registration is required. All participants will receive the Zoom link aft...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
About this event::
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE A modern family saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by twice Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut. Haunted by an unmet promi...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow.  Pick up either via curbside or in lobby pick-up. Book Club will meet v...