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.

 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

They Called Us Enemy by George TakeiNext meeting: Monday, September 9th, 6:30-7:30pm,
in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room. 
For September, we are reading They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

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.

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

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

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 "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs, Community Read
About this event::
Join us in a discussion of For All of Us, One Today is a fluid, poetic account of Richard Blanco’s life-changing experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013. In this brief and evocative narrative, he shares the story of the call from the White Hou...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club

October 23, 2019
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Book Clubs
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to a STEAM-themed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) book club. Registration is required. Register and pick up your free copy of the book at the Youth Services Reference Desk. Refreshments will be served. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Next Chapter Book Club

October 24, 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 "Adults" group.

Next Chapter Book Club

October 31, 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 "Adults" group.

Next Chapter Book Club

November 7, 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 "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

November 13, 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 Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar.  Registration is required. Register and pick up your free copy of the book at the Youth Se...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Next Chapter Book Club

November 14, 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...