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.

4 Seasons Book Club: TCPL's fiction book club

Washington Black book cover image

Our winter 2019 selection, which we will discuss on Tuesday, February 19th, at 12 PM and Thursday, February 21st, at 6:30 PM is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

Future meetings will be held on Thursday, April 18, Thursday, June 27, and Thursday, September 26 (future titles to be announced).

Join us in 2019 as the 4 Seasons Book Club travels around the world!  We meet quarterly and welcome adults to discuss pre-selected works of modern fiction and celebrated classics.

This year we continue to explore literature that enhances our understanding of other countries, peoples and cultures.  Titles are decided by group vote approximately 6-8 weeks before each book club meeting. Check this page or login to Goodreads for updates. 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

• TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate
• ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Boston Globe, NPR, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Economist, Bustle
• WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
• FINALIST FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE, THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE

"Enthralling" --Boston Globe  "Extraordinary" --Seattle Times  "A rip-roaring tale" --Washington Post

A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world
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George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?

For more information, contact Joyce at jwheatley@tcpl.org. You can also register for the next 4 Seasons meeting on the Library's upcoming events calendar.


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

The Believing Brain by Michael ShermerTuesdays in 2019: March 5, May 7, August 6, 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 March 5 selection is The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer.

We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow.

Dr. Shermer  provides the neuroscience behind our beliefs.

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!

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

STEAM Book Club

February 27, 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. In February we will be reading The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller. Registration is required. Register and pick up your free copy of...

Next Chapter Book Club

February 28, 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...

Graphic Novel Book Club

March 4, 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: 2
About this event::
In honor of Will Eisner Week, TCPL is hosting a one-off graphic novel book club. Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this diverse and subversive medium. Registration is required, and books will be provided for participants. We will be re...

Next Chapter Book Club

March 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...

Next Chapter Book Club

March 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...

YA Book Club

March 20, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
About this event::
Join us every month to discuss a book we've all read! This month we will be discussing Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Participants can pick up a free copy of the month's title to keep from the Teen Services office. Bring suggestions for future bo...