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Reading is fun. Sharing a book with others is even better! The Library offers several regular book clubs for you to enjoy lively conversation with others about books. New members are welcome at any time. Ask a librarian at the Reference Desk to receive your copy of the book. Click on any of the tabs above to learn more about when each book club meets and what they are reading.

Book Discussion Kits

The Bloomington Public Library has collected multiple copies of recent bestsellers and other popular titles and created Book Discussion Kits that may be checked out by book discussion groups.

Each kit has between six and 15 copies of a title and can be checked out for up to eight weeks at a time. You may check out up to two Book Discussion Kits at a time. Book Discussion Kits may not be renewed.

Search the phrase book club kit for a list of titles, and also can be found by clicking the link below.

The library's fiction book club meets at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the Bloomington Public Library. Books are available at the Library's Adult Services reference desk.

Below are the 2017 dates and titles to be discussed:

  • January 17
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
  • February 21
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • March 21
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • April 18
  • Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham
  • May 16
  • Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
  • June 20
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • July 18
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • August 15
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • September 19
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Meets at 5:45 pm, includes film
  • October 17
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
  • November 21
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • December 12
  • Favorite Book Roundtable (fiction and mystery combined)—Note Date Change from our usual meeting date

The Mystery book club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the William C. Wetzel Reading Room. Copies of each book will be available to check out at Bloomington Public Library.

2017 meeting dates and titles:

  • January 10
  • The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
  • February 14
  • These Honored Dead by Jonathan Putnam
  • March 14
  • Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt
  • April 11
  • Circles in the Snow by Patrick McManus
  • May 9
  • What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
  • June 13
  • In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
  • July 11
  • Mrs. Jeffries Appeals the Verdict by Emily Brightwell
  • August 8
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • September 12
  • Murder Has Nine Lives by Laura Levine
  • October 10
  • The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg
  • November 14
  • Murder on the Quai by Cara Black
  • December 12
  • Favorite Book Roundtable (combined meeting with fiction book club), Community Room

This book club, in partnership with the McLean County Museum of History, will focus on books about Illinois history. These may include fiction, nonfiction, biography, or books by local or other Illinois authors. History Reads meets quarterly in February, May, August, and November at 7pm unless otherwise noted. See specific dates below. The group will meet in the Quiet Reading Room of the Library. Join us as we explore the richness of Illinois' history and its people. Copies of each book will be available to check out at Bloomington Public Library.

2017 meeting dates and titles:

  • February 7
  • Lincoln's Forgotten Friend, Leonard Swett by Robert S. Eckley
  • May 2
  • Labor, Loyalty & Rebellion: southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I by Carl R. Weinberg
  • August 1
  • Funk of Funk's Grove: Farmer, Legislator, and Cattle King of the Old Northwest, 1797 to 1865 by Helen M. Cavanagh
  • November 7
  • Dime Novel Desperadoes: The Notorious Maxwell Brothers by John Hallwas

This book club will meet on the first Monday of each month at 7pm on the upper level of Lucca Grill, 116 E. Market St, Bloomington. Below is the the January - June 2017 schedule with titles:

  • January 2nd
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • February 6th
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • March 6th
  • The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  • April 3rd
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • May 1st
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
  • June 5th
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • July 3rd
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • August 7th
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • October 2nd
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • November 6th
  • Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hoschschild
  • December 4th
  • The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
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