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Book Groups

The Library offers two traditional book clubs for our readers who like their books accompanied with robust discussion of themes, character development, and critique. If that sounds like you, then you belong in one of our traditional book clubs!  New participants are always encouraged and welcome -- just read the book for that month and drop in on the meeting. Join one or all, it’s all good stuff.

Additionally, in honor of the centenary of the United States' entrance in World War I, we are offering a special book group focused on themes from that period.  This book group is part of a statewide book discussion series.  See more information below!

Important Notices Regarding Our Book Groups:

  • It's always a good idea to check our Calendar for last-minute changes or cancellations.
  • For more information about our book groups, please call the Library at 303-651-8472.
  • Participation in all book groups and online book clubs is free, unless otherwise noted.
  • Comuníquese con Amy al 303-651-8783 para información en español.
  • These programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.

The Friends of the Longmont Library generously support library programs and services.


Honor the WWI centennial with a statewide book discussion series at the Library.

WWI Centennial Statewide Book Discussion Series -- Where Do We Go From Here?: America in the First World War

  • Second Wednesdays of Every Third Month, from May 2017 through August 2018, 7 to 8 pm
  • Honor the 100-year anniversary of US involvement in World War I by reading and discussing a curated selection of novels and memoirs the reflect the period.
  • This group is best for mature high schoolers and adults of all ages.
  • This program is presented by the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Colorado Humanities, and the Colorado World War I Centennial Commission.
  • Registration is required for each meeting, is limited to 15 participants per meeting, and is available here.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.
 
WWI Centennial Book Group Selections
Meeting
Book Title, Author
 SYnopsis
May 10, 2017
One of Ours, by Willa Cather
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a young Nebraska man who enlists in World War I in order to find purpose and freedom in his otherwise bleak life of farming and a loveless marriage.
August 9, 2017
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
The author, a German veteran of World War I, describes the soldiers’ extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and their detachment from civilian life upon returning home from the front.
November 8, 2017
Private Peaceful, by Michael Marpurgo
A novel about the innocence of childhood and the emergence of youth in the story of very young British private Thomas Peaceful.
February 14, 2018
Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain
A memoir of a young nurse and the losses she endured during World War One. It describes how the author left her studies at Oxford to enlist as a nurse for the armed forces, her work in London and Malta, and her service on the Western Front. 
May 9, 2018
The Last of the Doughboys In 2003, author Richard Rubin set out to talk with every living American veteran of World War I he could find. He tracked down dozens of centenarian veterans, ages 101 to 113, collected their stories and put them in this book. The author describes his book as “a mosaic that tells a story about the United States of America and the First World War.” He goes on to say, “I cannot claim that it is the complete truth; I doubt a complete history of that war has ever been written, or ever will be. It was too vast, and too strange, to be knowable in its entirety. And this is not a conventional history of it. This is a book about America’s experience of that war, at the front, behind the lines, and at home; how it infiltrated, influenced, shaped, and determined every last facet of life in the United States, no matter how small or seemingly removed; and how it continues to do so to this day…” 
August 8, 2018
The Last Town on Earth
Nestled in the quiet woods of the Pacific Northwest, the town of Commonwealth is a haven for the loggers who live there, until the flu starts striking down entire surrounding villages. When the residents of Commonwealth vote to quarantine themselves, armed guards are posted at the one road leading to town. But then a disheveled--and apparently sick--soldier approaches begging for food and shelter. Shots are fired, and soon Commonwealth is plunged into turmoil.

First Thursdays Book Group

The First Thursdays Book Group meets at 2 pm on (you guessed it!) the first Thursday of each month, unless that day falls on a holiday.

   First thursdays book selections, 2018
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
 Jan 4
Sing for Your Life: a Story of Race, Music, and Family, by Daniel Bergner
 Feb 12
Weapons of Math Destruction:  How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O'Neil
March 1
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain, by Bill Bryson
April 6
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder
May 3
Lit Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-four Books that Can Change Lives, by David Denby
June 7
Lilac Girls:  A Novel, by Martha Hall Kelly
July 5
The Undoing Project:  A Friendship that Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis
Aug 2
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Sept 6
The Radium Girls:  The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore
Oct 4
Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson
Nov 1
100 Ideas that Changed Architecture, by Richard Weston
Dec 6

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah

Second Mondays Book Group

The Second Mondays Book Group meets at 7 pm  on (another tough guess!) the second Monday of each month, unless that day falls on a holiday.

  Second mondays book selections, 2018
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
Jan 8
MASH: A Novel about Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker
Feb 12
Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
March 12
Homer & Langley, by E.L. Doctorow
April 9
Americanah, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
May 14
Norwegian by Night, by Derek B. Miller
June 11
Killers of the Flower Moon:  The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
July 9
Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey
August 13
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, by Anu Partanen
September 10 
Perfume River: A Novel, by Robert Olen Butler
October  8
Blue Highways: A Journey into America, by William Least Heat-Moon
November 5
Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
December 10
Uncommon Type:  Some Stories, by Tom Hanks

Online Book Clubs

Do you prefer the online experience? Through one of our premium services, the Longmont Library is able to offer patrons access to 12 (that's right, 12!) online book clubs, depending on what you like to read.  Pick from:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Romance
  • Good News
  • Teen Club
  • Business
  • Audio Books
  • Mystery
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller
  • Pre-Publication
  • Penguin Classics

Truly something for every reader!  This premium service, available only with a Longmont Library card, also includes exclusive weekly interviews and pictures with authors and book giveaways. So, get your library card ready and head over to our virtual book club world to join the conversations!


The Books in a Bag Collection

Click here to learn about the library's Books in a Bag collection.Have your own book group or thinking about starting one?  The Library has done all the legwork for you!  Use our Books in a Bag program to jump start organizing your book group or as resources for an existing book group.  Click the button to learn more about the program! 


The library has over a dozen bags with all the items you'll need to create a whole experience.

Experience Bags: A Whole New Library Experience

This collection consists of more than a dozen canvas bags stuffed full of books, movies, and games related to various television or movie series or exotic destinations. Rather than simply reading books or watching a movie series, Experience Bags provide a whole different level of engagement. Click the button to learn more about this fun collection!


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