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.
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
||Book Title, Author
|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.
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
|| Book Title, Author
||MASH: A Novel about Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker
||Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
||Homer & Langley, by E.L. Doctorow
||Americanah, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
||Norwegian by Night, by Derek B. Miller|
||Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
||Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey
||The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, by Anu Partanen
|| Perfume River: A Novel, by Robert Olen Butler
||Blue Highways: A Journey into America, by William Least Heat-Moon
||Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
||Uncommon Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks
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:
- Good News
- Teen Club
- Audio Books
- 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
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!