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Book Groups

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.


The library has a special book group that focuses on books about health-related topics.

Read for Your Health Book Group

  • Meets from 7 to 8 pm every other month on a Tuesday evening (check calendar for exact dates), beginning Tuesday, January 28
  • This book group focuses on health-related issues using suggested books and discussion guides from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and led by one of our librarians.
  • Copies of the book will be available on a first come, first served basis for those who are currently registered at the 2nd Floor Desk one month before the meeting date.
  • Other copies can be obtained through the Library's online catalog or through Prospector.
  • Limit of 12 participants.
  • Open to adults and teens aged 16+.
  • Held in the Conference Room off the West Lobby.
  • Registration is required for each meeting and will open here on Friday, December 27 at 10 am. Click below to register. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

Click or tap here to register for a Library program through Eventbrite.com.

  Read For Your Health book selections, 2020
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
Jan 28
How to Be a Patient: the essential guide to navigating the world of modern medicine, by Sana Goldberg
March 24
Women Rowing North, by Mary Pipher
May 26
Heart: A History, by Sandeep Jauhar
July TBD
TBD
September TBD
TBD
November TBD
TBD

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.

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, 2019
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
 Jan 3
The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story, by Hyeonseo Lee
 Feb 7
Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
March 7
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies, by Ben Macintyre
April 4
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, by Helen Thorpe
May 2
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor
June 6
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery
July 11
Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, by Karen Karbo
Aug 1
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
Sept 5
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, by Dan Flores
Oct 3
The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, by Luis Urrea
Nov 7
Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Dec 5

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates


   First thursdays book selections, 2020
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
 Jan 2
Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
 Feb 6
All You Can Ever Know: A  Memoir, by Nicole Chung
March 5
The Almost Nearly Perfect People:  Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian, by Michael Booth
April 2
Maid:  Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, by Stephanie Land
May 7
Judy:  The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero, by Damien Lewis
June 4
The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Brigg and the Birth of Personality Testing, by Merve Emry
July 2
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, by Catherine Clinton
Aug 6
The Moment of Life:  How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates
Sept 3
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, by Jon Krakauer
Oct 1
Waiting for Snow in Havana:  Confessions of a Cuban Boy, by Carlos Eire
Nov 5
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Dec 3

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

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, 2019
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
Jan 14
State of Wonder, by Anne Patchett
Feb 11
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
March 11
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
April 8
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
May 13
The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
June 10
The House Girl, by Tara Conklin
July 8
The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
August 12
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
September 9 
Bannerless, by Carrie Vaughn
October  14
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
November 4
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple (Note new meeting date due to Veteran's Day)
December 9
 The Chili Queen, by Sandra Dallas

  Second mondays book selections, 2020
Meeting
 Book Title, Author
Jan 13
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
Feb 10
Moloka'i, by Allen Brennert
March 9
The Grass Harp, by Truman Capote
April 13
Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger
May 11
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
June 8
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
July 13
TBD
August 10
TBD
September 14 
TBD
October  12
TBD
November 9
TBD
December 14
TBD

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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