Book Clubs

Novel Ideas: Fiction Book Clubs for Adults

2019 – 2020

Daytime Meeting: We meet on the second Tuesday of each month (September – June) at 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting days, we discuss that day’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

Evening Meeting: We meet on the second Wednesday of each month (September – June) at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting nights, we discuss that evening’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

September: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

October: There There  by Tommy Orange

November:  Unsheltered  by Barbara Kingslover

December:  Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

January:  This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff

February: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

March:  The Storied Life of A J Fikry  by Gabrielle Zevin

April: The Gown: a Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

May:  An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

June:  An Unwanted Guest  by Shari LaPena

 

Social Justice Book Club

2019 – 2020

This book club meets the first Monday of every other month to discuss both fiction and non-fiction books that explore ideas around race, gender, immigration and criminal justice.  Meetings will be in the Historical Artifacts Room at the Library.

September:  Some of My Friends Are … by Deborah Plummer, Ph.D.

 

Novel Ideas: Fiction Book Club for Adults

2018 – 2019

Daytime Meeting: We meet on the second Tuesday of each month (November-June) at 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting nights, we discuss that evening’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

Evening Meeting: We meet on the third Wednesday of each month (September-June) at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting nights, we discuss that evening’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

September: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

October: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

November: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

December: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

January: Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

February: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

March: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

April: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

May: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

June: Grace by Paul Lynch

Social Justice Book Club: For Adults and Teens

2018 – 2019

This book club meets the first Monday of every other month to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books that explore the ideas around race, gender, immigration, poverty and criminal justice. We meet at the Woburn Public Library at 45 Pleasant Street at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting nights, we discuss that evening’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

September 6: Scarlet A by Katie Watson

November 1: The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

March 7:   Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Peter Earley *** NOTE: Due to library move in progress, meeting will be held at Bertucci’s in Woburn.  Come and enjoy beverages and/or food (separate checks provided) while discussing this compelling story that looks at the criminalization of the mentally ill.  Questions? Please email Deb at woburnsocialjusticebookclub@gmail.com 

May 6: The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter by Daniel Patinkin

July 8: Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli

Q(ueer) & A(llies) Book Club for Teens Grades 9-12  

2018

This book club typically meets the 4th Thursday of every other month to discuss novels that feature main characters who consider themselves part of the LGBTQIA (queer) community.  Books are selected by the attendees (culled from a wider list generated by Assistant Director, Rebecca Meehan). It’s not essential that attendees read the book in order to attend the program.  Many great discussions are inspired by the book, but then naturally evolve into other related topics.

May 24 – Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

July 26 – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

September 27 – Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Youth Book Clubs

BookEaters (4th & 5th Graders)
This book club typically meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, and we discuss the book over snacks and a craft or other activity. We meet at the library’s temporary location at 36 Cummings Park at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting nights, we discuss that evening’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

2018

October 23 – Sophia’s War: a Tale of the Revolution by Avi
November 27 – Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Middle School Book Club
This book club typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, and we discuss the book over snacks and a craft or other activity. We meet at the library’s temporary location at 36 Cummings Park at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the Library’s Events Calendar. In case of a library closure (due to inclement weather or other emergency) on one of our meeting nights, we discuss that evening’s book in conjunction with the next book at the next meeting.

2018

October 9 – Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
November 13: Crunch by Leslie Conner
December 11: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani