DPL Book Clubs

2016 Book Club Schedule

Online Book Clubs

Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up and start reading.

R.A.D.A. ~ Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action.

The R.A.D.A. book discussion series provides a safe space to discuss some of the issues and movements of the day with respect and compassion. We will be reading to raise our social consciousness; to exchange ideas, understandings, and experiences; and to discuss actions individuals and communities can take to address problems we are facing. *Please note that the book club will be presented at different locations and at different times for each title and discussion.

Saturday, June 18 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Byers Branch Library, 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 21 Losing My Cool: Growing Up With-And Out of-Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams
Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 10 The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness by Liza Long
Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St, Denver, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 2 p.m.

Central Library

Downtown Bookies Book Club

Second Tuesday of each month, 7 - 8 p.m. Floor 4 Rockwell Room. Fiction and nonfiction discussion. Everyone welcome, no registration necessary.

January 12 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
February 9 Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
March 8 A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama
April 12 On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
May 10 Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
June 14 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
July 12 The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
*Please note title selection change for July
August 9 The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
*Please note title selection change for August
September 13 The Martian by Andy Weir
October 11 Vote for next year's titles
November 1 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
*1st Tuesday this month only due to Election Day on November 8
December 13 Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Burnham Hoyt Room's Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Second Thursday of each month, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Floor 1 Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room. Everyone welcome, no registration necessary.

January 14 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
February 11 Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
March 10 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
April 14 The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
May 12 The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900 by David McCullough
June 9 The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson
July 14 Purity: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
August 11 The Dinner by Herman Koch
September 8 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
October 13 The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
November 10 Meeting to choose next year’s titles.
December 8 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

Do you love Sci-Fi and Fantasy? Would you like to meet with other humans to talk about books? Yes! Please join us on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:45 - 8 p.m. at the Central Library in the Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room, located on Floor 1 at the NE side of the library. This book club is open to any and all flavors of adult human, so please know you will be welcome.

January 5 The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
February 2 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel
March 1 The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
April 5 Book Club meeting canceled.
May 3 The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. (Mike) Carey
June 7 The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
July 5 Meeting Canceled
August 2 Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
September 6 American Gods by Neil Gaiman
October 4 A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
November 1 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
December 6 Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Are you new to TED Talks or a diehard TED groupie? Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12 noon - 1 p.m. in the Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room, located on Floor 1. Titles listed are suggestions and you are encouraged to share your TED discoveries. Everyone is welcome, no registration necessary. We’re a lunch and beverage friendly group, too. Contact books@denverlibrary.org or 720-865-1487 for more information.

January 20 The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
TED Talks The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame
February 17 The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
TED Talk The Happy Secret to Better Work
March 16 Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
TED Talk Flow, The Secret to Happiness
April 20 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
TED Talk Your Elusive Creative Genius
May 18 The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond
TED Talk How Societies Can Grow Old Better
June 15 The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
TED Talk The Art of Asking
July 20 Hallucinations by the fabulous late Oliver Sacks
TED Talk What Hallucinations Reveal About Our Minds

Read It or Not Book Club with Warm Cookies of the Revolution

The first Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. in the Burnham Hoyt Room (not book club room), located on Floor 1. Read It or Not is a book club that's more about the club than the book. Come hang out and discuss the book, or learn enough to say you read it! We'll also have special guests like comedians, artists, podcasters, or just everyday people who have a unique perspective on what's happening in Denver. And yes, there’s cookies.

October ​2 Salem's Lot​ ​by Stephen King
November 6 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh​ ​by Robert C. O'Brien
December 4 The Story Hour​ ​by Thrity Umrigar​

Bear Valley Branch Library

Bear Valley Mystery Book Club

Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. except November and December. Add a little more MYSTERY to your life. Join us for refreshments, lively discussion, share your favorite titles and authors, catch up on new releases and other MYSTERY news. Contact Bobbi Jones at 720-865-0975 or bjones@denverlibrary.org for more information.

January 28 Mr. Mercedes: A Novel by Stephen King
February 25 Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now by Margaret Coel
March 24 The Blackhouse: A Novel by Peter May
April 28 Spider Woman’s Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel by Anne Hillerman
May 26 Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
June 23 Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
July 28 The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
*Featuring a viewing of the film: The Lincoln Lawyer at 5 p.m.
August 25 Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith
September 22 Brush Back by Sara Paretsky
October 27 Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone
November 17 (3rd Thursday) Badlands: A Novel by C. J. Box
December 15 (3rd Thursday) The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
Annual book exchange. Please bring a gift-wrapped used book to give away and a snack to share.

Saturday Morning Book Club

Second Saturday every other month, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Start your weekend by joining us for a cup of coffee and a lively discussion.

January 9 I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
March 12 The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
May 14 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
July 9 Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee
September 10 The Girl in the Blue Beret: A Novel by Bobbie Ann Mason
November 12 The Bookseller: A Novel by Cynthia Swanson
*With a special visit from the author, who will be selling and signing copies of her book.

Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library

Between the Covers Book Club

This long-time book discussion group is led by Patty Lorie and Gracie Batt and is held every third Tuesday from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Please call the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library for further information and book list. 720-865-0120.

Decker Branch Library

Ink: Postmodern Reads Book Club

The second Monday of each month, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. We’ll explore themes and trends in contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction. Please call 720-865-0220 for more information. All are welcome and no registration is necessary.

January 11 The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams
February 8 Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
March 14 The Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor Tobar
April 11 Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library

Green Valley Ranch Book Club

The GVR Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. This book club is open to adults who love to read various genres. No registration necessary. Please call the Green Valley Ranch Branch at 720-865-0310 for more information. (Please note location has change. As of September 2016 the club will begin meeting at the library.)

January 21 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
February 18 Orange, Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice
March 17 Dry Bones: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
April 21 Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
May 19 Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
June 16 A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
July 21 Losing My Cool: Growing Up With-And Out of-Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams
August 18 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
September 15 Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley
October 20 The Passage by Justin Cronin
November 17 The Quickie by James Patterson
December 15 Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hampden Branch Library

Yak, Snack, and Read

Last Thursday of each month, 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). This is the book club for you if you’re a fan of great books paired with scrumptious snacks! All you have to do is read this month’s selection, come by and yak about it. We’ll serve up the snacks.

January 28 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
February 25 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
March 31 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
April 28 Still Alice by Lisa Genova
May 26 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
June 30 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
July 28 The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
August 25 Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
*September 22 *Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
*Please note date and title change
October 27 Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  No meeting in November
December 1 (1st Thursday) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Park Hill Branch Library

No Strings Attached Book Discussion Group

Every fourth Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (except where noted*). Do you love to read? Do you like to talk about books, but are too busy to read for a deadline? Do you want to hear about books that other readers have enjoyed? You are invited to this non-traditional take on book clubs. Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can, no strings attached. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Upcoming dates: January 2, 30, February 27, March 26, April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5, December 3 and 31.

Park Hill Book Clubs for Kids!

The Genre Chat Book Club for 2nd/3rd Graders is a book club for grades 2-3 meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 3: 30 p.m. . We will explore a variety of book genres; participate in discussions, crafts, activities and snacks related to what we read.
The Blooming Readers 4th/5th Grade Book Club is a book club for grades 4-5 meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m.

Pauline Robinson Branch Library

Pauline Robinson Book Club

Fourth Saturday of each month, Noon - 1 p.m. Please call 720-865-0290 for more information.

January 23 Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty Year Search by Martin Sixsmith
February 27 The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson
March 26 Sycamore Row by John Grisham
*Please note change in book selection for March
April 23 See Me by Nicholas Sparks
*Please note change in book selection for April
May 28 Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
June 25 Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
July 23 *The Crossing by Michael Connelly
*Please note change in title selection
August 27 And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
September 24 Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
October 22 And Sometimes I Wonder About You by Walter Mosley
November 26 Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson
December 24 Call branch for title

Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club

Meeting every fourth Saturday of the month, 1 - 3 p.m., in the Eugene Lucero Meeting Room. No membership required. Open to everyone. We welcome any book lover interested in reading English-language works by Latina and Latino authors. For more information or to join the book club and view the books for upcoming months visit: Las Comadres website.

Schlessman Family Branch Library

Book Chat

First and third Thursdays of each month, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Do you find yourself asking people about what they are reading? Do you love talking to people about books, poems, and essays? Then this is the group for you! We'll share tea, snacks and talk about what each of us is reading these days. Just sit and listen — or share!

Ross-University Hills Branch Library

Thursday Evening Book Club

Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:45 - 8 p.m. except where noted. This was formerly known as the Monday Evening Book Club.

January 28 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
February 25 A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
March 24 Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
April 28 Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
May 26 The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
June 23 Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen
July 28 Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
August 25 One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
September 22 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
October 27 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
November 17 (*3rd Thursday) Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
*Note date change due to holiday
December No Meeting

Books ‘N Brown Bag Book Club

First Friday of each month, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

January 8 (2nd Friday) Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
*PLEASE NOTE: Date change due to the holiday
February 5 The Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton
March 4 Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe
April 1 The Woman Upstairs: A Novel by Claire Messud
May 6 A Higher Call by Adam Makos
June 3 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
July 8
(2nd Friday)
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
*PLEASE NOTE: Date change due to the holiday
August 5 Lucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom
September 9 Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant: A Memoir by Roz Chast
October 7 The Dream Lover: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
November 4 Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
December 2 Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Book Club Resources

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