KPL Book Club

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is open to all adults interested in getting together for informal discussion on selected books. Each month a book is chosen and copies are available here at the library and on the bookmobile for interested readers.  The book club meets on the last Monday evening of the month at 5:30 p.m. and the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the featured book.  Currently we are meeting in person in a large program room to accommodate social distancing.

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is reading a selection of holiday books for the December get-together. Each person is choosing any holiday book they would like to read and we will have a short discussion on the books. We have several new books available! After our brief book discussion there will be a hot chocolate bar, Christmas trivia, and other festive holiday fun. If you have never joined us for book club, this month would be a perfect time to come meet new people and enjoy book discussion, treats, a hot chocolate bar and games. Stop by the library or bookmobile and pick up a holiday book to read or just come and celebrate with us. Everyone is welcome! This month we are meeting on Monday, December 20 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, December 22 at 1:30 pm.

In November we will be discussing the UW Go Big Read 2021/2022 book selection Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Gyasi’s novel follows the story of Gifty, a PhD candidate in neuroscience studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction, which have impacted her personally. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief. It is a novel about faith, science, religion and love. Join us to discuss this powerful book on Monday, November 29 at 5:30 pm or Wednesday, December 1 at 1:30 pm.  The  Go Big Read common book program is designed to unite UW-Madison and local communities by generating discussions and exchanges of diverse ideas that are explored in the chosen books. Go Big Read!


The book selection for October is An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shield's experiments blurs. An Anonymous Girl will keep you riveted through the last shocking twist. We will be discussing this thriller two times this month on Monday, October 25 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, October 27 at 1:30 pm. This book is available for check out at the library, on the bookmobile and digitally on Hoopla & Overdrive.

Our September book selection is Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. This debut novel is a page turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.  Check out a copy of the book and join us to discuss this smart and timely novel. We will be meeting twice in September: Monday, September 27 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, September 29 at 1:30 pm.

We will wrap up our summer book discussion events in August discussing The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal. This novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer will make the perfect conversation for a summer evening. This discussion will take place Wednesday, August 25 at 1:30 pm and Monday, August 30 at 5:30 pm. This program will be held on the patio weather permitting.