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 virtually on Zoom for engaging and enjoyable discussion. Everyone is welcome.

Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. Holly's escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. Her world is upended when her flamboyant sister Leslie returns to the island and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys?

Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry tale, warm, wise and hilarious. It roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorthea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgetable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart. We will discuss this novel twice this month, Wednesday, November 25 at 1:30 pm and Monday, November 30 at 5:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 the discussion will take place virtually rather than in person. Register in advance for this discussion: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Due to our recent closure, we were unable to hold our book discussion for September's book, The Dinner List. But don't worry, we will be discussing The Dinner List in October! Take this extra time to think about who you would put on your personal dinner list and why. Then join us at the end of the month for throught provoking discussion.

At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was actually to happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel The Dinner List. This novel has delightful magical realism and life-changing romance. When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there's a reason these six people have been gathered together. Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, The Dinner List is a romance for our times.
We will discuss this novel twice this month, Monday, October 26 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, October 28 at 1:30 pm. Due to COVID19 the discussion will be held virtually rather than in person. You do not need to use a computer for this virtual book club. A smartphone or tablet will also work. The event will take place on Zoom. Please click here to register for this free online event.  We will use your email address to send you the link to participate a day before the book discussion. If you can't join us for our online discussion please post your comments to our online book club blog at

The book selection for August is All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. Her husband's tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lyla, attends Nashville's most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. But amid the wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn't always fit in. Then one devistating photo changes everything and a woman is forced to choose between her family and her most deeply held values in this thought-provoking novel. Join us to discuss this novel on: Wednesday, August 26 at 1:30pm or Monday, August 31 at 5:30pm. Due to COVID 19 the discussion may take place virtually rather than in person. Watch for more information on our website and Facebook Page.

The July book selection is Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving story about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better, and put that plan into action. The plan that Trevor comes up with is so simple, so naive, that when others learn of it they are dismissive. But will it work? In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child.
We will be discussing this book on Monday, July 27 at 5:30pm and Wednesday, July 29 at 1:30pm. The book discussion will be held virtually through Zoom or outside on the library patio. Watch for more information on our website and Facebook page. Books are available here at the library.

For the month of February the Kilbourn Public Library will be discussing The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson. Told through alternating viewpoints in London in 1947 and Toronto in 2016, The Gown tells the story of Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress and the women who made it. Fans of British royalty will be fascinated by this tale of three women: a young embroiderer, a Holocaust survivor, and a young women searching for more information about her grandmother. The Book Club will be discussing this novel on Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, February 26 at 1:30pm. Join us for lively discussion and treats. Everyone is welcome!