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.

The January book selection is These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card. Longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize this novel is a "rich, abitious debut novel" (The New York Times Book Review) that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations. The novel's protagonist, Stanford Solomon has a secret. Stanford's shocking, thirty-year-old secret is about to change the lives of everyone around him. These Ghosts Are Family revolves around the consequences of his past decisions and tells the story of his family from colonial Jamaica to present-day Harlem. The author, a public librarian who was born in Jamaica and raised in Queens, brings to life her characters, along with their ancestors and descendants and those whose lives intersect with theirs. It is a novel overflowing with unadulterated humanity.

We will discuss this intriguing family saga via zoom Monday, January 25 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, January 27 at 1:30 pm.  To sign up for Monday's discussion, click here, and to sign up for Wednesday's discussion, click here. If you have any questions please e-mail

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is reading a selection of holiday books for the month of December. Each person can choose any holiday book they would like to read. Holiday books are on display at the library. Check out some of the newer titles available: Jingle All The Way by Debbie Macomber, Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke and Silent Bite by David Rosenfelt. Due to COVID-19, we will be doing a book discussion through Zoom, but that doesn't mean our December get-together won't be festive! We will be sharing holiday fun and treats with each other virtually. Sign up early for the December discussion by emailing us at so that we can send you a special mailing to prepare for you joining in our holiday celebration! Zoom discussions will be held Monday, December 14 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, December 16 at 1:30 pm.

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.