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.

For the month of May, we will be reading and discussing The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This novel follows Arnt Allbright, a former Vietnam War POW, his wife Cora and his daughter Leni as they impulsively move to Alaska to experience the last frontier. While Alaska at first appears to be the answer to family's prayers for a better future, Ernt's mental state deteriorates upon the onset of the long, dark winter. Leni and her mother soon learn that they are on their own in the wilderness. There is no one to save them. In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska, a place of incomparable beauty and danger. We will be discussing this book on Monday, May 20 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, May 29 at 1:30pm. Join us here at the library or participate with fellow readers by sending a comment to our book club blog at

For the month of April, we will be reading  The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. This book is a powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice and the gift of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. The author, Hinton, was sentenced to death for murder. He spent his years in prison before his release helping his fellow inmates get through their time in prison by talking about their lives, regrets, and ideas. We will be discussing the book twice in April: Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30pm and Monday, April 29 at 6:30pm. Copies of the book are available at the library and on the bookmobile. If you are unable to join us for discussion, please don't miss the online conversation at All are welcome!

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group will be reading Boar Island by Nevada Barr. Ann Pidgeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. While trying to deal with the fragile state of affairs, and to find the person behind the harassment, Elizabeth's mother and Anna decide the best thing to do is remove Elizabeth from the situation. So they move to Acadia National Park in Maine to stay with Anna. But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them. Boar Island is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling novel that only Nevada Barr could write. The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club will be discussing this book on Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30pm. If you cannot make it to either of these sessions, feel free to join the discussion online at Everyone is welcome!

For our February book discussion we will be reading and discussing The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Using the emerging field of positive psychology, Weiner travels to some of the world's most content places. This book is full of inspired moments and earned epiphanies. It accomplished a feat few books dare and fewer achieve: it will make you happier. Enjoyable discussion on this book will be held on Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, Febrary 27 at 1:30pm. If you cannot make it, please make use of our online discussion at Everyone is welcome!

For January Book Discussion, we will be reading and talking about In The Midst of Winter by worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende. This is a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. The story begins with a minor traffic accident which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep in to the winter of their lives. Discussion on this book will be held on Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, January 30 at 1:30pm. If you cannot make it, please make use of our online discussion blog at Everyone is welcome!