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 at the library on the last Monday evening of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the featured book.  Coffee and treats are served along with engaging and enjoyable discussion. Copies of the book are available at the library and on the bookmobile. Everyone is welcome. If you can't make any of our meetings, post your comments and thoughts on our Book Club Blog.

The book club selection for May is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L. Ozeki. This novel was a UW-Big Read in 2013.
In Tokyo, 16 year old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore, possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's humor and signature writing, A Tale for the Time Being is a story about our shared humanity and the search for home.
We will be discussing this book on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. Join us here at the library or participate with fellow readers by sending a comment to our book club blog at

In April the Book Club will be reading Jesse Burton's The Miniaturist. Burton's story is set in seventheenth century Amsterdam and follows the path of Nella Oortman who moves to the city with her husband, Johannes Brandt, who is a wealthy merchant. But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist--an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways. Join us in April in reading and discussing this haunting and magical page turner. We will meet at the library for conversation and snacks on two occasions in April:
*Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm
*Wednesday, April 26 at 1:30 pm

If you cannot make it in person, visit our blog at Join the discussion by adding a post to the blog.

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is reading The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin for March. The book will b discussed three times in March:
*Monday, March 27, 12:30 pm at the Frank Fischer Senior Center.
*Monday, March 27, 6:30 pm at the library.

*Wednesday, March 29, 1:30 pm at the library.
The Aviator's Wife, a work of historical fiction, tells the story of Anne Morrow, a shy woman who is wed to the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh in a headline making wedding. Despite her many achievements following the wedding, including becoming the United State's first female glide pilot, Anne continues to live in the shadow of Charles. The fairy tale life she longed for would end up bringing heartbreak and many challenges to Anne's life which caused her to challenge her need for love and independence and to embrace the possibility of life's changes. Join us for a lively discussion of the book and treats. If you cannot make it in person, visit our book club blog at Each month the KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you "talking." Join the discussion by adding a post to the blog.

For February, the Kilbourn Public Library will be reading Three Junes by Julia Glass. This novel is about Pat McLeod, a recent widower who travels to Greece and falls for an American artist. While there, he reflects on the difficulties of his previous marriage.  After he passes away six years later,  Paul’s three sons are drawn back to Greece, their ancestral home. They later meet Fern, the artist whom Paul fell in love with.  Following Paul’s death and now becoming pregnant, Fern must decide on what family means to her. This book will move the reader by showing the power of kin and friendship! The book will be discussed three times in February:
*Wednesday, February 22, 1:30 p.m. at the library
*Monday, February 27, 12:30 p.m. at the Frank Fischer Senior Center
*Monday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. at the library.