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 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 will also be watching the movie Death Comes to Pemberley. This movie is adapted from P.D. James' clever whodunit and is an inventive continuation of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. 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 a movie. Stop by the library or bookmobile and pick up a holiday book to read. Or just come and watch the movie with us. Everyone is welcome!
*Monday, December 18 at 6:30 pm
*Wednesday, December 20 at 1:30 pm


Hillbilly Elegy is the 2017-18 selection for Go Big Read, UW-Madison's common reading program. It is also the November book selection for the Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion. Written by J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy offers a broad look at the poor white working class in a small Appalachian town. The author draws upon his own life experiences to help paint a picture of a working class that has lost faith in upward social mobility. It is an illuminating memoir and work of social history that is sure tospur an engaging discussion. We will be discussing this book on Monday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 29 at 1:30 p.m. Both discussions will be held at the library. Copies of the book are available at the library and on the bookmobile. Everyone is Welcome. If yo ucannot make it to the meeting in person you are welcome to participate in the online discussion at kplbookclub.blogspot. com. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Read Program is designed to engage members of the campus community and beyond in an academically focused reading experience.

For the month of October the Kilbourn Public Library will be reading and discussing Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Moonglow is a story inspired by Chabon's conversations with his terminally ill grandfather in 1989. Readers will find themselves enthralled by this tale of war, adventure, love and desire. It also chronicals the American technological accomplishments of the mid-twentieth century and highlights the power of lies and secrets. From the Jewish slums of pre-war South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utiopia of New York's Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the "American Century," the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and compresses this lifetime into a single week. According to, this book is a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive. This book will be discussed twice in October:
*Wednesday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m.
*Monday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m.

If you can't make it join in on the discussion on our blog at

We are very excited to announce the book club selection for the month of September! We will be discussing our very own Michael Dodd's newest book Except for His Wings. Most of you remember Michael as an employee and volunteer here at the library but he is also an author and we are sure you are going to enjoy this book. His novel is about Corny Shane, who is a recovering alcoholic trying to rebuild his shattered life in the Texas Hill Country. The story begins wwhen Corny's eleven-year-old daughter comes home with a story about a boy with wings who appeared at the town park. Except for His Wings is the story of the turmoil his appearance creates in their small town. It is a story of uncertainty and confusion, of old wounds and new fears, of sorry and of hope. We will be welcoming Michael Dodd back to the library to lead the discussion during both sessions. The book wil be discussed at the library on Monday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. Books are available for checkout at the library and on the bookmobile

The Kilbourn Public Library's Book Club selection for August is the novel The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows. We will be discussing this book on Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m. The novel is set in 1938 and follows the story of Layla Beck, who is cut off from her allowance and demanded by her father, a US Senator, to find a job with the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far out of her comfort zone when she is assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia. The author evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. The novel brings to life and inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever. Join us for discssion and treats as we delve into this wise, witty and exuberant novel that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what's right.