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.

In April we will be discussing the book Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. This book tackles the question "Why do our interactions with strangers so often go wrong?" This book is a challenging and controversial excusion through history. Gladwell revisits deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University and the death of Sara Bland, throwing our understanding of these stories into doubt. Because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. We will be discussing this book twice in the month of April: Monday, April 26 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30 pm. This discussion will take place virtually through zoom. To register for a discussion click above on the day you would like to join.

Our book discussion for this month is Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict. Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Windston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies. Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! has created a remarkable novel that focuses on one of the people with the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill. Stop in the library or on the bookmobile to pick up a copy of this month's book. This book is also available digitally on hoopla with no waiting. Go to hoopladigital.com to access a copy.

We will be meeting via zoom to discuss this incredible novel on Monday, March 29 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, March 31 at 1:30 pm. The links to register are below, and they will be posted on our Facebook page as well.

Monday Book Discussion

Wednesday Book Discussion

The novel we will be reading for the month of February is This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This novel is about Claude, a 5 year old boy who is the youngest of 5 brothers. He loves peanut butter sandwiches and wearing dresses and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says he wants to be a girl. This story follows one family's transformation as a result of raising a transgender child. It is a novel about revelations, fairy tales, and family. We will discuss this novel twice this month, Monday, February 22 at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, February 24 at 1:30 pm. Discussions will take place virtually through zoom.

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 staff@dellslibrary.org.

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 staff@dellslibrary.org 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.

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