Book Clubs

Book Clubs

STEAM Book Club

Kids ages 8 through 12 are invited to a special STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Art, and Science)-themed book club!

YA Book Club

YA Book Club meets once a month! Participants choose what to read and can get a free copy of the book. Check out our calendar or contact Teen Librarian Regina at rdemauro@tcpl.org for more information.

Tween Book Club

Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club on the second Wednesday of each month. Registration is required. Register and pick up your free copy of the book at the Youth Services Reference Desk. You're welcome to bring suggestions for future books to read together! Refreshments will be served. Check our calendar for upcoming book club dates!

4 Seasons Book Club: TCPL's fiction book club

Long Bright River cover artwork

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Thursday, August 20th
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Online with Zoom

"This is police procedural and a thriller par excellence, one in which the city of Philadelphia itself is a character (think Boston and Mystic River). But it’s also a literary tale narrated by a strong woman with a richly drawn personal life – powerful and genre-defying.” – People

Join the 4 Seasons Book Club online to discuss Liz Moore's  "Long Bright River, a "suspense novel [that] looks at the anatomy of a Philadelphia family rocked by the opioid crisis and the relationship between two sisters--one, suffering from addiction, who has suddenly gone missing amid a series of mysterious murders; the other a police officer who patrols the neighborhood from which she disappeared: a story about the formidable ties between place, family, and fate." This book club discussion was originally scheduled as our Spring pick.

This discussion will take place  in Zoom. Please register to receive updates and meeting information. If you would like a copy of the book, email Joyce,  jwheatley@tcpl.org. Limited copies are available.

 BOOK CLUB KITS - See what books 4 Seasons has read in the past--all of these titles are available as kits for your own book club meeting!

Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club

book cover of The Second Founding by Eric FonerTuesday, March 3rd
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tompkins Trust Company Study Room

Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club meets quarterly to discuss a selected non-fiction title. Our meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room.

Our first selection for 2020 is The Second Founding: How The Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, by Eric Foner.

The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law. The Reconstruction amendments abolished slavery, guaranteed all persons due process and equal protection of the law, and equipped black men with the right to vote. They established the principle of birthright citizenship and guaranteed the privileges and immunities of all citizens. The federal government, not the states, was charged with enforcement, reversing the priority of the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In grafting the principle of equality onto the Constitution, these revolutionary changes marked the second founding of the United States.

Eric Foner is the pre-eminent historian of the Civil War era. His teaching and scholarship have shaped our understanding of that pivotal period. His books have garnered every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize for The Fiery Trial, his study of Lincoln and American slavery. The DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, he also writes frequently for The Nation and other major periodicals.

Please register with us in advance to obtain a copy of the selected title (there are a limited number available). For more information, or to register, contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org. You can also register for an upcoming Truth Be Told meeting by exploring our events calendar.


Check out TBT's past titles!

Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club

book cover of Robin Ha's Almost American Girl


Next meeting: Monday, September 16th, 6:30-7:30pm, via Zoom. 

Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this diverse and subversive medium in this quarterly book club. New titles are chosen by popular vote. Registration is required as there are limited copies available.
 

For September, we will be reading Almost American Girl by Robin Ha:

For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up in the 1990s as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.

So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends at home and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily. And worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.

Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.

 

If you have any questions, you can email Sophia at smckissick@tcpl.org. To register, check our events calendar.

Previous Selections

 

Next Chapter Book Club

A fun, weekly, community-building book club for adults with developmental disabilities. Books are read aloud together, so all reading levels are welcome. Contact Teresa at tvadakin@tcpl.org for more information.

Book Club Kits

Upcoming Book Club Events

Branches:
Tompkins County Public Library
Description:
Effective 3/14 through 10/31 the Library building will be closed in conjunction with Governor Cuomo's phased reopening plan. We are open for limited services only:  Lobby Hold Pickups and Internet & Copy/Fax/Print: Tuesday & Thursd...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
About this event::
We've rescheduled our March STEAM Book Club discussion of "Song for a Whale" by Lynne Kelly! We will meet virtually in September. Kids who registered for the March meeting will be notified. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

4:45pm - 5:15pm
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Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 4
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In October we will be reading Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
About this event::
Registration is required, and books will be provided for participants. In honor of the of the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment guaranteeing a woman's right to vote and looking forward to the 2020 election we will be reading Susan ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join our monthly STEAM Book Club. This month we are discussing "Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers" by Celia C. Pérez and will be joined by a special guest from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Register o...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
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In collaboration with Cornell Celebrates Toni Morrison, the library will be hosting a virtual book discussion on 'The Bluest Eye.' The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison. The novel takes place in Lorain, Ohi...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

4:45pm - 5:15pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In November we will be reading The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to pick up by c...