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 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, May 14th
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tompkins Trust Company Study Room

"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

Two sisters travel the same streets, though their lives couldn't be more different. Then one of them goes missing.

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling.

Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey's district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit--and her sister--before it's too late.

Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters' childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.

The 4 Seasons Book Club will also meet on August 20th, and November 5th to discuss pre-selected works of modern fiction and celebrated classics.  Titles are decided by group vote approximately 6-8 weeks before each book club meeting. Check this page for updates. 

For more information, contact Joyce at

 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 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 Jim Henson's Tale of Sand by Ramón K PérezNext meeting: Monday, March 2nd, 6:30-7:30pm,
in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room. 

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 March, in honor of Will Eisner Week, we will be reading the Eisner Award-winning book Jim Henson's Tale of Sand by Ramón K Pérez: 

Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Henson's career in a celebration of his creative process. Discovered in the Archives of the The Jim Henson Company, A Tale of Sand is an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl. A Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. Produced with the complete blessing of Lisa Henson, A Tale of Sand will allow Henson fans to recognize some of the inspirations and set pieces that appeared in later Henson Company productions.


If you have any questions, you can email Sophia at 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 for more information.

Book Club Kits

See what our adult book clubs have read. All titles are available as kits for your own book club meeting.

Upcoming Book Club Events

This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Writing, Book Clubs
About this event::
Join Buffalo Street Books YA curator, rising Cornell junior Isabella Ogbolumani, and TCPL Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro for an in-depth conversation and book reading with YA author Shveta Thakrar! Shveta Thakrar is a writer of South ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Reading Challenge
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 5
About this event::
Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this diverse and subversive medium. As part of the 2020 Summer Reading Program, adults can sign up to receive a graphic novel Binge Bundle (containing 3 surprise books) around this year's theme of "I...