by Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
If you stop by the Boone’s Trail Branch on the second Monday evening of any month, you’ll find a group sitting in a circle. They are there to discuss a book that they have all read, but they are also there to catch up with friends. They are there to discuss different ideas and opinions. They are there to learn. They are there to laugh.
The Fiction Fans book discussion group at the Boone’s Trail Branch is not the only book club at a St. Charles City-County Library. In fact, it’s not the only group meeting at the Boone’s Trail Branch! With over 20 groups for adults meeting at almost every Library branch in the county, there’s probably a group for you. But why should you be a part of one? Consider these five reasons for joining other readers to regularly discuss books:
Convinced? Visit myLibrary.org/book-discussion-groups to browse the many groups meeting in Library branches across St. Charles County. You’ll find meeting times and locations along with the books that each group has selected for 2021. Jump in by registering to attend the next gathering. (While most groups are still meeting virtually, some select groups are getting together outdoors in person. Details are provided on the registration pages.) If you don’t connect with the first group you try, don’t give up. Try another. It may take time to find just the right group for you.
Don’t leave the kids out! You can find “Club Read” book discussion groups for young readers in grades 4-8 at the Library. Visit myLibrary.org/eCalendar for upcoming meetings at several branch locations.
Maybe you have plenty of friends who love to read. Gather them together and start your own book discussion group. The Library makes it easy with "Book Club To Go" kits. These book discussion kits each contain 10 copies of a title and a discussion guide and can be checked out for 10 weeks. Choose fiction or nonfiction for adults, teens, and kids. With over 700 available titles, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
Whether you meet other book lovers at the Library, or you put together your own book club, we recommend a book discussion group for anyone who loves to read. You’ll discover that talking about reading is almost as nice as the reading itself. Have questions? Need help finding the right group for you? Call or stop by any Library branch and ask. Soon you may be like the group member at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch who once confided, “I’ve changed my vacation so I didn’t miss book club.”
All Library facilities are open to the public and offer curbside/drive-up services. Room reservations, passport services, and in-person classes & events are temporarily cancelled, but virtual programming is happening now. Get the details here: myLibrary.org/covid-19