Book Clubs

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The library hosts or co-sponsors a great variety of book clubs for people of all reading interests. It’s a great way to meet friends, find fuel for your reading energies and enjoy an evening of book-worship or book debate. Take a look at everything we have to offer and get in touch right away! Each club has a moderator-librarian who’d be happy to get you reading and meeting up in no time.

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Or if you’re less of a joiner and more of an organizer, start up your own book group with our easy and convenient Book Group in a Bag service.

1. Top City Reads Together

Top City Reads Together is your place to find new books, discuss what you are reading, and interact with librarians, all online! You will find information about book discussions, reading challenges, future author visits and more.

2. Racial Justice Book Club

YWCA’s Racial Justice Book Club is hosted in partnership with the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Discussions are guided by YWCA’s volunteer racial justice facilitators.
Sign up to participate in the Racial Justice Book Club. You can also keep up with Facebook events for dates and information.

Time: Two discussions on the same title are hosted each month.
Location: Currently hosted on Zoom
Contact: Miranda Ericsson


3. Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK)

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TALK book discussions immerse readers in captivating stories and introduce new perspectives through literature. Join discussions of great books with skilled facilitators and an open-minded, thoughtful group of readers. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact Miranda for a copy of the current book.

Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the Month
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Online or in-person – Register for Zoom link
Contact: Miranda Ericsson | | 785-580-4476
2023 Reading List

4. So Many Books

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Always wanted to join a book group, but never made the time? If you want to read well-crafted, contemporary, literary works and discuss them with interested readers, then this book group is for you! Everyone is welcome and books are provided.

Meeting dates: usually the 4th Sunday of the month, email for the schedule
Time:  2-3:30pm
Location: Online or in-person – Register for Zoom link
Contact: Deb Ellerbrook – 785-580-4632,

5. Classics Made Modern

The Classics Made Modern book group meets virtually on Zoom. Read classics in the public domain – all choices available as ebooks and audiobooks. Discuss how the book remains modern and relevant. Share enriching conversation with other interested readers. Join our Facebook group.

Meeting dates: Once every four weeks on Tuesday, 7-8 pm and Wednesday, 2-3 pm. Choose which session works for you!
Location: Zoom and Facebook group
Complete Schedule: Join a virtual book club
Contact: Lissa Staley at

6. True Crime Book Club

If you’re looking for people to share your interest in true stories of murder and the world’s seedy underbelly, this is the book club for you. Register to attend the next meeting.

Meeting dates: June 15, Sept 21 & Dec 21 | 7-8pm
Location: Anton Room
Contact: Britt Fitts