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. Graphic Novel Panel

Stories can be better when told with the written word and the artist’s brush. Graphic novels, comic books, manga… there are many types of literature involving a combination of art and text aimed at people of all ages. Graphic Novel Panel is a book club for reading and discussing this literature. Take part in the Panel at Gatekeeper Hobbies!

Meeting dates: 2nd Tuesday of the month | View events calendar for upcoming dates and titles
Time: 6:30–7:30pm
Location: Gatekeeper Hobbies, 4123 SW Gage Center Drive
Contact: Shelby Schellenger, GraphicNovel@tscpl.org

2. Classics Made Modern

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Read exemplary and award-winning literature. Discuss how the book remains modern and relevant. Meet monthly for enriching conversation with other interested readers.

Meeting dates: 2nd Monday/month
Time: 1:30-3pm
Location: Marvin Auditorium 101C
Contact: Lissa Staley at classicsmodern@tscpl.org
Book List: View current and previous book discussion lists

3. Talk about Literature in Kansas

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 the Kansas Humanities Council. Books are available at the Topeka Room in the library.

Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday/Month
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Menninger Room, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Contact: Miranda Ericsson | mericsson@tscpl.org | 785-580-4476

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: 4th Sunday/month
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: Perkins Room
Contact: Deb Bryan – 785-580-4540, dbryan@tscpl.org

5. What Does the Fox Read?

What Does the Fox Read? is a public book club providing a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion. Explore interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and book-themed drink specials. Email foxread@tscpl.org for upcoming titles. Age 21 +

Meeting dates: 1st Thursday/month
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: The Celtic Fox, 118 SW 8th Ave
Contact: Amber Bonnett, foxread@tscpl.org

6. Book Bites

Talk lit with this library-sponsored book group for readers in their 20s and 30s. Find a copy of this month’s title at a book club meeting, from the library’s collection, or bring your own copy. Questions? Email bookbites@tscpl.org for titles and other inquiries.

Meeting dates: 4th Tuesday/month
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Pizagel’s Pizza & Bakery, 2830 SW Fairlawn Rd
Contact: Miranda Ericsson and Michelle Morris, bookbites@tscpl.org

7. Post Public Article Club

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“Bite-sized discourse in the Capital City” – A public group to discuss interesting articles. Each month a “curator” is chosen to select an article for next month’s discussion. Additional articles of interest can be discussed in an unregulated bonanza at the end of the event.

Meeting dates: 1st Monday/month
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Blackbird Bistro and Espresso Bar, 4025 SW 10th Ave
Contact: Amber Bonnett, postpublic@tscpl.org

8. Crestview Chapter Chat

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A neighborhood book club for those who like to chat about what they’re reading. Contact Crestview Community Center to pick up a copy of the current book.

Meeting dates: 2nd Wednesday/month
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Crestview Community Center | 4801 SW Shunga Dr.
Contact: Michelle Morris, mmorris@tscpl.org

9. African American Writers Book Discussion Group

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Adults 18 and over with a passion for black literature, join this club that has been reading and discussing books written by black authors for more than 20 years. Find more information about the group and the books at the group’s website.

Meeting Dates: Third Thursday/month
Time: 7-8:45pm
Location: Hughes Room 205
Contact: Donna Rae Pearson, dpearson@tscpl.org
Club Contact: http://aawbdg.org, Vince Omni, v.omni@cox.net or 785-213-0138

10. Quiet Type Book Club

An hour of companionable reading silence. Bring a book or any reading material and relax in the company of fellow book lovers while enjoying local food and drink. Members can share what they’re reading and their latest recommendations with the group, though this is not required.

Meeting Dates: Last Wednesday/month
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Norseman Brewing Company, 830 N Kansas Ave
Contact: Amber Bonnett | 785-580-4674 | abonnett@tscpl.org