Book Clubs

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Covid-19 Update:

Due to the current stay at home order, book discussions have been postponed or rescheduled in an online format. Join us for a lively discussion online! For more information on titles, dates and discussion options contact the librarian specified for each group below. For more general questions we’re here for you at ask@tscpl.org.


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 from the Topeka Library, all online! You will find information about book discussions, reading challenges, future author visits and more. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/topcityreads/

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.

To sign up for email updates or recommend a title for the group, fill out the web form here. Keep up with Facebook events for dates and information here.

Time: Two discussions on the same title are hosted each month.
Location: Currently hosted in Zoom
Contact: Marie Pyko, mpyko@tscpl.org

3. HIIT the Books

This book club will focus primarily on health and lifestyle related books that we will discuss in an online forum. Seasonally, we will meet to experience a free class, workshop, or presentation related to a book we have been reading, for example yoga or healthy cooking, etc. Ebooks and audiobooks will be available for free with a TSCPL library card. Physical editions of selections may also be available at the library or can be purchased elsewhere.
Find more info on Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s ebooks and audiobooks.

Time: 24/7!
Location: Facebook
Contact: Amber Bonnett, abonnett@tscpl.org

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

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

5. 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 of the month
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: Perkins Room
Contact: Deb Ellerbrook – 785-580-4632, somany@tspcl.org

6. 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. Age 21 +

Meeting dates: 1st Thursday of the month
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: The Celtic Fox, 118 SW 8th Ave
Contact: Chris Blocker & Areli Bermudez-Villarreal, foxread@tscpl.org

7. 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 of the 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

8. Classics Made Modern

The Classics Made Modern book group is going virtual on Facebook and Zoom in 2020 so we can talk books while we’re staying safe at home. We’ll also “meet” a little more often and we have room for lots of new members. Read classics — all choices available as ebooks and audiovooks. Discuss how the book remains modern and relevant. Share enriching conversation with other interested readers.

Meeting dates: Every other Wednesday, 2-3 pm and every other Tuesday, 7-8 pm –choose which session works for you!
Location: Facebook group and Zoom (email for Zoom link for each session)
Complete Schedule: Join a virtual book club
Contact: Lissa Staley at classicsmodern@tscpl.org

9. 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 of the month

Time: 1-2pm
Location: Crestview Community Center | 4801 SW Shunga Dr.
Contact: Michelle Morris, chapter@tscpl.org