The library provides many opportunities for participating in a book group that meets your interests! Join one of the library’s several book groups or a community-led group, host your own group at the library, or take advantage of the ways the library can help make your book group shine.
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Check out the library’s new signature book group for adults! Ask staff at the Brookwood or Shute Park Library to check out a copy of the monthly selection, then drop in at one of our two discussion times. Discussions take place at the Brookwood Library on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm OR at the Shute Park Library on the third Saturday of each month at 11 am. Choose whichever day and time work for you! View a complete list of the 2019 Hillsborrowers book selections in the catalog.
March 7 and 16 – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
April 4 and 20 – The Power by Naomi Alderman (Note: Both April meetings will take place at the Brookwood Library)
May 2 and 18 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
June 6 and 15 – Less by Andrew Sean Greer
July 11 and 20 – Calypso by David Sedaris
August 1 and 17 – Transcription by Kate Atkinson
September 5 and 21 – The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
October 3 and 19 — Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi (2019 Hillsboro Reads Selection)
November 7 and 15 – There There by Tommy Orange
December 5 and 21– Sharing our favorite reads of 2019! Come prepared to discuss the best books you read this year.
Café Con Libros
Únase a nuestro grupo de lectura para hispanohablantes y participe en discusiones animadas sobre cuentos cortos en español. Leemos un cuento corto en voz alta y después lo comentamos mientras disfrutamos de un buen café. Este grupo para lectores adultos se reúne en la Biblioteca Brookwood el segundo jueves de cada mes a las 7 pm. ¡Los nuevos miembros son siempre bienvenidos!
Join our book group for Spanish-speakers and participate in lively discussions about short stories in Spanish. We’ll read a short story aloud and then discuss it with a good cup of coffee.This group for adult readers meets at the Brookwood Library on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm. New members are always welcome!
This group for adult readers meets at the Brookwood Library on the first Saturday of each month at 11 am. Join us in reading diverse books followed by friendly discussion. All are welcome! View the book selections in the catalog and place a hold.
January 5 – Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
February 2 – Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
March 2 – Factfulness by Hans Rosling
April 6 – There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald
May 4 – Tin Man by Sarah Winman
June 1 – Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
July 6 – Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russel Hochschild
August 3 – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
September 7 – White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
October 12* – Educated by Tara Westover
* Note: The group will meet the second Saturday of October to allow members to attend the Hillsboro Reads keynote address on October 5.
November 2 – Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
December 7 – Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter
OBOB Book Club (Grades 3-5)
OBOB Book Club is on hiatus for summer 2019. Check back in September for an update!
Beginning Reader Book Club
Designed especially for readers just beginning to read chapter books. Register online through the event calendar, then pick up the current book at the Brookwood Library. The club meets at Brookwood Library on the third Tuesday of each month at 4 pm.
Club de lectores principiantes bilingües / Bilingual Beginning Reader Book Club
Diseñado especialmente para lectores que recién empiezan a leer libros con capítulos en español e inglés. Recoja el libro en el mostrador de servicio de Shute Park Library después de registrarse en línea a través del calendario de eventos. El grupo se reúne el la Biblioteca Shute Park el tercer Jueves del mes a las 4pm
Designed especially for readers just beginning to read chapter books. Pick up the current book at the Shute Park Library service desk after registering online through the event calendar. The group meets at the Shute Park Library on the third Thursday of each month at 4 pm.
Book Club Kits
Book Club Kits are a great way for book groups to make sure they have enough copies of their selection for all of their members. The Hillsboro Public Library has over 60 kits available for checkout, and there are over 150 kits available through WCCLS. Each kit contains 8-10 books and a discussion guide and can be checked out for 6 weeks at a time.
You can find a list of all the Book Club Kits that WCCLS libraries own in the WCCLS catalog.
Book Group Station
The Brookwood Library’s Book Group Station is your one-stop shop for all things book group! Learn about the latest greatest titles for discussion, browse our Book Club Kits, and discover resources to help your group thrive. You can find the station on the second floor between the adult fiction and nonfiction sections.
The library has two conference rooms at Brookwood and one at Shute Park that can accommodate up to 8 people. You can reserve these rooms for free with your library card 3-90 days in advance. Learn more and reserve a room today!
Is your book group too large for a conference room? Contact the library’s book group liaison to learn about other options.
Book Selection Assistance
If there’s one thing we know here at the library, it’s books! We can help you find the perfectly discussable book for your group in any genre or subject area.
Fill out our Shelf Help form to receive a custom list of titles for your group within four days.
Discussion Question Assistance
Having trouble finding a discussion guide for your selection? Stumped for the right questions to ask to keep the discussion lively? We can help! Contact us.
Book Group Consultation with a Librarian
Want to start a book group but don’t know where to start? Have a book group that’s going okay but could be better? Schedule a consultation with a librarian book group expert. Librarians are available to consult for up to 2 hours in 1 or 2 sessions per group. Get in touch with the library’s book group liaison today!
Annual Book Group Bazaar
This January event provides an opportunity for existing book groups and book group seekers to meet. Groups that are open to the public can reserve a table at the bazaar and you can attend pop-up talks on a variety of book group relevant subjects.
Community Bulletin Board
Is your group open to the public? Bring a poster to the library and we’ll hang it on our community bulletin board!
These community-run groups are not affiliated with the library and all information listed below is courtesy of the groups. For additional details, please contact the facilitator for each group.
Comic Book Book Club
Location: Shute Park Library
Meeting Time: One Sunday per month at 3 pm (check Meetup or contact Kathryn for exact dates)
Book List: Comic Book Book Club
Description: Calling all Comic Book Nerds! This is a group for anyone and everyone who can just nerd out for hours on end, but your normal friend group is just too...well...normal. Let's hang out. Let's read comic books and discuss. Let's be nerds together! Sound good? Good.
Evening Book Group
Location: Brookwood Library
Meeting Time: Fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:45 pm
Book List: View selections in the library catalog.
Description: A welcoming book group discussing a broad range of fiction and nonfiction titles. Look for us near the coffee shop.
Thursday Morning Book Group
Location: Brookwood Library
Meeting Time: Second Thursdays of the month at 10 am
Book List: View selections in the library catalog.
Description: A book group discussing member-selected fiction and nonfiction. New members are welcome to attend.