Book Groups

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Five people discussing a book in a Book GroupThe 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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Join a Library Book Group


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
*Note: The Brookwood meeting is on the second Thursday this month due to the Independence Day holiday.
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)

Grupo de lectura

Únase a nuestro grupo de lectura mientras exploramos la literatura en español y participamos en discusiones grupales animadas. El grupo lee en voz alta un cuento corto seguido de una discusión. 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!

Come join our reading group as we explore literature in Spanish and engage in lively group discussions. The group reads a short story aloud together followed by a discussion. 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!

Diverse Voices

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

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.

Services for Your Book Group

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.

Conference Rooms

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!

Community Book Groups

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 ListComic 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.
Community facilitator
Kathryn Waller 

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.
Community Facilitator:

Thursday Morning Book Group

Location: Brookwood Library
Meeting Time: Second Mondays 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.
Community Facilitator:
Gayle Ruhlen


Book Club Kit FAQs

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What books are available as a kit?

  • Are Book Club Kits renewable?

  • What if I just want one copy of the book?

  • Do you have Book Club Kits for children/teens?

  • What if I need more books than are included in the kit?

  • Can I request a Book Club Kit from another library?

  • What if I want a book for my book group that is NOT available in a kit?

  • Who is responsible for the books in the kits when they are checked out?

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