Book Discussion Groups


Stop by our newest adult discussion group called Movies&Books. Movies are typically screened the first Saturday of every month at 1:00pm. Copies of the selected book are available ahead of time from the Adult Reference Desk. Our discussion immediately follows the movie screening, to chat about which was better – the movie or the book! Feel free to attend the screening, the discussion, or both. No registration is required; however, seating at the movie screening is limited to 125.


Tinley Tomes

Tinley Tomes comprises two groups that discuss a variety of fiction and nonficiton books. One group meets at 1:30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month and the other at 7:30 on the fourth Tuesday (Tomes groups do not meet in December).  Selections are available at the Adult Reference Desk in hardcover, large print, and audio formats one month prior to the discussion date.  Discussions are held in Meeting Room A.

Tuesday Tomes Selections for Spring/Summer 2015

May 26 — The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Brown recounts the story of the nine mbmers of the United States rowing team who, amid pre-war political and economic uncertaintites, gave America something to cheer about.


Wednesday Tomes Selections for Spring/Summer 2015

May 13 — Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar

A masterful account of the Chilean miners' 69-day entrapment, the anguish of family members who awaited their release, and what sustained their hopes of returning safely.

Books with Buzz

Are you looking for a forum for discussing bestsellers? Come to Books with Buzz which meets on the third Thursday of every other month at 7:30 pm in Meeting Room A. Each selection will be announced at the preceding discussion. Join the Buzz!


May 21 — The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

In her debut novel, Paula Hawkins creates a multilayered thriller with three distinct female narrators. The terrorizing and twisted conclusion will leave readers pondering the power of memory and the danger of envy.


July 16 — In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
(Discussion to be held in the UPSTAIRS Young Adult Programming Room)

Drawing upon her own memories of the fifties, Blume tells the haunting story of three generations of families and friends whose lives are scarred by a succession of unexplained plane crashes near Elizabeth, New Jersey.


Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime is our mystery book discussion group led by Fran Heinemann of Outreach Services. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

Light of the World

May 5  Light of the World by James Lee Burke

While vacationing in Montana’s Big Sky country, Louisiana Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux is pitted against a diabolical villain when a series of suspicious events leads him to believe a convicted serial killer is loose on the streets of Montana.



June 2 — Defending Jacob by William Landay

When a boy is found brutally murdered in the woods, a peaceful New England town is shaken to its core. District Attorney Andy Barber is determined to find the murderer and bring him to justice. In a shocking turn of events, his own son Jacob is arrested for the crime. As the tables are turned and his family is put under the microscope, Andy’s world begins to crumble. The author crafts a legal and psychological thriller that delves into the heart of family and raises the question of how far would you go to protect your loved ones.

No discussion in July

August 4 — The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Mike is a criminal and he doesn’t deny it. He has a talent for breaking into locked doors, padlocks with no combinations and even an eight-hundred pound safe. He does each job with professional detachment. But Mike’s life has been marked by tragedy. He was traumatized at a young age and hasn’t spoken a single word in ten years. As narrator of this innovative thriller, Mike tells his story in chapters that alternate between the conflicts of his crime-ridden present and his tragic past.