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 Summer 2015

June 23— The Children Act by Ian McEwan

In this twenty-first-century fable about faith versus science and the state, British High Court Justice Fiona Maye is called upon to decide whether Adam Henry, a Jehovah’s Witness with leukemia, should be forced to undergo a life-saving blood transfusion prohibited by his faith.

July 28— Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini

A fictional exploration of the decades-long relationship between Julia Grant, Civil War general's wife and later first lady, and her house slave Jule, who, upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a gifted hairdresser and businesswoman in her own right.

August 25— A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Brilliant dialog and nuanced insight into the complex messiness of family relationships are Anne Tyler’s signature gifts. In this, her twentieth novel, she chronicles the Whitshank clan through three generations in their family homestead in Baltimore, Maryland. The decline of parents Red and Abby Whitshank triggers a gathering of the clan; sibling rivalry, jealousy, avarice, compassion, and generosity vie for dominance among their fractious adult children.


Wednesday Tomes Selections for Summer 2015

June 10— Nora Websterby Colm Toibin

In a small village in Ireland, Nora must learn to cope with death of her beloved husband — the man who rescued her from the stifling world into which she was born. Nora's struggle to awaken from grief and discover her own space are chronicled with remarkable restraint and sympathy

July 8— Big Little Liesby Liane Moriarty

Sometimes the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is just plain bad advice. The exploding lollipop on that graces the jacket of Big Little Lies reveals a lot, but not the tantalizing secret of whodunit (and what sort of violence, exactly, was done) on Trivia Night at Pirree Public School. Feuding parents, bullying kids, and mean girls who never grew up are among the volatile ingredients of this suburban noir tale by the popular author of The Husband’s Secret.

August 12— Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitaniaby Erik Larson

One hundred years ago, 11 miles off the coast of Ireland, the Cunard superliner Lusitania encountered a German submarine. Within 18 minutes, the Lusitania sank, taking with it 1200 passengers, many of them women and children. Popular historian Larson brings this maritime disaster to life and probes still unanswered questions: Why was there no naval escort? What caused the explosion that likely sank the ship? What did First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill know and when did he know it?

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!

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.

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.