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Afternoon Delight Romance Book Club Wednesday, June 15, 12:15p

Kelly : January 25, 2022 4:01 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email for a meeting registration invite.

Meets quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

On Wednesday, June 16, we will be discussing The Shunning by Beverly Lewis.

In the quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love.

When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents’ attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic?

On the eve of Katie’s wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain and a future of hope.


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Inside Out Book Chat, Wednesday, June 8, 9:30a

Melissa : September 21, 2021 12:57 pm : Book Groups

What have you been reading? There are so many books out there! It’s time to share. You’ll have a chance to talk about your recent read…good, bad, or mediocre.

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email for a meeting invite registration.


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“Who Picked This?” Book Club Tuesday, June 21, 10:00a

Melissa : February 11, 2021 3:55 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email for a meeting registration invite.

We usually meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 am.

The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer

On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.

So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey.

The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It’s a story that’s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure—and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.


July 19 – Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman


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An Hour to Kill Book Club Tuesday, June 13, 6:30p

Kelly : January 15, 2021 2:05 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting. Follow the link below to register for the Zoom discussion.

Love mystery & suspense?

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns that a local teenage girl has gone missing.

The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives—and our faith in one another.


July 11  – Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar


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Cooking with Hoopla! Tuesday, June 14 @ 10:00am

Kelly : December 21, 2020 12:31 pm : Book Groups
We’re combining the joy of cooking and the excellent availability of culinary titles using your free Hoopla account accessed with your library card and pin number!

Join us as we discuss Foil Packet Cookbook by Lisa Benjamin

Want the perfect camping cookbook?

Lisa Benjamin has crafted the ideal camping recipe book for your camping needs. Sit down and enjoy all of these robust foil packet recipes from the comfort of your tent.

These are the camping recipes you’ve been dreaming of!

  – Amazon

We’ll be talking about the book and sharing our experiences with any of the recipes that we’ve tried from the title. 

Email for a Zoom meeting invite.

If you need help using Hoopla, please call the library for assistance at 309.243.5716.


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Page Turners Book Club Thursday, June 2, 1:00p

Kelly : December 5, 2020 3:44 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be in-person at the library!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.


July 7 –  The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah 


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Cozy Little Book Club Wednesday, June 1, 11:00a

Kelly : December 5, 2020 1:52 pm : Book Groups

Do you enjoy a light and entertaining read?  We do too!

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email for a meeting invite registration.

A Lack of Temperance by Anna Loan-Wilsey

On the eve of the heated presidential election of 1892, Miss Hattie Davish arrives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a scenic resort town where those without the scent of whiskey on their breath have the plight of temperance on their tongues. Summoned for her services as a private secretary, Hattie is looking forward to exploring the hills, indulging her penchant for botany–and getting to know the town’s handsome doctor. But it’s hard to get her job done with her employer nowhere to be found. . .

An army of unassuming women wielding hatchets have descended on the quiet Ozark village, destroying every saloon in their path–and leaving more than a few enemies in their wake. So when their beloved leader, Mother Trevelyan, is murdered, it’s easy to point fingers. Now that she’s working for a dead woman, Hattie turns to her trusty typewriter to get to the truth. And as she follows a trail of cryptic death threats, she’ll come face to face with a killer far more dangerous than the Demon Rum. . .

 – Amazon

July 6 – Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco


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Walk-n-Talk Book Club Thursday, May 26, 9:45a

Kelly : December 5, 2020 10:56 am : Book Groups

Meets the 4th Thursday of the month, January – October. 

Our next discussion will be on Thursday, May 26 at 9:45 am.  

We will gather in the library parking lot and then walk the trail* for about 45 minutes while we discuss The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green.

*Weather permitting. If the weather is not cooperating then we will be meeting via Zoom. 

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

– Amazon

June 23 – World of Wonders by Aimee Nexhukumatathil


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*Artful Reads with Creative Soul, Wednesday, June 8, 5:00p

Melissa : September 25, 2020 10:29 am : Book Groups

Creative Soul Gallery (208 N Second St) in Dunlap and the library are joining together to discuss “arty” reads.

You may join us in-person or virtually. An unlimited number of spots are available on Zoom. 

*Registration required. Email to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend virtually or to be added to the in-person discussion! Please indicate how you wish to attend. If you would like to attend in person, please include your phone number in your response. 

This month we will be talking about The Dig by John Preston.

A literary adventure that tells the story of a priceless buried treasure discovered in England on the eve of World War II
In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, the widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find.

This fictional recreation of the famed Sutton Hoo dig follows three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure. As the war looms ever closer, engraved gold peeks through the soil, and each character searches for answers in the buried treasure. Their threads of love, loss, and aspiration weave a common awareness of the past as something that can never truly be left behind.

— Amazon

July 13 – The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin.

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