Afternoon Delight Romance Book Club Wednesday, September 21, 12:15p


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

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

On Wednesday, September 21, we will be discussing Born in Fire by Nora Roberts.

Margaret Mary, the eldest Concannon sister, is a glass artist with an independent streak as fierce as her volatile temper. Hand-blowing glass is a difficult and exacting art, and while she may produce the delicate and the fragile, Maggie is a strong and opinionated woman, a Clare woman, with all the turbulence of that fascinating west country.

One man, Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney, has seen the soul in Maggie’s art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie’s studio, her heart is inflamed by their fierce attraction—and her scarred past is slowly healed by love…


“Who Picked This?” Book Club Tuesday, July 19, 10:00a


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.

Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

An unlikely friendship between two stubborn, lonely souls anchors this big-hearted book and dares us all to ask for more.

When her life falls apart on the eve of her 40th birthday, Kate Parker finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 97-year-old Cecily Finn. Cecily’s tongue is as sharp as her mind, but she’s fed up with pretty much everything.

Having no patience for Kate’s choices in life or love, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book…of sorts.

Thought for Food

: an unintentionally funny 1950s cookbook high on enthusiasm, featuring menus for anything life can throw at the “easily dismayed,” such as:

  • Breakfast with a Hangover
  • Tea for a Crotchety Aunt
  • Dinner for a Charming Stranger

As she and Cecily break out of their ruts, Kate will learn far more than recipes.


August 16 – Plainsong by Kent Haruf


An Hour to Kill Book Club Tuesday, July 11, 6:30p


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

Love mystery & suspense?

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Law enforcement, as well as members of the FBI, are certain that the killer is a living, breathing madman—and he’s playing games with them. For a once peaceful community trapped in the depths of paranoia and suspicion, it feels like a nightmare that will never end.

Recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown just as a curfew is enacted and a neighborhood watch is formed. Amid preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into a real-life horror story. Inspired by the terrifying events, Richard writes a personal account of the serial killer’s reign of terror, unaware that these events will continue to haunt him for years to come.


August 8  – The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth


Cooking with Hoopla! Tuesday, July 12 @ 10:00am


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 The Boston Homegrown Cookbook by Leigh Belanger

The Boston Homegrown Cookbook features mouth-watering recipes from 28 chefs and restaurants in the Boston area who subscribe to the philosophy that locally grown, sustainable foods taste best. The recipes are lavishly illustrated with colorful photos of the dishes, chefs, and local farmers who are dedicated to growing the best local foods.

Featured restaurants and growers:  606 Congress, Chef Rich Garcia, Blackbird FarmBondir, Chef Jason Bond, Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds and FarmyardClover Food Lab, Chef Rolando Rebledo, Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Market MobileCuisine en Locale, Chef JJ Gonson, Stillman’s at the Turkey FarmEat Boston, Chef Will Gilson, The Herb LyceumErbaluce, Chef Charles Draghi, Ben’s MushroomsHamersley’s Bistro, Chef Gordon Hamersley, Blue Heron FarmHenrietta’s Table, Chef Peter Davis, Sparrow Arc FarmHungry Mother, Chef Barry Maiden, Woodbury ShellfishL’Espalier, Chef/Owner Frank McClelland, Apple Street FarmLineage, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Chef Jeremy Sewall and Pastry Chef Lisa Sewall, Island Creek OystersLumiere, Chef Michael Leviton, Frizzell Hill FarmMeritage, Boston Harbor Hotel, Chef Daniel Bruce, City GrowersNourish, Chef Karen Masterson, New England Cranberry CompanyOleana, Chef Ana Sortun, Siena FarmsParsons Table, Chef Chris Parsons, Lane’s LobsterRedd’s in Rozzie, Chef Charlie Redd, Shack FoodsRendezvous, Chef Steve Johnson, Eva’s GardenRialto, Chef Jody Adams, Captain Marden’s SeafoodRussell House Tavern, Chef Michael Scelfo, Fiore di NonnoSummer Shack, Chef Jasper White, Verrill FarmTastings Wine Bar and Bistro, Chef Matt Maue, Brambly FarmsTavolo, Chef Nuno Alves, Seafood SpecialtiesThe Gallows, Chef Seth Morrison, Snappy LobsterTen Tables, Proprietor Krista Kranyak, Allandale FarmToro and Coppa, Chef Jamie Bissonnette, Round the Bend FarmTosca, Chef Kevin Long, Weir River FarmTW Food, Chef Tim Wiechmann, Drumlin Farm

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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.


Page Turners Book Club Thursday, July 7, 1:00p


This discussion will be in-person at the library!

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa―like so many of her neighbors―must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it―the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.


August 4 –  The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

September 1 – A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris

October 6 – Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by Mark T. Sullivan

November 3 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

December 1 –  The Last Thing He Told Me  by Laura Dave


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Cozy Little Book Club Wednesday, July 6, 11:00a


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.

Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco


With her Let It Bee honey boutique buzzing along nicely, life is as sweet as nectar for Wren Johnson–until she takes a morning walk along the Pacific beach with her Havana Brown cat, Everett, and stumbles upon the body of Agnes Snow, the cranky queen of the local craft fairs, stiff as driftwood. More unfortunate? Clutched in the victim’s fist is a label from Wren’s homemade beeswax-and-honey lip balm. Which makes Officer Jim Hampton focus his dreamy-blue Paul Newman eyes on Wren as suspect number one.

With fabulous feline support from Everett, Wren must comb the town for clues and clear her name before someone else gets stung.

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August 3 – Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower


Walk-n-Talk Book Club Thursday, June 23, 9:45a


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

We will gather in the library parking lot and then walk the trail* for about 45 minutes while we discuss World of Wonders by Aimee Nexhukumatathil.

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

World of Wonders by Aimee Nexhukumatathil

As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted—no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape—she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance.

“What the peacock can do,” she tells us, “is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life.” The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world’s gifts.

Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

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July 28 –  This is Your Mind on Plants  by Michael Pollan


*Artful Reads with Creative Soul, Wednesday, July 13, 5:00p

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 One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin. An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories.  Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though the teenager has been told she’s dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital’s arts and crafts class, she meets the magnificent Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who more »