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Bookgroups picks for 2016

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Welcome to RSA Bookgroups 

The Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA) is a consortium of libraries in Central Illinois that share a common library automation system.  RSA facilitates sharing of materials among its member libraries providing you with access to materials from up to 193 different libraries. RSA's website is http://alsi.sdp.sirsi.net/client/RSAwebsite 


Since we share our material, we try to coordinate our bookgroups through this wiki.  Please post your library's schedule if it's available.  Thanks!



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Libraries A-Z


Alpha Park Public Library in Bartonville

January 14th      A Fierce Radiance          by Lauren Belfer

February 11th    In the Unlikely Event     by Judy Blume

March 10th        My Antonia                    by Willa Cather           

April 14th           Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close     by Jonathan Safran Foer      

May 12th           My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry     Backman, Fredrik

June 9th             After You                         by JoJo Moyes

July 14th            Invention of Wings        by Sue Monk Kidd

August 11th      Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,   by Jamie Ford

September 8th  One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd,   by Jim Fergus

October 13th,   The Turner House,   by Angela Flournoy

November 10th,    The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House,  by Kate Andersen Brower

December 8th,  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,   by Sherman Alexie



Beardstown Houston Memorial

January 2016: Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

February 2016: King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

March 2016: Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

April 2016: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

May 2016: Someone by Alice McDermott

June 2016: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

July 2016: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

August 2016: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini

September 2016: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

October 2016: Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

November 2016: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommended by Katarina Bivald

December 2016: The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

Bradford Public Library District

January 2016:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

February 2016:  The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman

March 2016:  My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

April 2016:  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

May 2016:  The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

June 2016:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Bachman

July 2016:  The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

August 2016:  Coal River by Wiseman

October 2016  ~ The Lost Hours ~  White

November 2016  ~ Same Kind of Different as Me ~ Hall

December 2016  ~ The Thirteenth Tale - Setterfield



Brimfield Public Library District 

Brimfield Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1pm


November- The Light in the Ruines - Christ Bohjalian

December- The Wet Nurse's Tale - Erica Eisdorfer


For more information, contact Abby at 309-446-9575 or amiles@brimfieldlibrary.org.



Chillicothe Public Library

Books+Tea @ the Library (book club webpage)


January 25 - The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 

February 22 - Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin 

March 21 - The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith

April 25 - A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan

May 23 - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

June 27 - A Bone to Pick, by Charlaine Harris

July 25 - One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Keysey

August 22 - The Returned, by Jason Mott

September 26 - The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

October 24 - The Watchers, by Dean Koontz

November 28 - West with the Night, by Beryl Markham

December 19 - Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery  


For more information, contact Catherine at 309-274--2719 or cbarnett@chillicothepubliclibrary.org.



Colchester District Library

Newly formed Reader's Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Don O'Harra Reading Room at the Library.


     January       The Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

     February     Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

     March         The Kitchen House  by Kathleen Grissom

     April            The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

     May             I Am Malala  by Malala Yousafzai 

      June            The Light Between Oceans  by M.L. Stedman

     July               Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

     August          Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah



Eureka Public Library District

Musings on Main – Titles for 2016


January – Our Souls at Night   Kent Haruf 
February – Seven Women and the secret  Of Their Greatness  Eric Mataxas 
March -   Empty Mansions   Bill Dedman 

April – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

 Robin Sloan 
May – Cruel Harvest        Fran Elizabeth Grubb 
June -    Take This Bread       Sara Miles 
July – Traveling With Pomegranates        Sue Monk Kidd 

August – The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed  Out the Window and Disappeared 

Jonas Jonasson 

September – River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey

Candice Millard
October – No book choice / potluck at Maple Lawn/ choose 2017 titles 
November – After You       Jojo Moyes
December – A Highland Christmas   M.C. Beaton



Farmington Area Public Library District

Second Monday Book Group (Second Monday each month at 6:30pm)


For more information contact the Library at 309-245-2175309-245-2175



Fondulac District Library in East Peoria

YA For All Book Club (YA book discussion for teens and adults), meets second Tuesday of every month at 7pm



Teen Space Book Club (YA book discussion for grades 8 through 12), meets third Tuesday of every month at 7pm



To Be Continued Book Club (A series book club for 5-8th graders), meets the third Thursday of every month at 6:30pm



Galesburg Public Library

Tuesday/Thursday Book Clubs (tentative list)

January - Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman

February - We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

March - Boom, Bust, Exodus by Chad Broughton (Big Read tie-in)

April - Sun, Stone, and Shadows (Big Read)

May – Saving Simon by Jon Katz 

June – Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

July – Fully Alive by Timothy Shriver 

August – The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

September – Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman

October – Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood

November - Day of Infamy by Walter Lord

December - Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal



Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club (tentative list)

January - The Science of Star Wars by Jeanne Cavelos

February - The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

March - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

April - Sun, Stone, and Shadows (Big Read)

May - His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

June - The Infinite Arena edited by Terry Carr

July - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

August - The Circle by Dave Eggers

September - Spellwright by Blake Charlton

October - Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

November The Fold by Peter Clines

December - Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones


Food for Thought Book Club (tentative list)


March - End of Night by Paul Bogard

April - Planet Taco by Jeffrey Pilcher (Big Read tie-in)

May - Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

June - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

July - Your Water Foot Print: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products by Stephen Leahy

August - The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

September - Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives and 25 Food Products  

October - Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark

November - Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal


Henderson County Public Library District - Biggsville

Turning Pages Book Club

Selections for 2016-2017

Sept-First Women by Kate Andersen Browwer

Oct.-Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

Nov.-Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Jan.-Free State of Jones by Bynum

Feb-Methland by Rick Reding

March-The gilded Hour by Sara Donati

April-What Its Like in Space by Ariel Waldman

May-Take Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende

June-Biography of choice

July-Court Appointed by Priscilla Audette

Henderson County Book of the Year-Barefoot on the River by Faye Christian Perry



Henry Public Library - Henry, IL


Best Little Book Club by a Dam Site - Group formed fall of 2002 and named January 2003.  Henry has been using variations on this theme for many years.  The first instance I found was in the 1 February 1872 paper.


We meet at 9:30 on the Second Monday of the month.  We generally pick 6 months of books at a time.




January 11 The Redbird Christmas Fannie Flagg
February 8 Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
March 14 Only Time Will Tell Jeffrey Archer
April 11 The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien
May 9 Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Kate Clifford Larson
June 13 The Hired Girl Laura Amy Schlitz
July 11 Nightbird Alice Hoffman
August 8 The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bill Bryson
September 15 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
October 10 A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
November 14 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley
December 12 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens





Illinois Prairie District Public Library - Spring Bay Branch

The Spring Bay Bookies celebrated 14 years in January. We meet once a month at our branch library. We hope to avoid conflicts with other book clubs in getting our selections. The past year proved successful. We take turns selecting books and hosting that meeting. Here is our list for 2016. 


MONTH               READING                                                                                                 DISCUSSING

Jan                        Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon                                                             Feb 1st

Feb                       Death Comes To Pemberley, by P.D. James                                        Mar 7th

Mar                      The Enemy, by Lee Childs                                                                        Apr 4th

Apr                       Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly                                                              May 2nd

May                      Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah                                                               June 6th

June                     The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins                                             July 7th

July                       Sweet Salt Air, by Barbara Delinsky                                                       Aug 1st

Aug                       The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton                                               Sept 8th

Sept                      The Silent Wife, by A.S.A. Harrison                                                        Oct 3rd

Oct                        Gray Mountain, by John Grisham                                                          Nov 7th

Nov                      The Christmas Wedding, by James Patterson                                     Dec 5th

Dec                       Knit The Season, by Kate Jacobs                                                            Jan 5th                



Lansing Public Library    "Avid Reads" Discussion Group (15th year). We meet the first Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m.

January 7        Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

February 4      Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

March 3          All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

April 7            An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

May 5              A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

June 2               Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Riffka Brunt

July 7               Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal

August 4          Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

September 1     Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlane

October 6          Defending Jacob by William Landay

November 3     Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas




Lillie M. Evans Library District in Princeville "Talk About a Good Book” Discussion Group

Usually meets last Monday of the month at 3 pm in Turner Room


2016(Our 13th year!)

January 25

Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Skloot, Rebecca

February 29

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Backman, Fredrik

March 28

Everything I Never Told You

Ng, Celeste

April 25

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Larson, Erik

May 23

The Martian

Weir, Andy

June 27 

Some Luck

Smiley, Jane

July 25

What Alice Forgot

Moriarty, Liane

August 29

Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Hobbs, Jeff

Sept 26

Shoemaker’s Wife

Trigiani, Adriana

October 31

Wright Brothers

McCullough, David

November 28

All the Light We Cannot  See

Doerr, Anthony

December 12th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2016

& get our new list for 2017


Bookgroup blog is at: http://talkaboutagoodbook.blogspot.com/ 

Contact Beth Duttlinger lill@lmelibrary.org for more information.



Macomb Public Library

Great Reads

Great Reads Book Club is an adult reading/discussion group sponsored by the Friends of the Macomb Public Library. It meets from September through May (except for December) on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (November is a first Wednesday due to the library's closing for Veteran's Day.) The book club will meet at the Macomb Public library multi-purpose room.


2016 Selections for Great Reads Book Club
Discussion Date Title Author
January 13 Deep Down Dark
Hector Robar
February 10
The House of Special Purpose John Boyne
March 9
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Bill Bryson
April 13 Transatlantic Colum McCann
May 11
My Notorious Life
Kate Manning


Mystery Book Club

Mystery Book Club is an adult reading/discussion group sponsored by the Friends of the Macomb Public Library. It meets the fourth Wednesday every month from August to May at 7:00 pm (*with slight deviations for November and December to accommodate holidays). The book club will meet at the Macomb Public library multi-purpose room.


2016 Selections for Mystery Book Club
Discussion Date Title Author
January 27 Blood Hina Naomi Hirahara
February 24 New Tricks David Rosenfelt
March 23 March Violets Philip Kerr
April 27 The Circular Staircase Mary Roberts Rinehart
May 25 North of Nowhere Steve Hamilton













Patron-run book clubs.

These groups use Macomb Public Library for interlibrary loan of book club titles but are not directly sponsored by our library.


Book Club 1

This group usually meets the final Friday of the month and selects the title for the next month on their meeting dates. Some exceptions are made for holidays with this schedule, though. This group usually requests 4-5 copies of a selection.


Book Club 2

Group usually meets on a Monday roughly every six weeks and selects the next title on their meeting dates. This group usually requests 4-5 copies of a title.


Book Club 3  

This group meets on the second Friday of the month. The leader has expressed willingness to switch discussion dates of particular titles as needed to accommodate for conflicts with other groups. The group requests 9 titles for each discussion. The majority of selections for this group are borrowed in large print format to accommodate more seasoned readers from a local nursing home.


2016 Selections for Book Club 3
Discussion Date Title Author
January 8, 2016
TBD Season-related title  






There are also book clubs affiliated with our local university, so a few patrons sometimes request titles for those as well. Those patrons usually place their requests on RSACat with no assistance, so I am usually unaware the titles are intended for book club use or how long they may be in use unless the patron expresses concern about being able to renew a title. These particular patrons are usually very responsible about their usage, though, and the titles are usually not in high demand at the time these patrons place their requests. 


When we see there is a situation of a book club title not being easily available, we expand our searches to I-Share, SHARE Illinois libraries, and non-RSA libraries in our region.


We are in the middle of a construction project. With such a small local collection available, we are not in a position to loan right now. We look forward to resuming loans to other libraries for book clubs and other purposes when the project is complete, though.


Contact Carla Ainslie macomblib.carla@gmail.com or macomb.pld.rsa@gmail.com for more information.



Morton Public Library Book Club

Held at the Morton Public Library at 315 W. Pershing St in Morton, IL


January 21st - River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

February 18th - Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

March 17th - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

April 21st - Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

May 19th - A Man Called Ove: a Novel by Fredrik Backman

June 16th - Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

July 21st - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Aug 18th - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Sept 22nd - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Oct 20th - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Nov 17th - The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Dec 15th - Dimestore by Lee Smith


Contact Tahdra for more information:   TahdraT@mortonlibrary.org 



Normal Public Library

2016 NPL Book Club at the Normal Public Library, 206 West College Avenue, Normal


January 21: End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

March 17: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

May 19: Where'd You Go by Bernadette by Maria Semple

July 21: Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

September 15: The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

November 17: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson


Contact Pixie for more information: pfreymann at normalpl.org 


Pekin Public Library


January: The Husband's Secret

February: The Tiger's Wife

March: I Am the Cheese

April: Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

May: Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie King

June: The Storied Life of A.J. Firkry by Garielle Zevin

July: Astronaut’s Wives Club by by Lily Koppel

August: Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

Sept: All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr

October:Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

Nov: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Dec: Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Jan 2017:  We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh




Prairie Skies Public Library District  "Bookies" Book Club 

Meet at the Pleasant Plains location on the 4th Thursday of each month @ 7 pm

January:       The Postmistress                   by Sarah Blake

February:     The Boston Girl                       by Anita Diamant

March:         True Sisters                             by Sandra Dallas

April:            Storm Clouds Rolling In           by Ginny Dye

May:             Crash and Burn                       by Lisa Gardner

June:            The Dovekeepers                    by Alice Hoffman

July:             The Thirteeth Tale                    by Diane Setterfield

August:         The Light Between Oceans    by M. L. Stedman

September:   Sycamore Row                      by John Grisham

October:        Go Set a Watchman              by Harper Lee

November:     Duck the Halls                       by Donna Andrews

December:    No Meeting                              No Meeting


All are welcome



Tremont District Library

Third Thursday Bookclub -- Meet at Eli's coffee shop in Tremont at 12:30PM on the third Thursday of each month.


January Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend by Susan Orlean
February Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
March Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian


The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 
May All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
June Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
July One Summer by Bill Bryson
August The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
September The Art of Hearing Heartbeats  by Jan-Philipp Sendker 

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend


November  Improbability of Love? (tentative) 




Meet at One Eleven Coffee at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month

Jan 10th  Penny, Louise  Still Life 

Feb 14th  Meissner, Susan   A Fall of Marigolds 

Mar 14th  Zusak, Marcus  I Am The Messenger 

April 11th  Cleave, ChrisEveryone Brave is Forgiven 

May 9th  Tyler, Anne  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant 

June 13th  Meyer, Stephanie The Chemist 




Questions about this wiki?  

Contact Beth Duttlinger


Lillie M. Evans Library District

207 N Walnut, PO Box 349

Princeville, IL 61559



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