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Bookgroup picks for 2015

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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 


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Alpha Park Public Library in Bartonville


February 12th - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Kahled Hosseini
March 12th - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
April 9th - Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
May 14th - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
June 11th - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
July 9th - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Aug. 13th - Summer Lies by Mary Kay Andrews
Sept. 10th - TBA
Oct. 8th - TBA
Nov. 12th - TBA
Dec. 10th - Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris



Beardstown Houston Memorial

Ladies Book Club

March 2015: The Last Summer of the Campetdowns by Elizabeth Kelly

April 2015: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

May 2015: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

June 2015: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

July 2015: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James

August 2015: Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

September 2015: Gemini by Carol Cassella

October 2015: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

November 2015: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

December 2015: When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber

January 2016: Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki



Blessing Health Professions Library in Quincy

Research Book Club 2015

January 28th - The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

March 25 - Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli

May 27 - Splendid Solution by Jeffrey Kluger

July 22 - Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine by Julie M Fenster

September 23 - The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin

November 18 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Contact us at 217-228-5520 x. 6970.  Melissa DeVerger


Bradford Public Library District 

Our Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. 

We currently have 15 members and will celebrate our 10th anniversary in May 2016. 

We take turns choosing which book to read.



January                The Fall of Marigolds ~ Susan Meissner

February              All the Light We Cannot See ~ Anthony Doerr

March                  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ~ Rachel Joyce

April                     The Peach Keeper ~ Sarah Addison Allen

May                     Have A Little Faith ~ Mitch Albom

June                    These is My Words ~ Nancy Turner

July                     The Invention of Wings ~ Sue Monk Kidd

August                The Starved Rock Murders ~ Steve Stout

September          Ordinary Grace ~ William Kent Krueger

October              Operation Christmas Child A Story of Simple Gifts ~ Franklin Graham

November          Orphan Train ~ Christina Baker Kline



Brimfield Public Library District 

Brimfield Book Club-4th Monday of the month @ 1pm



January 26- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

February 23- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

March 23- Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides

April 27- Riding the Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon

May 18*- Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Lanvik

June 22- TBA

July 27- TBA

August 24- TBA

September 28- TBA

October 26- TBA

November 23- TBA

December 28- TBA


*held on the 18th due to Memorial Day.


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



Chillicothe Public Library

Books+Tea @ the Library (book club webpage) 2015


January 26 - All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

February 23 - Emily & Einstein, by Linda Francis Lee

March 23 - The Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, by Margaret Atwood

April 27 - Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years with the Bard, by Laura Bates

May 18 - Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver

June 22 - A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
July 27 - The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

August 24 - The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

September 28 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

October 26 - Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

November 23 - The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan

December 14 - One Plus One by Jojo Moyes


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.


Reading selections:    November:  Still Alice by Lisa Genova

                                   December:  Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult




Farmington Area Public Library District

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


January                                    Baking Cakes in Kigali                        by Gaile Parkin

February                                  Sweet Mandarin                                 by Helen Tse

March                                      A Lesson in Secrets                            by Jaqueline Winspear

April                                         The Weird Sisters                               by Eleanor Brown

May                                         The Light Between Oceans                 by M.L. Stedman

June                                         The Invention of Wings                      by Joy Fielding

July                                           Puppet                                               by Sue Monk Kidd

August                                     The World's Strongest Librarian         by Josh Hanagarne

September                               The Care and Management of Lies    by Jaqueline Winspear

October                                    Pioneer Girl                                        by Bich Minh Nguyen

November                               The Gold Finch                                    by Donna Tartt

December                                Angels at the Table                            by Debbie Macomber


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



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


January 13th - Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

February 10th - The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosie

March 10th - Vicious by V.E. Schwab

April 14th - Bumped by Megan McCafferty

May 12th - Jackaby by William Ritter

June 9th - Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills


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


January 20th - Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

February 17th - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

March 17th - The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

April 21st - Manga or Graphic Novel of your choice

May 19th - Fantasy Novel of your choice

June 16th - Music Book of your choice


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


July 16th - Urchin of the Riding Stars by M. I. McAllister

August 20th - Urchin and the Heartstone by M. I. McAllister

September 17th - The Heir of Mistmantle by M. I. McAllister



Galesburg Public Library

Tuesday/Thursday Book Clubs (tentative list)

January 2015 – Promise Land: My Journey through America’s Self-Help Culture by Jessica Land-Shapiro 

February 2015 – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra 

March 2015 – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (tie-in to Big Read of The Maltese Falcon) 

April 2015 – The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (Big Read selection)

May 2015 – Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink 

June 2015 –Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert 

July 2015 – Drama High by Michael Sokolove 

August 2015 – Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga

September 2015 – Flight 232 Laurence Gonzalez 

October 2015 – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

November 2015 – Stuff Matters by Mark Miodowski 

December 2015 – The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Fenollera


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

January 2015 - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

February 2015 - Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

March 2015 - Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

April 2015 - Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis

May 2015 - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

June 2015 - Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due

July 2015 - Year Zero by Rob Reid

August 2015 - TBD

September 2015 - The Martian by Andy Weir

October 2015 - The Bad Seed by William March

November 2015 -  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

December 2015 - Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny


Food for Thought Book Club (tentative list)

February 2015 - Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

March 2015 - TBD

April 2015 - The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (Big Read selection)

May 2015 - TBD

June 2015 - TBD

July 2015 - TBD

August 2015 - TBD

September 2015 - TBD

October 2015 - TBD

November 2015 - TBD


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 12 The Midwife of Hope River Patricia Harman
February 9 Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman
March 9 The Heist Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
April 13 Wesley the Owl Stacey O'Brien
May 13  
June 10  
July 13 The House on Olive Street Robyn Carr
August 10 Inside the O'Briens Lisa Genova
September 14 Bookman's Tale Charlie Lovett
October 12 Girl on a Train Paula Hawkins
November 9 Just Breathe Susan Wiggs
December 14 The Knitting Circle Ann Hood



Illinois Prairie District Public Library - Spring Bay Branch

The Spring Bay Bookies, will celebrate 13 years in Jan.  We meet once a month at our branch library.  We did have two conflicts this past year of not being able to get our selection because not available when the time came to place holds.  We take turns selecting books and hosting that meeting.  Here is our list for 2015.  Lyn Wiegand


    MONTH                                                          READING                                                                                               DISCUSSING

Jan                                                      11/22163: A Novel by Stephen King                                                                       Feb 2nd

Feb                                                      The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon                                                          Mar 2nd

Mar                                                     Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple                                                     Apr 6th

Apr                                                      Fall From Grace by Richard North Patterson                                                         May 4th

May                                                    Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts                                                                            June 1st

June                                                    I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai                                                                            July 6th

July                                                     The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler                                                                     Aug 3rd

Aug                                                     Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline                                                                  Sep 3rd

Sep                                                      The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden                                                      Oct 5th

Oct                                                      The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty                                                              Nov 2nd

Nov                                                      Comfort and Joy by Kirstin Hannah                                                                      Dec 7th

Dec                                                      The Astronauts Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel                                      Jan 4th



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

2015 (Our 12th year!)

January 26

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Zevin, Gabrielle

Discussion sheet online

February 23

Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Reiss, Tom

Discussion sheet online

March 30

Invention of Wings

Kidd, Sue Monk

Discussion sheet online

April 27

A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik

Discussion sheet online 

May 18*

Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Brown, Daniel James

Discussion sheet online 

June 29 

Rosie Project

Simsion, Graeme

Discussion sheet online 

July 27


Cassella, Carol

Discussion sheet online 

August 31

The Hurricane Sisters

Frank, Dorothea Benton

Discussion sheet online 

Sept 28

One Summer: America, 1927

Bryson, Bill

Discussion sheet online 

October 26

I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Maum, Courtney


November 23

A Star for Mrs. Blake

Smith, April


December 14th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2015

*Please note: Due to a holiday, our May meeting will be a week earlier than usual.

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.


2015 Selections for Great Reads
Discussion Date Title Author
November 4* The Aviator's Wife

Melanie Benjamin

December TBA TBA TBA









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.


2015-2016 Selections for Mystery Book Club
Discussion Date Title Author
October 28 Black Diamond Martin Walker
November 18 In the Woods Tana French
December TBA TBA TBA











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.


2015 Selections for Book Club 1
Discussion Date Title Author 
November 6 Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger
December 18 TBA  


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.


2015 Selections for Book Club 2
Discussion Date Title Author 
September 30
The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
November 12 Fall of Giants Ken Follett



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.


2015 Selections for Book Club 3
Discussion Date Title Author
November 13

The Glass Lake

Maeve Binchy

December 11

Monday Morning Faith

Lori Copeland

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 15th  7 p.m. - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

February 19th  7 p.m. - Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

March 19th 7 p.m. - The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sanmartin Fenorella

April 16th 7 p.m.  The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes


Sep 10, 2015 - The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

October 15, 2015 -  The Ocean at the End of the Lane    by Neil Gaiman

November 19, 2015 -  My Year with Eleanor    by Noelle Hancock 


Contact Tahdra for more information:   TahdraT@mortonlibrary.org 



Normal Public Library

2015 book groups meeting at the Normal Public Library, 206 West College Avenue, Normal


March 19, 2015: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

May 21, 2015: Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

July 16, 2015: All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

September 17, 2015: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

November 19, 2015: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote


Contact Pixie for more information: pfreymann at normalpl.org 



Pekin Public Library


July 6: The Paris Wife

August 3: Room

September 14: Mockingbird Next Door

October 5:To Kill a Mockingbird

November 2: Digging to America

December 7:  Blind Eye

January: The Husband's Secret

February: The Tiger's Wife

March: I Am the Cheese



Prairie Skies Public Library District  "Bookies" Book Club 

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


January:  Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot

February:  Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

March:  Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

April:  Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline

May:  Pecan Man by Cassie Selleck

June:  Good Talk, Dad by Bill and Willie Geist

July:  Racketeer by John Grisham

August:  Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

September:  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

October:  Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

November:  Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

December:  DO NOT MEET


Tremont District Library

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


September 2015  
October 2015 One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
November 2015 To Kill a Mockingbird
December 2015

Christmas Train by David Baldacci

January 2016  




Meet at Speer Bank Community Center 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month


January:  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

February:  The Shoemaker's Wife by Adrianna Trigiani

March:  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissam

April: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

May:  The Girl You Left Behind by Jo Jo Moyers

June:  The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philip Sendker

July:  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

August:  Alena by Rachel Pasten

September:  Lydia's Party by Margaret Hawkins

October:  Wake by Anna Hope

November:  Priscilla by Nicholas Shakespeare

December:  The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott



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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