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Bookgroup picks for 2018

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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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Alpha Park Public Library in Bartonville

We meet the 2nd Thursday of the Month 

January 11th- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

February 8th- Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult

March 8th, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

April 12th, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

May 10th- The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

June 14th- Mississippi Solo by Eddy L. Harris

July 12th- A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

August 9th- Bear Town by Fredrick Bachman

September 13th- Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

October 18th- No Meeting, ILA

November 8th- A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of a Tragedy, by Sue Klebold

December 13th- Mr. Churchill's Secretary, by Susan Ella Klebold

January 10th, 2019- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

February 14th, 2019- Before We Were Young by Lisa Wingate




Bradford Public Library District

Our book club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 5 p.m.

January 2018 - The Mountain Between Us - Martin

February 2018 - Nightingale - Hannah

March 2018 - Th1rteen R3asons Why - Asher

April 2018 - A Gentleman in Moscow - Towles

May 2018 - Small Great Things - Picoult

June 2018 - Glory Over Everything - Grissom

July 2018 - Secret Book & Scone Society - Adams

August 2018 - The Invisible Wall - Bernstein

September 2018 - Atomic City Girls - Beard

October 2018 - Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - Chiaverini

November 2019 - Cutting for Stone - Verghese

December 2018 - Christmas Jars - Wright




Brimfield Public Library District 

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

January 23rd - The Lake House by Kate Morton

February 27th - Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall

March 27th - A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

April 24th - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

May 22nd - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

June 26th - Educated by Tara Westover

July 24th - The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

August 28th - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

September 25th - The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

October 23rd - Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

November 27th - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

December 18th - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green


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



Chillicothe Public Library

Books+Tea @ the Library usually meets on the 4th Monday of the month (book club webpage)

January 29 - The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

February 26 - The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

March 26 - So Big, by Edna Ferber 

April 23 - The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson 

May 21 - Thirty Girls, by Susan Minot 

June 25 - The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins 

July 23 - Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah  

August 27 - 11/22/63, by Stephen King 

September 24 - Some Luck, by Jane Smiley  

October 22 - In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware  

November 26 - Ginny Moon, by Benjamin Ludwig 

December 17 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin 


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



Colchester District Library

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--Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

February--Hillbilly Elegy  by J.D. Vance

March--Perfect Girl  by Gilly McMillan

April--The Magdalen Girls  by V.S. Alexander

May--The Lake House by Kate Morton

June--Wonder  by R.J. Palacio


El Paso District Library

Our book club (RIOT ACT - Readers In Our Town Are Coming Together) meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm.


January 25, 2018 - The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein

February 22, 2018 -Little Bee by Chris Cleave

March 22, 2018 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

April 26, 2018 - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

May 24, 2018 - Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

June 28, 2018 - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

July 26, 2018 - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

August 23, 2018 - Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins

September 27, 2018 - The Book of Joy: Finding Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu




Eureka Public Library District


We meet the first Thursday of the month, 6:30pm


March           The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald

April               The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

May               Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult

June              The Wedding Dress, Rachel Hauck

August           Radium Girls, Kate Moore

September    The Heavens May Fall, Allen Eskens

November     The Book Jumper, Mechthild Glaser

December     The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, Kelly Harms     


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




January             Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman

February           The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

March               Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

April                 The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

May                  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

June                  Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

July                   Love You More by Lisa Gardner

August             The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

September       The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

October            Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

November        The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander

December         Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford




Fondulac District Library in East Peoria

Out of the Box Book Club (meets in a different location in East Peoria at 6pm on the third Wednesday of every month)

January 17th 6pm, Cheese Nuts Pizzeria - Heat Wave by Richard Castle

February 21st 6pm, Tequila's - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

March 21st 6pm, Jason's Deli - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

April 18th 6pm, IHOP - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

May 16th 6pm, Firehouse Pizza - True Crime novel of your choice

June 20th 6pm, Avanti's - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood



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

Please note: we DO loan our book club kits to other libraries for book discussions. Contact Jane (jane.easterly@galesburglibrary.org or 309-343-6118) if you want to borrow one of our kits.


Added 11/28/17

Tuesday/Thursday Book Clubs (tentative list)

January – Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

February – A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan (LP avail) 

March - Lincoln’s Greatest Case by Brian McGinty

April - The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (Big Read)

May –  When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning (Galesburg Public Library Month in Galesburg)

June – Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby (Reading Takes You Everywhere)

July – Woolly by Ben Mezrich (Reading Takes You Everywhere)

August - Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick 

September  – A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

October - Huck Out West by Robert Coover 

November - Woolly by Ben Mezrich 

December  - How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry



Added 11/28/17

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

January 2018 – Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

February 2018 - Kindred by Octavia Butler 

March 2018 – Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

April 2018 – The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne (tie in to The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Big Read)

May 2018 – About Time by Jack Finney (includes I Love Galesburg in the Springtime; May is Galesburg Public Library Month in Galesburg)

June – Ghost Country by Patrick Lee ( Reading Takes You Everywhere)

July – Just One Damned Thing After Another Jodi Taylor ( Reading Takes You Everywhere)

August – The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

September - The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey

October – At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror by by H.P. Lovcraft

November - Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero July 2017 

December - Crosstalk by Connie Willis



Added 12/1/17

Food for Thought Book Club (tentative list)

March – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

April – Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson (Big Read tie in to The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears)

May – Seed Libraries: And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner (tied in to Galesburg Public Library month)

June – Seeds on Ice: Svalbard and the Global Seed Vault (Reading Takes You Everywhere)

July – Bonereapers by Jeanne Matthews (Reading Takes You Everywhere)

August – A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

September - Driftless by David Rhodes 

October - Saving Tarboo Creek by Scott Freeman

November  - Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science by Carey Gillam

December - The Jesus Cow by Michael 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 8 The Losers Club Andrew Clements
February 12 The Librarian of Aushwitz Antonio Iturbe
March 12 The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend Katarina Bivald
April 9 The Radium Girls Kate Moore
May 14 Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading Nina Sankovitch
June 11 The Sun is also a Star Nicola Yoon
July 9 The Sunday Philosophy Club  Alexander McCall Smith 
August 13 Ghost  Jason Reynolds 
September 10 The Abbot's Ghost and Assorted Thrillers  Louisa May Alcott 
October 8 Our Town Thorton Wilder
November 12 Watership Down Richard Adams
December 10 The Haunted Man & the Ghosts Bargain  Charles Dickens 



Illinois Prairie District Public Library - Spring Bay Branch

The Spring Bay Bookies celebrated 15 years in January.  Meeting are held once a month at the Spring Bay Branch.  We hope to avoid conflicts with other book clubs in getting our selections, and the past year proved successful.  We take turns selecting books and hosting that meeting.  Here is our list for 2018.  


MONTH               READING                                           AUTHOR                                                         DISCUSSING

Jan                         Wild:  From Lost to Found              Cheryl Strayed                                                 Feb 5

Feb                        Dead Wake                                      Erik Larson                                                       Mar 5

Mar                       I Will Send Rain                                Rae Meadows                                                  Apr 2

Apr                        Half Broke Horses                            Jeanette Walls                                                 May 7

May                       An Accidental Woman                     Barbara Delinsky                                             June 4

Jun                        See Me                                             Nicholas Sparks                                              July 2

Jul                         The Almost Moon                            Alice Sebold                                                    Aug 6

Aug                       Lilac Girls                                         Martha Hall Kelley                                           Sep 6

Sep                        Redemption Road                           John Hart                                                        Oct 1

Oct                        Prayers For Sale                               Sandra Dallas                                                  Nov 5

Nov                       The Rosie Project                             Graeme Simsion                                             Dec 3

Dec                       Along Came a Spider                       James Patterson                                             Jan 7




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

Usually meets last Monday of the month at 3 pm at LME Library

2018 (Our 15th year)


January 29

One in a Million Boy

Wood, Monica

February 26

Open Season

Box, C.J.

March 26


Backman, Fredrik

April 30

Killers of the Flower Moon

Grann, David

May 21

Women in the Castle

Shattuck, Jessica

June 25 


Harper, Jane

July 30

Hillbilly Elegy

Vance, J.D.

August 27

This is How It Always Is

Frankel, Laurie

September 24

Jane Eyre

Brontë, Charlotte

October 29

Books for Living

Schwalbe, Will

November 26

Reason You’re Alive

Quick, Matthew

December 10

Coffee Chat about our favorites for 2018 and the new titles for 2019



Blog available online at: http://talkaboutagoodbook.blogspot.com/ 

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

Macomb Public Library

Great ReadsSave

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.


2018 Selections for Great Reads Book Club

Discussion Date Title Author
January 10, 2018 Commonwealth Ann Patchett
February 14, 2018 The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson
March 14, 2018 Madam President: the Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson William Hazelgrove
April 11, 2018 The Children Act Ian McEwan
May 9, 2018
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
July 11, 2018 The Nix Nathan Hill
September 12, 2018 When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi & Abraham Verghese
October 10, 2018 Mudbound Hillary Jordan
November 14, 2018 Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Candice Millard
January 9, 2019 Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI David Grann
February 13, 2019 A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
March 13, 2019 Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
April 10, 2019 The Great Alone Kristin Hannah
May 8, 2019 Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate


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.


2018 Selections for Mystery Book Club

Discussion Date 
January 24, 2018 The Case of the Velvet Claws Erle Stanley Gardner
February 28, 2018 After the Storm Linda Castillo
March 28, 2018 Last to Die Tess Gerritsen
April 25, 2018 Invisible Prey John Sandford
May 23, 2018 Death in the Off-Season Francine Matthews
July 11, 2018 The Nix Nathan Hill
September 26, 2018 The Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith
October 24, 2018 The Temptation of Forgiveness Donna Leon
November 28, 2018 The Glass House Louise Penny
January 23 , 2019 TBA 
February 27, 2019 The Brass Verdict Michael Connelly
March 27, 2019 TBA 
April 24, 2019 TBA 
May 22, 2019 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.


Book Club 2  

This group meets on the first Friday of the month. The leader has expressed willingness to switch discussion dates of particular titles as needed to accommodate for conflicts with groups from other libraries. The group requests 8 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.


2018 Selections for Book Club 2

Discussion Date 
January 5, 2018 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt
February 2, 2018 Light a Penny  Candle
Maeve Binchy
March 2, 2018 Nights of Rain and Stars
Maeve Binchy
April 6, 2018 The House at Riverton
Kate Morton
May 4, 2018 The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
June 1, 2018 Small Great Things Jodi Picoult
July 6, 2018 All Creatures Great & Small James Herriot
August 3, 2018 The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver
September 7, 2018 The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan
October 5, 2018 The Hideaway Lauren Denton
November 2, 2018 Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate
December 7, 2018 Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng


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.


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


Morrison & Mary Wiley Library (in Elmwood)

Book picks for 2018:

January -- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

February -- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

March -- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

April --- Radium Girls by Kate Moore

May -- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

June -- The Reader by Rachel Chee

July -- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

August -- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

September -- No book selected due to Elmwood's Fall Festival

October -- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

November -- Memoir of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

December -- The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Our Book Group meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM. New members and visitors are always welcome!



Morton Public Library Book Club

Books & Bites meets at local restaurants on the 3rd Tuesday of each month @6:30pm


2018 Selections

January 16: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (Basta's Italian Kitchen)

February 20: Born a Crime Trevor Noah (La Fiesta)

March 20: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Firehouse Pizza)

April 17: Circling the Sun by Paula McClain (Eli's Coffee Shop)

May 15: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Hacienda Fuentes)

June 19: The Soloist: a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve López (Seasons Gastropub)  

July 17: Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell (Monical's Pizza)

August 21: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Eli's Coffee Shop)

September 18:

October 16:

November 20:

December: No December meeting


www.mortonlibrary.org | (309) 263-2200


Normal Public Library

2018 NPL Book Club at the Normal Public Library, 206 West College Avenue, Normal


January 17: Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger 
March 21: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
May 16: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
July 18: Ask Him Why by Catherine Ryan Hyde
September 19: Missing You by Harlan Coben 
November 28: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg and A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg 


Contact for more information: ask at normalpl.org


Pekin Public Library

JAN - Widowers Tale by Julia Glass

FEB - Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

MARCH - Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

APRIL -  Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

MAY - Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

JUNE - Art of Mending 

JULY  - The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman 

August -  The tea girl of Hummingbird Lane : a novel  by Lisa See 

Sept  - Before we were yours : a novel by Lisa Wingate 

Oct   - The child finder : a novel by Rene Denfeld 

Nov - Little fires everywhere  by Celeste Ng 

Dec  - Killers of the Flower Moon  by David Grann 


Quincy Public Library

Bookies--meet in the Library on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM  


Renaissance Readers--meet in the library on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:15 AM


All Over the Page--meets at local restaurants on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM


Unshelved--meets in the library on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM


Pardon our Youth--meets in the library on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 PM.  This is an adult group reading Young Adult titles.


Literary Angles--meet at the library on the third Tuesday each month at 1:30 PM


Tremont District Library

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


March: The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron 
April: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

 : A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold
June: The Book of Joe by Jonathon Tropper (may change)
August : Radium Girls by Kate Moore
September: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khlong

Young Adult Book Club -- Meets at Eli's coffee shop in Tremont at 7pm on the third Tuesday of each month.


January: The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne

February: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

March: My Name is Not Friday by John Walter

April: Turtles all the Way Down by John Green



Washington District Library

We meet the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Main library study rooms. (We do not meet during June/July, due to Summer Reading.)

January 11, 2018               1st in a Series                                                       In the Woods (Tana French)          
February 8, 2018               Romance                                                              The Hating Game (Sally Thorne)  
March 8, 2018                   Mystery/Thriller                                                    One of Us is Lying (Karen M. McManus)
April 12, 2018                    New in 2017--Fiction Edition                               Sourdough (Robin Sloan)
May 10, 2018                    Second Chance                                                     The Dry (Jane Harper)
August 9, 2018                  New in 2017--Nonfiction Edition                         Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann)
September 13, 2018          Fiction                                                                  At the Water's Edge (Sara Gruen)
October 11, 2018              Mystery/Thriller                                                    Are You Sleeping (Kathleen Barber)
November 8, 2018            Memoir                                                                 The Mighty Queens of Freeville (Amy Dickinson)
December 13, 2018          Humor/Holiday                                                     Holidays on Ice (David Sedaris)



Wyoming Public Library Book Club

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


Jan 9th   Branard, LynneTraveling Light 

Feb 13th  Bivald, KatrinaThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  

Mar 13th  Ng, CelesteLittle Fires Everywhere 

April 10th  Wood, MonicaThe One-In-A-Million Boy 

May 8th  Loigman, Lynda C.The Two-Family House 

June 12th  Littlefield, SophieGarden of Stones 

July 10th  Mclain, Paula  Circling the Sun 

Aug 14th  McDermott, AliceThe Ninth Hour 



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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