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Bookgroup picks for 2020

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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 



Beardstown Houston Memorial


Bradford Public Library District

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

Book Club est. May 2006

January 2020 - Summer of the Danes by Ellis Peters

February 2020 - Flight Girls - Noelle Salazar

March 2020 - What was Mine - Helen Klein Ross

April 2020 - Giver of Stars - JoJo Moyes (met via Zoom)

May 2020 - member choice (met via Zoom)

June 2020 - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - Kim Richardson

July 2020 - The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

August 2020 - Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

September 2020 - The Book of Lost Friends - Lisa Wingate

October 2020 - The Life WE Bury - Alan Eskens

November 2020 - American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

December 2020 - Mistletoe Inn - Richard Paul Evans




Brimfield Public Library District

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

January - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

February - Pawleys Land by Dorothea Benton Frank

March - The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

April - 

May -

June - 

July - 

August - 

September -

October - 

November - 

December - 


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



Chillicothe Public Library

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


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

2020 Selections:

January 27 – Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

February 24 – Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea (this discussion is part of our NEA Big Read programming around this title)

March 23 – Becoming, by Michelle Obama

April 27 – The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

May 18 – The Nocturnal Brain, by Guy Leschziner

June 22 – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

July 27 – The Good Neighbor, by Maxwell King

August 24 – Once upon a River, by Diane Setterfield

September 28 – The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom

October 26 – Nightwoods, by Charles Frazier (this will also be Books+Tea’s 10th anniversary!)

November 23 – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, by David Treuer

December 21 – The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes (We’ll be meeting early at 6:00 p.m. this month)



Colchester District Library

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


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-  The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

February - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

March -The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

April - Watership Down by Richard Adams

May -

June -

July -

August -

September -

October -



Eureka Public Library District

Musings on Main 


Book Selections 2020

First Thursdays @ 6:30pm

January 9 - Any Christmas book of reader's choice

February 6 - Any title off the AISLE Abraham Lincoln 2020 Award nominees' list  (Association of Illinois School Library Educators)

March 5 - The Library Book (Susan Orlean)

April 2 - The Jesus Cow (Michael Perry)

May 7 - The Chillbury Ladies Choir (Jennifer Ryan)

June 4 - The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford)


August 6 - A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)

September 3 - The Day the World Came to Town, 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland (Jim DeFede)

October 1 - Potluck meeting to choose 2021 titles - no book selection for this month

November 5 - Code Girls (Liza Mundy) AND/OR The Woman Who Smashed Codes (Jason Fagone)

December 3 - Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden (Carlo Devito)



Farmington Area Public Library District

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


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

JANUARY 2020- Women Talking by Miriam Toews

FEBRUARY 2020- Furious Hours by Casey Cep

MARCH 2020- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

APRIL 2020- Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

MAY 2020- The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller

JUNE 2020- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

JULY 2020- Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

AUGUST 2020- A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

SEPTEMBER 2020- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

OCTOBER 2020- The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel

NOVEMBER 2020- If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now by Christopher Ingraham

DECEMBER 2020-  


After Thoughts Book Club at Hanna City Community Center (Third Monday of each month except June, July & August at 10:00am)

FEBRUARY 2020 - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

MARCH 2020 - Invisible by Lorena McCourtney

APRIL 2020 - The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis











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

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.




Tuesday/Thursday Book Clubs 

January 2020 – Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts 

February 2020 – (Black History Month tie-in) – Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub by Ron Rapoport

March 2020 – The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick 

April 2020 – (Big Read) - Lab Girl 

May 2020 - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 

June 2020 – (Summer Reading tie-in Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover) - Secret Pigeon Service: Operation Columba by Gordon Corera

July 2020 - (Summer Reading tie-in Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover) - The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad

August 2020 - The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware 

September 2020 - The Women's Hour by Elaine F. Weiss

October 2020 - 

November 2020 - 

December 2020 -  


Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club

January 2020 – Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

February 2020 – How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

March 2020 – Somewhere in Time (Bid Time Return) by Richard Matheson

April 2020 – (Big Read) - Contact by Carl Sagan 

May 2020 – Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

June 2020 – (Summer Reading tie-in Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover) - Dune first half

July 2020 – (Summer Reading tie-in Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover) - Dune second half

August 2020 - More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

September 2020 

October 2020 – Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

November 2020 – Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton 

December 2020


Food for Thought Book Club 

February 2020 - What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Atisha

March 2020 – Sourdough by Robin Sloane

April 2020 – (Big Read tie-in to Lab Girl) - The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone

May 2020 – The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

June 2020 – (Summer Reading tie-in Dig Deeper) - Deep Creek by Pam Houston 

July 2020 – (Summer Reading tie-in Dig Deeper) - The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jackobs

August 2020 – Pride, Prejudice, and other flavors by Sonali Dev

September 2020 – Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

October 2020 – Sicker Fatter Poorer by Leonardo Trasande

November 2020 – Hungry Hearts, Elsie Chapman editor


Buzzwords Book Club


Henderson County Public Library District - Biggsville

Turning Pages Book Club




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 13 How to be an American: a field guide to citizenship Silvia Hidalgo
February 10 Heroine of the Titanic: the real unsinkable Molly Brown Elaine Landau
March 9 A Spark of Light Jodi Picoult
April 13 Maus: a survivor's tale Art Spiegelman - Discussion on Zoom
May 11 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum - Discussion on Zoom
June 8

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

June 8 Gulliver's Travels - Changed to a Public Domain title due to COVID19 Jonathan Swift - Discussion on Zoom


July 13 The Prince and the Pauper - Public Domain title due to COVID19 Mark Twain - Hybrid on the Lawn & on Zoom 
August 10  The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick - Hybrid on the Lawn & on Zoom  
September 14  The Darwin Affair
Tim Mason - Hybrid on the Lawn & on Zoom  
October 12  Pride
Ibi Zoboi - Hybrid on the Lawn & on Zoom  
November 9  Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Sharon Creech - Hybrid on the Lawn & on Zoom  
December 14

Christmas Short Stories

 A Christmas Memory

Gift of the Magi

The Little Match Girl

Hybrid in Basement & on Zoom  

Truman Capote


Jerry Pickney - adaptation and illustrations



Illinois Prairie District Public Library


Germantown Hills Branch

Book Buzz meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1 pm.


February - Unfollow, by Megan Phelps-Roper

March - A Woman is No Man, by Etaf Rum

April - Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink


Spring Bay Branch

The Spring Bay Bookies celebrated 19 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. 


MONTH                      TITLE                                                         AUTHOR

January 6             Alaskan Holiday                                             Debbie Macomber

February 3           Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore               Robin Sloan

March 2               If I Run                                                           Terri Blackstock

April 6                 The Story Keeper-A Carolina Heirlooms        Lisa Wingate


May 4                  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek     Kim Michele Richardson

June 1                 Snap Shot                                                       Lis Wiehl

July 6                  If the Creek Don't Rise                                   Leah Weiss

August 3             Defending Jacob                                           William Landay

September 3       The Alice Network                                         Kate Quinn

October 5            Memory Man                                                David Baldacci

November 2        Vinegar Hill                                                   Manette Ansay

December 7        Little Fires Everywhere                                  Celeste Ng



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


                       2020(Our 17th year)

January 27

Girl Waits with Gun

›› Join us for a Skype visit with the author! 

Stewart, Amy

February 24

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper

March 30

Star of the North

John, D.B.

April 27

I feel Bad About My Neck

Ephron, Nora

May 18

Camino Island

Grisham, John

June 29 

Island of Sea Women

See, Lisa

July 27

Last Lecture

Pausch, Randy

August 31


Ramos, Joanne

September 28

Spies of Shilling Lane

Ryan, Jennifer

October 26

Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting

Quindlen, Anna

November 30

Secrets We Kept

Prescott, Lara

December 14th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2020

& get our new list for 2021


Blog available online 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. The book club will meet at the Macomb Public library multi-purpose room.


Date Title Author
January 8, 2020 Warlight Michael Ondaatje
February 19, 2020 The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Francisco Cantu
March 11, 2020 Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
April 8, 2020 Washington Black Ese Edugyan
May 13, 2020 There Will Be No Miracles Here: a Memoir Casey Gerald



Mystery Book Club

Mystery Book Club is an adult reading/discussion group sponsored by the Friends of the Macomb Public Library. The group schedule is in a state of revision, but these are the dates available so far. The book club will meet at the Macomb Public library multi-purpose room.


Date Title Author
February 26, 2020 The Indian Bride Karin Fossum


Patron-run book clubs

These groups use Macomb Public Library for interlibrary loan of book club titles, but these groups 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.

January 24, 2020 Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
February 21, 2020 
The Lager Queen of Minnesota
J. Ryan Stradal 


Book Club 2

This group usually meets roughly every 6 to 8 weeks and selects subsequent selections on their meeeting dates. Some exceptions are made for holidays with this schedule, though. This group usually requests 2 copies of a selection.


Date Title Author
January 22, 2020 The Giver of Stars Jojo Moyes
February 19, 2020
The Overstory 
Richard Powers 


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 staff is usually unaware the titles are intended for book club use or how long materials 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)


January 2, 2020 -- Holes by Louis Sachar (we will watch the movie)

February 6, 2020 -- Becoming by Michelle Obama

March 5, 2020 -- Chronicles of a Radical Hag by Lorna Landvik

April 2, 2020 -- The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

May 7, 2020 -- The Chosen by Chaim Potok

June 4, 2020 -- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

July 2, 2020 -- The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

August 6, 2020 -- Maid by Stephanie Land

September 3, 2020 -- The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

October 1, 2020 -- Dracula by Bram Stoker

November 5, 2020 -- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

December 3, 2020 -- The Princess Bride by William Goldman


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

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


Contact Tahdra for more information:   TahdraT@mortonlibrary.org 



Normal Public Library

NPL Book Club at the Normal Public Library, 206 West College Avenue, Normal meets on the 3rd Wednesday every other month


January 15 - This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

March 18 - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

May 20 - TBA

July 15 - TBA

September 16 - TBA

November 18 - TBA


Contact our volunteer book club leader, Pixie for more information: ask at normalpl.org


Pekin Public Library

We meet the 1st Monday of the month at 2 and 6:45 (same book both times) I ORDER 38 BOOKS EACH MONTH (sorry to deplete the supply)  Beth         bbradford@pekinpubliclibrary.org


Jan - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Feb - Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Hillman

March - Last Bus To Wisdom By Ivan Doig

April - The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

May -  Favorite Book Discussion

June - VIRTUAL - Stars of Alabama (simultaneous use/Libby)

July - VIRTUAL - Book woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (simultaneous use/Libby)

August - VIRTUAL The vanishing half (simultaneous use/Libby)

Sept - Chances Are by Richard Russo

Oct - Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

Nov - Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Dec - Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane


Prairie Skies Public Library District

 "Bookies" Book Club 

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


All are welcome


ABC book club

Meets at Ashland location on the third Tuesday of each month @ 6:30pm


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



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



20s & 30s SciFi/Horror reading group -- meets in the library on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM.  



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



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



Toulon Public District Library

Third Thursday Bookclub

January 16 2020: Bossypants, Tina Fey

February 20 2020: Telegram for Mrs. Mooney, Cate M. Ruane

March 19 2020: The Orphan’s Tale, Pam Jenoff

April 16 2020: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris,  D. McCullough

May 21 2020:Forty Rod Road, Grove N. Mower

June 18 2020: June Take the Cannoli, Sarah Vowell

July 16 2020:Lake of the Ozarks, Bill Geist

August 20 2020: Atomic City Girls, Janet Beard

September 17 2020: There, There, Tommy Orange

October 15 2020: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, J. Lawson

November 11 2019: The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott 


YA Book Club (Last Tuesday of Each Month)

January - by: Chris Colfer

February - by: Rick Riodan

March - The Book Thief  by: Markus Zusak

April - Dorothy Must Die   by: Danielle Paige

May - by: Marissa Meyer


Youth Book Club (Last Tuesday of Each Month)

January -   Recycling

February - The Land of Stories  by Chris Colfer

March -  HiLo   by: Judd Winick

April - Lenny's Book of Everything   by: Karen Foxlee

May -  The Great Gilly Hopkins   by: Katherine Paterson

TBA - DVD viewing of The Great Gilly Hopkins



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 -- BYO Book

February -- Rosemary
March -- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

April -- No mtg.

May -- Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Hoopla)

June -- Just Mercy

July -- Big Trouble

August -- The Girl with a Pearl Earring

September -- The Feather Thief


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


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 9, 2020                    (1st in a Series)                    Agatha Raisin and The Quiche of Death                         M. C. Beaton

February 13, 2020                (Romance)                           The Girl Who Knew Too Much                                         Amanda Quick

March 12, 2020                    (New in 2019 - Fiction)        Things You Save in a Fire                                                Katherine Center  

April 9, 2020                                                                      

May 14, 2020                                          


August 13, 2020                    

September 10, 2020

October 8, 2020

November 12, 2020

December 10, 2020



Wyoming Public Library Book Club

Meet at One Eleven Coffee at 5:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month



Jan 14th         Cohen, Jon                               Harry’s Trees

Feb 11th         Richardson, Kim M.                 Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Mar 9th          Patchett, Ann                          The Dutch House 

April 14th       Moyes, JoJo                             The Giver of Stars 

May 12th       Chevalier, Tracy                      A Single Thread            

June 9th         Hannah, Kristin                       The Great Alone

July 14th         Christie, Judy Pace                  Before and After

Aug 11th        Reid, Taylor Jenkins                 Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 

Sept 8th         Patrick, Phaedra                      The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper 






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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