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Bookgroup picks for 2021

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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

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 2021 - The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson

February 2021 - The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

March 2021 - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - Charlie Mackesy

April 2021 - The Keeper of Lost Things - Ruth Hogan

May 2021 - Experiment in Murder - Margaret Truman

June 2021 - Our Darkest Night - Jennifer Robson

July 2021 - Be Frank With Me - Julia Claiborne Johnson

August 2021 - The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules - Martha Anderson

September 2021 - Raft of Stars - Andrew J. Graff

October 2021 - The Band of Sisters - Lauren Willig

November 2021 - Nothing but the Truth - Avi

December 2021 - Silent Night - Mary Higgins Clark




Brimfield Public Library District

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

January-April - no in person book club due to COVID-19.

May 25: No book discussion - picking up The Red Book by Deborah Copaken

June 22: Discussing The Red Book by Deborah Copaken - picking up The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

July 27: Discussing The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - picking up The Woods by Harlan Coben

August 24: Discussing The Woods by Harlan Coben - picking up The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

September 28: Discussing The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

October 26: Discussing The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict - Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

November 23: Discussing Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy - picking up All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

December 28: Discussing All the Light We Cannont See by Anthony Doerr - picking up Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde 


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



Chillicothe Public Library

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

2021 Dates:

Books+Tea @ the Library meets on 4th Mondays at 6:30pm

January 25 – News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

February 22 – Blue Horses: Poems, by Mary Oliver

March 22 – Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (this is the focus book for Chillicothe Public Library’s 2021 NEA Big Read. You can pick up a free copy at the library!)

April 26 – The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende

May 24 – Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell

June 28 – The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

July 26 – The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton

August 23 – The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

September 27 – The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

October 25 – The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose

November 22 – Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith

December 20 – This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams (We’ll be meeting early at 6:00 p.m. this month)


Curiosity & Cheesecake meets on last Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

September 28 — Rough Magic, by Lara Prior-Palmer

October 19 —

November 30 —

December 28 —

January 25 —

February 22 —

March 29 —


Just Us Reading meets on second Tuesdays at 6:30 pm 

September 14 — Refugee, by Alan Gratz

October 12 — Just Us: An American Conversation, by Claudia Rankine

November 9 —

December 14 —

January 11 —

February 8 —

March 8 —


Panel Discussions meets on first Tuesdays at 6:00 pm 

September 2 — Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

October 7 — Relish, by Lucy Knisley

November 4 — The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui

December 2 — Mouse Guard Fall 1152, by David Peterson



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.




Eureka Public Library District

Musings on Main 




Farmington Area Public Library District

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

Resumes Monday, September 13th with Discussion of Favorite Summer Read - picking up Maisie Dobbs: A Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

October 11th - Maisie Dobbs: A Novel - picking up The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

November 8th - The Silent Patient -  picking up Christmas Books, Readers Choice

December 13th - Christmas Books, Readers Choice - picking up Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


After Thoughts Book Club at Hanna City Community Center (Last Monday of each month except June, July & August at 9:30am)

Resumes Monday, September 27th with Discussion of Favorite Summer Read - picking up The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

October 25th - The Keeper of Lost Things - picking up The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

November 29th - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - picking up Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

December 27th - Jingle All the Way - picking up The Midnight Library by Matt Haig



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



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 


Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club


Food for Thought Book Club 


Buzzwords Book Club



H.A. Peine District Library (in Minier)


Starting 10/25/21, our Book Club will meet the last Monday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Library, except December (no meeting) and May (one week earlier).


10/25/21: Night of the Living Deed, by E.J. Copperman

11/29/21: Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owen

(No meeting in December)

1/31/22: Still Life, by Louise Penny

2/28/22: The Cold Dish, by Craig Johnson

3/28/22: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, by Joanne Fluke

4/25/22: We Are Legion, We Are Bob, by Dennis E. Taylor

5/23/22: Open Season, by C.J. Box



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.


Date Title Author Location
January 11 Reader's Choice    Zoom & Basement
February 8 Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate Zoom & Basement
March 8 The Other Einstein Marie Benedict Zoom & Basement
April 12 New Kid Jerry Craft Zoom & ??
May 10 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Kim Michele Richardson Zoom & ??
June 14  The Queen: The forgotten life behind an American Myth  Josh Levin  Zoom & ??
July 12  Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And other dangers of Southern LIving  Bailey White  Zoom & Lawn 
August 9  The Library of Lost Things  Laura Taylor Namey  Zoom & Lawn 
September 13  All Adults Here  Emma Straub  Zoom & Lawn 
October 11  Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster  Karen Tintori  Zoom & ??? 
November 8  The Midnight Library   Matt Haig 

Zoom & ??? 

December 13  Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce  Stanley Weintraub  Zoom & Basement 


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



Illinois Prairie District Public Library


Germantown Hills Branch

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



Spring Bay Branch

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. 

Spring Bay Bookies 2021

Meeting   Reading

Apr 5       The Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Johnson

May 3      Death of a Macho Man by M C Beaton

June 7      The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

July 1       The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Aug 2       Snap Shot by Lis Wiehl

Sep 2       The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

Oct 4       If the Creek Don’t Riseby Leah Weiss

Nov 1      Defending Jacob by William Landy

Dec 6      Unsolved by James Patterson



Kewanee Public Library - Adult Book Club

Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month.




November 15 - The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

December 20 - Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva


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


                       2021 (Our 18th year)

January 25

All Creatures Great & Small

James Harriot

February 22

Celebrate Black History Month and pick a book by an African American author


March 29

Pick a Hemingway book or readalike


April 26

Pick a poem by US Poet Laurate, Joy Harjo or Unbound by Ann E. Burg


May 24

I feel Bad About My Neck

Nora Ephron

June 28

Island of Sea Women

Lisa See

July 26

Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

August 33


Joanne Ramos

September 27

Twenty-One Days

Anne Perry

October 25

No Time Like the Future

Michael J. Fox

November 29

In Five Years

Rebecca Serle

December 13th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2021

& get our new list for 2022


Members, please check blog online for latest info 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.




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.



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.


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.



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)

We are currently meeting over Zoom on the first Thursday of every month, hoping to return to in-person meetings in the spring or summer. Our Book Group meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM. New members and visitors are always welcome!


January 7, 2021 -- Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

February 4, 2021 -- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

March 4, 2021 -- The Chosen by Chaim Potok

April 1, 2021 -- Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

May 6, 2021 -- Refugee by Alan Gratz (2020 Rebecca Caudill winner)

June 3, 2021 -- The World That We Know by Alice Hoffman

July 1, 2021 -- Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

August 5, 2021 -- The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

September 2, 2021 -- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

October 7, 2021 -- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

November 4, 2021 -- Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

December 2, 2021 -- The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans




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 is currently on hiatus. 


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 which can deplete the Large Print copies for the month (sorry) If you run into a conflict with my group, let me know!  Beth         bbradford@pekinpubliclibrary.org


January - This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger

Feb – American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

March - The Good Neighborhood by Therese Fowler

April - The Huntress by Kate Quinn

May - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

June - The Martian  by Weir

July – Akin by Emma Donoghue

August – 7 and a half Deaths

September – Hillbilly Elegy by Vance

October – The Lager Queen of Minnesota

November – Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

December – The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall







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



YA Book Club (Last Tuesday of Each Month)



Youth Book Club (Last Tuesday of Each Month)



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 -- Little Fires Everywhere

February -- Secret Wisdom of the Earth

March -- Winter Solstice by by Rosamunde Pilcher

April --   Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

May -- This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger 

June -- BYO Book (Swap Reading Recommendations)

July -- Keeper of Lost Things
August -- Educated

September -- All Creatures Great and Small

October -- Ask Again, Yes
November --

December -- 



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.)


August 12, 2021                                                  While You Were Quarantining....

September 9, 2021                                              When No One is Watching (Alyssa Cole)

October 14, 2021                                                What he Left Behind (Ellen Marie Wiseman)

November 11, 2021                        




Wyoming Public Library Book Club

Meet at the Paramount Theater at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month


Jan 11th         Clark, Julie                               The Last Flight

Feb 8th           Bennett, Brit                           The Vanishing Half

Mar 8th          Harmel, Kristin                        The Forest of Vanishing Stars 

April 12th       Reid, Taylor Jenkins                 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 

May 10th       Meissner, Susan                      The Nature of Fragile Things




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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