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Book Discussion groups meet at MCLS libraries throughout the county. Contact your member library to find out more about book discussion groups near you, or check the listing below of upcoming programs. A downloadable brochure [PDF] is available here.

Great Novels Book Group
2017-05-01; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Ideas 'n' Authors
2017-05-01; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Gates Public Library
Age Level: Adult
Gates Public Library's book discussion group is the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. This month we discuss "The Apple Orchard" by Susan Wiggs.   Books are available at the Circulation Desk each month.  No registration.
Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
2017-05-02; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Irondequoit Public Library - 113
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become “old sames” at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. This lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.  
Adult Book Discussion
2017-05-03; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
Join us each month for a rousing book discussion!  Books are available at the Check-out desk during the month before the discussion. No registration required. May's book is
Subject to Change Book Discussion: The Book of Joy
2017-05-03; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Memorial Building, Rundel Arts Room
Age Level: Adult
Join librarians from the Arts and Literature Division for a discussion of the ideas in this NY Times Bestselling book.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived exile and the violence of oppression. Despite their hardships, they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. 
Books Sandwiched In: THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES
2017-05-04; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Brighton Memorial Library - Friends Learning Center
Age Level: Adult
A novel by Alice Hoffman about the mother of artist Camille Pissarro, set in St. Thomas and Paris. Reviewed by Marjorie Searl, former chief curator, Memorial Art Gallery. Sandwiches are welcome; coffee and tea will be available. Sponsored by Friends of BML  
Poetry Oasis: Unwind at Noontime
2017-05-04; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Arts & Literature Division, 1st floor Rundel Building
Age Level: Adult
Each Thursday at noon, local poet and teacher, Kitty Jospe, selects a variety of poems for the group to read and discuss. Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud in a relaxing setting . All are invited to join this welcoming group. No poetry background is necessary - only an open mind! Free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, call the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.  
Teen Book Festival Book Group
2017-05-08; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Brockport-Seymour Library - Duryea
Age Level: Teen
Read and discuss books by 9 of the authors who'll be at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival this May. The group meets every other week, on Monday evenings. You'll receive your very own copy of each book - perfect for getting autographs at the festival. Refreshments! Registration required. Grades 6-12  
Y’s Owls @ the Library Book Group
2017-05-08; 11:00  am - 12:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
We will be discussing "Louisa" by Louisa Thomas. This program is offered in conjunction with the Southeast YMCA. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Contemporary Book Discussion Group:- "The Goldfinch" (through chapter 6) by Donna Tartt
2017-05-09; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Irondequoit Public Library - 113
Age Level: Adult
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.  
Senior Circle Book Group
2017-05-09; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fisher Meeting Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman. Copies in regular print, large print, and book-on-CD will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Votes for Women! A 5-Part Reading and Discussion Series
2017-05-10; 6:45  pm - 8:15  pm
Central Library - Rundel Conference Room, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Builing
Age Level: Adult
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State. Join us for a reading and discussion series on this interesting and important topic!  Our book selection includes history, biography, and fiction, and provides a window into the often overlooked stories and actors behind one of America's greatest social movements. Our meeting dates are March 1, March 22, April 19, May 10, and May 31. Books will be loaned to participants. Registration is required. Please call Michelle Finn at (585) 428-8368 and sign up today!  
Contemporary Book Discussion Group:- "The Goldfinch" (through chapter 6) by Donna Tartt
2017-05-11; 3:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Irondequoit Public Library - 113
Age Level: Adult
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.  
Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
2017-05-11; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Irondequoit Public Library - 113
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become “old sames” at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. This lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.  
Poetry Oasis: Unwind at Noontime
2017-05-11; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Arts & Literature Division, 1st floor Rundel Building
Age Level: Adult
Each Thursday at noon, local poet and teacher, Kitty Jospe, selects a variety of poems for the group to read and discuss. Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud in a relaxing setting . All are invited to join this welcoming group. No poetry background is necessary - only an open mind! Free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, call the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.  
Harry Potter Teen After Hours Program
2017-05-12; 6:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Henrietta Public Library - Community Room
Age Level: Teen -- 11 yrs. - 18 yrs.
Join us for an evening of everything Harry Potter!  Join us for an evening of everything Harry Potter! Fun games, activities, food, and challenges to see who is the biggest Harry Potter fan! For teens in grade 6-12. Please register.  
Kids' Book Club
2017-05-15; 4:00  pm - 4:45  pm
Henrietta Public Library - Community Room
Age Level: Child -- 8 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Love to read, talk about books, and have fun? This club is for you!  Join this group for young readers who love to read, talk about books, and have fun! We’ll play games, discuss books, make crafts, and eat tasty snacks. All you need to bring is your library card. For ages 8-12. Please register. 
Read the Book—Join the Discussion! MARY COIN, a novel by Marisa Silver
2017-05-16; 1:30  pm - 3:00  pm
Brighton Memorial Library - Friends Learning Center
Age Level: Adult
Marisa Silver takes Great Depression documentary photographer and journalist Dorothea Lange’s 'Migrant Mother' photograph as inspiration, and imagines the lives behind it in this novel. Sponsored by Friends of BML. Also on Wednesday, May 17 from 7-8:30 PM.  
Food for Thought Book Discussion Group
2017-05-16; 1:00  pm  
Charlotte Branch - Basement Program Room
Age Level: Adult
This month we'll read and discuss "A Man Called Ove". "Fredrik Backman's novel...about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. 'If there was an award for 'most Charming Book of the Year', this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down'" (Booklist, starred review). Join us and share your thoughts on this very popular made-into-a-movie book!  
Savory Food Book Group
2017-05-16; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "Born Round" by Frank Bruni Join the Savory Book Group to read and discuss books related to the food world. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Top Shelf Book Club*
2017-05-16; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Brockport-Seymour Library - Stoneyard Brewing Co.
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
We will meet at the Stoneyard Brewing Co. to discuss new and edgy pieces of writing . This month we will be reading BROKEN VERSES by Kamila Shamsie. Copies available at the Seymour Library.  
Read the Book, Join the Discussion: MARY COIN, a novel by Marisa Silver
2017-05-17; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Brighton Memorial Library - Friends Learning Center
Age Level: Adult
Marisa Silver takes Great Depression documentary photographer and journalist Dorothea Lange’s 'Migrant Mother' photograph as inspiration, and imagines the lives behind it in this novel. Sponsored by Friends of BML.  
Who Was Club
2017-05-17; 4:15  pm - 5:00  pm
Henrietta Public Library - Community Room
Age Level: Child -- 8 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Explore some of history's most fascinating figures!  Do you enjoy the 'Who Was' book series? Our newest program for school-aged kids will explore some of history's most FASCINATING figures with awesome crafts and fun activities. No need to have read the book-- but we'll have tons of copies available ahead of time!  Appropriate for kids ages 8 - 12. Please register.
Adult Book Discussion Group
2017-05-18; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
East Rochester Public Library
Age Level: Adult
This month we'll be discussing Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. All choices are subject to change depending on availability. Haven't been to one of our book discussions, yet? Our group is open to everyone. You are welcome to attend!  
Poetry Oasis: Unwind at Noontime
2017-05-18; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Arts & Literature Division, 1st floor Rundel Building
Age Level: Adult
Each Thursday at noon, local poet and teacher, Kitty Jospe, selects a variety of poems for the group to read and discuss. Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud in a relaxing setting . All are invited to join this welcoming group. No poetry background is necessary - only an open mind! Free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, call the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.  
Mystery Loves Company
2017-05-19; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
A daytime mystery book discussion that meets the third Friday of the month.  This month's book will be available at the checkout desk. May's book will be
Douglass Book Group
2017-05-22; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Frederick Douglass Community Library
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Join us to discuss the book, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs.  A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, this book will delight anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.  To register, please call 428-8206, or stop in at the Information Desk. 
For the Love of Words
2017-05-22; 6:30  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fisher Meeting Room
Age Level: Adult
If you love to read and talk about what you've read, but don't have time to invest in a book club, this new workshop might be just what you're looking for. For the last session of this series, we'll read and discuss literary selections from a variety of different genres, all centered on the theme of sacrifice. Jennifer Case, writing and literature teacher, will facilitate the conversation.  Registration required. Call 585-249-5481 or go to www.townofpittsford.org/library to register.  
Nonfiction Book Group
2017-05-22; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Brownbag Book Discussion - The Turner House
2017-05-24; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  
Book Discussion Group Party
2017-05-24; 6:30  pm - 8:30  pm
Fairport Public Library
Age Level: Adult
Bring a dish to pass (or dessert) and a book to recommend for the next book group schedule. Fiction and Non Fiction titles are welcome!  
Poetry Oasis: Unwind at Noontime
2017-05-25; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Arts & Literature Division, 1st floor Rundel Building
Age Level: Adult
Each Thursday at noon, local poet and teacher, Kitty Jospe, selects a variety of poems for the group to read and discuss. Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud in a relaxing setting . All are invited to join this welcoming group. No poetry background is necessary - only an open mind! Free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, call the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.  
TeenImpact
2017-05-30; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Henrietta Public Library - Community Room
Age Level: Teen -- 12 yrs. - 18 yrs.
Be a teen library advisor!  TeenImpact is a way for students to build leadership skills by developing and participating in library activities, and becoming     library advisors and advocates. Teen-Impact meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 pm. Some of the activities TeenImpact members will be involved in include helping in children's craft programs, volunteering during our summer reading program, creating displays in the Teen Corner, and representing Henrietta Public Library at community events. TeenImpact is for teens in grades 6-12 who have a strong interest in the library, enjoy working with people of all ages and cultures, and are willing to learn new skills. Membership requires regular attendance at meetings, participation in and support of library activities and events, and a sense of fun and adventure. As a bonus, TeenImpact members can earn community service hours through participation in meetings and activities. Please register.       
Great Novels Book Group
2017-06-05; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Non-Fiction Book Discussion: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
2017-06-06; 7:00  pm - 8:45  pm
Fairport Public Library
Age Level: Adult
Please join us for a lively discussion. Copies are available at the Check Out Desk at the library.  
Adult Book Discussion
2017-06-07; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
Join us each month for a rousing book discussion!  Books are available at the Check-out desk during the month before the discussion. No registration required. June's book is
Y’s Owls @ the Library Book Group
2017-06-12; 11:00  am - 12:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston. This program is offered in conjunction with the Southeast YMCA. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Murder for Lunch Book Group
2017-06-13; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "The Gods of Guilt" by Michael Connelly. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Senior Circle Book Group
2017-06-13; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fisher Meeting Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie Copies in regular print, large print, and book-on-CD will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Mystery Loves Company
2017-06-16; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
A daytime mystery book discussion that meets the third Friday of the month.  This month's book will be available at the checkout desk. June's book will be that you can read either
Savory Food Book Group
2017-06-20; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "The Glass Kitchen" by Linda Francis Lee Join the Savory Book Group to read and discuss books related to the food world. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Afternoon Book Discussion Group: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
2017-06-21; 2:00  pm - 3:30  pm
Fairport Public Library
Age Level: Adult
Join us for a leisurely chat. No registration is necessary.  
Nonfiction Book Group
2017-06-26; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Pittsford Community Library - Fletcher Steele Room
Age Level: Adult
We will be discussing "The Making of Donald Trump" by David Cay Johnston. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.  
Evening Book Discussion Group: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
2017-06-26; 7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Fairport Public Library
Age Level: Adult
Join us for a leisurely chat. Copies are available at the Check Out Desk. No registration is necessary.  
Brownbag Book Discussion - A Gentleman in Moscow
2017-06-28; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  
Adult Book Discussion
2017-07-05; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
Join us each month for a rousing book discussion!  Books are available at the Check-out desk during the month before the discussion. No registration required. July's book is TBD.
Mystery Loves Company
2017-07-21; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 19 yrs. - And Up
A daytime mystery book discussion that meets the third Friday of the month.  This month's book will be available at the checkout desk. July's book TBD. No registration required.
Brownbag Book Discussion - Nora Webster
2017-07-26; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  
Adult Book Discussion
2017-08-02; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
Join us each month for a rousing book discussion!  Books are available at the Check-out desk during the month before the discussion. No registration required. There will be no book discussion in August. We will resume in September.
Mystery Loves Company
2017-08-18; 2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Chili Public Library - Ireland Room
Age Level: Adult -- 19 yrs. - And Up
A daytime mystery book discussion that meets the third Friday of the month.  This month's book will be available at the checkout desk. August's book TBD. No registration required.
Brownbag Book Discussion - Commonwealth
2017-09-27; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  
Brownbag Book Discussion - Small Great Things
2017-10-25; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  
Brownbag Book Discussion - A Man Called Ove
2017-11-15; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  
Brownbag Book Discussion - My Name is Lucy Barton
2017-12-20; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.