Book Discussion Groups

Join a book discussion group at Cranston Public Library and share your love of reading with other book lovers! We offer monthly book discussion groups at our Central Library, Auburn Branch, and William Hall Library locations.

 

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, CENTRAL LIBRARY

The book discussion group meets 3 times per month, so choose the day and time that works best for you!   We meet at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday of the month, the next night (Wednesday) at 7:00 pm and the next afternoon (Thursday) at 2:00 pm.  To sign up, return a completed Registration Form to the Central Library Reference Desk, or contact Zachary Berger at 401-943-9080 x3 or zach@cranstonlibrary.org.

 

READING IN THE HALL, WILLIAM HALL LIBRARY

Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Contact the library staff at 401-781-2450 or hall@cranstonlibrary.org to sign up.

 

MODERN READING GROUP, AUBURN BRANCH

Meets monthly on varying afternoons at the Auburn Branch. Contact library staff at 401-781-6116 or auburn@cranstonlibrary.org for more information.


ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS:  

The Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Book Club @ Central GRADES 6-8 MONDAYS, OCT 23, NOV 20, DEC 18, JAN 22, FEB 26 4-5 PM The Rhode Island Middle School Book Award (RIMSBA) is a new book award, specifically for Middle School students. At each meeting, we’ll discuss 4 of this year’s nominees, tied to a theme. Students can read one or more book for each session. In February, members of the club will vote for their favorite title and the votes will be submitted to the state to help select the first ever winner. Registration is required.  Please call 401-943-9080 ext. 4, or drop by the Children Service Desk at the Central Library.  Visit cranstonlibrary.org/rimsba-book-club for a list of each month’s discussion titles.

The Rhode Island Children's Book Award Book Club @ Central for grades 3-5 meets on the second Wednesday of the month, October through February, from 4-5 PM at the Central Library.  At each meeting, we discuss 4 of this year's nominees, tied to one theme. Children can read one or more book for each session. In February, members of the club will vote for their favorite title. For more information, or to register, please call 401-943-9080 ext. 4, or drop by the Children Service Desk at the Central Library. For a list of current and past titles, visit the RICBA Book Club page.

Rhode Island Teen Book Award Breakfast Club @ Central for grades 9-12 are invited to join the RITBA Breakfast Club. It offers teens the opportunity to earn community service for participating in monthly discussions (from September to January) of books nominated for the RITBA as they enjoy light breakfast fare.  Join us for the first discussion on Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 am to noon. Come and discuss a different themed group of titles each month. You can receive one hour of community service for each book you read and discuss. In January, members of the group will vote for their favorite book. Registration is required for the book club. Please stop by the Teen Desk or call 943-9080 x121 to register, or for more information.

Comics + Graphic Novels Club @ Auburn for grades 6-12. Meetings will take place 3:30-4:30 pm at the Auburn Branch on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning October 10, 2017. We will discuss two graphic novels every month as well as share comic creation tips, favorite web-comics, and/or anime. Please call 401-781-6116 for more information or to register.  

The Fantastic Book Club @ Central for grades 3-6 meets on the second Wednesday of the month from March to September at the Central Library.  Copies of each month's selected book will be available at the Youth Services Desk. For more information, or to register, please call 401-943-9080 ext. 4, or drop by the Children Service Desk at the Central Library. For a list of current and past titles, visit the Fantastic Book Club page.

 

GUIDELINES FOR DISCUSSION

    • Make every effort to attend discussion group meetings.
    • Be on time.
    • Everyone is entitled to an opinion; don't be afraid to voice yours.
    • Kindly allow others to express their viewpoints.
    • Speak up when offering comments and avoid side conversations.
    • Be focused; save personal anecdotes for after the meeting.
    • Have fun!