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2020 CPL Book Groups

**ALL BOOK GROUP MEETINGS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
Please stay tuned for updated information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

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

Registration is required. Participants must have a valid Ocean State Libraries card


BOOK GROUPS @ CENTRAL LIBRARY

  • COOKBOOK CLUB, 1st Wednesdays (with some exceptions) | A book club with a delicious twist!

Modern Potluck by Kristen DonnellyNext meeting: Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Modern Putluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristen Donnelly

Modern Potluck is the ultimate book for gathering friends and family around an abundant, delicious meal.

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change

 

  • COVER TO COVER BOOK GROUP, 3rd Thursdays (with some exceptions) | For readers who enjoy an eclectic variety of fiction titles

Still Life book cover

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 18, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Please note Wednesday meeting time) | Registration opens February 20, 2020

Still Life by Louise Penny

A Chief Inspector in Quebec has to investigate a murder in a small, quiet town that is hiding many dark secrets. Is anything what it seems?

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change.

 

  • GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK GROUP, 1st Wednesdays | For readers of comic books, graphic novels, and manga

 My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh TagameNext meeting: Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Yaichi’s life is turned upside-down with the arrival at his doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. What follows is an adorable story of family acceptance and a heartbreaking look at the state of Japanese gay culture.

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change.


  • HIDDEN IN THE STACKS BOOK GROUP, 3rd Tuesdays | For readers who enjoy diving into lesser-known literary fiction

A Tale for the Time Being book coverTHIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration opens February 19, 2020

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

What happens when an American writer fighting off writer's block learns about the life of a 16-year-old Japanese girl who is determined to memorialize her Buddhist nun grandmother? The trans-Pacific journey of a Hello Kitty lunchbox is an unlikely vehicle for bridging two worlds.

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change.

 

  • MIDWEEK MEDLEY BOOK GROUP, 3rd Wednesdays | For readers who enjoy an eclectic variety of fiction and nonfiction titles

Unsheltered book cover

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration opens February 20, 2020

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

What does it take for an entire family to go off the rails? In this novel that tells two stories in two different centuries, readers will consider topics as diverse as climate change, Darwinism, and Utopia.

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change.

 

  • MODERN MYSTERY BOOK GROUP, 2nd Tuesdays | For readers who enjoy contemporary mysteries and thrillers

The Sentence Is Death book coverNext meeting: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration now open

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz

Horowitz once again makes himself a character in this ingenious detective story about a celebrity divorce lawyer who is killed by a whack to the head from a bottle of wine. Who wielded the blow, and what do the numbers mean that were scrawled near the body?

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change.

 

  • SCI FI BOOK GROUP, 2nd Wednesdays (with some exceptions) | For readers who enjoy science fiction

Never Let Me Go book cover image

Next meeting: Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Please note Tuesday meeting time) | Registration now open

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

In this intriguing novel set in England amongst a close group of friends and former schoolmates, Ishiguro explores what it means to be human. Just what kind of a boarding school is Hailsham, and what is the eerie, specific purpose that its students serve?

For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change.

 

  • YA FOR ADULTS BOOK GROUP, 4th Wednesdays | For readers of young adult literature

Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savannah GanucheauTHIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30 PM

Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savannah Ganucheah

Our group decided that since we haven't read a graphic novel, this would be the perfect time to branch out! In addition to reading Bloom, members also have the option of reading a second graphic novel of their choice to share with the group.

 For more information and to register, contact the Central Library reference desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

 Registration is required . Space is limited. Titles and meeting dates are subject to change


MODERN READING GROUP @ AUBURN BRANCH

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkin BraithwaiteMeets monthly on varying afternoons at the Auburn Branch.

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 24, 12:30 PM

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Satire meets slasher in this darkly funny novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening.

For more information and to register, contact the Auburn Library staff at 401-781-6116 or auburn@cranstonlibrary.org.


READING IN THE HALL @ WILLIAM HALL LIBRARY

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCrackenMeets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

This sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken tells the story of three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley.

For more information and to register, contact the William Hall Library staff at 401-781-2450 or hall@cranstonlibrary.org.

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