2021 CPL Book Groups

All meetings are virtual until further notice. Registration is required. Books will be available to pick up ahead of time at the Central library. Virtual meeting details will be sent out the day before the meeting. For more information and to register, see the descriptions below or contact the Central Library Reference Desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or central@cranstonlibrary.org.

Stay safe, and happy reading! 



VIRTUAL BOOK GROUPS @ CENTRAL LIBRARY

YA For Adults Virtual Book Group, Wednesday, January 27 | 6:30 PM

These Shallow GravesThese Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 


January sounds like the perfect time to hunker down and read a historical murder mystery. This one features an aspiring journalist, a reluctant reporter turned ametuer detective, and lots of twists and turns.

 To register for this meetup email Alyssa at ataft@cranstonlibrary.org.

 
 
 
 
 


Reading in the Hall Virtual Book Discussion for Adults @ WILLIAM HALL LIBRARY
Wednesday, January 27 | 7:00 PM


Girl Waits with a GunGirl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart


From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs. Through Amy Stewart's exuberant storytelling, Constance Kopp catapults from forgotten historical anecdote to unforgettable historical fiction heroine-- an outsized woman not only ahead of her time, but sometimes even ahead of ours.

Join us on Zoom to discuss the book. Be sure and register through this form so we can get a book for you and email you the meeting link when it's closer to the meeting date.





GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers of comic books, graphic novels, and manga

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6:30-7:30 PM (VIRTUAL)

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

This month the Graphic Novel Book Group will read and discuss My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris. The precocious 10-year-old Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor, amid the tumultuous political backdrop of late 60s Chicago. Told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around Reyes unfold.

Register online for this meetup.




COOKBOOK CLUB @ CENTRAL

Choose a recipe to make from the selected cookbook, then share it (virtually) with the group. 

Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-7:30 PM (VIRTUAL)

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

From satisfying lunches to elegant dinners, here are the recipes Ina has tested over and over again, so you too can serve them with confidence to the people you love.

Contact Corrie at calves@cranstonlibrary.org to register.






NONFICTION BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers who enjoy general nonfiction

Wednesday, February 10, 2-3:00 PM (VIRTUAL)

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Who were the Puritans? Read about this rather "literate, principled, and feisty group" who also had their share of drama. The author uses letters, diaries, and other primary sources to give an alternate view of our historical neighbors.








HIDDEN IN THE STACKS BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers who enjoy diving into lesser-known literary fiction

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-7:30 PM (VIRTUAL)

Child Bride by Jennifer Smith Turner

Winner of the 2020 Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) and BiblioBoard eBook Literary Award for Fiction

Poet Jennifer Smith Turner’s first novel is about a teenage girl growing up in the segregated south who marries young and struggles to find her place in her new home in New England. This is a compelling, elegantly written novel centered on mid-20th Century African-American experiences.

Click here to register for this event.

Join us for author Jennifer Smith Turner’s March 9 appearance, co-sponsored by the NAACP Providence Branch, as part of our Visiting Author Series.




YA FOR ADULTS VIRTUAL BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers of young adult literature

Wednesday February 24, 6:30 PM (VIRTUAL)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love  by Maureen Goo

What better time to read a romance than February! Join us as we discuss I Believe in a Thing Called Love and watch main character Desi take inspiration from K Dramas to try and woo her crush.

To register for this meetup email Alyssa at ataft@cranstonlibrary.org.






READING IN THE HALL BOOK DISCUSSION FOR ADULTS @ WILLIAM HALL LIBRARY

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 PM

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

We are getting a headstart on the 2021 Reading Across Rhode Island selection with this book which is a young adult version of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi published in 2016. Copies of the book are available to loan from the library thanks to the RI Center for the Book which purchases multiple copies for book club groups to read and pass onto other groups. The 2021 Author event takes place virtually on April 8th.