2020 CPL Book Groups

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 Tuesdays (with some exceptions)

My Kitchen Year book cover

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 7, 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Registration opens December 20, 2019

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons as Ruth Reichl heals through the simple pleasures of cooking after the abrupt closing of Gourmet magazine. Part cookbook, part personal narrative, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year reveals Reichl's most treasured recipes, to be shared over and over again with those we love.

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

Life After Life book cover

Next meeting: Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Please note Wednesday meeting time) | Registration opens January 16, 2020

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Why this title was chosenIf we could live our lives over and over again, what changes would we make? Group leader Anne loves how this novel explores the possibility of rebirth within the historical timeframe of England in the early to mid-1900s.

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, 2nd Tuesdays | For readers of comic books, graphic novels, and manga

 Through the Woods cover imageNext meeting: Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration  opens December 20, 2019

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Why this title was chosen: Carroll's outside-the-panel style bleeds across the page, pushing the bounds of what we expect from a traditional graphic novel. The effect is an atmosphere of horror and dread that pulls the reader through this collection of chilling tales.

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

Rules of Civility book coverNext meeting: Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration opens January 22, 2020

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

Why this title was chosen:  In this moving, beautifully written novel, two elderly sisters who have been lifelong best friends stop talking to each other. What was it that made them part ways: their upbringing in a remote mountain village in Italy, their emigration to America, their sprawling, colorful families, or something else?

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

The Boys in the Boat book cover

Next meeting: Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration opens January 16, 2020

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Why this title was chosen:  Group leader Mariam chose this title because it's an inspiring nonfiction chronicle about nine working class boys who turn to rowing as a way to survive life in 1930s America. Join us and the American rowing team’s quest for the Olympic gold in Nazi Germany.

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 Word Is Murder book coverNext meeting: Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration closed

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Why this title was chosen:  What happens when your world becomes a nightmare in just one moment? Is it possible to walk away and start fresh? Group leader Beth loves the plot twists and surprise ending of this riveting novel.

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

Registration for this meeting is closed. Please try again next month.

 

  • SCI FI BOOK GROUP, 2nd Wednesdays | For readers who enjoy science fiction

Title book cover

Next meeting: Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Registration opens January 9

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Why this title was chosenGroup leader Melanie likes that this book offers fascinating speculation about how our society's constant connectedness could play out in the future. How does this digital dependence impact the delivery of information and the ethics of social interactions?

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

The Downstairs Girl book cover

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-7:30 PM

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Why this title was chosen: I chose The Downstairs Girl as our book club pick for January because it is getting a lot of positive buzz, and portrays a fresh perspective on post-Civil War America.

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

The Gunners book coverMeets monthly on varying afternoons at the Auburn Branch.

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 28, 12:30 PM

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

Mikey Callahan is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration. He struggles to establish human connections, and is reconnecting with 'The Gunners,' his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide.Mikey hopes that confronting secrets about his own past-- and his father's-- will dispel some of the emotional stupor that clouds his life.

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

Constellation of Vital Phenomena book coverMeets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.

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