All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Library Center and Schweitzer Brentwood branch libraries will not have phone service Monday, May 29-Tuesday, May 30, due to maintenance. Please call (417) 865-1340 for assistance.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
"Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery" by Robert Kolker
Coffee & Crime
6 p.m. at Strafford Branch Library

Our spring series will focus on true crimes involving missing people and will explore the answered and unanswered questions unique to missing person cases. Sip coffee and discuss the book along with podcasts or documentaries related to each title.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017
"Belgravia" by Julian Fellowes
British Literature Book Club
1:30 p.m. at Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Coming of age stories Coming of age stories
NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
7:30 p.m. at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library

It's a B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book) summer. Bring a title from the month’s featured theme to share with the group. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017
"Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth" by Jennifer Chiaverini
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Republic Branch Library

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017
"Bettyville: A Memoir" by George Hodgman. Volunteer activity at Creekside at Elfindale, 1601 S. Fort Ave., 9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 10
Book-to-Action Book Club
6 p.m. at Library Station

Interested in becoming more engaged in your community? Discuss an enlightening memoir, then improve your community and enrich lives by participating in a group volunteer project related to the book’s topic. Each discussion and activity pairing is limited to 10 participants.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017
"Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Susan Vreeland
Northview Book Discussion
10:30 a.m. at Northview Center

Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017
"The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett" by Chelsea Sedoti
The Bookies
1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library

Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams
Center City Book Club
1:30 p.m. at

Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere.

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
"The Monk" by Matthew Lewis
Donuts & Death
6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company

Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O’Connor
Summer Shorts
6 p.m. at Strafford Branch Library

Our summer book discussion series will focus on classic short stories that are sure to leave a lasting impression on the reader due to the challenging content explored in each story.

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
Book Discussion
1 p.m. at Library Center

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Fair Grove Branch Library

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017
"Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality" by Hanne Blank
Books & Brew
6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company

Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems" by Tony Hoagland
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"The Absolutist" by John Boyne
Doughboys & Donuts
6 p.m. at

Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier
Books You Always Meant to Read
7 p.m. at Library Center

A classics book discussion.

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017
"Miss Jane" by Brad Watson
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Library Station

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017
"The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" by Erik Larson
My Favorite Crime Book Club
6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic

Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book discussion is for you.

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017
"Death Comes to Pemberley" by P. D. James
British Literature Book Club
1:30 p.m. at Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Multicultural fiction Multicultural fiction
NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
7:30 p.m. at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library

It's a B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book) summer. Bring a title from the month’s featured theme to share with the group. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"Difficult Women" by Roxane Gay
Center City Book Club
1:30 p.m. at

Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere.

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson
Donuts & Death
6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company

Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
"The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman
Book Discussion
1 p.m. at Library Center

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
"A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Fair Grove Branch Library

 

Thursday, July 13, 2017
"The Last Pilot" by Benjamin Johncock
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Republic Branch Library

 

Thursday, July 13, 2017
"A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me" by Jason Schmidt. Volunteer activity at Rare Breed, 301 N. Main Ave., 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 15
Book-to-Action Book Club
6 p.m. at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library

Interested in becoming more engaged in your community? Discuss an enlightening memoir, then improve your community and enrich lives by participating in a group volunteer project related to the book’s topic. Each discussion and activity pairing is limited to 10 participants.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017
"Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng
Northview Book Discussion
10:30 a.m. at Northview Center

Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017
"The Madwoman Upstairs" by Catherine Lowell
The Bookies
1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library

Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"She Had Some Horses" by Joy Harjo
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo
Doughboys & Donuts
6 p.m. at

Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Summer Shorts
6 p.m. at Strafford Branch Library

Our summer book discussion series will focus on classic short stories that are sure to leave a lasting impression on the reader due to the challenging content explored in each story.

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton
Books You Always Meant to Read
7 p.m. at Library Center

A classics book discussion.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017
"Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present" by Alison Matthews-David
Books & Brew
6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company

Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017
"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Library Station

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017
"Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime" by Val McDermid
My Favorite Crime Book Club
6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic

Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book discussion is for you.

 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"The Body" by Stephen King
Summer Shorts
6 p.m. at Strafford Branch Library

Our summer book discussion series will focus on classic short stories that are sure to leave a lasting impression on the reader due to the challenging content explored in each story.

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017
"In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware
British Literature Book Club
1:30 p.m. at Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Childhood favorites Childhood favorites
NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
7:30 p.m. at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library

It's a B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book) summer. Bring a title from the month’s featured theme to share with the group. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
Center City Book Club
1:30 p.m. at

Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere.

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
"The Last Days of Jack Sparks" by Jason Arnopp
Donuts & Death
6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company

Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
"Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande
Book Discussion
1 p.m. at Library Center

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
"George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Fair Grove Branch Library

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017
"Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Republic Branch Library

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017
"Crazy Love" by Leslie Morgan Steiner. Volunteer activity at Harmony House, 3404 E. Ridgeview St., 10a.m.-noon, Saturday, August 12
Book-to-Action Book Club
6 p.m. at Library Center

Interested in becoming more engaged in your community? Discuss an enlightening memoir, then improve your community and enrich lives by participating in a group volunteer project related to the book’s topic. Each discussion and activity pairing is limited to 10 participants.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017
"A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
Northview Book Discussion
10:30 a.m. at Northview Center

Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017
"All Our Wrong Todays" by Elan Mastai
The Bookies
1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library

Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"River Flow: New and Selected Poems" by David Whyte
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
Doughboys & Donuts
6 p.m. at

Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
Books You Always Meant to Read
7 p.m. at Library Center

A classics book discussion.

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017
"Hair: A Human History" by Kurt Stenn
Books & Brew
6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company

Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017
"Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly
Book Discussion
1:30 p.m. at Library Station

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017
"Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?" by Ethan Brown
My Favorite Crime Book Club
6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic

Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book discussion is for you.

 

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