The library offers book clubs both in-person and virtually on Goodreads and/or via Zoom. Follow the library on Goodreads to see the virtual book clubs being offered on our groups page. You will need a Goodreads account to join. When you join, please answer the screening question(s) so the book club host can add you to the group.
Current book clubs:
Let's Talk About Books Club (Fiction) Starting in May - Every first Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room (Registration Required)
My Favorite Crime Book Club (True Crime) - Every second Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Headquarters Library in Meeting Room B
Alachua Branch Book Club (Fiction & Non-Fiction) - Every third Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Alachua Branch in the Meeting Room (Registration Required)
Newberry Teen Book Club (Fiction & Non-Fiction) - Every fourth Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. at the Newberry Branch in the Meeting Room (Registration Required)
Tower Road Book Club (Fiction & Non-Fiction) - Last Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Tower Road Branch in the Meeting Room (Registration Required)
Book Club Kits
View a full list of available Book Club Kit titles in our catalog. Book Club Kits may be placed on hold and delivered to your preferred library location for pick-up.
- Each Kit contains:
- Ten (10) copies of the title
- One (1) large print copy of the title (when available)
- One (1) CD audiobook of the title (when available)
- A resource folder containing: summary information and reviews of the book, author biography, a list of suggested discussion questions and read-alikes, tips for book groups, and evaluation forms.
Many titles are also available as eBooks and eAudiobooks.
The contents of the kits are packaged together in a rolling tote bag for easy transportation.
We offer popular titles as well as lesser-known works of local and award-winning authors, fiction and non-fiction, adult, and teen titles. The current titles have been recommended by staff or local book clubs as great for discussion!
Book Club Kits check out for eight weeks, allowing for plenty of time to distribute and read the book. Each kit may be renewed if there are no outstanding hold requests. Book Club Kits are checked out to one person and each account can have one kit checked out at a time. Books from the kit should be returned to the person who checked out the kit, not individually to the library. That person will then be responsible for returning the Book Club Kit with all contents to the library by its due date. Book Club Kits will not fit in book drops and should be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk.
Book Club Resources
Maybe you've been to one of the Library's book clubs, and you're inspired to go out on your own. Getting your own club up and running is rewarding and fun, but it does involve some planning and preparation. Use these resources to start a book club that's right for you and your group.
Book Club Recommendations - select from our list of popular book club titles.
Need help finding more recommendations? Check out our free databases, NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus, for adult, teen, and children's book suggestions and read-alikes. NoveList also has ready-to-use book club discussion guides.