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"And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him."
from The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Reader's Link - Book Groups
Do you love to read? Want to share your thoughts and ideas with others? Join a book discussion group! By the way, the Library also has book discussion groups for kids. Check out our online calendar for dates, times, and details.
SCPL Book Discussion Groups for AdultsBranciforte
- Branciforte Library Book Club
Branciforte Library Book Club meets every third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:00pm. Book selections are from the Library's Book Club kits.
Meets: Every third Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:00pm
- Downtown Book Discussion Group
The Downtown Library Book Discussion Group meets monthly. Copies of each month's book are available at the library. For more information contact Julie Richardson at 831-427-7700 x 7648.
Meets: Third Thursday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00
- Reading in the Redwoods
The Reading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly, reading contemporary books chosen by the members. Copies of each month's book are available at the Felton branch library. To be added to our book group email list please call 831-427-3151.
Meets: Fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:15-7:30 pm. The branch is closed after 6 pm but the front door will be open.
- LSB Book Discussion Group
The LSB Book Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss contemporary fiction, making selections based on the preferences of individuals in the book group. The LSB Book Discussion Group meets at the La Selva Beach Branch Library. Join us by dropping by, or call (831) 427-7710 for more information.
Meets: Every second Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30
- Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group
The Passionate Readers meet monthly to discuss contemporary fiction, making selections based on the preferences of individuals in the book group. The Passionate Readers Group meets at the La Selva Beach Branch Library. Join us by dropping by, or call (831) 427-7710 for more information.
Meets: Every fourth Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30
- Bookshop Santa Cruz - Community Book Group
A monthly Book Group, open to everyone in the community and centered around works by local authors. See the "Events" section of the Bookshop Santa Cruz website for details on this month's selection.
- Bookshop Santa Cruz - Young Adult Literature
Are you a parent or grandparent who is curious about why the teen in your life is drawn to reading one title over another? Do you want to understand more about what’s so interesting in the book your child won’t stop talking about? Are you yourself a fan and reader of young adult literature? Then we invite you to take part in our monthly reading group dedicated to young adult literature (literature broadly aimed at readers who are 12 and older). This group will be facilitated by Nancy Litvak (newly retired librarian from Harbor High School) and meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Bookshop Santa Cruz. See the "Events" section of the Bookshop Santa Cruz website for details on this month's selection.
- Scandinavian Cultural Center Book Club: Exploring Our Roots Through Literature
The group’s focus is on works depicting historical and cultural aspects of Scandinavian life. Registration is not required. Meeting dates are listed on the Cultural Center calendar. For more information contact Duane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Literature of the Middle East and the Diaspora Book Group
The Chai Circle: Politics, Prose and Poems from the Islamic World/Diaspora meets monthly in and around Santa Cruz. Please visit the Facebook group (linked above) for more information.
- SCPL Book Club How-to's
Printable Library brochure with tips for setting up a book discussion group. Also lists resources that are helpful in finding new books--and in researching authors.
Reading guides browseable by title, author, or genre.
To help your book discussion group, we've gathered a collection of popular paperback titles and sorted them into kits which can be sent to you upon request.Learn more... Browse titles...