Favorite Quotes

"'Sartor Resartus' is simply unreadable, and for me that always sort of spoils a book."


— Harry S. Truman

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 Adults

Branciforte
  • 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
  • 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
Felton
  • 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.
La Selva Beach
  • 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

Other SC County Book Clubs

  • 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 email.santacruz@gmail.com.
  • 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.

Resources for Your Book Club

How to Start
  • 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.
Book Group Discussion Guides
  • BookBrowse.com
    Reading guides browseable by title, author, or genre.
Suggested Book Club Reads
  • Amazon.com
    Amazon.com's recommendations for book discussion groups. Browsable by category.
  • SCPL Books & Reading Resources
    Links to online resources that will help you find new books, lists of award winners, and author information.

Book Kits

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...

Upcoming Book Events...

There are no book events scheduled for the next 4 days.... See the Online Calendar for a full list of library events.