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Whether you are charged with picking your book club’s next read or you are thinking of starting a book group in your neighborhood, we can help:

Would you like to help support the Book Club in a Bag service?

  • We happily accept donations of books that your book group has read. If you don’t have ten copies, we’ll gladly take as many as you have as a start for a new bag and add the rest.
  • If you’d like to donate funds directly to this program, we have an “Adopt a Bag” option. A contribution of $100 covers the cost of ten copies of a selected book and the tote bag.

The Book Club in a Bag service is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation.

Use KitKeeper below to find your book club’s next read! 


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!New! Speculative Book Club | 7 PM

Second Tuesday each month downstairs at The Burger Stand (803 MASS)!

Like world-building fantasy? Eerie dystopias? Far-out sci fi? This club is for you! Have no idea what we’re talking about, but want to discuss weird books with cool people? This club is also for you!

Speculative Fiction, “an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, and several other subgenres of improbably what-ifs” (Karen Lord, 2016), is the basis for this brand new book club. This monthly club will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month downstairs at The Burger Stand (803 Massachusetts St.) to discuss a different book and the genre as a whole

  • July 11th: On Such a Full Sea by Chang Rae Lee – LPL Auditorium
  • Aug 8th: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Sept 12th: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Oct 10th: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Nov 14th: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • Dec 12th: Kindred by Octavia Butler

Email Eli for more information:

2017 Social Justice Book Club book club hub image!New! Social Justice Book Club | 4 PM

Second Sunday each month in Meeting Room A

This book club get us thinking and talking about inequality and injustice in the U.S.

Nonfiction, novels, memoirs and more–we seek multiple perspectives, with multiple points of entry, and we work to center the voices of marginalized communities and people through our exploration.

Please contact Polli Kenn ( for more information.


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!New! Mystery Book Club | 4 PM

Third Sundays every other month in Meeting Room A

A Brand New Book Club that looks at a different mystery subgenre at each meeting. Reserve your spot at this discussion (limited number available) and choose a book from our list of recommended titles. We’ll put the book on hold for you. Pick up the book, read it, then join us. We’ll enjoy a lively discussion in which each person will have read a different book. This is a fun opportunity to learn about the diverse authors and characters representative of a mystery subgenre.

Explore a different subgenre of mysteries every other month, upcoming Mystery Book Club dates:

Contact Shirley for more info!

YA for GrownUps (1)YA for Grownups Book Club | 7 PM

First Thursday every month at the Library – contact Kimberly for location

This group is for adults who enjoy young adult fiction or anyone interested in exploring the category. We’ll meet and discuss YA from a variety of genres. Anyone who has read the selection is welcome to come and participate. 12 copies are available from one of our book club in a bag sets. Contact Kimberly at if you have questions or to reserve a book.

  • Apr 6: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  • May 4: Winger by Andrew Smith
  • June 8: Orleans by Sherri L Smith
  • July 6: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • Aug 3: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Sept 7: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  • Oct 5: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Nov 2: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
  • Dec 7: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Last Wednesday Book ClubLast Wednesday Book Club | 7 PM 

Dive into the latest, hottest book club picks with the Last Wednesday Book Club! Selections range from beloved classics to modern book club favorites. Anyone who’s read the book for the current month is invited to participate.

We will meet downstairs in Meeting Room A. Contact Kate for more information:

  • Mar 29: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
  • May 3rd: *Special Date* Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • May 31: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  • June 28: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • July 26: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jennifer Colgan
  • Aug 30: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Sept 27: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Oct 25: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • Nov 29: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
    [NOTE: No December meeting]

book club posters (1)Third Thursday Book Club | 7 PM

Third Thursday every month at 7 E. 7th!

Brand new club! Read and discuss a new title each month over food and cocktails.
New Location: Lawrence Beer Co., 826 Pennsylvania St. in East Lawrence

  • Apr 20: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • May 18: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • June 15: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart – ***SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION: 6:30 PM at Davenport Winery***
  • July 20: True Grit by Charles Portis
  • August 17: The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • September 21: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
    (Meet at Lawrence Beer Co! 826 Pennsylvania St.)
  • October 19: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • November 16: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
  • December 21: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Contact Kate for more details:


Lit Lounge Book Club | 7 PM

Fourth Thursday every month at Decade Coffee!

If you like to get lit—erary, join this new book club for adults that takes place at Decade Coffee & Bar (920 Delaware Street in East Lawrence).

You can raise a pint and your bookish IQ at the same time! We will chat monthly about what we are reading and get new recommendations each time!

  • Apr 27th
  • May 25th
  • June 22nd
  • July 27th
  • August 24th
  • September 28th
  • October 26th
    [NOTE: No November or December meeting]

Contact Kate for more details:

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!New! Nature Book Club | 6:30-8 PM

Third Friday every other month at the East Lawrence Recreation Center *

Join us to talk about books connected to the natural world (fiction and nonfiction). Share your recent reads and hear recommendations from book club members as well as co-leaders Jake Vail (co-author of A Kansas Bestiary and Information Services Assistant @ LPL) & Shirley Braunlich (Readers’ Services Assistant @ LPL and Kansas Native Plant Society Board Member).

  • October 20, 2017
  • December 15
  • February 16, 2018
  • April 20, 2018

RSVP is helpful, but not required.  Contact Shirley:

* East Lawrence Recreation Center Located on E. 15th St., 2 blocks east of Haskell Ave & south of the intersection at E. 15th St. & Brook St.