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We will not have any book van service between 12-26-2016 and 1-02-2017.

Book Club Hub

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! 


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

First Thursday every month – at Decade - contact Kimberly

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.

  • December 8: [Special Date!] Ms. Marvel by Willow G. Wilson
  • January 5: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • February 2: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • March 2: [TBA]
  • April 6: [TBA]

Genre Book Club | 4 PM

Fourth Sundays of every month in Meeting Room B – 2016, Meeting Room A – 2017

Want to test out a genre without reading several books? Sign up for our genre book talks! When you sign up for your spot in the book club (limited spots available), you choose from a wide array of books on our reading list and we’ll put the book on hold for you. Pick up the book, read it, then come to the discussion where we’ll talk about the genre as a whole. The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers! Contact Polli at if you have questions or to reserve a book.

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:

  • July 27: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal
  • August 3: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
  • September 28: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • October 26: The Luckiest Girl by Jessica Knoll
  • December 7 (DATE CHANGE): Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

  • January 25, 2017: In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Read Across Lawrence)
  • February 22: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • March 29: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
  • April 26: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • May 30: [Title TBD]
  • June 28: [Title TBD]

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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 at 7 East 7th (located above John Brown Underground).

  • July 21: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • August 18: Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • September 15: Louise, Amended by Louise Krug
  • October 20: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • November 17: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • December 15: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  • January 19: In the Woods by Tana French
  • February 16: [Title TBD]
  • March 16: [Title TBD]
  • April 20: [Title TBD]
  • May 18: [Title TBD]
  • June 15: [Title TBD]

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!

Note: Lit Lounge will break for the winter holidays and resume in 2017

  • January 27th
  • February 23rd
  • March 23rd
  • April 27th
  • May 25th
  • June 28th

Contact Kate for more details: