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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.

Check out our 2016 reading list!

Genre Book Club - generalGenre Book Club | 4 PM

Fourth Sundays of every month in Meeting Room B

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:

  • February 17, 2016: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • March 30, 2016: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • April 27, 2016: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • May 25, 2016: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • June 22, 2016: (special date!) Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
  • July 27, 2016: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal
  • August 31, 2016: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
  • September 28, 2016: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • October 26, 2016: The Luckiest Girl by Jessica Knoll
  • November 30, 2016 (TIME CHANGE: 6PM): Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

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

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Lit Lunch Book Club | 12 PM

First Wednesday every month in Meeting Room C

Drinks are on us at this brown bag discussion group. Bring what you’re reading and gab about what everyone else is reading, too.

Contact for more information:


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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).

  • April 21, 2016: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • May 19, 2016: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • June 16, 2016: Euphoria by Lily King
  • July 21, 2016: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • August 18, 2016: Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • September 15, 2016: Louise, Amended by Louise Krug (local author!)
  • October 20, 2016: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • November 17, 2016: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • December 15, 2016: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

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!

  • October 27th

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

  • January 27th
  • February 23rd
  • March 23rd

Contact Kate for more details: