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Doc Discussions

I’ll be honest, until this year I had never participated in a book club. In theory, they’re right up my alley. I work at a library. I’ve always worked in bookstores. Reading = good. Discussions = good. But joining a book club can be a little intimidating.

Apart from leaving the comfort of my home, which as a rule I only leave to work or shop for groceries, it’s a time commitment. There are only 24 hours in a day and when eight of those are spent playing video games, time just gets away from you. Who knew?

For those of you in a similar time crunch–legitimate or self imposed–the library is launching our first documentary club, Doc Discussions. It’s as easy as “book” clubs get. Step one: an hour and a half (more or less) commitment to watch one of the best documentaries around. Step two: Come talk about it in an hour long gab sesh at the library. Doesn’t get more efficient than that.

Or does it? Read More..

Catching Feelings at Book Club Speed Dating

Finding the right read for your book club can feel a little bit like dating sometimes. You go through a bunch of duds before finding the right fit. Sometimes your friends are helpful but other times… not so much (looking at you, Friend Who Tried Setting Me Up With Someone Who Hates Cats).

The whole thing is messy, but at least with books we can make it a *little* easier. Behold: Book Club Speed Dating. It’s like regular speed dating, but with books, which is WAY less awkward. The Book Squad (along with fab folks from The Raven and Dusty Bookshelf) recently put on our THIRD Book Club Speed Dating event. Read More..

Book Club Shakedown

Is your book club losing altitude? Maybe it’s failed to launch? For newer clubs looking to find their footing, seasoned clubs needing a spark, and everyone in between, we’ve got expert help.

Join us Thursday, Feb 9 from 7-8:30 PM at the gorgeous Cider Gallery (810 Pennsylvania) in east Lawrence for refreshments, drinks, and great book club fun! (Even if you’re “currently without club,” you are welcome to join in!)

Spaces are limited, so please RSVP Polli at

PS—Join the convo on Facebook to see who else is going.

Ouran High School Book Club

Do you call yourself an otaku and argue endlessly with your friends over who’s the best waifu/husbando?

Let’s geek out on Saturday, Oct 1 from 1-2 PM over the latest in manga, anime, and Japanese culture with the Teen Zone’s Ben. See who’s going!

Meet up in the Reader’s Theater.

Lit Lounge Book Club

If you like to get lit…erary, this club’s for you: raise a pint and your bookish IQ at the same time! We’ll be at Decade Coffee Thursday, July 28 from 7-8:30 PM.

We meet the fourth Thursday each month at Decade to talk about what book(s) you’ve been reading and get some awesome recommendations for brand new titles! Kate‘s got details.

Third Thursday Book Club

From 7-8:30 PM on Thursday July 21, the 3TBC is meeting for food and cocktails at 7 East 7th (located above John Brown Underground) to discuss our most recent read.

If you haven’t read this month’s selection and want to get on board, email Kate!

Last Wednesday Book Club

We’re discussing this month’s pick, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal on July 27 from 7-8:30 PM in Meeting Room B.

LWBC takes monthly dives into the latest, hottest book club picks! Selections range from beloved classics to modern book club favorites. Anyone who’s read the book for the current month is welcome!

Get in on September’s pick by calling Kate for more information.

Books for Lunch

Spend your lunch hour this Wednesday, May 4 from 12-1 PM at our brown-bag discussion group—with drinks on us!

Bring your current read, gab about what everyone else is reading, and get the low-down on new books.

Email William to sign up!

New: Lit Lounge Book Club!

Our first meeting of Lit Lounge has arrived! On Thursday, March 17 at 7 PM, join your friendly neighborhood librarian, Kate Gramlich, and let’s get lit…erary! Lit Lounge is a monthly book club that will meet on the third Thursday of each month at Decade to joyfully imbibe — in both senses of the word. We will discuss what books we each like, love, and loathe, and get a feel for our upcoming reads.

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What Are You Reading? Lawrence Book Clubs Weigh In

Pictured: the Church Ladies Book Club of Lawrence, KS.

True confession time. I’m incredibly nosy when it comes to book club reading lists. I love finding out what other Lawrence book clubs are reading. The books range from fluffy summer reads to character building classics. I checked in with some local book clubs and asked, “What are you reading?” Here’s my report. Read More..