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There are Book Clubs that meet monthly at all CCPL locations. The listings below will help you find the dates and times of upcoming meetings and the books that will be discussed. For more information concerning these Book Clubs, please contact us at 410.386.4488.

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Eldersburg

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Free Spirit Book Club
5/12/2018
2:00 PM
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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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Finksburg

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Finksburg Book Discussion Group
6/19/2018
6:30 PM
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Somebody I Used to Know by David J. Bell
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Finksburg Book Discussion Group
7/17/2018
6:30 PM
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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
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Finksburg Book Discussion Group
8/21/2018
6:30 PM
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
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Mount Airy

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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
4/26/2018
12:30 PM
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As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
5/16/2018
1:00 PM
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A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
5/24/2018
12:30 PM
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Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Evening Book Club
6/18/2018
6:30 PM
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The Nest by Cynthia D`Aprix Sweeney
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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
6/20/2018
1:00 PM
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Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
6/28/2018
12:30 PM
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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
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Please join us for a discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Evening Book Club
7/16/2018
6:30 PM
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
7/20/2018
1:00 PM
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How to Cook a Moose: A Culinary Memoir by KateChristensen
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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
7/26/2018
12:30 PM
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Half Broke Horses (A True-Life Novel) by Jeanette Walls
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
8/15/2018
1:00 PM
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Celine by Peter Heller
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Mount Airy Evening Book Club
8/20/2018
6:30 PM
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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
8/23/2018
12:30 PM
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Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

North Carroll

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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
5/9/2018
11:00 AM
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
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Please join us for a discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center

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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
6/13/2018
11:00 AM
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The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
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Please join us for a discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center

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North Carroll Book Discussion Group
6/25/2018
6:30 PM
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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
7/11/2018
11:00 AM
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The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
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Please join us for a discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center.

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North Carroll Book Discussion Group
7/23/2018
6:30 PM
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Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
8/8/2018
11:00 AM
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How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
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Please join us for a discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center.

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North Carroll Book Discussion Group
8/27/2018
6:30 PM
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Mission Flats by William Landay
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Taneytown

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Taneytown Book Discussion Group
5/17/2018
6:30 PM
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The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan
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Taneytown Adult Book Club
6/21/2018
6:30 PM
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Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
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Taneytown Adult Book Club
7/19/2018
6:30 PM
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What Alice Forgot by  Liane Moriarty
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Taneytown Adult Book Club
8/16/2018
6:30 PM
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The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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Westminster

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Westminster Book Discussion Group
5/2/2018
6:30 PM
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Beyond Belief by Jenna Hill
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Community Book Clubs at Carroll County Public Library

The library’s function regarding book clubs, both library sponsored and community sponsored, is to offer resources and expertise for reading and discussing literature. While CCPL offers a variety of book clubs at our branches, you may also be interested in starting your own! Here are some tips to get you started so that you can be successful. Book clubs can be great fun for all ages!

How can Carroll County Public Library assist your book club?

Use Carroll County Public Library! Need some suggestions for a good title? Librarians are available to assist in selecting book titles, determining availability of titles, and scheduling a library meeting room. Librarians will make every effort to acquire copies of the group’s first choice of titles. However, titles with limited availability including books published within the last year may not be possible. Book clubs are encouraged to be flexible with titles and dates, and are asked to provide multiple choices.  Carroll County Public Library has additional resources available, including Novelist, which may offer discussion questions/topics and insights about the book’s themes. 

What is a suggested book club size?

Very small groups can make for short discussions, while large groups can make for tricky organization. We recommend seven or eight participants to start and no more than 20.

Where should you hold meetings?

This depends on the size of your group and the atmosphere you want (i.e., a house can be more relaxed, a community or religious center can encourage more participation, and a restaurant can be fun but less focused). There are even book clubs that "meet" online. Most clubs are held in members' homes on a rotating basis.

How can you recruit members?

Friends and neighbors are a good place to start, particularly if you are trying to create an informal group. If you want a group that is more formal or specialized, you may consider posting advertisements in local papers, Carroll County Public Library branches, or bookstores, or contacting groups that specialize in your area of interest.

When should you meet?

Consider if you want a fixed or flexible schedule, whether you will skip summers or heavy holiday months, and keep in mind the distance people will need to travel to meet. Most clubs pick one day or night a month, but another time frame might be more suitable to your group.

How should you organize and facilitate the discussion?

To help meetings run more smoothly, it is important to choose a discussion leader. Establish the responsibilities of the discussion leader, including whether this role might be shared or rotated. Will there be a single record keeper? Decide how books will be chosen. Will each member be responsible for acquiring their own copies of chosen titles? It is helpful to agree on group interactions. For example, disagreements in views or opinions should be expressed and listened to respectfully. Remember that no one should be criticized.

Are you looking for some discussion questions for your book club?

Consider using these suggested universal book discussion questions created for CCPL’s Battle of the Books program participants.  These can be found at:
https://library.carr.org/programs/docs/BoB_UniversalBook.pdf

What should the club consider when choosing books?

  • Characters: Exploring the depth and complexity of characters and their relationships and interactions can make for interesting discussions.
  • Substance: Books that have thought-provoking issues and themes often lead to engaging conversations that may even go "beyond the book."
  • Conflict: Controversy makes for great discussions or debates. Books focusing on moral dilemmas or with some sort of controversy or crisis at their core can really make for spirited discussions.
  • Fun: Favorites from childhood, classics you’ve always intended to read, or choosing a book because you like the cover might lead to unexpected reading adventures!