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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
9/8/2018
2:00 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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Free Spirit Book Club
10/13/2018
2:00 PM
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The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman
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Free Spirit Book Club
11/10/2018
2:00 PM
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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Finksburg

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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
Search the Library Catalog for The Couple Next Door

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Veterans Book Club
9/17/2018
7:00 PM
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Da Nang Damned! by Peter Turner
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Finksburg Adult Book Club
9/18/2018
6:30 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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Veterans Book Club
10/15/2018
7:00 PM
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The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara
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Finksburg Adult Book Club
10/16/2018
6:30 PM
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The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kierman
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Veterans Book Club
11/19/2018
7:00 PM
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The Boys of '67 by Andrew Wiest
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Finksburg Adult Book Club
11/20/2018
6:30 PM
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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
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Mount Airy

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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.

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Mount Airy Evening Book Club
9/17/2018
7:00 PM
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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
9/19/2018
1:00 PM
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Ashley`s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmo
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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
9/27/2018
12:30 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Evening Book Club
10/15/2018
7:00 PM
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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
10/17/2018
1:00 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
10/25/2018
12:30 PM
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The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group
11/15/2018
12:30 PM
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The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
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This discussion group meets at the Mt. Airy Senior Center.

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Mount Airy Evening Book Club
11/19/2018
7:00 PM
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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
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Mount Airy Book Discussion Group
11/21/2018
1:00 PM
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The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
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North Carroll

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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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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
9/12/2018
11:00 AM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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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
9/24/2018
6:30 PM
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Persuasion by Jane Austin
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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
10/10/2018
11:00 AM
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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
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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
10/22/2018
6:30 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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Carroll One Book: Between the World and Me
10/29/2018
6:30 PM
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Between the World and Me  by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
11/14/2018
11:00 AM
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In The Unlikely Event by Lisa See
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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
11/26/2018
6:30 PM
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The Hired Girl by Amy Schiltz
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Taneytown

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Taneytown Book Club
9/20/2018
6:30 PM
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The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
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Taneytown Book Club
10/18/2018
6:30 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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Taneytown Book Club
11/15/2018
6:30 PM
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The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan
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Westminster

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Westminster Book Discussion Group
9/5/2018
6:30 PM
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Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
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Westminster Book Discussion Group
10/3/2018
6:30 PM
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Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
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Westminster Book Discussion Group
11/7/2018
6:30 PM
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I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen
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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!