Due to COVID-19, some Book Clubs are meeting in person, some only online and some offer the option of either. 

The Atlantic Monthly Discussion Group

The Atlantic Monthly Discussion Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 11 a.m. (except in October when it is the third Monday.)

Just read the feature article (and any other articles that interest you) of the current issue of Atlantic Monthly in print or via Flipster or on the website https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/. Then join us on Zoom and engage in lively and intellectual discussion.

Email:

Due to COVID-19, this book club will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

Bibliophiles Book Club

For more information, contact Nancy at 309-231-3263
Email for a Zoom link.

Due to COVID-19, this book club will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

January 4The Comedians by Graham Greene

February 1Leadership in Turbulent Times: Lessons from the Presidents by Doris Kearns Goodwin

March 1Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

April 5This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick
(Peoria Reads 2022)

May 3The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

June 7This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

July 5Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

August 2One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten

September 6The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

October 4Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

November 1The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

December 6Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Biography & Non-Fiction Book Club

The Biography and Nonfiction Book Club meets the second Sunday of each month (unless re-scheduled because of holidays/weather). We meet at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library, 3001 West Grand Parkway, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  New members are always welcome!

For more information, please call Roberta Koscielski at 309-497-2186.
Click below to see the selections of biography and non-fiction reads for 2021.

January 9The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.   The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

February 13I Escaped From Auschwitz: The Shocking True Story of the World War II Hero Who Escaped the Nazis and Helped Save Over 200,000 Jews by Rudolf Vrba

I Escaped from Auschwitz is a close-up look at the horror faced by the Jewish people in Auschwitz and across Europe during World War II. This newly edited translation of Vrba’s memoir will leave readers reeling at the terrors faced by those during the Holocaust. Despite the profound emotions brought about by this narrative, readers will also find an astounding story of heroism and courage in the face of seemingly hopeless circumstances.

March 13Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

April 10This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick

Peoria Reads 2022 title – How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being—then travels to towns across America to see it in action.  The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected. Dining with her neighbors. Shopping Small Business Saturday. Marching in the town Christmas parade. What Warnick learns will inspire you to embrace your own community—and perhaps discover that the place where you live right now . . . is home.

May 15Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.  In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America—addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.   Introducing a memorable cast of characters—pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents—Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

June 12Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt by Roger McDaniel

Joe McCarthy’s Cold War witch-hunts targeted people with same-sex attractions as much, maybe more than those with Communist sympathies. This introduction to Rodger McDaniel’s book sets the stage for a story of the most wretched political blackmail in American history. Lester Hunt was the kind of person we’d all want to be a part of our national government. Kind and empathetic, honest and hardworking, he was as one of his eulogists said, “ill prepared for the cruel, brutal, rough aspect of national partisan politics.” Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in 1954. His death was tragic enough. Yet readers will find even more about which to lament reading of his extraordinary life. Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins is not only Lester Hunt’s story. It’s the story of America during the virulent years of the early Cold War, of McCarthyism, and the way the voluntary death of a Wyoming senator helped to bring the curtain down on Joe McCarthy.

July 10Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester

The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa — the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster — was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island’s destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all — in view of today’s new political climate — the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere.

August 14The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation’s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.

September 11Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice by Chris Wallace

In Countdown bin Laden, celebrated journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace delivers a thrilling new account of the final eight months of intelligence gathering, national security strategizing, and meticulous military planning that leads to the climactic mission when SEAL Team Six closes in on its target.  The book delivers new information collected from Wallace’s in-depth interviews with more than a dozen central figures, including Admiral William McRaven—leader of the operation in Pakistan—as well as CIA Director Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and two members of SEAL Team Six who participate in the raid, including the Special Operator who kills Osama bin Laden.

October 9The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19. The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu…everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

November 13The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

1860: As the clash between the states rolls slowly to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened—by Elizabeth’s intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. So he makes a plan to put his wife back in her place. One summer morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum. The horrific conditions inside the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, are overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland, a man who will prove to be even more dangerous to Elizabeth than her traitorous husband. But most disturbing is that Elizabeth is not the only sane woman confined to the institution. There are many rational women on her ward who tell the same story: they’ve been committed not because they need medical treatment, but to keep them in line—conveniently labeled “crazy” so their voices are ignored. But Elizabeth is about to discover that the merit of losing everything is that you then have nothing to lose…

December 11Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution by Stephen Breyer

A brilliant new approach to the Constitution and courts of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.  For Justice Breyer, the Constitution’s primary role is to preserve and encourage what he calls “active liberty”: citizen participation in shaping government and its laws. As this book argues, promoting active liberty requires judicial modesty and deference to Congress; it also means recognizing the changing needs and demands of the populace. Indeed, the Constitution’s lasting brilliance is that its principles may be adapted to cope with unanticipated situations, and Breyer makes a powerful case against treating it as a static guide intended for a world that is dead and gone. Using contemporary examples from federalism to privacy to affirmative action, this is a vital contribution to the ongoing debate over the role and power of our courts.

Bookmarked Book Club

The Bookmarked Book Club is meant to be a shelter for the voices of our youth, but also a space to discuss the reality and hard truths of life through reading. We will explore truth through fiction, politics through personal struggle, and the extraordinary events of our ordinary lives.

This book club, geared to middle school and high school students, meets at Lincoln Branch at 5 p.m., typically on the last Monday every month unless holidays interfere. Call (309) 497-2600 for more information.   

Feb. 28 – Dear Martin by Nic Stone

March 28March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

April 25The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

May 23Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

June 27Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

July 25I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

Aug. 22War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

Sept. 26The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Oct. 24Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Nov. 28Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask by Anton Treuer

Dec. 19Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chapter Chatters Book Club

The Chapter Chatters Book Club meets at Lakeview Branch at 6:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday every month.  This book club is for ages 9-12. We are currently meeting in person, but we have a hybrid option for those who can’t meet in person for any reason. 

Please e-mail  for a Zoom link. 

Jan. 4Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin in both the book and graphic novel.

Feb. 1Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows

March 1Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

April 5Wild Robot by Peter Brown

May 3Dave the Unicorn by Pip Bird

June 7 It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

July 5Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn

Diverse Voices Book Club

Join us for this monthly book club as we discuss books that open our eyes to the lives of marginalized people so we can better understand our neighbors. We will be meeting in person as well as Zoom.

We will meet the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave.

There is also an online option via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84842591741?pwd=TmF1SVBSR1JlMnZyUC9oaFMyRUdTQT09

Meeting ID: 848 4259 1741
Passcode: 797979

January 5The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
February 2 —  Milk Fed by Melissa Broder
March 2 —  Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
April 6Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez
May 4Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
June 1Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
July 6A Burning by Megra Majumdar
August 3Crying in H Mart by: Michelle Zauner
September 7When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
October 5Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig
November 2Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
December 7White Magic by Elissa Washuta

Mature Readers Book Club

The Mature Readers Book Club meets at Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave., at 2 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

Please call us at 497-2186 if you are interested in joining this book club.

January 26The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

February 23Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

March 30Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

April 27A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

May 25Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

June 29The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

July 27 How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

August 31The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

September 28The Orpan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman

October 26The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

November 30The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

December 21Should We Stay or Should We Go? by Lionel Schriver

January 25, 2023Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman

Read On Book Club

This group focuses on fiction by Black authors. Lincoln Branch Manager Cynthia Smith leads the discussion, which meets the first Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.. For more information, including Zoom links, call 309-497-2601.
Due to COVID-19, this book club is meeting virtually.

January 24  – Will  by Will Smith

February 28The Vanishing Half: A Novel  by Brit Bennett

March 28 —  Trust: A Novel  by Daines L. Reed

April 25Hell of a Book  by Jason Mott

May 23 –  Luster  by Raven Leilani

June 27 –  As the Wicked Watch  by Tamron Hall

July 25 –  It’s Not All Downhill From Here  by Terry McMillan

August 22Black Buck  by Mateo Askripour

September 26The Other Side Book #1  by Trice Hickman

October 24  –  Blindsided Book #2  by Trice Hickman

November & December – Holiday Break

Science Fiction | Fantasy Book Club

This group typically meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeview Room of the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (1137 W. Lake Ave. 61614-5935).
This book club is meeting both in person and virtually. If you need a Zoom link, please reach out to Jamie Jones at 497-2110.

January 10 – The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The multiverse is real. From Earth Zero, there are people trained by the Eldridge Institute as traversers: people who can safely go to the other 379 Earths and gather data to help influence the economic security of their home. “Safely” means they do not have living doppelgangers on the other Earths, which means the least privileged can go. This includes Cara, who grew up in the Wastes in Ashtown, and is now on her way to citizenship in the affluent Wiley City. She doesn’t fit in either place. When Cara is sent to a world where her counterpart has died under mysterious circumstances, she finds a new realm that contains a secret—one that will have force her to make choices that will not only reveal some of her own past and determine her future security, but will also affect the multiverse. VERDICT This exciting debut is intelligently built, with clever characters, surprise twists, plenty of action, subtly detailed worlds, and a plot that highlights social and racial inequities in astute prose.

February 14 – Circe by Madeline Miller

Having reinterpreted Homer’s Iliad in her Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles, Miller now turns her attention to the Odyssey from the perspective of Circe , the sorceress who changed Odysseus’s men into swine. The daughter of the sun god Helios and the nymph Perse, Circe  is despised by her parents and siblings for her less-than-divine abilities. Seeking comfort in human companionship, she discovers her own special powers of witchcraft when she turns Glaucus, the mortal man she loves, into a sea god. But Circe ‘s tranformation of Scylla, her rival for Glaucos’s affections, into a monster, leads to her banishment to the deserted island of Aiaia. Over the centuries, she hones her magical skills while encountering some of the most famous figures in classical mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus, Medea, and, of course, the crafty Odysseus. Along the way, Circe  evolves into the powerful witch feared by the Olympian gods. But after a lifetime of lonely immortality, is this enough for Circe ? Her final act of transformation will move and surprise readers. VERDICT This beautifully written and absorbing tale of gods and mortals will delight Miller’s many fans and have them reaching for Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.

March 14 – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

April 11 – The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

People feel the moods of the cities they live in. Sometimes the cities themselves become living things, connected to all the lives within their limits. New York City has been born, but there is an otherworldly and dark force determined to destroy those connections and overlay itself. It will take the soul of the city to deal with the enemy. Of course it isn’t so simple: New York is six souls: the five boroughs and the whole, and getting them to work together will be challenging. The pains of gentrification, bias, and hatred for anyone “other” is starting to take root, spread by the power that wants to take over. Can these distinct souls find a way to come together before the enemy takes hold, or will the city bend to a power literally out of this world? VERDICT Jemisin (The Broken Earth) writes a harsh love story to one of America’s most famous places. As raw and vibrant as the city itself, the prose pushes the boundaries of fantasy and brings home what residents already know—their city is alive.

May 9 – A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

It’s been six years since the MGS pandemic took out much of the world’s population. In America, urban areas are rebuilding their culture, but governmental rules have tightened around stabilizing the future of family units, with strong oversight and intervention by the Family Stability Board. In San Francisco, former teen pop star Moira has been building a new life and identity, until her father decides to use the media to find her. Event planner Krista throws herself into helping those who were traumatized to move on with life, whether they want to or not, and avoiding the losses within her own family. Rob raises his young daughter, Sunny, after losing his wife to the pandemic, and tries to keep them a solid, under the radar, family unit. However, when the Family Stability Board threatens to separate Rob and Sunny, he must find ways to connect with other people, crossing paths with Krista and Moira and forcing them all to confront their family issues as a new outbreak threatens to take away everything. VERDICT Sometimes it is not the violent battles of post-apocalyptic stories that pull readers in; it is the emotional connection of humanity finding their way. Chen’s (Here and Now and Then) prose lights a brilliant, fragile path through the darkness.

June 13 – Wendy, Darling by A. C. Wise

For those who lived in Neverland, it was a magical place where children’s games and adventures went on forever. The Darling children left Neverland to return to London, but Wendy Darling never let go of the place. Throughout an adulthood of doctors and sanitariums, marriage and motherhood, Wendy has stood firm in her belief of Neverland and the boy who lost his shadow, who wanted a mother to love him. Darkness lies at the heart of Neverland and Wendy’s memories of it. Now Peter Pan is looking for a new Wendy—and he does not want a grown-up—so he returns to the Darling nursery, where Wendy’s daughter Jane now sleeps. Writing from both Wendy’s and Jane’s perspectives, Wise depicts a brutal reality underlying the world created by J. M. Barrie. Against this harsh backdrop are stories of found families, love beyond romance, and the will to survive. VERDICT Feminist twists and creeping dread abound in this intriguing retelling of Peter Pan.

July 11 – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

August 8 – The Complete Stories, Volume 1 by Isaac Asmiov

Originally published in various magazines, this volume includes some of Asimov’s self-described personal favorite short stories, including “Franchise” and “The Last Question.” It also includes “Nightfall,” a story about a planet that only experiences night once every 2,049 years, which the Science Fiction Writers of America has voted as the best science fiction story ever written. The many fans of Isaac Asimov’s work won’t want to miss this wonderful collection of short fiction from the sci fi master.

 

September 12 – The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

As a war orphan from Rooster Province, Rin’s future looks grim. Her guardians are already planning to marry her off, so why not work to pass the Keju, the Empire’s test to discover the smartest, most talented youth to study at the Academies? Rin shocks everyone by acing the exam, but her success is not necessarily for the better, as she is targeted by classmates who look down on her as a dark-skinned peasant girl. Yet it is under this duress that Rin discovers she has a gift for shamanism. It takes an unbalanced teacher and hallucinogenic substances to help her control her powers and prove the gods are still alive, and her talent comes at a cost; when one is chosen by the gods, one becomes subject to their whims. With war looming, Rin must rely on her shamanic abilities to save herself and her people. VERDICT Drawing on the bloody history of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), debuter Kuang balances strong, graphic details of violent warfare and its effects with a young woman’s struggle to succeed and her desire for vengeance in this strikingly grim military fantasy that summons readers into an East Asian-inspired world of battles, opium, gods, and monsters.

October 10 (off site due to Columbus Day) – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age—a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

November 14 – The Age of Ra by James Lovegrove

Ancient Egyptian gods have defeated other gods (including Jehovah, Allah, Odin and Zeus), and now specific dieties control various earthly power blocs in Lovegrove’s thought-provoking futuristic adventure. The gods gain strength from their followers’ worship, so each nation lives according to its god’s demands, up to and including warring with other countries. When British Lt. David Westwynter leads his paratroopers into a desert reconnaissance mission, arming them with god-powered light weapons, medieval flails and ancient maces, they encounter mummies and annihilating duel-cell fusion bombs. In Freegypt, the only country not controlled by religion and a specific deity, David meets the enigmatic masked Lightbringer, who challenges the gods for control of the earth. Lovegrove (Provender Gleed ) deftly weaves social commentary on religion, family, love and war into the contest between theocracy and humanism.

December 12 – Swords and Deviltry (first in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series – swords and sorcery) by Fritz Leiber

First in the influential fan-favorite series, Swords and Deviltry collects four fantastical adventure stories from Fritz Leiber, the author who coined the phrase “sword and sorcery” and helped birth an entire genre.

In “Induction,” in the realm of Nehwon, fate brings young prince Fafhrd and apprentice magician the Gray Mouser together to mark the beginning of a loyal and lifelong friendship. Consumed by his wicked mother’s enchantments, Fafhrd finds freedom by pursuing the love of a beautiful actress in the Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated “The Snow Women.” Studying sorcery under a great wizard in a land where it is forbidden, Mouse crosses the thin line between white and black magic to avenge a great wrong in “The Unholy Grail.” And in the Nebula and Hugo Award–winning novella “Ill Met in Lankhmar,” Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser disguise themselves as beggars to infiltrate the Thieves’ Guild—only to pay a horrible price for their greed when they come face-to-face with a monstrous evil.

The Sherlock Holmes Story Society

This group traditionally meets in the North Branch Seminar Room at 6:30 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month (except for November). For 2022, meetings in January and February will be online only. Please call 309-497-2110 or email for the Zoom link. 

New members are always welcome, whether you’re a seasoned Sherlockian or a newcomer to the canon! Please call 309-497-2110 if you have any questions.

Meetings will be virtual only in January and February. Questions? Call Jamie Jones at (309) 497-2110.

January 27 The Hound of the Baskervilles
February 24  The Sign of the Four 
March 24  – “The Man with the Twisted Lip” (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
April 28  –  The Valley of Fear 
May 26  –  “The Final Problem” (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)
June 24  – “A Scandal in Bohemia” (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
July 28  – “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
August 25 – “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)
September 22  – “The Adventure of the Yellow Face” (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)
October 27  -“The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor” (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
November 17 *  – (Third Thursday to avoid Thanksgiving) “The Red-Headed League” (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
December 22  -“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Adult-ish Book Club (formerly YA for Adults Book Club)

Join our new book club that re-imagines our YA for Adults Book Club. This group aims to give people who don’t feel quite old enough to be adults a chance to discuss popular books in a relaxed setting. We don’t mind if you haven’t finished the book, as long as you don’t mind if we spoil the ending.

We meet every third Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave.

Join us! Our club will host hybrid meetings — in person and online.  Email for a a link to join us virtually.

January 18The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner  UPDATE as of Jan. 6, Zoom meeting only: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82495685493?pwd=TDUvaDFnZHBacVRqaUR1ZTRCU1NNdz09
February 15The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
March 15The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb
April 19Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi
May 17Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
June 21People You Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Intercontinental Readers

Intercontinental Readers meets once every three months at 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Main Library Lower Level 1, Classroom B to discuss books by American and Irish authors. We Skype with members in Clonmel, Ireland.

For more information, email Terry Tate at

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