Book groups

ELPL offers book groups for all ages and reading preferences.

 

Best of 2013 reads at ELPL

End of year best lists are great for catching up on wonderful books you might have missed.  But we agree with NPR that year end lists have gotten a bit out of hand.

Top Ten Book Club Books in October

The following is a list of October's top book club picks as reported by Bookmovement.com. Enjoy them with your book group or snuggle up with these titles as the evenings start getting colder.

1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
5. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
9. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
10. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Books & Bagels List Nov 2013 - March 2014

Books & Bagels, a book discussion group for 4th - 6th graders, is the oldest ongoing book group at East Lansing Public Library - 11 years! During the school year, the group meets five or six times to discuss a pre-determined book, do a fun activity related to the book, and munch on yummy bagels generously donated by Panera in Frandor.  The first meeting of 2013-2014 took place last October 5, 2013 with the group discussing the multi-award winning One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.  If you are in 4th-6th grade and would like to come to any of the other Books & Bagels meetings, please see the dates and titles for the rest of the 2013-2014 school year listed below. Registration will take place at the circulation desk for each Books & Bagels date starting four weeks ahead of the meeting. Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a limited number of copies of each month's books will be available to those who sign up to attend the book group that month. Library staff will also be happy to place a hold on one of ELPL's copies for you or help you request a copy through MeLCat, our interlibrary loan system. 

November 9, 2013, 2-3pm, The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

December 7 (new day), 2013, 2-3pm, The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

January 11, 2014, 2-3pm, Below by Meg McKinlay

February 8, 2014, 2-3pm, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

March 8, 2014, 2-3pm, Navigating Early  by Clare Vanderpool 

Top Ten Book Club Books in July

The following is a list of July's top book club picks as reported by Bookmovement.com. Enjoy them with your book group or just as a good read for summer!

1. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
5. Inferno by Dan Brown
6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
7. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
8. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9. Defending Jacob by William Landay
10. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Top Ten Book Group Picks

The Great GatsbyBelong to a book group or just looking for a good book to read? Here is a list of the most popular book club books in May from Bookmovement.com. The popularity of the new Great Gatsby movie has pushed that classic to the top of the list!

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
4. Unbroken: A World War II Tale of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
7. Defending Jacob by William Landay
8. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
10. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Books On Tap - Looking Ahead to this Summer!



Here's a list of what we'll be talking about this summer at Books on Tap. 

June 11 - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
July  9 - This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
August 13 - Manhunt by James L. Swanson

September 10 - The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers - This year's One Book, One Community selection.

We have new people drop in every month! So if you have been looking for a place to meet and discuss books, stop by Jimmy's Pub the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Have a drink and join the discussion!

Liar & Spy: The Big Picture at Books & Bagels

Books_and_Bagels_May_2013On May 11, the Books & Bagels group discussed Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. In general, the group enjoyed the book, especially because it involved a number of themes including lies and truth, bullying, family, and friendship. Our group also discussed the work of French artist Georges Seurat (1859-1891) who used a technique called pointillism (using tiny dots, not brush strokes to paint a picture).

This artist is mentioned in the book because the family of the main character, Georges (named after Seurat), owns a cherished print by Seurat. Georges' mom has always told him that life is a thousand little dots that make up a beautiful big picture. She tells him not to worry about the little dots, just concentrate on the big picture they make. For our activity, each group member had fun creating a painting on an 8" x 10" canvas using pointillism (see picture to left). 
Books & Bagels for 4th-6th graders will resume in October, title to be announced at the end of summer.

Here's the slideshow on Flickr, which is your favorite?

 

Books & Bagels Group Will Discuss the Book Breadcrumbs

Saturday, April 13th2-3 pmFor children in grades 4-6Join us for juice and bagels, discussion of the book Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, and a fun activity! This fantasy book is full of interesting content that provokes a wide range of responses in readers. Listen to a fascinating interview with Anne Ursu from NPR's 

Books On Tap - May 14, 2013

Join us May 14 at 6:30pm when we will discuss The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Books On Tap meets at Jimmy's Pub the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

A riveting, powerful debut novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Looking Ahead:
June 11, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Books On Tap - April 9, 2013

Join us April 9 at 6:30pm when we will discuss Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle. Books on Tap meets at Jimmy's Pub, located at 16804 Chadler Road.

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle.

In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes.

And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times.

Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction and a Michigan Notable Book for 2005.

Looking ahead:
May 14, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

WORLD Through Literature Book Group for Teens

WORLD Through Literature Book Group
Saturday March 16
3-4 pm
Grades 7 & up
No Registration Required

Please join the WORLD Through Literature Book Group as they discuss Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth on March 16 from 3-4 at the East Lansing Public Library. After the discussion, an activity is planned. Click on the book title above to check for availability.

To request an interlibrary loan copy through MeL with your East Lansing Public Library card, click here.

By the way, did you know that the word "WORLD" in the book group's name stands for We Overcome Real Life Divisions?
For more information contact Melissa Chamberlain at mdcham92@yahoo.com.

Top Ten Book Group Picks


The following titles were the most popular book group picks in January based on votes at Bookmovement.com.

 

 

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
4. Beautiful Ruins by Walter Jess
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay
6. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

So consider one of these titles for your book group. Don't belong to a book group? Then consider trying one of the groups offered through the library!

Better Living Book Club
Books on Tap
International Book Club
Out of This World

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Tonight, I will have the honor of talking with two book clubs about my beloved time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail! When I hiked the trail, it was 2,164 miles long. It's stretched a little longer now, but it was long enough then! 1998 seems like a long time ago most days, but my memories of the trail are crystal clear. It made a huge impression on me and I have carried it with me in my heart every day since I last set foot on it. When I read Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, it brought back so many feelings and thoughts about my own long distance solo hike. I laughed and cried along with her and often knew exactly what she was talking about. I don't think I've ever read a book that had so many torn little bits of paper marking so many pages by the time I read the last sentence. Although our reasons for setting off on our long solo journeys were quite different, they were also very much the same. I am so excited to talk with everyone at the East Lansing Public Library's combined meeting of the Better Living Book Club and Books on Tap at Jimmy's Pub from 6:30-8 pm tonight! If you haven't read Wild yet, you still have time! You are also welcome to attend if you're still reading (we'll try not to spoil anything)! If you want to know more about these and other awesome book clubs, visit elpl.org! No registration required.

Top Ten Book Group Picks


The following titles were the most popular book group picks in January based on votes at Bookmovement.com.

 

 

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
4. Beautiful Ruins by Walter Jess
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay
6. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

So consider one of these titles for your book group. Don't belong to a book group? Then consider trying one of the groups offered through the library!

Better Living Book Club
Books on Tap
International Book Club
Out of This World

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Tonight, I will have the honor of talking with two book clubs about my beloved time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail! When I hiked the trail, it was 2,164 miles long. It's stretched a little longer now, but it was long enough then! 1998 seems like a long time ago most days, but my memories of the trail are crystal clear. It made a huge impression on me and I have carried it with me in my heart every day since I last set foot on it. When I read Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, it brought back so many feelings and thoughts about my own long distance solo hike. I laughed and cried along with her and often knew exactly what she was talking about. I don't think I've ever read a book that had so many torn little bits of paper marking so many pages by the time I read the last sentence. Although our reasons for setting off on our long solo journeys were quite different, they were also very much the same. I am so excited to talk with everyone at the East Lansing Public Library's combined meeting of the Better Living Book Club and Books on Tap at Jimmy's Pub from 6:30-8 pm tonight! If you haven't read Wild yet, you still have time! You are also welcome to attend if you're still reading (we'll try not to spoil anything)! If you want to know more about these and other awesome book clubs, visit elpl.org! No registration required.

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