Book Club Hub

Mid-Columbia Libraries (MCL) is proud to provide resources for local book clubs including discussion guidelines, sample questions, a directory of local book groups, and suggested titles selected by Librarian Sarah Johnson. Each title in the list below comes in multiple copies; click to check availability.

Some books in our collection offer printable book discussion guides from NoveList. Click on a title and scroll down to "Suggestions and more." Here you can find read alikes, appeal terms, recommended articles from NoveList, and more.

Want to request multiple copies of a book? Click here to suggest a title for purchase. Several factors, such as interest, demand, audience, and budget, are taken in to consideration when adding materials to the library collection as stated in MCL's collection development policy. 

Questions? Contact bookclubs@midcolumbialibraries.org.


 

Guidelines for lively book discussions:

Respect and allow space for others. Some people are more outgoing than others; once you've had a chance to talk, allow others time to speak and avoid talking over them.

Keep an open mind. Learn from others, and acknowledge that differences of opinion is what makes it interesting!

Offer new thoughts. Try not to repeat what others have said, but offer a perspective that hasn't been explored yet.

Stay on topic. Help the conversation flow by concentrating your feedback on the topic of the book rather than delving into too many personal references.

Suggested discussion questions, courtesy of Book Riot.

General questions:

  • What did you like best about this book?

  • Which character in the book would you most like to meet?

  • What feelings did this book evoke for you?

For fiction:

  • Did the characters seem believable to you? Did they remind you of anyone?

For nonfiction:

  • What did you already know about this book's subject before you read this book? What new things did you learn?

Download and print all 40 questions or visit bookriot.com for more info!

Find a public book group near you!

  • Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick Branch, second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm

  • Mid-Columbia Libraries' Pasco Branch, third Wednesday of the month at 1 pm

  • Richland Public Library, third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm

  • Barnes & Noble Cafe, last Thursday of the month at 7 pm

  • Caterpillar Cafe, first Friday of the month at 7 pm

  • East Benton County History Museum, second Wednesday of the month from February to October at 6:15 pm

Click here for more details, or check the Tri-City Herald entertainment section. An updated list is published each Sunday.


For Sarah's personal favorites, and more recommendations by certified book lovers (library staff), visit Book'd: Recommended Reads.