Books Alive! Book Discussion

Our Library-sponsored group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 pm. Books are available one month before meetings. All are welcome to attend!

medicusSeptember 16 Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie

Gius Petreius Ruso is a newly divorced, down-on-his luck army doctor transferred to a remote outpost with miserable weather and minimal supplies. In this engaging mystery, he becomes a reluctant detective after young women from the local bordello turn up dead.


mrs poeOctober 21 Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Set in the fascinating world of the wealthy elite, this is the passionate tale of Frances Osgood, a New York writer who has an affair with Edgar Allan Poe while also acting as the confidante of his much younger wife.



tell the wolves i'm homeNovember 18 Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

This coming-of-age story is narrated by 14-year-old June Elbus, who loses the one person who truly understands her, her beloved uncle, to AIDS. An unlikely friendship blossoms in the wake of her loss.



Cookbook Club

When we explore a cookbook, it’s potluck meets book discussion! Sign up at the Reference Desk, pick a tasty recipe from our enticing selection (we’ll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We’ll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn’t, and select future cookbooks.

simple thai foodSeptember 25 Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu

This book features easy, delicious home cooking from Thailand. Register in person by September 18.




hoosier mama book of pieNovember 13 Hoosier Mama Book of Pie by Paula Haney

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this book sports an array of sweet and savory pies. Register in person by November 6.




Film Discussion Group

Fridays, 7 pm

Watch independent, foreign, and classic movies on our giant screen, followed by brief discussions.

Under the SkinSeptember 19 Under the Skin

An alien wanders Scotland in this strange, though-provoking science fiction film.




Tim's VermeerOctober 3 Tim’s Vermeer

In this fascinating documentary, an engineer tests the theory that Johannes Vermeer used a camera obscura to create his famous paintings




Finding Vivian MaierOctober 17 Finding Vivian Maier

A previously unknown Chicago-based street photographer is rediscovered in this enthralling documentary.




Only Lovers Left AliveOctober 31 Only Lovers Left Alive

Art (and, okay, a little blood) sustains the lives of vampires in this unusual, funny romance.




Night MovesNovember 14 Night Moves

Radical environmentalists embark on a daring mission in this thriller from the director of Film Discussion Group favorites Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff.




Blue RuinNovember 28 Blue Ruin

In this brutal film, a man makes a misguided attempt to avenge the murder of his parents.




Local Discussion Groups

If you host a book discussion group, the Library is always happy to provide copies of books, background information about authors, and book suggestions for future discussion.