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Local Book Clubs


Know the Prose: ORPL's Book Discussion Group

Join library staff member, Coleman Childress, in the Library Auditorium to talk shop about our favorite books while trying understand and learn from them about important topics that affect us every day. Stay, sit, sip, and chat; we want everybody of all ages to lean in and listen, to share and to take away, from an evening of purposeful book discussions. We offer a cozy atmosphere in the library with warm beverages: come, de-thaw, and commit to that New Year’s Resolution of connecting with us at the library.

Warm beverages and warm atmosphere; bring a blanket or a pillow, but most importantly, bring a book! No registration is necessary, and all ages are welcome as long as they can actively engage and listen to our discussion.

This Month's Topic:

Listening with Intent: hearing the voices from the page

Meeting Information:

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

We are always listening to--and conversing with--the books we read. It is with that fact in mind that we embark on an experiment in book discussions! We will be sharing what we have listened to; what story has made a difference in our lives; what we have learned from the stories we take in; and, most importantly, how books can help make sense of the world around us.

All books are welcome as long as you can use it to contribute to the conversation, but if you want a little help picking one out, just stop by the library!

Each month, we pick a selection of books that go along with that month's topic, or that you can use as a jumping off point to pick a book of your own. Just look for books with the "Know the Prose" sticker on our Book Club Display.

Friends of the Oak Ridge Library (FOL)

The FOL was organized in 1959 to increase the opportunities for the association of persons interested in books and libraries, to increase the facilities and services of the Oak Ridge Public Library, and to enrich the cultural opportunities available to the citizens of the Oak Ridge area. The FOL Book Club is available to anyone. Membership in FOL is not a requirement to participate.

This Month's Book:

Judgment

Meeting Information:

6:00 pm | February 22nd | Zoom

For more information, please reach out to the FOL. You can find them on Facebook by clicking here.

AMSE Book Club

This book club is hosted by the American Museum of Science and Energy, which works to tell the story of the advances in science and engineering that have occurred in Oak Ridge since the first days of the Manhattan Project. Every month, they read and discuss books related to science, engineering, technology, mathematics, or history and how these intersect. The Club is so much fun and you will learn a lot, too!

In addition to their book club, AMSE is a powerful engine of STEAM education and inspiration. With their fun, interactive exhibits and programs, every day they tell visitors from the globe exciting, world-changing stories and help explain how the world and universe works.

This Month's Book:

Films From the Future

Weekly forum discussions are also available on their Facebook Page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We have copies of this book available on Hoopla.

You can also check out the AMSEcast Podcast.

Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL)

ORICL is sponsored by Roane State Community College, which also provides classrooms, an office, and administrative support. Residents of Oak Ridge and the surrounding area of all backgrounds and educational levels are invited to become members. Its programs are designed to respond to the interests of the participants who may take courses, go on group trips, or join in other activities. In order to attend ORICL classes and activities, it is necessary to join the Institute as a dues-paying member.

ORICL offers a varied selection of book groups to choose from, and we list their current/upcoming ones here. You will need to register to participate in these groups, and may register for ORICL’s book groups through their website here.

This Semester's Book Discussion Groups

The book groups offered through ORICL can change on a semester-by-semester basis. Here are the current discussion groups and the books that they are reading:

Classic Literature Revisited

*All discussions for this group take place at 1:30 pm through Zoom on their respective discussion days.

Fiction Book Group

  • January 27th: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • February 24th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • March 24th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • April 28th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
*All discussions for this group take place at 1:00 pm through Zoom and in person on their respective discussion days. See your class coordinator for information about where you will be meeting.

Let's Read A Mystery

*All discussions for this group take place at 4:00 pm through Zoom on their respective discussion days.

Nonfiction Book Group

  • January 20th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • February 17th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • March 17th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • April 21st: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
*All discussions for this group take place at 10:00 am through Zoom on their respective discussion days.

Technical Book Group

  • January 24th: On the Fringe by Michael D. Gordin
  • February 28th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • March 28th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • April 25th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
*All discussions for this group take place at 4:00 pm through Zoom and in person on their respective discussion days. See your class coordinator for information about where you will be meeting.

We try to have copies of all of these books in our collection. Use our Catalog or stop by to check for availability.

Some titles are also available to read digitally through Libby at libbyapp.com or through Overdrive at overdrive.com.

For more information about ORICL, to learn how to become a member, or to register, visit their website here. More information about these and the rest of their current courses can be found in their catalog here.

Other Featured Reading Lists

In addition to our partnered book clubs, we also feature various reading lists throughout the year in our main library. Our featured reading lists change on a regular basis, so feel free to stop by to see what we have on our display. Previous reading lists include Libby's Summer of Fear, PBS Books' Year of Hemingway, the 2020 Booker Prize Shortlist, and NPR Code Switch's Books to Set You Free. We try to have a wide selection to fit with the various interests of our patrons and hope you find something that you will enjoy.