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Local Book Clubs


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:

Project Hail Mary

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

We have copies of this book in our collection. Check our Catalog or stop by to check for availability.

Each month, you can also enter for a chance to win the a free copy of next month's book! All you have to do is like, post, or share their book of the month giveaway posts to automatically be entered in to win. Posts are made on the main AMSE Facebook Page.

You can also check out the AMSEcast Podcast.

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:

Refuge

Discussion on October 26th at 6:15 pm over Zoom

We have copies of this book in our collection. Check our Catalog or stop by to check for availability.

For more information about FOL or to join, visit their Facebook Page here. To learn ways you can support FOL click here.

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

  • September 13th: Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
  • October 11th: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  • November 8th: Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  • December 13th: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
*All discussions for this group take place at 1:30 pm through Zoom on their respective discussion days.

Fiction Book Group

  • September 23rd: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • October 28th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • December 9th: 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

  • September 28th: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • October 26th: The Good Detective by John McMahon
  • November 23rd: An English Murder by Cyril Hare
*All discussions for this group take place at 4:00 pm through Zoom on their respective discussion days.

Nonfiction Book Group

  • September 16th: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
  • October 21st: Heirs of the Founders H. W. Brands
  • November 11th: Historians on Hamilton edited by Romano and Potter
  • December 16th: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
*All discussions for this group take place at 10:00 am through Zoom on their respective discussion days.

Technical Book Group

  • September 27th: The Self-Assembling Brain by Peter Robin Hiesinger
  • October 25th: See your class coordinator for information about the book you will be discussing.
  • November 22nd: 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.