Book Groups

Central | Bluford | North-East | Plaza | Ruiz | Sugar Creek
Trails West | Waldo | Westport | Other Book Groups

Central Library

Book group

Common Grounds
A focus on contemporary American authors of fiction and nonfiction who explore modern issues
Last Saturday of every other month at 11 a.m.

A lively mix of fiction, nonfiction, classics, and genres
Every Third Wednesday at Noon

Women Who Dare
Fiction and nonfiction by and about ordinary women experiencing extraordinary challenges
Every Second Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Bluford Branch

Black Classics
Devoted to reading and discussing works written by African or African American authors that can be considered great classics—these include outstanding works of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction
Second Saturday in: February, April, June, August, October, and December; at 2:30 p.m.

Heat of the Night
Reads and discusses mystery novels written by African American or African authors, or featuring an African-American or African detective
Second Saturday in: January, March, May, July, September, and November; at 2:30 p.m.

North-East Branch

North-East Book Group
Every First Sunday at 2 p.m.

Read, Quilt, Talk!
Discuss books and work on quilting projects. Beginners are welcome!
Second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Plaza Branch

Barista's Book Group
Every Third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Readers for Social Justice
Second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Stranger Than Fiction
Sometimes humorous. Sometimes serious. Always nonfiction.
Every Fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Friends of the Library Book Group
A book group for the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library
Fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Great Books KC
Classic literature that has stood the test of time
Plaza Branch, Small meeting room
Last Friday of each month, 7 p.m. (unless noted otherwise)
Contact: Bernard Norcott-Mahany, 816.701.3482
Reading Schedule available at

Ruiz Branch

Ruiz Readers
First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Sugar Creek Branch

After Lunch
Second and Fourth Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

Sugar Creek Seniors
Every Fourth Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.
At the Fairmount Community Center, 217 South Cedar Avenue (Get directions »)

Trails West Branch

In Between Worlds
Every Fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Trailblazers Book Group
Every Third Saturday at 2 p.m.

Waldo Branch

Fourth Tuesday
Literary and newsworthy fiction and nonfiction
Every Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Literature in Translation
Every Fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Mysterious Undertakings
Contemporary and classic mysteries
Every First Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Waldo Library Readers' Circle
A focus on in-depth discussion of selected short stories
Every Wednesday from 12-1:30 p.m.

Westport Branch

Between the Lines
First Friday of every month at 12 p.m.

KC Queer Readers
Featured works will focus on queer characters and queer authors. To participate, join the Goodreads group.

Other Book Groups That Meet at the Library

FYI Book Group
The Kansas City Public Library coordinates this book group for The Kansas City Star’s FYI section. FYI Book Group discussions will be published in summary form in a later edition of The Star’s FYI section. Dates, times, and locations of discussions vary. RSVPs are required.

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