Book Discussion Groups

The Kansas City Public Library features book groups on a regular basis.
Book discussion groups meet according to a regular schedule, unless otherwise noted.

Central Library

Common Grounds Book Group

A focus on contemporary American authors of fiction and nonfiction who explore modern issues.
Last Saturday of every other month at 11 a.m. in the café area of Kirk Hall

Downtowners Book Group

A lively mix of fiction, nonfiction, classics, and genres.
Every Third Wednesday at Noon in the President's Office

Women Who Dare Book Group

Fiction and nonfiction by and about ordinary women experiencing extraordinary challenges.
Every Second Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Chairman's Office

Lucile H. Bluford Branch

Black Classics Book Group

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.
First Saturday in: February, April, June, August, October, and December; at 2:30 p.m.

Heat of the Night Book Group

Reads and discusses mystery novels written by African American or African authors, or featuring an African-American or African detective. The club meets to discuss the books as mystery novels and as reflections of the black experience.
First Saturday in: January, March, May, July, September, and November; at 2:30 p.m.

North-East Branch

North-East Book Group

Read a wide variety of subjects from fiction to non-fiction and graphic novels.
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.

Waldo Branch

Fourth Tuesday

Literary and newsworthy fiction and nonfiction. The group takes turns picking books and facilitating. Co-sponsored with the American Association of University Women.
Every Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Literature in Translation

Every Fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Mysterious Undertakings

Contemporary and classic mysteries. The group takes turns facilitating.
Every First Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Waldo Readers' Circle

The Waldo Readers’ Circle reads short stories from cultures around the world, and the occasional novel. Topics include friendship, family, and human relationships; moral issues and social problems; professional life and politics; religion and spirituality.
Every Wednesday from 12-1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B

Plaza Branch

Barista's Book Group

Every Third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Great Books KC

Classic literature that has stood the test of time. Reading Schedule available at
Last Friday of each month, 7 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room

Friends of the Library Book Group

A book group for the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. For more information about the Friends of the Library, or to join, please visit »
The fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Readers for Social Justice

Second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room

Sugar Creek Branch

After Lunch

Second and Fourth Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Sugar Creek Seniors

Every Fourth Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.
This group meets at the Fairmount Community Center, 217 South Cedar Avenue.

Trails West Branch


Join a community of like-minded readers for engaging discussions of great fiction as part of Trailblazers. Reserve selected titles at the nearest library service desk or from your home computer. Discussions are free and open to the public.
Every Third Saturday at 2 p.m.

Westport Branch

Between the Lines

First Friday of every month at 12 p.m.

KC Queer Readers

KC Queer Readers is a diverse group of queer-identified folks who love to read. Featured works will focus on queer characters and queer authors. Suggestions and queer lit news are always welcome! To participate, follow and discuss on the KC Queer Readers on tumblr.

Flip the Script

Second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m.

Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

Ruiz Readers

First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.


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.