Great City | Great Read - 2015 Book Discussions

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Looking to have a fun and lively chat with fellow readers about all things Alice? Join one of the discussion groups dedicated to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Many library locations host monthly group gatherings led by trained facilitators. All groups are open to anyone who loves books and thoughtful conversation about character, plot, and good writing.

For more information, contact:
Kaite Stover
KCPL Director of Readers' Services
816.695.5235 |
Lisa Palmer
Book Group Services Coordinator
816.503.4164 |


Reinterpreting Wonderland

David Donovan, Ph.D.
Saturday, Oct. 10 | Program: 2 p.m.
Parkville Branch, 8815 Tom Watson Pkwy.

This conversation will cover adult themes, and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Considered a classic of children's literature, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland also offers an engaging reading experience for adults. Many of those comic and nonsensical characters that made us laugh and inspired us to keep reading when we were younger suggest a hidden depth when revisited later in life. This program helps adult readers explore Wonderland through a different lens, as psychologist David Donovan, Ph.D., of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, discusses how Wonderland relates to dream symbolism and concepts of self-identity which are important to psychoanalytic theory.

For more information visit the Mid-Continent Public Library website.


The Kansas City Star's FYI Book Group:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Monday, Sept. 28 | Program: 2 p.m.
Smithville Branch, 120 Richardson St.

Saturday, Oct. 3 | Program: 1 p.m.
The Rabbit Hole, 110 Southwest Blvd.

Register for either session: |

The Kansas City Star's FYI Book Group works with the Kansas City Public Library to select "books of the moment" and pair the books with "venues of the moment," Kansas City locations related to the subject matter. All book club selections are chosen by literature experts from The Star and the Library.

Read the FYI Book Club introduction to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that was published in The Star on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

A summary of this FYI Book Group discussion of the novel will be published in the FYI section of The Star. Registration is required.

For more information visit the FYI Book Group or


Book Groups

After Lunch
Thursdays, Oct. 8 & 22 | 1:30 p.m.
Sugar Creek Branch
102 S. Sterling Ave.

Between the Lines
Friday, Nov. 6 | Noon
Westport Branch
118 Westport Rd.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 | Noon
Central Library
14 W. 10th St.

Fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, Nov. 24 | 6 p.m.
Waldo Branch
201 E. 75th St.

Sunday, Sept. 6 | 2 p.m.
North-East Branch
6000 Wilson Rd.

Read, Quilt, Talk!
Tuesday, Oct. 13 | 6 p.m.
North-East Branch
6000 Wilson Rd.

Ruiz Readers
Thursday, Nov. 5 | 6 p.m.
I.H. Ruiz Branch
2017 W. Pennway

Stranger Than Fiction
Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 7 p.m.
Plaza Branch
4801 Main St.

Women Who Dare
Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 6 p.m.
Central Library
14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 | 7 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
8656 N. Ambassador Dr.

Thursday, Oct. 15 | 7 p.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee's Summit Rd.

Friday, Oct. 23 | 1 p.m.
Lee's Summit Branch
150 NW Oldham Pkwy.