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.

Various Locations

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.
 

Group Leader: Kaite Stover
Phone: 816 701 3683
Email: KaiteStover@kclibrary.org

Plaza Branch

Great Books KC

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

Group Leader: Bernard Norcott-Mahany
Phone: 816 701 3482
Email: bernardnorcott@kclibrary.org
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 kclibraryfriends.org »
The fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Group Leader: Jane Jacobs
Phone:
Email: janej120508@gmail.com
Readers for Social Justice

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

Group Leader: Emily Cox
Phone: 816.701.3763
Email: EmilyCox@kclibrary.org
Barista's Book Group

Every Third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Group Leader: Diana Platt
Phone: 816 701 3481
Email: DianaPlatt@kclibrary.org

Trails West Branch

Trailblazers

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.

Group Leader: Angela Hattey
Phone: 816 701 3483
Email: AngelaHattey@kclibrary.org

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

Group Leader: Jane Jacobs
Phone:
Email: janej120508@gmail.com
Downtowners Book Group

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

Group Leader: Kaite Stover
Phone: 816 701 3683
Email: KaiteStover@kclibrary.org
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

Group Leader: Jill Schmidt
Phone:
Email: JillSchmidt@kclibrary.org

Westport Branch

Between the Lines

First Friday of every month at 12 p.m.

Group Leader: MaShonda Harris
Phone: 816.701.3488
Email: mashondaharris@kclibrary.org
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

The Flip-the-Script book group is currently on a brief hiatus. It will return in August 2018.

Second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m.

Group Leader: Cindy Hohl
Phone: 816.701.3488
Email: CindyHohl@kclibrary.org

Waldo Branch

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.

Group Leader: Kaite Stover
Phone: 816 701 3683
Email: KaiteStover@kclibrary.org
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.

PLEASE NOTE: This group meets at the Plaza Branch during the Summer.

Group Leader: Alan Lubert
Phone:
Email: alubert@rmhckc.org
Fourth Tuesday Books and Brews

Literary and noteworthy fiction and nonfiction. The group takes turns picking and facilitating. An optional dutch treat chat, chew and brews session follows at a nearby restaurant. Co-sponsored by American Association of University Women.
Every Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Group Leader: Jane Hatch
Phone:
Email: janehatch15@gmail.com

North-East Branch

Fair Weather Book Group

Meets five months out of the year from May through September, discussing a variety of book genres.
Second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Group Leader: Debbie Gamm
Phone:
Email: deborahgamm@kclibrary.org
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.

Group Leader: Diana Ash
Phone: 816.701.3485
Email: DianaAsh@kclibrary.org
Club de Lectura

Cada mes leeremos libros de diversos géneros literarios, escritos originalmente en Español o traducidos. Each month we read books in diverse literary genres, either originally written in Spanish or in translation.
Last Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Group Leader: Vera Gutmann
Phone: 816-701-3485
Email: veragutmann@kclibrary.org

Sugar Creek Branch

After Lunch

Second and Fourth Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Group Leader: Shirl Maldonado
Phone: 816 701 3489
Email: ShirlMaldonado@kclibrary.org
Sugar Creek Seniors

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

Group Leader: Mary Roberson
Phone: 816 701 3489
Email: MaryRoberson@kclibrary.org

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.

Group Leader: Bernard Norcott-Mahany
Phone: 816 701 3482
Email: BernardNorcott@kclibrary.org
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.

Group Leader: Bernard Norcott-Mahany
Phone: 816 701 3482
Email: BernardNorcott@kclibrary.org

Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

Ruiz Readers

First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Group Leader: Amy Morris
Phone: 816 701 3565
Email: amymorris@kclibrary.org