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Book Clubs at the Library

Looking for a book club to join?
The library has several options for various ages & interests.

ESL Book Club

First Thursdays of the month

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Midtown Room

Mitchell Park Library

If English is not your native language and you like to read, come to our ESL Book Club. We will recommend easy-to-read books in English and everyone will have a chance to talk about the book they are reading. You can practice reading in English, conversational skills, and have FUN!

Brown Bag Book Club

Second Tuesdays of the month

12-1 p.m.

Teen Zone Conference Room

Rinconada Library

Join Brown Bag Book Club for intellectual nourishment as we discuss a wide range of books: classics, memoirs, fiction, and everything in between. Feel free to bring your lunch; no registration is required. Check our events calendar for each month’s title, and happy reading! 

Bucket List Book Club

Fourth Tuesdays of the month

7-8:30 p.m.

Embarcadero Room

Rinconada Library

Want to score better when friends share a list on Facebook of all the books you 'should' have read?  Want to share your thoughts about some of the 'classic' books with others - but not like you had to in English class in school?  Afraid to try books like Moby Dick or Anna Karenina but would try them in a supportive group?  Want to read the book behind a great movie of a classic? Come join our Bucket List Book Club to help tick off some of the books on your bucket list!

Here are the upcoming titles and dates we’ll be discussing them:


November 28: My Brilliant Friend by, Elena Ferrante

December: No meeting.

January 23:  Life and Times of Michael K by, J. M. Coetzee

February 27: Annie John by, Jamaica Kincaid

March 27: Invisible Cities by, Italo Calvino

April 24: The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson

May 22: Blindness, by Jose Saramago

Climate Change Book Club

Third Thursday of the month

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Midtown Room

Mitchell Park Library

This book club will discuss up-to-date information about climate change and what is being done about it. Relevant books for discussions are selected by the group, including information found in magazines, journals and online. No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library and Acterra.

Graphic Novel Book Club

Monthly book discussion on a graphic novel selected by the group. This program is for readers ages 16 and up. Titles can be borrowed from the library or through Link+. Reserve copies are available to be read inside the Mitchell Park Library. Discussions are led by Dr. Danièle Archambault. Register online through our events calendar.

Upcoming Titles for 2017-2018: 

Aug. 10: This One Summer (Mariko Tamaki) 
Sept. 14: The Other Side of the Wall (Simon Schwartz) 
Oct. 12: Killing and Dying (Adrian Tomine) 
Nov. 9: Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq (Sarah Glidden) 
Dec. 14: March: Book One (John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell) 
Jan. 11: The Arrival (Shaun Tan) 
Feb. 8: The Best we could do: An Illustrated Memoir (Thi Bui) 
March 8: Citizen 13660 (Miné Okubo) 
April 12: The Property (Rutu Modan, Jessica Cohen) 
May 10 : Zahra’s Paradise (Amir and Khalil)

Danièle  is a researcher, author, and educator who is interested in comics as a way to document a society's cultural and linguistic landscape. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she now lives in Palo Alto, where she is an artist in residence at the Cubberley Artist Studio Program, a program of the City of Palo Alto. In the past few years, she has published several full-color comic books, graphic novels, and electronic books. Ms. Archambault is a regular guest speaker on documenting culture and dialects through comics at various educational and cultural institutions. She teaches Visual Storytelling at the Palo Alto Art Center, and at other educational venues.

Society of Bookworms

Join the Society of Bookworms for fun activities and book discussions with your friends! This children’s book club for grades 4-6 is sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library. Check the Society of Bookworms entry in our events calendar for each month’s title and to register.

This program supports assets from the 41 Developmental Assets for Children and Teens:
17. CREATIVE ACTIVITIES Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts
18. YOUTH PROGRAMS Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community
25. READING FOR PLEASURE Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.

Stay Woke Book Club

Second Saturdays of the month

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Embarcadero Room

Rinconada Library

Interested in social justice and human rights? Are you looking to gain a greater understanding of the inequalities in the world around you? If so, this book club might be for you! We will read and respectfully discuss books around social justice and politically relevant themes, with the aim of creating community and connection. Adults and teens are welcome. Register online through our events calendar.

Friends of
the Palo Alto Library

The Friends book club has been meeting for over 15 years!
For more information, visit the FOPAL Book Club webpage.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2017