Book Clubs



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Fletcher Library

Evening Book Discussion

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Call (501) 663-5457 for more details. Registration is not required.

Bossypants, by Tina Fey
September Book Selection:

Bossypants, by Tina Fey

From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

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Lunchtime Book Group

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Bring your lunch; drinks are provided. Call (501)663-5457 for more details. Registration is not required.

In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
September Book Selection:

In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson

The bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

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Maumelle Library

Maumelle's Second Monday Book Club

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Call (501) 851-2551 for more details. Registration is not required.

Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones
September Book Selection

Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.

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2nd Monday "No Borders" Book Club
2nd Monday Book Club

The 2nd Monday "No Borders" Book Club is a new kind of book club - one that will fit your schedule! It is an expansion of the existing Maumelle Library's 2nd Monday Book Club. With a growing interest in the book club mixed with the busy schedules of the readers, we open the book club to online discussion and online participation.

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McMath Library

Girlfriends, Books, and Brunch

Meetings are held once a month on Saturdays. Call (501) 225-0066 for exact day and time each month. Registration is not required.


Milam Library

Adult Book Chat

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 12:30 pm. and will feature a book of the month. The book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk in advance. Bring you brown bag lunch and join us for a lively discussion.

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, by Ann B. Ross
August Book Selection

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, by Ann B. Ross

When Hazel Marie Puckett and her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd, show up on Julia Springer's doorstep in Abbotsford, North Carolina, Miss Julia receives the shock of her long and proper life. After 44 years of marriage to pillar-of-church-and-community Wesley Lloyd Springer, she discovers that while she had assumed he was working late at the family bank, he was engaged in other, more carnal, pursuits. For, as Hazel Marie shyly explains, Little Lloyd is Miss Julia's late husband's son.

His arrival in Miss Julia's life sets off a chain of events that involves a hypocritical minister, a violent beating, a crooked televangelist, a high-speed car chase, a kidnapping, and a surprising revelation about her late husband's will. Miss Julia not only speaks her mind but also comes to a deeper understanding of the meaning of love, friendship, and trust.

Upcoming Book Schedule:
  • September 25: TBA

Nixon Library

Nixon Book Worms

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the Circulation Desk.

The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick
September Book Selection

The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending – the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being haunted by Kenny G!

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True Stories Book Club

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the Circulation Desk

Eighty-Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts
September Book Selection

Eighty-Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts

Traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting how the farmer discovered Snowman's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's most expensive thoroughbreds.

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Sanders Library

Book Chats

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. Members read whatever they choose and share with the group. Call (501) 835-7756 for more information.

The Page Turners

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m (there are no meetings in July or August). Members read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 835-7756 for more information.

Camp Nine, by Vivienne Schiffer
September Book Selection

Camp Nine, by Vivienne Schiffer

Set in Rook, Arkansas in 1942, 12-year old Chess Morton's quiet life of plantations and bayous changes abruptly after her wealthy landowning grandfather sells some worthless land to the government. Housing 10,000 new residents, Camp Nine becomes one of many camps where West Coast Japanese were held in isolation during WWII. Chess's bored widowed mother, who had studied art in California, offers to teach art classes to the Japanese. After she enlists a reluctant Chess to help her, mother and daughter become friends with the Matsui family, including sons Henry and David. Henry enlists, but his father is imprisoned for failing to correctly answer a government questionnaire. Mrs. Matsui, shunned by the other women because they felt her husband brought dishonor to his family, has a nervous breakdown, and David attempts to romance a daughter from a hard-scrabble white sharecropper family. As she watches her mother thwart local conventions by championing the Japanese, Chess matures.

Upcoming Book Schedule

Terry Library

Book Lover's Book Club

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, September through May, at 11:00 a.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 228-0129 for more details. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade, by Kevin Brockmeier
September Book Selection

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade, by Kevin Brockmeier

Traces the author's experiences in the most difficult year of his life in 1980s Little Rock, Arkansas, describing how he endeavored to grow beyond his sensitive preadolescent nature to gain new friends, experience a first kiss and explore early literary ambitions.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • October 21: TBA
Suspicious Minds Mystery Lovers Book Club

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 228-0129 for more details.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • September 4: Discuss a book of your choice
  • October 2: TBA
  • November 6: TBA
  • December 4: TBA
YA Book Club

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. A no requirements, no pressure book club for folks ages 13-18 years old. Pizza and drinks provided.

Salem Brownstone, by John Harris Dunning
September Book Selection

Salem Brownstone, by John Harris Dunning

Upon his father's death, Salem Brownstone inherits a mansion as well as an unfinished battle with creatures from another world, which requires him to seek the help of his guardian familiar and the colorful performers of Dr. Kinoshita's Circus of Unearthly Delights.

Upcoming Book Schedule

Thompson Library

Evening Book Club

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month (no meeting in December) at 7:00 p.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 821-3060 for more details. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

Here on Earth, by Alice Hoffman
September Book Selection

Here on Earth, by Alice Hoffman

A middle-aged woman, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, returns to her small Massachusetts hometown for the funeral of the housekeeper who raised her and finds herself thrust into the lives of the people she left behind.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • October 28: TBA

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