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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.

All Over But the Shoutin', by Rick Bragg
December Book Selection:

All Over But the Shoutin', by Rick Bragg

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking man with a murderous temper and the habit of running out on the people who needed him most.

But at the center of this soaring memoir is Bragg's mother, who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes and picked other people's cotton so that her children wouldn't have to live on welfare alone. Evoking these lives--and the country that shaped and nourished them--with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings home the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family. The result is unforgettable.

Upcoming Books:
  • January 2018: TBA
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.

Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain
December Book Selection:

Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman, Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly.

Upcoming Books:
  • January 2018: TBA



McMath Library

Book Club at the End of the Universe

Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This is a science fiction and fantasy literary discussion group. Registration is not required.

Girlfriends, Books, and Brunch

Meetings are held once a month on Saturdays. Enjoy light snacks and share lively conversation about the monthly book selection. 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 last Thursday of every month at 12:30 pm. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Bring you brown bag lunch and join us for a lively discussion.

Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris
December Book Selection

Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life. When one of her coworkers checks out, she decides that maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

Upcoming Books:
  • January 2018: TBA

Nixon Library

Book Chat

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. This is an informal book club where we discuss books we’ve read, are reading, or would like to read and share our opinions with the group.

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.

Wish You Well, by David Baldacci
December Book Selection

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger

Raised on tales of cowboys and pirates, eleven-year-old Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, and that it's up to us to "make of it what we will." Reuben was born with no air in his lungs, and it was only when his father, Jeremiah, picked him up and commanded him to breathe that his lungs filled. Reuben struggles with debilitating asthma from then on, making him a boy who knows firsthand that life is a gift, and also one who suspects that his father is touched by God and can overturn the laws of nature. The quiet midwestern life of the Lands is upended when Davy, the oldest son, kills two marauders who have come to harm the family; unlike his father, he is not content to leave all matters of justice in God's hands. The morning of his sentencing, Davy – a hero to some, a cold-blooded murderer to others – escapes from his cell, and the Lands set out in search of him.

Upcoming Book Schedule:
  • January 2018: TBA
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

The Indifferent Stars Above: the Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride, by Daniel Brown
December Book Selection

The Indifferent Stars Above: the Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride, by Daniel Brown

A chronicle of the mid-nineteenth-century wagon train tragedy draws on the perspectives of one of its survivors, Sarah Graves, recounting how her new husband and she joined the Donner party on their California-bound journey and encountered violent perils, in an account that also offers insight into the scientific reasons that some died while others survived.

Upcoming Book Schedule:
  • January 2018: TBA

Sanders Library

Book Chats

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. Share and discuss books you are currently reading. All genres and people are welcome. 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.

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
December Book Selection

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala. This is my story. Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world – and did. Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person – one young person – can inspire change in her community and beyond.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • January 2018: TBA

Terry Library

Book Lover's Book Club

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, August through May, at 11:00 a.m. Selections include fiction and non-fiction. Call the library at 228-0129 for selections.

Suspicious Minds Mystery Lovers Book Club

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Mystery lovers discuss a new book each month. Call the library at 228-0129 for selections.


Williams Library

Ladies of Little Rock Book Club

Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These ladies discuss a new book each month. Contact the library at 501-376-4282 for selections.


Off-Site: Vino's, 7th & Chester

Word Virus Book Club

Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at noon.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
November Book Selection

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • December 2017: TBA

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