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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.

In the Woods, by Tana French
November Book Selection:

In the Woods, by Tana French

Twenty years after witnessing the violent disappearances of two companions from their small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the same wooded area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories.

Upcoming Books:
  • December 2017: 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.

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
November Book Selection:

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy, in a satirical tour de force set in the near future

Upcoming Books:
  • December 2017: TBA

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.

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
November Book Selection

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

Upcoming Books:
  • December 2017: 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.

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson
October Book Selection

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds – a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium.

The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

Upcoming Books:

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.

The Hours Count, by Jillian Cantor
October Book Selection

The Hours Count, by Jillian Cantor

A tale based on the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans put to death for espionage during the Cold War, traces the experiences of their friend and neighbor, who takes in the couple's young sons when they are arrested by the FBI in 1950.

Upcoming Book Schedule:
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

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance
November Book Selection

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

Upcoming Book Schedule:
  • December 2017: 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.

A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith
November Book Selection

A Star for Mrs. Blake, April Smith

A novel set in the 1930s about five American women, Gold Star Mothers, who travel to France to visit the graves of their WWI soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. The women meet for the first time just before their journey begins: Katie, an Irish maid from Dorchester, Massachusetts; Minnie, wife of an immigrant Russian Jewish chicken farmer; Bobbie, a wealthy Boston socialite ; Wilhelmina, a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and Cora Blake, a single mother and librarian from coastal Maine.

In Paris, Cora meets a journalist whose drug habit helps him hide from his own war-time fate, facial wounds so grievous he's forced to wear a metal mask. This man will change Cora's life in wholly unexpected ways. And when the women finally travel to Verdun to visit the battlegrounds where their sons fought as well as the cemeteries where they are buried, shocking events; a death, a scandal, a secret revealed; will guarantee that Cora's life and those of her traveling companions will become inextricably intertwined, and only now will they be able to emerge from their grief and return home to their loved ones. This is a timeless story set against a footnote of history: little known but unforgettable.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • December 2017: 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.


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.

Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes
October Book Selection

Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes

1815, the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. At the Duchess of Richmond's ball, one family's life will change forever; for Sophie Trenchard, this night will change everything. Twenty-five years later, as the upper echelons of society begin to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, the true repercussions of that moment will be felt. And there are those who would prefer the secrets of the past to remain buried…

Upcoming Book Schedule

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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