Book Clubs

Davenport Public Library offers a variety of book clubs for adults.

Between the Lines Book Club (2023)

The Between The Lines Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Davenport Public Library | Eastern to discuss recently published adult fiction and nonfiction titles. Books can be signed out from Eastern on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more information.

January 11th  The House Of The Spirits / Isabelle Allende
February 8th Miracle Creek / Angie Kim
March 8th Tiny Beautiful Things / Cheryl Strayed
April 12th Once There Were Wolves / Charlotte McConaghy
May 10th The Song Of Achilles / Madeline Miller
June 14th  Minor Feelings / Cathy Park Hong

Big/Little Book Club (2023)

Big/Little Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at Davenport Public Library | Eastern. Littles (kids in 3rd through 5th grade) and their Bigs (adults or older siblings) read a book together and will discuss the book and do some book-related crafts and activities each event. Registration is required.  Click here for more information.

April 13th Amari and the Night Brothers / B.B. Alston
May 11th The Elephant in the Room / Holly Goldberg Sloan
June 8th Sunshine / Marion Dane Bauer
July 13th  The Lion of Mars / Jennifer L. Holm
August 10th Better With Butter / Victoria Piontek
September 14th  Once Upon a Tim / Stuart Gibbs
October 12th What Lives in the Woods / Lindsay Currie
November 9th A Place to Hang the Moon / Kate Albus
December 14th Dear Student / Elly Swartz

Brown Bag Book Club (2023)

The Brown Bag Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm at Davenport Public Library | Eastern to discuss recently published adult fiction and nonfiction titles. Books can be signed out from Eastern on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more information.

January 25th The Survivors / Jane Harper
February 22nd A Tree Grows In Brooklyn / Betty Smith
March 22nd  The Lost Apothecary / Sarah Penner
April 26th Fault Lines / Emily Itami
May 24th High Crimes: The Fate Of Everest In An Age Of Greed / Michael Kodas
June 28th The Guest Book / Sarah Blake

Make the Connection: A DEI Book Club (2023)

Make the Connection is a book club hosted by the Davenport Public Library that will spark engaging, insightful and necessary conversations surrounding issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Meet us on the fourth Tuesday of the month at The Main Street location (321 N. Main St.) at 6:30 pm and join the conversation! Click here for more information.

January 24th Minor feelings : an Asian American reckoning / Cathy Park Hong
March 28th Are you my mother?  : a comic drama / Alison Bechdel 
April 25th  This chair rocks : a manifesto against ageism / Ashton Applewhite​​​​​​​
May 23rd ​​​​​​​Between the world and me/ Ta-Nehisi Coates​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
July 25th ​​​​​​​How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Online Reading Challenge (2023)

The Online Reading Challenge is run entirely through the Info Cafe blog. Each month we read books centered around a theme. Each year is a little different, but the unchanging main principle of this book club is: No Pressure! There is no sign-up, no meetings to attend (although you're welcome to add any comments to the blog posts),  no shame in not finishing a book, or skipping a month (or two). You can read one of the suggested titles or something different or none at all! Read at your own pace, read what interests you, try something out of your usual reading zone or stick with what you like best. In other words, create a personalized book club with a bit of encouragement from the Reading Challenge! The theme for 2023 is Location! Location! Location! Click here for more information.

January  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Paris)
February  The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ancient Greece)
March  Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (California)
April  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (India)
May  The Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman (Ireland)
June  The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman (Australia)
July  The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (suburbia)
August  Fault Lines by Emily Itami (Japan)
September  The Lions of Fifth Avenue (New York City)
October  Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Iceland)
November  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Africa)
December  Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (Cuba)

Overbooked (2023)

Do you love to read and wish you could talk to other people about what you read? Then join the book club, Overbooked! We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. A new book will be provided to you at each meeting. A variety of fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction books will be read. Click here for more information.

January 19th Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
February 16th Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson
March 16th Lady Killers: deadly women throughout history by Tori Telfer
April 20th The Round House by Louise Erdich
May 18th They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
June 22nd The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

July 20: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
August 17: Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard
September 21: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
October 26: Circe by Madeline Miller
November 26: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
December 21: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

 See YA (2023)

Join our adult book club with a teen book twist. See why so many teen books are being turned into movies and are taking over the best seller lists. Registration is not required. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Eastern Avenue library. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at Eastern at 6:30pm. Click here for more information.

June 7th Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo​​​​​​​
July 5th Somebody that I used to Know by Dana Davis​​​​​​​
August 2nd Heartstopper by Alice Oseman​​​​​​​
September 6th How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Gilliland Vasquez​​​​​​​
October 4th Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey​​​​​​​
November 1st Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Shorts & Sweets (2023)

Discuss a new short story every month with a variety of different authors both current and classics. Shorts & Sweets meets at Davenport Public Library | Fairmount every second Monday of the month at 10:00am. Click here for more information.

January 9th: "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) by Washington Irving
February 13th: "Kavitha and Mustafa" (2015) by Slobha Rao
March 13th: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (1973) by Ursula K Le Guin
April 10th: "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" (1936) by Ernest Hemmingway
May 8th: "An Interesting Social Study" (1967) by Kristin Hunter
June 12th: "Enlightenment" (2020) by William Pei Shih
July 10th: "Between Storms" (2018) by Walter Mosley
August 14th: "Cathedral" (1983) by Raymond Carver
September 11th: "Allog" (1999) by Edith Pearlman 
October 9th: "Lacrimosa" (2015) by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
November 13th "The Management of Grief" (1988) by Bharati Mukherjee
December 11th "A Christmas Tragedy" (1966) by Agatha Christie

West End Book Club (2023)

The West End Book Club reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction books. We meet at Davenport Public Library | Fairmount on the second Tuesday of each month. Join us for lively discussions and interesting reads! Space is limited so registration is required. Click here for more information.

January 10th American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
February 14th Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
March 14th The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen
April 11th Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson
May 9th The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
June 13: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

July 11: Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman​​​​​​​
August 8: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge​​​​​​​
September 12: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi​​​​​​​
October 10: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro​​​​​​​
November 14: What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster​​​​​​​
December 12: The Survivors by Jane Harper

For more information, call (563) 326-7832.