Book Clubs

Due to COVID-19 ALL in-person book groups have been cancelled until further notice.  

Evening Adult Book Group:


Current Reading: The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, by W.P. Kinsella
Meeting Date: Thursday, August 20th at 7pm 
Join the group outside on the library grounds for a safe book discussion


Bearing W.P. Kinsella’s trademark combination of “sweet-natured prose and a richly imagined world” (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Iowa Baseball Confederacy tells the story of Gideon Clark, a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world that the indomitable Chicago Cubs traveled to Iowa in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against an amateur league, the Iowa Baseball Confederacy. But a simple game somehow turned into a titanic battle of more than two thousand innings, and Gideon Clark struggles to set the record straight on this infamous game that no one else believes ever happened.


Next Month’s Reading: Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson

We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and oneof the first days of July.
Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day―an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys. 
Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer.

 Morning Adult Book Group:
Canceled until Library reopening

hoopla Book Club LIVE:
The hoopla Book Club will host a live event with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, author of our Spring Spotlight Selection, The Mountains Sing, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 7:00 PM EDT.
You and your patrons can attend the live event, and even ask questions and get real-time answers from the author, through our Instagram @hoopladigital.

The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. Readers can choose to borrow The Mountains Sing in eBook or audiobook format.

WGBH Book Club: Beyond the Page
Are you a self-proclaimed book worm? Do you struggle to walk past a bookstore without handing over your entire paycheck? Whether you have a passion for fiction or nonfiction, mystery or sci-fi, Beyond the Page: A WGBH Book Club is there to guide you on your journey through the aisles of local, independent bookstores in finding your next great read—all from the comfort of your home! July’s selection is My Mother’s House by Francesca Momplaisir. Join for the month-to-month virtual series on Wednesday, July 15 for a live conversation with host Tina Martin and the author. 

The author of The Orchid & the Wasp emailed us! Read her comments below…

Dearest Librarian,
A Google Alert just informed me that Smyth Public Library is having a book club event this evening about my novel, Orchid & the Wasp. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I’m pretty sure you’ll be the first book club discussion of the novel, besides perhaps my mum’s friends!
If there was a specific librarian behind this choice, please tell them I say thank you! In case it’s useful for readers after, I put together a few of the links to essays and interviews I did about the book here:
Anyway, I just wanted to wave across the continents to say: thank you & my heart-cockles are warmed!
Very best,
Caoilinn Hughes