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Book Clubs

Reading becomes an even richer experience when it’s a shared one. Our book clubs are a great way to get readers of every age more comfortable discussing key themes in books. Whether you’re a new reader or a seasoned one with lots of favorite authors, we’ve got a place for you. Read on for more information on our many book club offerings.

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

Sunday, March 31

 

For Youth

Beyond the Book – Grades 1 to 3

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Monthly nonfiction book club for children in grades 1 to 3. Grown ups must stay in the Library during the program. Please email Rosemary at rosemary.isbell@baldwinlib.org to register.

February 22: Saving the Day: Garrett Morgan’s Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal by Karyn Parsons

March 28: Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Denise

April 25: Living in…India by Chloe Perkins

 

Adventures in Books – Grades 1 to 3, grownups welcome

Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Monthly after school book club for children in grades 1 to 3. Grownups need to stay in the Library during the program. Please email Syntha at syntha.green@baldwinlib.org to register.

February 14: Leave it to Plum! by Matt Phelan

March 13: Zooey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro

April 10: Spy Penguins by Sam Hay

Who? What? Where? – Grades 4 to 6

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Nonfiction book club reading books from the Who Was? What Was? Where Was? series. Meets once a quarter. Grownups must stay in the Library during the program if children are ages 10 and younger. Please email Rosemary at rosemary.isbell@baldwinlib.org to register.

February 8: Who is LeBron James? by Crystal Hubbard

April 4: What Do We Know About the Loch Ness Monster? by Steve Korté

 

Books and Bagels – Grades 4 to 6

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Monthly book club for children in grades 4 to 6. Grownups must stay in the Library during the program if children are ages ten and under. Please email Susan at susan.dion@baldwinlib.org to register.

February 27: Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

March 26: The Unteachables by Gordon Korman

April 23: Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

 

Mother/Daughter Book Club – Grades 4 to 6 and their moms

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Monthly book club for grades 4 to 6 and their moms. Please email Susan at susan.dion@baldwinlib.org to register.

February 13: On Air With Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

March 12: The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

April 16: Thirst by Varsha Bajaj

 

Kids Graphic Novel Book Club – Grades 3 to 6

Mondays at 4:15 p.m.

Monthly book club for children in grades 3 to 6. Grownups must stay in the Library during the program if children are ages ten and under. Please email Josh at josh.campeau@baldwinlib.org to register.

March 18: The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett

April 22: The Moth Keeper by K O’Neill

 

Kids Cookbook Club – Grades 3 to 6

Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Grades 3 to 6. Choose a recipe from the cookbook to make and bring to share with everyone. Grownups must stay in the Library during the program if children are ages ten and younger. This book club meets once a quarter. Email Syntha at syntha.green@baldwinlib.org to register.

April 8: Star Wars Galactic Baking by Insight Editions

 

Moms Book Club

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a night out at a special book club just for moms that meets every other month. Email Susan Dion at susan.dion@baldwinlib.org to register.

February 21: Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

April 17: The Secret Life of Sunflowers by Marta Molnar

 

For Teens

Pizza and Pages

First Thursday of Every Month at 7:00 p.m.

Grades 7-12. Facilitated by Elisabeth Phou, Teen Librarian.

The first 10 teens to register will receive a free book, thanks to the Friends of Baldwin Public Library. Pizza will be provided.
Registration required. This book club meets in person. 

January 4: *Book Club Selection Meeting*
February 1: It’s Trevor Noah: Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (adapted for young readers) by Trevor Noah
March 7: You Have a Match by Emma Lord (registration opens 2/1)
April 4: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (registration opens 3/7)
May 2: Me Moth by Amber McBride (registration opens 4/4)

 

For Adults

Next Non-fiction

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Facilitated by Associate Director Librarian Jaclyn Miller. This club will meet virtually on Zoom until further notice. To join the discussion please email Jaclyn at jaclyn.miller@baldwinlib.org

January 9: The Man Who Broke Capitalism by David Gelles

February 13: Three Girls From Bronzeville by Dawn Turner

March 12: The Great Stewardess Rebellion by Neil McShane Wulfhart

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group

Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. and is facilitated by  an Adult Services Librarian. This club meets in person at the library but has a virtual option for those that prefer to Zoom. If you are interested in attending a discussion please email adult.reference@baldwinlib.org

January 10: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

February 14: Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

March 13: Trust by Hernan Diaz

Page to Screen

Is the book always better than the movie? Join in as we discuss a book and a related film each month to decide which was better. Meets the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Facilitated by H, Adult Services Librarian. This club meets in person at the library but has a virtual option for those that prefer to use Zoom. If you are interested in attending a discussion please email H at h.jennings@baldwinlib.org

January 7: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver- movie for this month is on Hulu and not attached to book

February 4: Snow Falling on Cedars by Guterson and Snow Falling on Cedars (PG-13, 1999)

March 3: Say Nothing by Radden Keefe / I, Dolours ( NR, 2018) Streaming on Kanopy

 

 

 

 

Next Popular Reads Book Club

Now meets the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Facilitated by Rebekah, Library Director. This club meets in person at Birmingham Next but has a virtual option for those that prefer to Zoom. If you are interested in attending a discussion please email Rebekah at rebekah.craft@baldwinlib.org

January 8: Absolution by Alice McDermott

February 5: Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward

March 4: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

 

3rd Tuesday

Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Facilitated by Adult Services Librarian Suzanne Hathon. This club will meet virtually until further notice. If you are interested in attending a discussion please email Suzanne at suzanne.hathon@baldwinlib.org

January 16: The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

February 20: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

March 19: Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

NEW! Graphic Novels for Grown Ups

Comics aren’t just for kids! Features memoirs, humor, superheroes, and more! Some titles contain mature/graphic content so please read the description before you register. Meets the first Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. This club meets in person at the library but has a virtual option for those that prefer to Zoom. For more information and registration click the book title or email Jen at jen.hassell@baldwinlib.org

January 9: Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

February 6: Always Never by Jordi Lafebre

March 5: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

 

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures:

March 31: Closed

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