As library staff and employees, we’re sometimes asked whether people still use the library to check out and read actual books. While digital formatting offers many advantages, the truth is that many readers still enjoy traditional print. But the library isn’t just about books. It’s also about giving readers a community where they can come together to share their mutual reading experiences with others and to connect through the interpretations of what they read.

Book clubs are one of the many ways the library works to build these connections. We have book clubs for different ages and interests at our 10 branches. You’ll find mystery book clubs, clubs based on true crime, cooking and more. Some groups read the same book, while others read different titles and share what they are reading with the group.

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that the library is a place to find a community of readers. One popular book club at Lexington Main Library has met continually for over 20 years. While members have come and gone, they all found a supportive group of readers who were willing to share and to listen to what others thought about what they were reading.

If you would like to be a part of our reading community, check out our program calendar and see which book clubs are offered at your local branch. In the meantime, check out some of the titles that our book clubs have read in the past:

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Blood & Ivy by Paul Collins
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The glass castle by Jeannette Walls
The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion
Ordinary grace by William Kent Krueger
Hillbilly elegy by J.D. Vance
Me before you by Jojo Moyes
The shell seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
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