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Love to read? Love to talk about books? If so, join one of the reading discussion groups at the Laurel County Public Library. Part of the fun of reading a good book is discussing it with others to see if they reacted to the story and characters as you did. Plus, a reading group often challenges you to read titles you never would have otherwise chosen, broadening your circle of interests and introducing you to new genres and authors.

These groups are relaxed and informal, and extra copies of the books to be discussed are available for check out and hold requests. Take a look at our current reading discussion groups meeting regularly at the library and join in the one that best fits you.

Books and Banter

This group has been meeting for over ten years and generally reads mainstream fiction, with the occasional memoir, thriller, or classic title thrown into the mix. There are no age guidelines for this group, resulting in a diverse mix of people who see each story from a different perspective. The group usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Novel Conversations

If you're 18-33, then this is the group for you. This group has only been meeting for a short time and the selections have included both fiction and non-fiction that appeal to the younger adult age range. The discussions are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm.

Young Adult Book Club

Just for our 13-17 year old readers! This new reading group talks about popular young adult titles in a fun atmosphere that encourages appropriate discussion among teens. This is a group just for teens and we do enforce the age guidelines due to maturing themes in young adult literature. This group usually holds its discussions on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 pm.

In addition to these regular reading discussion groups, we also offer shorter reading series at least a couple of times each year. Each of the series generally lasts from three to five months and focuses on a particular topic with discussion led by a trained scholar in that area. For maximum benefit and enjoyment, participants are encouraged to attend all sessions of the series. Past topics have included the Holocaust, Charles Dickens, Appalachian heritage, and poetry. For information about upcoming reading series, keep an eye on our events calendar or call us to find out more.

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