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 fifteen 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 6:30pm.

Discussion Series

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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Can’t make it to the library for any of the book groups? Then join other book lovers in our online Goodreads community where there are always several discussion threads going on. Talk about great opening lines of books, what you finished over the weekend, various top ten lists, and more. It’s a great way to discover new titles and connect with other avid readers—and you participate whenever you want.

Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book is a discussion group that focuses on all types of mysteries. If you love to read a good mystery, then this is the group for you. There are no age guidelines for this discussion group, and meetings generally take place on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm.

Teen Book Club

Just for our 13-17 year old readers! This 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 Thursday of each month at 6pm.

True Crime Cases

Each month, True Crime Cases examines an actual criminal case and the people involved. Participants are asked to read or listen to various resources before each meeting so the discussion can focus on trying to explain the criminal psychology using descriptions of police investigations and trial procedures. This group usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm.

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