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Library Book Discussion Group Kits to Go

If your book group needs novels or nonfiction titles, one member of your group can check out multiple copies of one title, thanks to the library’s book group kits to go. Packaged in a royal blue tote bag, each kit contains: at least six copies of the title; book group questions to encourage a lively discussion; book reviews; and biographical information about the author. The kits check out for six weeks and can be renewed. The person who checks out the kit for the group is responsible for its contents. If you have any questions about the kits, contact the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.

Fiction Nonfiction

Monthly Book Discussion Groups

The library hosts two monthly book discussion groups: 

  • The Salter Center Group meets the third Monday of each month at 10 am in the Senior Room at the Jack and Patti Salter Community Center, 1545 East Lincoln. For more information, contact Librarian Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714 or maryann@ropl.org

December 19, 2016
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson. 2013. In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story–the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson–but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.

January 23, 2017
The Warmth of Other suns: the Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

February 20, 2017
Us by David Nicholls.

March 20, 2017
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.

April 17, 2017
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown. 2013. The story of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team who emerge from obscurity and defeat elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

May 15, 2017
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd.

  • The Third-Thursday Book Discussion Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm in Meeting Rooms C-D at the Royal Oak Public Library. Join us for spirited discussions about novels and non-fiction titles. Registration is suggested. Titles are provided for each session. For more information, contact Librarian Rosemary Mirsky at (248) 246-3715, or email her at rosemary@ropl.org. The group’s upcoming selection is:

The Book Group does not meet in December.

January 19, 2017
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown. 2013. The story of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team who emerge from obscurity and defeat elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

February 16, 2017
The Art Student's War by Brad Leithauser.

March 16, 2017
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy.

April 20, 2017
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.