DIY Book Club

Discover monthly book recommendations for adults, teens, and children. Scroll down or jump to each section for descriptions, page counts, subject and reading level information, teaching & discussion guides, as well as links to check out titles for use in your own DIY Book Club. You can instantly borrow digital copies through Hoopla

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Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

YA Books

Children Books

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Adult Fiction

Find monthly adult fiction titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:

The Mountains Sing

Phan Qúê Mai Nguỹên
 
The multigenerational tale of the Tr̀ân family, set against the backdrop of the Vîẹt Nam War.
 
Subjects: Vietnam War
Page count: 342
 
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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

The classic story of the March family whose 4 daughters are growing up in New England in the mid-1800s.

Subjects: March family, Families, Sisters
Page count: 260
 
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Adult Nonfiction

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Michelle McNamara

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer–the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade–from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

Subjects: Serial rape investigation, Serial murders, Cold Cases
Page count: 368

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Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

Kate Moore

The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

Subjects: Watch dial painters, Radium paint, Industrial hygine
Page count: 469

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YA Books

Find monthly teen-friendly titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Subjects: Brothers and sisters, Magic, Prejudices
Page count: 531

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Solo

Kwame Alexander

Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father’s addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.

Subjects: Fathers and sons, Children of drug addicts, Family secrets
Page Count: 464

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Children Books

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Tomorrow

Nadine Kaadan

When Yazan is no longer allowed to go to the park and play outside, he learns why his parents watch the news all day and why the streets around his house in Syria are quickly changing.

Page count: 32
Lexile: 540
AR: 3

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Ivy + Bean

Annie Barrows

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Page count: 120
Lexile: 580
AR: 3.2

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Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly

Virgil feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia is deaf, smart, and loves everything about nature. Kaori is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren’t friends. But when Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia begin a quest to find the missing Virgil.

Page count: 320
Lexile: 690
AR: 4.7

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