Just add wine.
With our book club kits, recommendations and even literary cookbooks, that’s all you’ll need to get your book club off the ground.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Select your title.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has more than 150 titles available as book club kits to check out each for six weeks. Each kit has 10 copies of the book, an author biography and discussion questions, which are all conveniently packaged in a Library tote bag. Reserve your kit online or call Gina DeLisle, our book club kit coordinator, at 704-416-0303. If you can’t decide on a book, pick one from Gina’s lists. including Books to Screen and Oprah's Favorite Books.
Have a list of discussion questions ready.
Don’t let your group get off the subject! Visit our valuable resource, NoveList Plus, for ready-made discussion questions to get your talk off to a good start. Check out the handy user tutorial on getting started.
Plan your menu.
Do you remember the wine we mentioned earlier? Find culinary—and literary--inspiration from our catalog:
- Pair The Handmaid’s Tale with “the Handmaid’s Ale” from Tim Federle’s Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita. This collection of cocktail recipes, along with Tequila Mockingbird will help you plan a literary-themed cocktail hour.
- Alison Walsh’s A Literary Tea Party pairs classic literary works with themed recipes, such as Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’ Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland.
- Judy Gelman’s Book Club Cookbook focuses on smart pairings of food and books and includes popular author recipes.
Let us do the work.
Short on time? Let our expert staff do the planning and join one of our book clubs! New members are always welcome. We’ve listed a few here, but check out our calendar to see them all.
- We're Talking Again highlights both contemporary and classic African-American fiction and non-fiction. This group meets at 6 p.m. every third Thursday of each month at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library.
- Read the Rainbow discusses LGBT-centered literature in a friendly environment. This group meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Independence Regional Library.
- We love millennials so much, we have two clubs just for them! Books on Tap meets every second Thursday of each month at Seaboard Taproom in downtown Matthews. International Authors at our Plaza Midwood branch meets at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month.
- Teens and pre-teens can join child-friendly clubs such as our American Girl, comic book and homeschool book clubs, to name a few. No parents allowed!
Book clubs, whether in your home or here at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, are ways to empower your community and embrace diverse ideas.
Just don’t forget the wine.