Book Groups

At Tredyffrin Public Library

Open Minds • Read It & Steep • Science Book Discussion Group

Mixed Media Book Group • History Book Group • Great Books Discussion Group

At Paoli Library

Mystery Book Club • Art Book Club

Book Groups at Tredyffrin Public Library

Open Minds Book Group

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 pm. New members are always welcome. Any questions, contact Gretchen Chamberlin at gchamberlin@ccls.org or 610.688.7092 x 203

Open Minds 2018 Selections:

Open Minds Book Group Selections since 2015

Read It & Steep Book Group

Read It & Steep welcomes readers with a love of non-traditional titles, scrumptious treats & spirited conversation. Read It & Steep meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm. New members are always welcome. Any questions, contact Kate Boyle at cboyle@ccls.org or 610.688.7092 x 217

Read It & Steep 2018 Selections:

Read It & Steep Selections since 2012

Science Books Discussion Group

Meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm. New members are always welcome. Any questions, contact Valerie Green at vgreen@ccls.org or 610.688.7092 x 213

Science Book Group 2018 Selections

Complete List of Science Book Group Selections since 2000

NEW FOR 2018! Mixed Media Book Club

Meets on the last Sunday of every month at 2 pm. This club views a film & discusses the book on which it was based. Any questions, contact Jonathan Trice at jtrice@ccls.org

Mixed Media Book Club 2018 Selections

History Book Group

History buffs are invited to join this bimonthly book group at Tredyffrin Public Library. Members select the topic for each meeting and are free to read titles of their choosing and to participate in discussion of the topic at the next meeting. Any questions, contact Bill Lynch at bill@williamlynchlaw.com or 610.316.8677

History Book Group 2018 Topics

  • Tuesday, January 23 at 7 pm
    • Topic: The Rise of China since the early 20th Century
  • Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm
    • Topic: History of immigration in the United States since the 1840s
  • Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm
    • Topic: The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm
    • Topic: To be decided at the March meeting

Great Books Discussion Group

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. New members are always welcome. Any questions, contact John Dalton at jd5258875@aol.com or 484.444.2435

2018 Selections:

  • January 9: Point Omega by Don DeLillo
  • February 13: Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (will be emailed to participants)
  • March 13: Selections from 100 Great Short Stories: “The Judgment,” “A Country Doctor,” and “A Hunger Artist” by Franz Kafka
  • April 10: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • May 8: Indignation by Philip Roth
  • June 12: Selected Sonnets (will be emailed to participants)

Book Groups at Paoli Library

Mystery Book Club

The Mystery Book Club will meet at 10:30 AM at Paoli Library on the second Monday of each month. Join us as we discuss mysteries under the following themes:

Mystery Book Club 2018 Themes:

For more information or to sign up, contact Beverly Michaels at 610.296.7996 or bmichaels@ccls.org.

Art Book Club

The Art Book Club will meet on the following Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at Paoli Library. For more information or to sign up, contact Victoria Skelly at victoriacskelly@gmail.com or call Paoli Library at 610.296.7996.

Art Book Club 2018 Dates and Selections:

  • January 24: Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vail
    • “Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time; handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans, they were at the very center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. In this story Vaill brilliantly portrays both the times in which the Murphys lived and the fascinating friends who flocked around them. Whether summering with Picasso on the French Riviera or watching bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona, Gerald and Sara inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Fitzgerald even modeled his main characters in Tender is the Night after the couple. Their story is both glittering and tragic, and in this sweeping and richly anecdotal portrait of a marriage and an era, Vaill “has brought them to life as never before.”-amazon.com
  • March 14: The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt
    • “These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt’s narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling–about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Beautifully written, intensely observed.” –amazon.com
  • May 23: Goya by Robert Hughes
    • “Underlying the exhaustive, critical analysis of the the life and art of  Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes is Hughes’s own intimately personal relationship to his subject. This is a book informed not only by lifelong love and study, but by his own recent experiences of mortality and death. As such this is a uniquely moving and human book; with the same relentless and fearless intelligence he has brought to every subject he has ever tackled, Hughes here transcends biography to bring us a rich and fiercely brave book about art and life, love and rage, impotence and death. This is one genius writing at full capacity about another—and the result is truly spectacular.” –amazon.com
  • No meeting in June, July, or August
  • September 19: The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac
    • “One of Balzac’s most celebrated tales, this is the story of a painter, who depending on one’s perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius. The story, which has served as inspiration to artists as various as Cezanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette is, in critic Dore Ashton’s words, “a fable of modern art.” –amazon.com
  • November 14: Georgia O’Keeffe by Nancy J. Scott
    • “Nancy Scott’s thoroughly researched book on Georgia O’Keeffe reads like a novel. Using the artist’s own words to bring her alive, Scott offers a fresh perspective on the painter’s life and work within the context of world events. This introduction to one of the 20th century’s most influential American artists should appeal to novice and scholar alike.” –Lisa Mintz Messinger, former curator to the Metropolitan Museum 
  • December 12: The Music Lesson by Katherine Weber
    • “Patricia Dolan defines herself as an art historian, and as an Irish American. When she is 41, the combination of the two proves explosive, leading her to a rough cottage in West Cork. In Ireland she has for company only her own words, one elerly neighbor, and The Music Lesson, a beautiful Vermeer executed on Wood. As she anticipates the arrival of Mickey, her distant relative and lover, Patricia slowly, tantalizingly reveals the events that have led her to this place, involving a radicalized cousin and a plot to kidnap and ransom the Vermeer, property of the Queen of the United Kingdom. The painting, she tells herself fervently, “is an instrument of magic.” Perhaps now it is also an instrument of change, a talisman, the charm that will force powerful people to pay attentino and take decisive action at last.” –amazon.com

Art Book Club Selections since 2015