Book Clubs

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Around Orange County 

Outdoor Explorer Book Club

For readers who enjoy books about nature and outdoor adventure! Meetings are on Sunday afternoons at different venues in the Chapel Hill/Hillsborough area. Please email Doloras at for the meeting time and place.

January 12  3 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room D
 Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel L. Carson
February 9 – 3 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room D
 Underland:  A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane
March 8 – 3 p.m. The Refectory Cafe, Durham
 Eager:  The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb
April 19 – 3:30 p.m. Outdoor at Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
 The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker
May 17 – 3:30 p.m. Location TBD
 The Source:  How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers by Martin Doyle
June 14 – 3:30 p.m. Blackwood Farm, Hillsborough
 The Control of Nature by John McPhee
July 12 – 3:30 p.m. Ayr Mount, Hillsborough
 Liquid Land:  A Journey through the Florida Everglades by Ted Levin
August 9 – 3:30 p.m. Location TBD
 The World in a Grain:  The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser
September 13 – 3:30 p.m. Location TBD
 Wilding:  Returning Nature to Our Farm by Isabella Tree
October 11 – 3:30 p.m. Gold Park, Hillsborough
 The Nature Fix:  Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
November 8 – 3 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library
 The Sun is a Compass:  a 4,000 Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds by Caroline Van Hemert
December 13 – 3 p.m. Location TBD
 Rising:  Dispatches from the New American shore by Elizabeth Rush

At the Main Library in Hillsborough

First Monday Classics

This club meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Each discussion is led by one of these local authors: Ariel Djanikian, Clay Griffith, Nathan Kotecki, or James Maxey. Please email for more details.

January 6 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
February 3Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley
March 2 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
April 6Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
May 4 An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
June 1Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
July 6 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
August 3A yet to be named Agatha Christie novel
September 7 No meeting
October 5 Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
November 2Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
December 7 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Tuesday Evening Book Club

This club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Please email for more details.

January 14The Library Book by Susan Orlean
February 11The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
March 10Choose your own lesser known classic
April 14Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
May 12 – Reader’s Choice
June 9The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

At the Carrboro Branch Library 

Carrboro Branch Adult Book Club

This club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Branch. Join us for this free monthly librarian-led discussion. Copies of the book are usually available. Please call the Carrboro Branch at 919.969.3006 for more details.

January 28 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
February 25 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March 24 - Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
April 28 - The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Book Club Kits

If you’d like to start your own book club, we can help. See more information and a list of our current Book Club Kits. Every kit includes a reader’s guide that contains discussion questions and/or an author spotlight.