"Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know." - Alberto Manguel
Talking with people about books is a shortcut to knowing them -- what they think, value and love. Talking together about books builds understanding and community. Get started with these resources to find, join and sustain book groups.
Finding a book group
The library is currently focused on providing online book groups for youth. Find listings for these book clubs, as well as one time events by searching for Book Clubs and Discussion Groups under “type of event” on the library’s events page.
Everybody Reads is the library’s community wide reading project, taking place each year from January to March. Check the Everybody Reads page for details about book discussions and related events.
Mt. Hood Reads - Every year, Mt. Hood Community College invites students and members of the community to join them for discussions around a book or books.
Noname Book Club is an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. Here is a list of their past picks available from Multnomah County Library.
Well Read Native is a digital book club for reading Indigenous authored books. Their mission is to elevate Indigenous voices and empower Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations children to be readers and storytellers.
Check out NDN Book Nerd on Instagram to find your next Indigenous authored read.
Prose Before Bros is a Portland book community that focuses on literature that centers and prioritizes the experiences of Black and brown woman. Here is a list of their featured titles.
Science Friday book club - Science Friday runs this online book club for those interested in reading and exploring science.
BookBrowse Online Book Club offers a curated resource of contemporary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding.
Delve Reader Readers’ Seminars, via Literary Arts - There is a cost to participate in these discussions featuring canonical books.
Sustaining a book group
Finding books that appeal to everyone can be challenging, but we can help.
Do you need help with ideas for you next read? Ask our My Librarian team - we can provide customized lists based on the tastes of your group, and help you place holds on multiple copies. We can also help with books in Spanish.
If you’re primarily using digital titles, check out this "Always Available" e-book collection from OverDrive, made up of some 3000 classic titles.
Here are the most popular available e-books - this link updates automatically to available titles.
Is your question about book groups still unanswered? Contact us for more information.