Discussion Groups

Page Turners Book Discussion Group

This lively discussion group typically meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.

For more information contact: Tamara Dalton       [email protected]

Upcoming Books & Meeting

Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except when noted by *

September 11*, 2018
The Curious Charms of Arthur Peppa, by Phaedra Patrick
October 2, 2018
Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran
Available on: Overdrive E-book
November 6, 2018
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
December 4, 2018
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Erik Larson (Nonfiction)
Available on: Overdrive E-book
January 8*, 2019
News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Available on: Overdrive E-book
February 5, 2019
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
March 5, 2019
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Available on: Overdrive E-book
April 2, 2019
Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction)
Available on: Overdrive E-book
May 7, 2019
Afternoon Tea and Summer Reading Book Swap
June 4, 2019
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group

Our new, evening discussion group is geared toward those who work during the day and are unable to attend a daytime book club. Typically, the group meets for a casual hour-long discussion on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of nonfiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. All are welcome, anytime. No registration is required. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.

For more information contact: Tamara Dalton       [email protected]

Upcoming Books & Meeting

Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except when noted by *
September 11*, 2018
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
October 2, 2018
The Curious Charms of Arthur Peppa, by Phaedra Patrick
November 6, 2018 
Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran
Available on: Overdrive E-book
December 4, 2018
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
January 8*, 2019
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Erik Larson (Nonfiction)
Available on: Overdrive E-book
February 5, 2019
News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Available on: Overdrive E-book
March 5, 2019
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 2, 2019
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Available on: Overdrive E-book
May 7, 2019
Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction)
Available on: Overdrive E-book
June 4, 2019
Coffee & Dessert and Summer Reading Book Swap
September 2019
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group

Spend an enjoyable evening at the Norfolk Public Library with people who share similar interests and are passionate about reading. Formerly the History Book Discussion Group, this participant-run adult discussion group focuses on non-fiction selections, with some historical fiction titles thrown in, that are of both historical and contemporary interest. New members are always welcome to attend. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.

This group typically meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. This group runs September through June.

For more information contact: Jane Hoffman    [email protected]

September 13, 2018

Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America  by Fergus M. Bordewich

October, 2018

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land  by Monica Hesse


Great Decisions

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to bring millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about compelling issues of the day. Prepare for the discussion by viewing a short video, reading a few brief articles, then discussing and debating timely national and international issues.

For more information contact: Ralphael Maliakal        [email protected]


Read It & Eat It: A Cookbook Discussion Group

Join NPL staff and others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some today’s more celebrated cookbook titles.  Copies of the selected title(s) will be available for checkout at the circulation desk weeks prior to the discussion. After we have all had a chance to peruse and perhaps sample some of the recipes at home, we will meet in the library to share our thoughts and samplings prepared from the selected title(s). Although, bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Registration is required.

This group meets on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm, every 6 weeks, September through June.

For more information contact: Sarina Bluhm       [email protected]


Word of Mouth Book Group

Have you read any good books lately? Stop by and share with this informal gathering. Listen to the picks and pans of this avid group of readers. At the end of the season, we’ll vote for our favorite books! This group typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month* at 2:00 p.m. in the Schoolhouse September through June. All are welcome, anytime. No registration is required.

*Please note: First meeting is Monday, September 17th at 12: 30 p.m. All following meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

For more information contact: Tamara Dalton       [email protected]


A Taste of Poetry

Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at a few poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them. This group typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month* at 11:30 a.m. in the Schoolhouse September through June. All are welcome, anytime. No registration is required.

*Please note: First meeting is Monday, September 24th at 12 p.m. All following meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

For more information contact: Tamara Dalton       [email protected]

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