The Forever Young Adult book club is an informal monthly meeting designed to bring together teen and adult readers to discuss Young Adult fiction. Just because they're called "Young Adult" books doesn't mean they're only for young readers. The stories in YA fiction speak to readers young and old. So whether you are the target audience (young adults) or you just enjoy the stories, come join in on the fun! For one book selection, we will combine with The Movie Was Better? book group to discuss the book and view its movie adaptation.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m. (except March at 6:30 p.m.)
Day(s):  1st Wednesday of each month (except 2nd Thursday in March)
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except March in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s): January 4—I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
February 1—Feed by M. T. Anderson
March 9—Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Joint meeting with The Movie Was Better?)
April 5—Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
May 3—An Abundance of Katherines by John Green


Ladies of the Night is an informal monthly discussion group whose members read books featuring strong female characters, many who have overcome adversity; books that focus on relationships and the bonding/unifying experience of women; and books that explore the positive aspects of women's lives. In other words, they read books written by, for, and about women.

Ages/Grades:  High school age and adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m. (except 6:30 p.m. in January)
Day(s):  First Monday of each month (Except January)
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except January in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s): January 9—Me before You (movie night)
February 6—The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
March 6—Brit-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
April 3—Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
May 1—The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson


"The book was better!" Sometimes you agree, but sometimes Hollywood manages to surprise you. Join us for friendly discussions about books and movies across various genres and ratings. The monthly gatherings will begin with a showing of the movie version of the featured title followed by a discussion of both, and it will close with the group's answer to the end-all question: Which was better?

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): 2nd Thursday of each month
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library 
Cost: None
Date(s): January 12—Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
February 9—A Separate Peace by John Knowles
March 9—Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Held jointly with the Forever Young Adult Book Discussion Group.)
April 13—A Walk among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block


Shelly Cline, the Historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Overland Park, Kansas will be at the library to discuss the SS Aufseherinnen (female guards) in the World War II concentration camp system and the responsibilities of the women involved in the Holocaust. In the spirit of research Kline spent a year touring and sometimes staying in the concentration camps, "staying where the prisoners lived and died." Her ongoing research project is supported by grants from the University of Kansas and the Universtät of Hamburg. Frank Talk was created to honor the memory of Carol Franklin, a former assistant director of the library.  The intent of this series is to bring authors, illustrators and other book industry professionals to the community.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  1:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Sunday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 9


Mahogany Readers is a monthly discussion group open to anyone who wants to read and discuss books written by African-American authors, particularly urban and Christian fiction as well as the occasional African-American classic.  Discussions are conducted in a friendly, informal manner that involves the sharing of ideas, feelings, experiences, and food.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.    
Day(s):  First Thursday of each month
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library (except March at Cracker Barrel Restaurant)
Cost: None
Date(s):  January 5—Perfect Pleasure by Deborah F. Mello
February 2—Ruby by Cynthia Bond
March 2—Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
April 6—Another Brooklyn by Jacquelyn Woodson
May 4—Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis


There are no usual suspects in this semester's selected readings for the Mystery Club. Each of the titles has a unique take on the genre that keeps members turning the pages until the wee hours. Join us! New members are always welcome.

Ages/Grades:  High school age and adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  2nd Tuesday of each month
Place:   Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost:  None
Date(s): January 10—Bent Road by Lori Roy
February 14—In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
March 14—Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
April 11—The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis
May 9—Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews


Spring Theme: Kansas Literary Heritage
In this series, readers will discover the works of Kansas authors who help us discover the qualities that shape the Kansas character: hard work, humor, love of the land, small town pride (and sometimes prejudice), independence, tenacity, and faith. TALK is a program designed for those who enjoy reading and talking about books. The sessions are informal, and readers may share their ideas or simply sit back and enjoy the discussions. TALK books can be checked out at the library's front desk approximately one month before each discussion date. This program is co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 27—Trail of the Spanish Bit by Don Coldsmith
March 27—The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
April 24—Picnic by William Inge