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Reading Guides for Book Discussion
A Reading Guide is a series of questions about a book that helps the readers explore the plot, themes, symbolism, characterization, and other important elements of a book. They are useful to both the individual and to book discussion groups. Many well known publishers maintain reading guide sites, as well as authors, and avid readers. Here are some links for you and your book discussion group.
Be sure to check out our Online Resources for more information about Literature.

OCL Adult Book Discussion Schedule (choose branch under Limit by Location)
If you are interested in joining one of the library’s book discussion groups, please visit the branch where the group meets to register and receive a copy of the next book to be discussed. For information on what books will be discussed at a particular branch, please call the branch or consult the system calendar or events.

Random House Reader’s Circle
Book selections here are based on things most book groups looked for when choosing a novel: Length (not too long), price (paperbacks), characters that one could relate to, uplifting themes, authors and subjects.

Oprah's Book Club
Oprah’s Winfrey’s book club, which includes reader’s guides for each selection.

Penguin Putnam Reading Group Guides
Penguin Putnam Publishers Reading Guides site section features over 200 books, in both fiction and non-fiction. in-depth interviews with authors, their biographies, and a brief synopsis of each book.

Something to Read About
Simon & Schuster has email, message boards and discussion guides for you and your book group.

Vintage Reading Group
Includes a description of fiction, memoir, award winners and bestsellers, with questions, discussion topics, and author biographies.

Books and other guides to good reading
In addition to web sites, the Library also has many Readers Advisory books available. Here are a few titles to get you started:

Now Read This: a Guide to Mainstream Fiction R809.3 Pear
What Do I Read Next? Nonfiction, 2005-2010 A reader’s Guide to Current R810.8 What

Although we would like to do so, the Library is unable to obtain a copy of each and every title requested by Library patrons. If you wish to request a title that does not appear in our catalog, please visit your nearest Library branch, and we will do our best to assist you.


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