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Book Discussion Group Resources


MPL Downtown Book Discussion Groups

The 2nd Tuesday MPL Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Board Room. Discussion titles include a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Copies of the books are available throughout the partnership.  Call the library at 721-BOOK (2665) for more information on this lively book discussion group. New members are always welcome!

Books available for checkout at the Accounts Desk in BOLD

  • August 13, 2019 - One-Sentence Journal – Chris La Tray
  • September 10, 2019 - An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
  • October 8, 2019 - Moonglow – Michael Chabon
  • November 12, 2019 - Becoming Michelle Obama – Michelle Obama
  • December 10, 2019 - The Library Book – Susan Orlean

The Second Wednesday Book Club has been sponsored by the Friends of the Missoula Public Library since 1991. Copies of selected titles are made available for purchase at cost at the Accounts Desk unless otherwise noted. The discussion begins at 7:00pm in the Board Room on the second Wednesday of every month. Call the library at 721-BOOK (2665) or Clara Erickson at 251-5921 if you're interested in this active  book discussion group.

  • August 14, 2019 Mothers Tell Your Daughters - Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • September 11,2019 - As Cool As I Am - Pete Fromm
  • October 9, 2019*Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
  • November 13, 2019The Leavers: A Novel - Lisa Ko
  • December 11, 2019Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America - Theodora Kroeber
  • January 8. 2020 - Telex from Cuba: A Novel - Rachel Kushner
  • February 12, 2020 - There, There: A Novel - Tommy Orange
  • March 11, 2020The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way - Amanda Ripley
  • April 8, 2020 Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel - Mark T Sullivan

Branch Book Discussion Groups

Frenchtown Branch

The Frenchtown Book Group meets monthly on a Thursday at 5:45pm. The group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles. Contact the Frenchtown Branch for upcoming dates and selections.

Lolo Branch

The Lolo Book Group meets every third Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. This group was formed as a collaborative effort between the Lolo Branch of Missoula Public Library and Lolo Public School's Adult Education Programs. This is an open participation, no fee program. Books are available for check-out to participants. Contact the Lolo Branch for upcoming selections and dates at 273-6686 ext. 162.

Seeley Lake Branch

The Seeley Lake Library Book Group meets on the 3rd or 4th Saturday of each month at 11:00am. Past discussion titles have included Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, Michael Punke’s Fire and Brimstone, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. Please contact the Seeley Lake Branch Library for current dates and titles.

  • May 15, 2019 - The Moonflower Vine - Jetta Carleton

Swan Valley Branch

Book Discussion Group Online Resources

NoveList Plus is a one-stop shop for author information, book discussion guides, read-alikes and more!

Many book group websites offer title suggestions and book discussion guides for free:
Reading Group Choices
Reading Group Guides

Publishing houses such as Random House and Penguin often include author information and book discussion questions on their websites.