Due to staff shortage, the Downtown Library will close at 7pm tonight.

We love talking about books almost as much as we enjoy reading them. Our book groups cover a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Copies of the book in discussion are often available throughout the partnership. 

Racial Equity Book Club

This discussion group is facilitated by Chris Young-Greer, Education Initiative Lead for the Montana Racial Equity Project.  The book club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Cooper Room at the new library from 6-7:45PM. Reading selections include mainly nonfiction titles about social justice, equity, and issues affecting historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed individuals or communities. For more information on this lively and inspiring Book Club visit the Montana Racial Equity Project’s website or contact them at info@themtrep.org


MPL has a few copies available for check out but patrons may need to purchase their own books for this group. Local bookstores Fact & Fiction in Missoula and Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton sell Book Club selections at a discount to participants.


Upcoming Discussion Titles:

  • January 26The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones; chapters 1-8

  • February 23 The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones; chapters 8-18

  • March 23Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

  • April 27America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton


2nd Wednesday Book Group

Copies of titles are available (unless otherwise noted) for purchase at cost in the Friends Store located on the library’s first level. Titles also available for checkout from MPL or its Partner Libraries. Discussions facilitated by members on Zoom.

Discussion Titles:


  • January 12 – The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by Emma Donoghue

  • February 9All the Lives We Never Lived: A Novel by Anuradha Roy

  • March 9Shuggie Bain: A Novel, by Douglas Stuart

  • April 13The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  • May 11 – *The Library Book by Susan Orlean

* unavailable for purchase

3rd Wednesday Book Group

We read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, primarily from the Book Chat Bag collections of MPL and its Partner Libraries. This lively book discussion group is facilitated by a librarian. New members are always welcome! See calendar for upcoming titles.

Discussion Titles:


  • January 19, 2022 – Issac’s Storm:  A man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson

Book Group Resources:

Novelist Plus: your one-stop shop for book club resources. Choose Quick Links/Book Club Resources.
Book Kits: make organizing your next book discussion easy.

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