Adult Book Groups

The Bookies

The Bookies, an adult evening book club, meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the library.  Join in on our discussion of fiction and non-fiction titles with our friendly, fun, and supportive group of book lovers. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the Circulation desk and are available for checkout. Finishing the book is not required for attendance. ALL ARE WELCOME!

July Pick: Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00pm
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

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Nonfiction Book Club

Nonfiction Book Club offers the opportunity to engage in uncommonly thoughtful discussion on genres such as memoir, current events, history and more. Books are available for checkout at the front desk or can be downloaded free to your device with your library card.

June Pick: June 23 at 11:00am

Truffle Hound by Rowan Jacobsen

Truffle Hound: On the Trail of the World's Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and Some Extraordinary Dogs (Hardcover)

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

The scent of one freshly unearthed white truffle in Barolo was all it took to lead Rowan Jacobsen down a rabbit hole into a world of secretive hunts, misty woods, black-market deals, obsessive chefs, quixotic scientists, muddy dogs, maddening smells, and some of the most memorable meals ever created.

Truffle Hound is the fascinating account of Rowan’s quest to find out, a journey that would lead him from Italy to Istria, Hungary, Spain, England, and North America. Both an entertaining odyssey and a manifesto, Truffle Hound demystifies truffles―and then remystifies them, freeing them from their gilded cage and returning them to their roots as a sacred offering from the forest. It helps people understand why they respond so strongly to that crazy smell, shows them there’s more to truffles than they ever imagined, and gives them all the tools they need to take their own truffle love to the next level. Deeply informed, unabashedly passionate, rakishly readable, Truffle Hound will spark America’s next great culinary passion.

July Pick: July 14 at 11:00am

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Hardcover Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Book

Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths–that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.

Simard writes–in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies–and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.


Other Book Clubs: 

Lee Memorial Library provides books for the following groups:

  • Hillside School Book Club–  Hillside and Brookside School Staff meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the front desk and are available for checkout. For more information, please contact and (201) 327-2020 ex. 3200. Hillside and Brookside Staff ONLY.
  • Allendale Woman’s Book Club – The Allendale Woman’s Club hosts a book club each month starting at 7:30pm. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the front desk and are available for checkout. For more information, please contact the Book Club Chair, Maureen Mamunes at For information regarding joining the Woman’s Club, please contact the Membership Chair, Molly Patrick at  You can also visit their website: Woman’s Club Members ONLY.
  • Allendale Newcomer’s Book Club– The Allendale Newcomer’s Book Club hosts a meeting each month. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the front desk and are available for checkout. For more information, please contact You can also visit their website: Newcomer’s Club Members ONLY.

There are additional book groups available in the BCCLS Library consortium. This listing includes groups of all ages, not just adults. Please check out this BCCLS link to find out more: