Discussion Groups

There is a discussion group for almost everyone at Lancaster Public Library, covering the world of books and film, and some groups are open to any genre. Members have a say in what titles are chosen, so drop in and join in the discussion.

Monthly Book Discussion Group (led by Craig Haggit)

2nd Thursday of each month at 10am in the Windolph Room

If you like reading a wide variety of literature (fiction and nonfiction), this is the group for you! Check out our 2014 reading list and drop in if you see a book you like. One of the criteria for selection is that the public libraries have a lot of copies, so you shouldn’t have to buy your own unless you really want to.

History Book Club (led by Erik Berthoud)

1st Wednesday of each month at 6pm in the Windolph Room

Anything historical is fair game in this special interest monthly book club, from the mists of ancient times to the modern era. With a Master’s degree in Medieval Studies, Erik Berthoud is the perfect host for this active book club. Here is our reading list for the first half of 2014.

Film Discussion Group (led by Sherri Miller).

Join us at the library to talk about great movies. The Film Discussion Group is for movie enthusiasts that meet monthly on the last Thursday afternoon to watch and discuss a film. The group talks about movie plots and characters and how cinema sends messages to viewers. Films selected will include popular blockbusters, timeless classics, thought-provoking dramas and more. See a list of our 2014 film selections.

Monthly Online Book Club (led by Renee Ortenzio)

This club is for those of you who want to be part of a book club, but don’t have the time to attend a meeting at the library. Visit our blog to participate in the discussion.

Short Story Discussion Group (led by Judith Lile Hynes)

1st Wednesday of each month at 10am in the Windolph Room

Don’t have time to commit to a full-length novel? No need when there are so many fascinating short stories. We’ll discuss works by masters like James Joyce, John Updike, and Flannery O’Connor, as well as contemporary writers like Edith Pearlman, Nathan Englander, and Bobbie Ann Mason, exploring in depth the elements of character, plot, setting, style, and historical context. Read more about this program here.

SyFan Discussion Group (led by Kendra Boersen)

2nd Thursday of each month at 6pm in the Windolph Room (beginning January 2014)

Not everyone takes science fiction and fantasy literature seriously, but we do!  Kendra Boersen leads this new book club that speaks your language, and where you’ll get to suggest books to read and discuss with people who appreciate the genre as much as you do.  Here is our reading list for the first half of 2014.